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The truth shall set you free

29 Mar 2018 at 11:11hrs | Views
People are all ears for news but there are instances when scribes and media houses go the extra mile in dispensing half-baked and oftentimes exaggerated news. News is when man bites a dog yet we are sometimes told he went on to marinate the dog carcass and ate it.

Why take readers and listeners down the garden path? There are times the print media can put it down in bold letters that 'landslide kills scores' only to find in the last paragraph that its alleged many people may have died in a landslide in Solomon Islands or so.

Numbers are just thrown about without verification or further gleaning for the truth. You are told thousands attended a so and so political rally to only find out latter the crowd hardly tallied to fifty attendees. We all need sales but why peddle falsehoods? In the long term, the same newspaper will get no takers because of lying.

The target market is not a kindergarten lot but mature readers who can separate grain from bran, tell them the truth. The people you meet going up are the same people you are sure to meet  crest-falling so, keep telling the truth and maintain your integrity. The truth shall set you free, lies and half-baked news will never build a good reputation. If anything, they will destroy you.

Thomas Murisa. Harare.

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