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I have been avoiding the news, whether it is print, web, or television due to all of the negativity. In the last several years it appears the free press is no longer reporting just the facts. Besides the slanted news there is now also fake news that has to be filtered out. Finding out what is truly happening is becoming difficult. The Pew Research Center looked at all of the various media outlets in 2014 and used a 10 point scale, left or right, from what was determined to be an average respondent (which is not at the zero point on the scale). Below is the result. The rest of the data is at this link.

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It is not surprising to see that the majority of the news sources were on the left hand side of the scale. Between the 4 to 6 scale on both side is where one finds the ultra liberal (8) or ultra conservative (6) news sources. Based on this poll data, the press leans heavily to one side.

The media seems to be obsessed with negativity in the United States, and the world in general, with a focus on the government leaders. An example of this was the recent down turn in the stock markets, when the DOW dipped below 20,000, which was attributed to the President. When the market turned around to new record highs, the media was silent. In my humble opinion the United States is lacking leadership on many levels, both Democrats and Republicans. There is no consensus happening in our nations capital. It is a us against them attitude along party lines. The politicians on both sides of the aisle seem more interested in their own thoughts than the concerns of what is best for the American people.

This led me on a search of what various leaders have said on the subject of leadership:

Learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.
~ Dwight Eisenhower ~

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
~ John Quincy Adams ~

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
~Alexander the Great. ~

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
~ Vladimir Putin ~

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
~ Colin Powell ~

Andrew Carnegie summed up best what not to be as a leader:

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
– Andrew Carnegie –