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The difference between truth and facts

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I recently read an article in which a government employee was upset about an article published in a newspaper. The article was factually correct but it did not present the truth. When the individual confronted the newspaper publisher about the article being factually correct but not truthful, the publisher responded that the paper was not interested in the truth; it was only interested in the facts.

Facts are forever, but the truth is ever-changing!

The above statement is a reminder of many articles, letters and opinions that have been published in numerous newspapers. The facts have been manipulated in such a manner that the article, letter or opinion is factually correct but in total, it is untruthful.

There is also the other side of the coin! Many articles, letters and opinions are devoid of facts but are truthful to the writer. This statement can be applied to many articles, letters and opinions published in recent months dealing with our newly elected president. Truth, in many cases, is like beauty — it is only in the eye or mind of the beholder. To many others, it is untruthful!

Ray Shamlin
Rocky Mount

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