Whether you spend your summer lounging by the pool or battling mosquitoes in the woods, life in the real world goes on. Not everything that happens during the hot months is fun or relaxing. There are plenty of bad things in the news that happen while we are out having fun. Politics tops the list. Just because Congress escapes Washington during the hottest time of the year doesn’t mean things aren’t still cooking on the political front.
How do we know where current events leave off and politics kicks in? Too often we don’t. It can take years for the truth about an event to come out. Sometimes we never discover the truth about what really happened. A perfect example is the Benghazi scandal. Politics won. The truth is likely hidden forever.
Politics turns current events into fake news
Politics distorts current events that can be leveraged. The right latches on when a criminal alien commits a heinous act or liberal protesters turn violent. As we witnessed after the violence in Charlottesville, the left will seize newsworthy opportunities to turn America into a nation of racist white nationalists. Too often when we hear about these things on the news we aren’t learning about current events. We’re listening to fake news and propaganda because media outlets, like politicians, have an agenda.
Truth in current events? Surprising sources.
When we want to know the facts about current events there is truth to be had. We just need to look for it. Often the truth is not nearly as entertaining as fake news and distorted rhetoric. That’s why federal transparency is a good thing. Agencies like the GAO, the CBO, and our federal inspectors general keep watch over our bureaucracy. They clue us in on what is really happening in Washington and how it affects us.
Events long and short
The Internet provides an electronic history of what our government does and doesn’t do, compiled for all to see. Some of our problems are always with us. The North Korean problem that is currently threatening a nuclear war has been with us for decades. Now it’s too late to fix it. The immigration issues dominating the news this year are a problem many presidential administrations and Congresses in the making. The Middle East is going to be a source of headaches until the end of time.
Current events can also be short-lived and opportunistic. The Trump Russia probe is fading away as other, newer events take its place. Debt and spending are dull, dry news unworthy of headlines until we fight over the newest budget or debt ceiling hike like we did at the close of the summer of 2017. In between these old mainstays we have new crises like hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Even these newsworthy natural disasters are worthy of politicking because there is money tax money to be doled out and fought over.
The current events category examines the headlines from a political perspective. There aren’t too many events worthy of our attention that don’t involve the government. If you want proof, go to your favorite media site. Read what’s at the top of the page. It’s all politics.