FOREST HILLS, NC February 9, 2013 – There was a time in America when journalists and publishers upheld a standard of excellence and integrity when reporting the news.
Although style and format varied, the news stories presented (more often than not) reported factual information, quoted sources accurately and in context, and were careful to attribute their sources accordingly. Alas, those days are seemingly ancient history when it comes to believing what is reported by most major news outlets.
Consider the following hypothetical story, reported in two distinct ways:
NEGATIVE STORY WITH POSITIVE SPIN:
What actually happened: Local merchant, Joe Smith, was arrested for mixing rat poison in his wife’s oatmeal. The discovery was made after an autopsy was performed on the late Sadie Smith, age 54. Investigators discovered traces of the poison and oatmeal particles under his fingernails. They also found an empty box of rat poison in the Smiths’ trash can, as well as a receipt at a local hardware store that shows a credit card transaction that matches Joe Smith’s VISA account.
Mr. Smith was released from custody after anonymous local residents posted $250,000 bond.
How the story was reported: The local community is in shock after learning that local merchant and 2007 Volunteer of the Year, Joe Smith, was arrested in connection with the death of his wife, Sadie. Investigators have not reported full details, but anonymous sources state that Mr. Smith allegedly mixed a grain supplement with his wife’s oatmeal. The grain supplement added to the oatmeal was verified to be 99.99% good and wholesome, and contained less than 0.001% chemical byproducts.
Community residents have rallied in support and solidarity with Mr. Smith as evidenced by their collecting and posting a quarter-million dollar bond to secure Joe Smith’s release. The Smiths were said to be a loving couple, and were married over 25 years. Joe Smith had shared with friends and family about his looking forward to taking a luxury cruise with Sadie in the coming months.
Objective of the media spin: The above story was hypothetical, but the way it was reported (in the latter account) would influence the reader more positively than the former, straightforward account. The plain truth is that Mr. Joe Smith was arrested because there was strong evidence that he mingled RAT POISON with his wife’s food.
It is true that rat poison contains over 99% good, wholesome grain, there is no justification in attempting to spin a possible honorable motive in Mr. Smith’s (apparent) actions. Similar “journalistic liberty” is being exercised day-after-day in America, and the unsuspecting general public is ingesting this poison while our country goes down the slippery slope of ruin.
Parallel the above hypothetical story with what many in the so-called mainstream media report, and: Voila! You have an unsuspecting public following the Pied Piper of Propaganda. It is a storyline taken out of the book titled: “Gullible’s Travels”.
Consider the following stories reported by American journalists, and take a closer look at how the media manipulated the facts to influence and sway public opinion:
Case 1: TARP/Stimulus (“Bailout”) Funds (2008)
How it was reported: Troubled (Toxic) Asset Relief Program (TARP) was promoted and ramrodded through Congress after politicians said that U.S. financial institutions would fail if the Federal Government did not take bold and decisive action to save them from financial collapse. Link: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13609.html
The real truth: The hundreds of billions of dollars that were taken from our national treasury did very little to improve our economy. The real objective in bailouts, TARP, and so-called “stimulus” was redistribution of wealth… plain and simple.
If you examine the SHOVEL READY jobs that were promised, you will find that no such jobs were created. Follow the money, and you will find that those who helped put Barack Obama in office were the same persons, groups, and/or entities that received (or, more correctly: siphoned-off) federal funds as a payoff. To better understand redistribution of wealth, listen to this monologue by Constitutional lawyer Mark Levin:
Case 2: The Tea Party
How it was reported: Many media outlets readily accepted the premise that there has been and still is rampant racism in the Tea Party. The allegations are presumed to be factual, and the Tea Party is deemed guilty (in most cases) until proven innocent.
The real truth: The Tea Party sprang up spontaneously across the nation as a result of ordinary citizens (across the political spectrum) who were sick and tired of empty promises by career politicians. Many who attended Tea Party rallies had never gotten involved in political grassroots efforts before. Because of the true grassroots strength in numbers, politicians had to take note of this spontaneous movement.
