. . . And those of you fighting on the left have been brainwashed into thinking socialism and communism are better than our own constitutional republic. Although Chomsky, who is a progressive liberal to the point of being a socialist, I don’t think meant it in a way that’s good for anyone but liberal socialists.
Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but everyone is losing their ever-fucking minds. Really. Gone. Poof. There are only a very, very few rational and logical people left roaming your neighborhood, your community, your county, your state, and your country. This may come as quite of a shock, and be greatly unsettling – but I care enough to come clean with what’s going on, so please listen. I hope you’re not one of the ones who’s fallen prey to the great Mind Sucking that has cleverly, strategically, efficiently, and unexpectedly brainwashed a large majority. Yes, I said brainwashed. And that’s exactly what I mean. I’m not going to mollify this.
Let’s start with the media
So, look. In the “old days,” newspapers, radio stations, magazines, and television stations had a moral obligation to their communities, readers, viewers, and listeners to report on the facts. Reputable reporters worked tirelessly to ensure every fact, every statement, and every source was validated and, most of all, accurate. And that included perception of meaning and intent. The most mortifying thing for a reporter or a journalist to have had to do was issue a retraction. Issuing a retraction was a sure-fire black jumbo Sharpie mark on the reporter’s record for accuracy and thoroughness. A good reporter was devastated if a story he covered was greatly misconstrued by those who read it, with an eminent end to his career if he led the public at large to the wrong conclusion. Therefore, as a result of this fanatical, moral conviction to seek out, validate, and report the truth, obligated to, and vehemently passionate about, being for the people, the public came to trust the media; in fact, the journalism ethics and standards requires (not past-tense, it still does) reporters to be both objective and truthful. Somehow – and somewhere – along the way, that unfortunately was eradicated from the moral fabric of reporters. It died away fast, and shifted gears drastically. Most importantly, it changed while no one was really paying attention.
“The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X
So, how did it change, and why? That’s the 19-trillion-dollar question now, isn’t it? An even bigger question is, can the media collectively return to its glory days roots, and once again become a pillar of truth and objectivity? Or is it “too far gone?” I kind of think it’s too far gone, past the point of no return, insofar as what currently passes as “media giants.” Consequently, that, coupled with the Internet and technology has given rise to fringe media, bent on truth. Many are cropping up and drawing more and more audiences, because people who are critical thinkers are tired of the bullshit and, like me, refuse to listen to it.
I thought at one point after the election that there was a significant opportunity for “main stream media” to either shit or get off the pot – fully embrace the sewer, or return to objectivity and truthful reporting. They obviously chose the sewer. I no longer trust nor take at face value anything the media prints or broadcasts – especially when it comes from “anonymous sources.” That is a crock of shit, these anonymous sources. It’s nothing but a ploy the media uses to print whatever the fuck they want, whether it’s true or not, or whether it’s real or totally fabricated. Thus, the American people can no longer believe nor trust that journalists are the bastion of objective integrity they used to be. There is so much libel, slander, and biased content being produced that I now view most journalists – especially those at the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN – in the same category as the Weekly World News and the National Enquirer. They’ve all become tabloids for left-wing propaganda instead of outrageous alien encounters and secret love children. Everything they report is either made up, deliberately misconstrued, or laced with so much personal opinion it’s a joke to call it “news.” All of it supports a clearly obvious extreme progressive-left agenda. Media reporting is no longer rooted in fact, but rather a cacophony of personal opinions that has creeped past the editorial page and into every byline.
So let’s revisit the definitions of libel and slander, shall we? Because, where the occurrence either of these two things in the past meant curtains for a publication or a journalist, today it’s so prevalent, prolific, and obvious that it’s become a genre. It’s all the public is being fed at large – slanderous, libelous opinions – not news. The inherent danger is that it’s delivered as “news.”
- 1. LAW
the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.“he is suing the TV network for slander”
synonyms: defame (someone’s character), blacken someone’s name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone’s reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint;
a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.
1. 1. LAW
defame (someone) by publishing a libel.
“she alleged the magazine had libeled her”
synonyms: defame, malign, slander, blacken someone’s name, sully someone’s reputation, speak ill/evil of, traduce, smear, cast aspersions on, drag someone’s name through the mud, besmirch, tarnish, taint, tell lies about, stain, impugn someone’s character/integrity, vilify, denigrate, disparage, run down, stigmatize, discredit, slur;
Remember these definitions and keep them at the back of your mind the next time you read The New York Times, the Washington Post, or watch CNN or MSNBC, and see or hear a statement from another “anonymous source.” This happens constantly – especially with every misconstrued, misrepresented, and out-of-context comment by the President, his staff, and those who support true conservatism.
Why did it change?
