Sep 6, 2008

Hear Ye, Hear Ye read all about it...


his summer I came across two nearly identical newspapers.   They were from the 1976 presidential election.   The only difference was the headline.   The first newspaper said, "Carter in the lead.. and the second said, "Carter wins...   I saved these papers because when I was a kid, I used to wake up at 4:00 in the morning to deliver my newspaper route.     On Wednesday, November 5th, 1975, I had already delivered my newspapers when the Arizona Republic decided to send out a second issue. When I got back to the paper station, there was a whole new stack of papers sitting there with a new headline. I remember pondering what I should do.


Should I re-deliver the newspapers? The only difference was the headline!   I paged through the paper and quickly determined that the only changes were above the fold on page A-1.   They could have sent out a memo!   But instead, the Arizona Republic reprinted the whole newspaper.   I figured if they went through all the trouble to re-print the newspaper, I should at least get it to my customers.   I delivered the newspaper twice that day.     I kept a copy of both newspapers as a reminder that sometimes management decisions cause a lot of work for the little guy.


I wonder if newspapers will become obsolete.   Today people can turn on their computers and get information much quicker than in 1975.   In an article a few weeks ago, the newspaper reporter Kathleen Parker lamented the fact that newspapers are on the decline.   She said that if newspapers go away, so will "real.. reporters...   dedicated journalists who will dog a story until they uncover the truth.   She believes that's bad for America.   I agree.


No, in today's "instant.. news cycle, there is such a rush to get the information out there, it sometimes can be wrong.   In this presidential election cycle there have been times when the facts weren't totally verified because there was a huge pressure to be the first to publish.   I'm sure this will continue.


Sometimes the information gets published accidentally.   Imagine Steve Job's surprise when Bloomburg Business News Wire sent out his obituary last week.   Now Steve was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2003, but other than that, he's still alive and creating new products at Apple Computers.   Bloomburg quickly retracted the news wire.   It makes me wonder what else out there should be retracted...


But we'll always get it wrong every once in awhile.   We're only human.   There will be times when we'll have to go back and correct something to make it right.  When Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter died, I accidentally wrote Jeff Irwin in my weekly article.   It got fixed when it was posted to our website.   Hey, mistakes happen.


But there is one publication that has stood the test of time.   It is our Bible.   Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that "all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction and for training in righteousness...   No second editions necessary.




Pastor David Hook


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