Francis Bacon (1561-1626):
The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects; in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate. [Source]
This is not news to anyone. We all see it daily. I am certain we all practice it to some degree. What bothers me is that we individually do not need to do this anymore. The news media does it for it us. Before we get the opportunity to separate the facts from the opinions we support, we have the facts separated from the opinions we are told to support. The results leave us very narrow.
Are there any objective news sources left? Are we supposed to sit back and let the media set our opinions and objectives for us? Is being aware enough to combat this? What can the common person do?