First, do no harm.
Yes, I know that’s Hippocrates writing in Of the Epidemics. And I know most of us aren’t doctors, although we do drink plenty of liquids, take two aspirins, and call each other in the morning.
However, increasingly, the recklessness on our side of the media has become noticeable.
He’s abominable, planet-threatening, Trumpzilla in LegoLand. But we still have to seek the truth for ourselves, carefully, and with discretion and that well-earned ability to evaluate all information critically.
Here are the guidelines for evaluating breaking news … which now breaks so often that the chunk-to-shard-to-sand transformation occurs in hours, rather than millenia.