Do you think it is important to know both sides of the story? Why?

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Without knowing both sides of a story, you cannot make a fair comment on that story or pass a fair judgment. This is one of the first things that students in journalism school are taught. It's also why every trial consists of both prosecution and defense teams.

For example, let us consider a fictitious case in which a young adult is found to have murdered his father. Let's say the murder was witnessed, and the witness came forward and said that he saw the man put a gun to the older man's head and pull the trigger.

It may seem like a cut-and-dried case until police speak to the accused and learn that the entire family has been subjected to years of physical abuse at the hands of the deceased father. While the son is still guilty of murder, there are now extenuating circumstances which may have an impact on his conviction or sentence.

Without hearing both sides of the story, this would never have come to light.

I remember being taught in college that there are always three sides to every story: Person A's account, Person B's account, and the truth. Only by hearing both accounts can an impartial observer hope to arrive at the truth.

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It is very important to know both sides of a story. By hearing only one side of a story, a person may not get the whole picture of what had actually happened. Many times, people view events through their own, unique lens. People may embellish the facts or omit some of the details of an event to benefit their side of the story.

Oftentimes, the information we hear on television or read in the newspapers about crimes that allegedly have been committed is very different from the actual facts that are presented in the court case. By being able to know both sides of the story, a person is more likely to get all of the facts regarding what happened with a specific event. It is very important to know both sides of a story to determine what really happened about the situation in question.

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