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Teens should watch the news to stay informed

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Fabian Sanchez Suarez, Opinions Editor

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Most teens, nowadays, aren’t fully informed about what is happening in their communities because they don’t watch the news. The issue with this is that sometimes teen’s views of society are different than reality’s and there are problems that they don’t even realize exist. Often, even if they watch the news once a month they won’t see all the events that have happened.

 

I understand that watching the news can be draining, depressing or just seem ridiculous but it sometimes is necessary because it allows us to understand what is happening around us. However, just watching mainstream news:CNN, Fox News, NBC, etc.,  isn’t the best way to get the news. This is not because they are “Fake News” but instead, it’s because they always want to be the first one to get the story, so they don’t always get the facts correct and at times don’t correct their facts after more information is given on the story.

 

They often say that their news coverage is unbiased, but this is often never the case. This is because each news station has their own agenda and they often only cover the news that helps their side. And with non-mainstream news channels, they still have that issue but they are more willing to talk about their opinions, and leave it up to the viewers to choose if they agree or disagree with the opinions.

 

The other thing with some non-mainstream news channels is they make it easier to understand how it affects everyone. Sometimes they make it easier to understand by adding comedy to it, this can be seen with “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”,  or “Late Night with Seth Meyers”. And they often have a lot of pop culture references, which makes their coverage even more interesting to viewers.

 

I often get my news by watching a Youtube channel called “The Philip Defranco Show”, he covers a lot of news for the week and then tries to get the viewers to talk about the news themselves in the comment section. I feel that this is a really good way for people to see the differing sides of the situation and how people will have different opinions than each other. He also puts the sources he uses at the bottom of his videos so if the viewer wants to see more they have a place to start. Which is helpful for the reader to go more in depth with their current news and get multiple sides of the story that they would not have been able to get by just watching mainstream news.

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