Dr. Michael Brown writes about not always trusting your own echo chamber. I always encourage my listeners to read widely because you might miss important perspectives and arguments that will challenge your thinking.
He begins by quoting from DC Circuit Court Judge Laurence Silberman, who I discussed yesterday. He argued that two of the most influential papers (New York Times and Washington Post) “are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets.” He also added that nearly all television “is a Democratic Party trumpet.” If all you know comes from Big Media and Big Tech, you are in an echo chamber and unaware of important contrary information.
He mentions a study I have quoted in the past that discovered that 17 percent of Biden voters say they would not have voted for him if they had known more about his record and more about the positive accomplishments of President Trump.
Dr. Brown also encourages Christians not to live in an echo chamber. He gives some examples of the rightwing echo chamber that often discounts anything written in, for example, the New York Times. Don’t turn a blind eye to good reporting by claiming that it’s all “fake news.”
He remembers watching an issue debated on television and thinking the conservative point was well done. Then he heard the liberal critique about what had been said. I thought of Proverbs 18:17 – “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.”
We need to get out of our own echo chamber and test what we believe in the marketplace of ideas. What we believe seems right until we hear an objection. That should help us hone our arguments and presentations.