Juan Williams

On Tuesday night, Kristi and I were lucky enough to attend a lecture by Juan Williams at the UWM Union. Late last week, Kristi got free tickets to the event from a drawing at the local NPR station’s, WUWM, Facebook fan page. It was really nice to be able to go to an event like that.

Mr. Williams was a very engaging speaker. He has the distinction of being a radio journalist for NPR and a political commentator for FOX news. I have always enjoyed listening to his news articles on NPR, so it was nice to actually see him in person.

He talked about so many interesting topics that I couldn’t detail them all here. He had very interesting things to say about some interviews he did based on some census information. He interviewed some high school students in Minnesota and some senior citizens in Florida because kids under 18 and the elderly are the two largest demographic groups in the country.

But the one thing that was the most interesting to me was when he talked about getting your news from multiple sources. He indicated that due to sales and marketing practices, most news agencies report about only things that their base of consumers want to know about. If want to get the full picture, you need to take in some news from the opposite point of view, even if you don’t agree with it. Oh… and he said that you shouldn’t rely on getting your news from the “Info-tainment” shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report. Those are for humor and shouldn’t be mistaken for actual news programs.

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