ANDILE KHUMALO: Give us economics news we can actually use

02 June 2019 - 00:16 By Andile Khumalo

'The pen is mightier than the sword." So said English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton almost 200 years ago. This adage has proved true over the centuries, and even more so in recent times with the advent of fake news and "alternative facts". But perhaps even more dangerous than untruths are irrelevant truths. One of my bugbears is the way the media decides what makes the news. The sword wielded by editors is often blunt when communicating facts that actually matter to the society they serve.

You would think the fourth estate would reflect the facts and news that are most relevant to people. However, most of the time we get told what we should care about, and we somehow convince ourselves that what we are fed is what matters, when there are more important truths...

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