It's probably not surprising to hear that now, more than ever, fewer people trust the mainstream media. Despite the fact that media credibility issues have existed since the beginning of the media in the United States, the stakes are higher than ever.
Since the first American newspaper back in 1704, The Boston News-Letter, bias in media has been a talking point. Benjamin Franklin, the first newspaper "tycoon" and one of the nation's founding fathers, was known for adding bias to his news stories. Not only that, he straight-up wrote fake stories.
He wrote articles based on non-existent speeches from politicians that would stir the ire of his readers, manipulating public opinion on the issues of the day.
But just because #fakenews is as American as apple pie, it still doesn't mean it's right.
In our day, information is everywhere, whether it's true or not, and human psychology shows that people aren't always interested in the truth. Not only that, but the spiritual darkness around us has grown and many souls reside there.
The Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon — a holy Jesuit and brilliant Catholic theologian — said in an interview, "The modern media are engaged in a Luciferian conspiracy against the truth." Many who have "ears to hear and eyes to see" know this is true. As Catholics, we also understand that the Truth is a Person: Jesus Christ.
Hardon also said, "Catholics must enter the media on all levels, they must provide sound doctrine, and authentic Catholics must cooperate with each other. Catholics must evangelize through print, film, radio, television and now the internet."