April 29, 2007
Breadcrumb: Media hysteria, Israelite style
Today, we are well aware that our news media may be exaggerating the severity of natural or man-made disasters. We know that media have biases and that eyewitness reports may not be substantially unreliable. Unfortunately, it seems the Israelites did not know this. When the scouting party returned from Canaan, 40 days after they set out, the spoke of a beautiful and bounteous land. On the other hand, they also reported that the inhabitants were giants. (Num. 13:25-33) Who could have known the scouts were just exaggerating?