In the fall of 2010 the momentum from the Tea Party group ushered-in a Conservative majority in the Congress. Unfortunately, the Tea Party movement has been demonized and smeared by those with a political ideology that is threatened by an informed constituency. Now that the image of the Tea Party has been mischaracterized as racist and bigoted, an increasing number of people at the grassroots level have been reluctant to identify themselves with the Tea Party.
This video shows a typical Tea Party rally from April 2010. You will notice that the audience was comprised of ordinary citizens gathered to peacefully voice their opposition to unresponsive government, and did so with civility, and in an orderly fashion:
Case 3: National Debt Crisis
How it was reported: The public was told that we could not solve the problem by cutting spending. The Obama Administration, many politicians in Congress, and the media put forth the premise that it would take the rich paying their so-called “fair share” in order for the nation to make a balanced approach in moving towards fiscal responsibility.
The real truth: The additional taxes raised by the so-called “Warren Buffett Rule” (which proposed assessing a higher tax rate for high income Americans), would take over 500 years to pay the equivalent of one (1) year of our current debt. Anyone who believes that this is the way to achieve a balanced budget is delusional. As a great U.S. President once said: “We do not have a tax/revenue problem; we have a spending problem”.
According to the Heritage Foundation, “The IRS also reports that in 2008, the top 25 percent of income earners—those earning $67,280 or more—paid 86.34 percent of the income taxes (in America), yet earned only 67.38 percent of all income in the U.S.” See the full report by the Heritage Foundation.
There is too many OTHER examples to cite. However, the three aforementioned cases should provide enough to support the premise of this article. The sad truth is that truth in reporting is spun with half-truths, innuendo, interpret-facts, and misleading rhetoric that collectively TAINTS the true essence of what is going on in our country (and the world in which we live).
What if the criteria of TRUTH IN REPORTING for news organizations had the same requirement as that mandated of witnesses testifying before a U.S. Grand Jury? If this hypothetical standard applied today, we would have a lot of editors and publishers behind bars. Here is the definition of perjury (lying or intentionally misleading testimony) according to the U.S. Justice Department:
1.. The witness must be under oath
2.. The witness must make a false statement
3.. False statements must be material (i.e.: relevant to the situation or case)
4.. Statement must be made with knowledge of its falsity.
The American media mercilessly portrayed former White House Chief of Staff (to VP Dick Cheney) I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as a reprehensible and deceitful LIAR after he was indicted by the U.S. Grand Jury for perjury and obstruction of justice:
And to underscore how effective the American media is in shaping public opinion, to this day, most Americans are unaware of the fact that Scooter Libby WAS NOT the source of the leak that “outted” Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA agent.
That distinction belongs to Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Yet, even though they held an incessant “holier than thou” judgment of Scooter Libby, the same American media practiced and still practices misleading and often intentionally-deceptive reporting of the news in order to support an agenda that is cascading our nation further and further into the abyss of weakness, corruption, financial insolvency and utter disregard and contempt for morality as well as the U.S. Constitution.
What is the remedy, if any?
1. Get involved at the local level. Contact your local Conservative political office and get involved as a poll watcher, precinct captain, block captain, volunteer at the political office, etc. When the local political party elects its leadership (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Executive Committee/Central Committee member, etc.), find out who is running, and what they stand for. If you do not agree with his or her positions, recruit someone who you CAN support (or, throw your own hat into the ring and become a candidate yourself).
2. Citizens must arm themselves with the facts. This means they have to seek alternative news sources that will expose them to the relevant issues that affect us today, and that will have an impact on future generations. One source is: www.freerepublic.com If you want to dig deeper, check out the domains of bloggers and writers who provide multiple (story) contributions to that site. Other sources include (but are not limited to): www.theblaze.com, www.breitbart.com, www.drudgereport.com, and www.hotair.com Armed with the facts, we can counteract the lies and deception from the so-called mainstream media.
3. Recruit others to get involved. Use social media to increase others’ awareness of things that are important (candidates, issues in the community, upcoming legislation, etc.).
It may seem to be a daunting task, but consider the alternative. We need to get up off our keester and make a difference. I close with two quotes:
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
“If not you, who? If not now, when?” (Rabbi Hillel the Elder, 100 B.C.)
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