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Op-Ed: Media fact or fiction


“The death of democracy will be our final wake-up call: Can we wait for that to happen?”

– Ben Hett

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( theorists have been predicting the earth will soon be invaded by esoteric aliens from a mythical asteroid. We have been warned of the horrors of emissions from barbecuing hamburgers causing global warming. We have been scolded that if we do not stop mining fossil fuels, the world will shrink to the size of a jellybean. The EPA has warned us if we continue flushing our toilets every time we use them, we will dry up our water supply. They also claim bovine gas is destroying the air. And the media reports this as fact. While this makes great fodder for publishers of comic book writers, it also proves, if you repeat a falsehood often enough, people will believe it is true.

Over the past decade, America has become a fearful and gullible nation. Like windup toys, we obediently follow the direction our government decides to take us, regardless of their motives or its consequences. Political paragons create these false social conundrums to enable them to control economic and individual freedom. This way, they run the country their way, not how we wish. The mal-machinations of special interest groups and politicians are well concealed in today’s political machines. If people knew how little influence they have with today’s government, they would throw another Boston Tea Party. Maybe we should heed the advice of Rand Paul: “I have a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear. We've come to take our government back.”

Since the formation of political parties, politicians have become notorious for telling people what they want to hear. Through the years they have found many ways to buffalo voters into believing the voodoo they peddle. Many Americans claim they have lost faith in the media, but when their scandal-mongering stories are quoted and re-quoted on social media, their fictions soon become fact. Once these platitudinal rumors are posted and re-posted over again, the unbelievable soon becomes credible. And this plays right into the hands of the political class and their media friends.

“Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.”

– Eric Hoffer

The media became a tool for the left to promote and sustain federalism when JP Morgan infiltrated the U.S. media to exploit and control it in 1917. He hired 12 news hounds from affluent papers to accomplish this. His plan was to buy key primary news institutions that others looked up to and respected. Morgan bought the top 25 news conglomerates and appointed an army of generals to command it. This enabled him to control all stories in every paper, and the watchdog duty of the Fourth Estate was officially neutered. And the media soon was in bed with the feds. Now, 100-plus years later:

“The left controls academia, the culture, and the news media.”

– Monica Crowley

Many Americans have fallen asleep at the wheel of democracy. It takes effort to separate fact from fiction. We are being bushwhacked by contrived conspiracy theorists. The pathway to socialism is being laid through a far left media. We have allowed leftist conspirators to infiltrate our government and convince gullible voters our Constitution is outmoded. Congress today is governing by their will and not that of the people. Although outwardly we have a constitutional government, inwardly, we have an oligarchic political monopoly of party patricians. By infiltrating the system, they dictate law and social order through panic-media.

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

– Pablo Picasso

This blue-blooded political action group has its own army of media generals. They have moved to the front of the line to protect their interests. But we have failed to shelter our vested interests. If anyone doesn’t believe the entire nation is under siege by the press today, they are blind in both eyes. Knowledge regurgitated through social media osmosis is misinformation generated by the propaganda machines. While we kick back with blind faith in lawmakers, the media is working overtime popularizing progressive idealistic perceptions fed to them by the left. And this is our Achilles heel. We have become so accustomed to bad reporting many have given up looking for the truth.

Now that the media has teamed up with elite progressives, they have been given a license to steal our liberty. This facilitates their ability to use intimidation and distorted, gum-shoe hyperbole to enforce the left’s wish list. By simply avoiding stories, the Fourth Estate should be divulging, traditional media has learned to mix a little truth with a lot of mistruth to muddy the pool of news they report. They obfuscate facts with fables and tales force-fed to them from insignificant, unreliable sources. New age liberals control public opinion and try to convince readers if they don’t shoot themselves in the foot, someone else will do it for them. And when they do, it will be more painful than if they did it themselves.

“People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.”

– A.J. Liebling

As George Orwell pointed out, “Big Brother will control every facet of our lives by 1984.” Nineteen eighty-four is long gone and so is the independent press. If the privileged members of the new age media machine want to retain their preferred status, they cannot write an honest story for the AP. The business of today’s avant-garde reporters is to misconstrue the truth. They vilify everything our sitting president does to improve our nation. They rewrite approved White House press releases to assail the president’s accomplishments to keep public opinion low. They know if they throw enough crap on the wall some of it will stick. And that is the problem we face today. Too much of it does!

Morgan and his gang led the way toward information and news control in the U.S. They birthed censorship, disinformation and propaganda. Media, the once anointed watchdogs over our republic, quietly became a deadly weapon for the government when Morgan seized control of it. And today, the press is used to terrorize Americans into believing false science and invented theory to pass laws that exercise total control over us by partisan orators. Few realize it was just 100 years ago our free press was hijacked by the same guy who concocted the Federal Reserve, the monster from Jekyll Island. Today,

“An editor is a person employed on a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.”

– Elbert Hubbard

The great 15th century political strategist, Niccolò Machiavelli wrote, “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” In a recent poll taken by Hayward Group, 58 percent of those surveyed claim they get the majority of their news from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Although nobody should shed any tears over the loss of market share for traditional media, new and better news sources are online and they are filling the void left by print media when they sold out to the left. And these new watchdogs come in every flavor and breed imaginable. And the most credible ones are non-profits who rely on donations, not advertisers, to pay their bills.

If journalists and politicians are best buddies, something is wrong with both of them. If politicians fear journalists, all of America wins. When journalists and politicians are in bed together, anything goes. And it usually does. As long as the press takes their marching orders from politicians, we’ll be on the outside of government looking in. It is time Americans reconsider from where they get their news. Is it fact, is it fiction or is it real news?

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

– Patrick Henry

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