My six year old lost her two front teeth a few weeks ago and was thrilled that she would be able to sing “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” with a big authentic gap this year. Needless to say, that song has gotten a lot of play around my house his Christmas. I started thinking this week about what I want for Christmas. Unfortunately, nothing I want will fit under a tree.
When I was a little girl I wore out the Sears “Wish Book,” putting dog ears on the pages and circling the toys I wanted with a marker. There isn’t anything I have my heart set on this year that could be found in a wish book. My list of wants is topped with the wish that my kids continue to be happy and healthy. Many of the items on my wish list though extend to the world outside of my family.
I could include the beauty pageant wish on my list and ask for “world peace” (or even “whirled peas” as the bumper sticker says). I am not even sure what world peace would look like, though, and judging by what currently passes for peace in some countries, it might even be somewhat overrated.
There are some other wishes, however, that would bring peace into my world if they ever were granted.
One of those things is a fair, honest, open and unbiased press. This gift would certainly lower my blood pressure significantly. I don’t think there is any way to completely remove bias from reporting, at least as long as humans are involved in the process, but there are quite a few guidelines that could be followed to improve on the current state of reporting.
One of those guidelines might be to start with the facts, rather than starting with a template and then squishing the facts to fit into it like a size ten trying to squeeze into a size seven shoe. Using credible sources would be a plus (preferably live, breathing ones), as well as using authentic documents. (Sorry, but “fake, but accurate” just isn’t good enough.) I am really dreaming on this one, but I would love to see political news stories reported fairly enough that I would be left wondering the political affiliation of the person, group or legislation being reported. Maybe if reporting was a bit more balanced there could be some progress made on the next item on my wish list.