One of the toughest things for a lot of people to do is separate their opinion from what’s factually accurate. If you have newsroom responsibilities that include writing stories for the web, or taking a shift monitoring your station’s social media sites, you invariably get some commenters who will post something contrary to the facts, and when challenged, will say “well, I’m entitled to my opinion.”
This brief article from the Houston Press has a bit of punchy language (it’s safe for work or I wouldn’t post it) but it directly addresses the frequent clash of opinion and fact. As our parents told us, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but for those of us who report the news, we learned a long time ago that opinions are not necessarily fact-based.
Posted by Tim Morrissey