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Here is the only agenda or ideology for CARDINAL NEWS. Many articles are published on the basis of the following ideology — the RR-RGJ ideology.

RRRGJ is a Reduce Risks; Reinforce Good Judgment ideology utilized to promote public safety by helping people understand risks and make good decisions based on good judgment that weighs risks and benefits of a situation. Incidents reported may define human errors, but are NOT intended to devaluate a human being. Human errors can result from a very complex set of circumstances.

News information often develops or unfolds gradually with an increased understanding of how a conflict or a tragedy occurred, or how it was caused and who or what is to blame.

Cardinal News articles might trigger readers to incorrectly identify a CARDINAL NEWS ideological endorsement connected to the message(s) in the article, or might trigger readers to incorrectly identify a political stance connected to CARDINAL NEWS will include the following message which refers to this page …
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Over the years CARDINAL NEWS has identified that several individuals (who have complained) have misunderstood the message in a news article that is based on their own Confirmation Bias or that may be tied to identity with a particular ideology or group of people.

Also, individuals in special interest groups are often motivated selfishly and may vociferously support their agenda. In some cases there is no solid answer to resolve opposing views, or the solid answer is not yet understood.

Individuals highly invested in an agenda, identity politics, a political party, or a political figure may falsely perceive that a CARDINAL NEWS article is actively or deliberately against their position, when in fact the article is simply pointing out or documenting a position that opposes the individual’s position. This type of individual is often informally known as “triggered.”

CARDINAL NEWS often presents two views, but when CARDINAL NEWS presents a one-sided view, that does not mean that CARDINAL NEWS supports that view. It simply means that the view is being documented. Since CARDINAL NEWS is a searchable article database, the documentation can be studied historically. Searchable information is much more valuable than ephemeral news posts that disappear or are difficult to find in social media. Social media inhibits learning from mistakes and only stokes conflict.

News Methods

CARDINAL NEWS uses three main types of news methods to publish information …

1) Witness reports (on-scene, eye witness or third-party witness, public safety radio reports), 2) Press releases from governments, businesses, organizations, politicians and individuals, 3) Aggregation of news information from sourced third-party news sources.

News reports in the traditional sense can be challenged by rapidly-spreading social media rumors that can be posted by bad actors with bad intensions or good faith people with good intentions or misinformed people with good intentions.

Depending on time constraints, such as caused by a busy news day, a news article may not contain opposing points of view, which results in only one point of view.

News is also challenged by obstructions because of sensitive details, or is challenged by officials withholding information because of circumstances that might harm investigations. Meanwhile witnesses close to an incident can disseminate these details via social media without any regard for the security of the scene. News is obstructed by evil actors — people, politicians, businesses or governments that don’t want the general population to know the facts that could reduce their power, reveal their guilt or liability, harm their agenda, or harm their profits. News is a never-ending revelation of layers of information (true or false) that eventually becomes historical knowledge.

Similarly, information providers involve a range of “professional” individuals and news media sources from good faith people with intentionally helpful information, and bad faith actors that intentionally deceive and manipulate with harmful or suggestive messages. Note that good faith people can make technical errors and judgment errors, or can be misinformed by bad sources.

Below are news issues which explain how misunderstandings and conflict can occur with the consumption of news articles, and how CARDINAL NEWS attempts to advise against pitfalls and fallacies

News Issues

Aggregation can have a bias effect when certain sources are chosen instead of balanced sources. Readers can also incorrectly perceive aggregations as serving as endorsements of a specific message or ideology (see also Cherry Picking). Re-titling of news articles referred can also result in apparent endorsement of messages or information in articles. For example, in October 2017, the Drudge Report was accused of promoting conspiracy theories regarding the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.

While aggregating, CARDINAL NEWS is simply documenting the content — choosing it for news and for archiving. Conspiracy news, fake news may be included for documentation and archiving. At the very least we may want to know who is spreading lies and when and how. Articles in aggregation may be selected because they are unusual, ludicrous or ridiculous, involve hypocrisy, point out a personality’s point of view, involve a prediction, or other remarkable message; but the selection does not mean CARDINAL NEWS is verifying that the news as true, or that CARDINAL NEWS agrees with the message.

Breaking News involves early reporting that puts the importance of getting news out that is grater than the negative outcomes associated with risks of incorrect or incomplete information. Breaking news means there is a good chance that information is missing or not yet revealed, or that a witness observed something incorrectly, or even lied. Regarding crimes … that’s why there are police investigations and eventually court trials that apply the burden of proof to determine a case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to affirm a conviction in a criminal case. Any news report produced within minutes or even up to four to six hours of an incident, and before an official statement is made by authorities, should be taken with a grain of salt. To hold a breaking news report to the standards and expectations of a police investigation with criminal forensics resources is idiotic.

There is a countermeasure to misleading news that is caused by news that is intentionally sanitized — including news that is filtered by authorities, corporations, political personalities, and biased news media sources. It’s LOCAL and LIVE. LOCAL and LIVE information supported by video and photos can be a prominent and reliable source of truth in media during a catastrophe, especially in the short time interval before manipulation occurs. However, even LOCAL and LIVE situations with video and photos can involve false information (e.g., mistaken identity).

“Local and live is the only truth in media during a catastrophe.”

— Michelle Rosen, daughter of Mary “Lynn” Reiner, fatal Tylenol terror victim



Cherry Picking Cherry picking, suppressing evidence, or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position while ignoring a significant portion of related and similar cases or data that may contradict that position. Cherry picking may be committed intentionally or unintentionally. This fallacy is also a major problem in public debate.

Many readers jump to conclusions, and may accuse media sources of Cherry Picking after reading a single article. Accusations of Cherry Picking directed at a media source should be reserved until a history of evidence is gathered from multiple articles from that media source.

Cancel Culture

Circumstantial Evidence

Commenter Bias Hijacking Commenters can hijack the message of an article — whether the article is objective or biased. Commenters can bully a writer or other commenters in an attempt to control the message of the article.

Confirmation Bias

Conflict of Interest
A prepper could tend to write articles emphasizing doom to encourage purchases of reserve supplies.

Conspiracy Theory


Echo Chamber


Fake News


Headlines Conclusions and Sharing

Post Truth Politics


Smear Campaigns


Think Globally, Act Locally. Frequently readers complain about US/World news published on CARDINAL NEWS. They may post a question or send a message like this, “Why is this relevant for an Arlington Heights news page?”

Virtue Signaling

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