Sometimes things are not as they seem. The news might report on something bad some group of people did, claim that they were part of some larger movement, and use the event to paint the whole movement as flawed. Don’t assume this is true!
Labor union leadership has been known to hire homeless people to hold signs and protest while pretending to be union members. Democrat operatives were exposed posing as Tea Party members and doing stupid things on camera. Antifa hijacked Black Lives Matter protests by initiating vandalism, getting some BLM activists to join them, and causing the whole BLM movement to be associated with violence. There were even rumors floated that it was actually undercover police doing these things. Antifa later stormed the capitol dome and got some Trump supporters to join them. It was reported by some media outlets to be only Trump supporters. When probably-Antifa later attacked a DNC office, it was rumored that these were actually Trump supporters looking to discredit Antifa. Who knows?
When Joseph Stack flew his plane into an IRS office, left-wing media claimed he was a conservative and right-wing media claimed he was a liberal. When MSNBC played the 911 tape made by George Zimmerman, they edited it to make him sound racist. When a black woman’s car was surrounded and attacked by leftist rioters, with one of them climbing up her hood, the photograph of the event was claimed to be of a white supremacist running over peaceful protestors with his car.
Sometimes news outlets lie. Sometimes they don’t double-check their sources. Sometimes they make genuine mistakes. Sometimes they are duped themselves. Don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t believe everything you read.
In politics, we play with the lives of other people. Those we vote for will put in place policies that might make the difference between life and death, imprisonment and freedom, or poverty and riches. Voting without being fully informed is the worst form of negligence. Listen to as many different news sources as you have time for. Seek out contrary opinions. Check your bias. Read history. Read science. Find a trusted analyst to sift the news for you, explain it, and put it in context. Look for errors in their logic. Ask for supporting evidence. Most of all, actually think.
Logic. Love. Liberty.