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It really doesn't matter whether you get your information from books, old newspapers, old documents, radio, television, the internet or some other source. It's up to each person to decide for themselves whether a source is legitimate, whether the information being presented makes logical sense, and whether the information is first, second or third hand. That information has to be weighed against many factors, which may include, but are not necessarily limited to: the facts of history, the current state of affairs, personal knowledge and experience, the experience and knowledge of others, and more.
What I've always found from people who have a weak argument concerning something, or no argument at all, is they will attack the person who does have information with something like, "Well, you can't always believe what you read or hear". Duh. That fits many people on here who simply present no arguments at all, but simply resort to name-calling. Until a person comes up with their OWN source of information and a good argument to rebut another person's argument, the statement "You can't always believe what you read or hear" is of little value, if any value at all. You're nothing more than "Captain Obvious" with such an "argument".
There is no substitute, of course, for first-hand information. But even then, how many people throughout history have been disbelieved, laughed at, disparaged and injured in other ways for what may in fact be the unvarnished TRUTH. Even when people have very direct evidence for something, such as a video or some recording, they will still be disbelieved, mocked and more by people who themselves were not present and did not directly experience what happened. To know that what I am saying is true, one only has to look at the many holocaust deniers we have in the world!
All anyone can do is what is basically done in our courts: weigh the evidence and decide based upon a preponderance of evidence whether or not something is true. To argue simply that "You can't believe everything you read and hear" is a rather a moot, and stupid point to make, when one really thinks about it.
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