Back to the question as to why it changed. This is an opinion piece, so whether my “Why” matches your “Why,” or even the real “Why,” is not the point. The real “Why” is as top secret as why JFK was assassinated, but I have a theory on why he was assassinated. We will never, ever know the real “Why,” and never the real “Who,” in either case – JFK nor the media’s corruption.
Before getting into it, some ground rules . .
The point here is to share what I, as a middle-class, professional, heterosexual white female with a degree in journalism – who began her career as a reporter 22 years ago – has observed. I’m still entitled to share my opinion in this country, and will do so without apology until I draw my last breath. I will not apologize if the forward, unguarded nature of my personal opinion offends you. Your offense is not mine to protect. If you’re offended by a good old-fashioned honest opinion, you should look internally at why it causes you offense. That’s what grownups do. At least, that’s what they used to do. I can offer you a tissue, a binky, and a lovey, as well as recommend a good therapist, too – let me know how I can help. I will not help by censoring. Retreat to your safe space if you have one. Whatever I can do to help you cope, because I’m a decent human being who has an opinion (shocking, I know), even if it’s not the same as yours. That’s still ok, you know. I’m mature enough to have a conversation without resorting to shut down tactics, like, “I’m SO offended!” to avoid anything that challenges me to think critically, or that may even challenge my beliefs. Disagreements are welcome, but only if you disagree without defaulting to sophomoric insults on my character, or vast identity labels because you can’t possibly comprehend that someone can separate moral values from political preferences. If you can be a grown-up, then by all means, be one. If you can’t, kindly step away from the keyboard.
With that, let us begin with my personal opinion on media corruption . . .
Why has the media lost its moral compass?
The only answer I can logically come up with to this question is Money. Whether the temptation of money from sensationalism, from spin, or from a source or party seeking to perpetuate a narrative, it’s all about the all powerful dollar. And power itself, too – because with power comes money.
All it took was one. One unscrupulous media decision-maker, or one unscrupulous power hungry manipulative bazillionaire to start an avalanche, a chain-reaction, of bogus protests and bazillions of dollars to own the narrative and accelerate a competition for eyeballs, because eyeballs mean more dollars. And inflammation of instability drives even more chaos by gullible people who are uncertain of the future and who will resort to violence, whether on their own volition or are financed to do so. The media at large has betrayed the profession, the public, and themselves with the dangerous route down which it has traveled. Printing or broadcasting false information isn’t even considered a problem anymore – because whether it’s true or false, sensation adds up to dollars and more inflammation. They care not that they are driving a large segment of people to the wrong conclusions – wrong conclusions that destroy lives, perpetuate libel, slander, and character assassination, and conclusions that even result in violence and death. Instead of issuing corrections, or apologizing for falsifying (whether intentional or unintentional), or updating with the real facts, they just “go with it.” That should be the media industry’s brand positioning: “Not Wrong, Just Positively Inaccurate. The Freedom of Interpretation.” Reporters and journalists no longer work tirelessly to validate both sides of a story. They no longer validate or confirm statements from third party sources. If it fits the strategic narrative they’ve been compensated to deliver, they fundamentally ignore the other side of the story. And there’s always another side to a story.
“When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.”
– George Washington (1789-1797)
Getting the other side of the story is no longer a requirement- it’s optional. In the past, in journalism’s heyday, if a reporter opted to only tell part of the story, managing editors would take their jobs and dismiss for insubordination and failing to do the job correctly. Not only that, but even the public – the readers, viewers, etc. – no longer seek out other means of opinion. If it reports what they think, or what their friends think, or what they want to believe, that’s good enough. Rational and critical thinking is so absent that it’s evolved into automatic belief of everything they hear or read. There’s no thought to question whether there’s an opposing account. There’s no critical thinking, only absorption and perpetuation of muck.
Countless writers, thinkers, philosophers, and investigators have been ruined and tainted by the narrative to which they’ve been told to adhere. They’ve betrayed their readers, the profession, and they’ve betrayed the very reason such importance was placed on the media in our history that earned them legislation such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The press has betrayed the very reason they enjoy such freedoms as they do. They’ve spit in the proverbial face of their constitutional federal republic . Shit on it, as a matter of fact.
The media has betrayed the trust that was bestowed upon them by the constitution, our Founding Fathers, and its citizens; they’ve taken sinister advantage of that trust, and they have misled millions upon millions domestically and worldwide that the United States is on the brink of disaster at best. By now, it probably is.
Is this really the story we want the rest of the world to believe? Because if it is, the media has laid open the opportunity for catastrophic attacks from bad actors; if we are vulnerable; if we are fighting amongst ourselves; and if we are perceived to be weak – then we aren’t paying attention to the amassing army of White Walkers outside our gates.
There is one thing, and one thing only that you can count on from the media: they lie, and lie, and lie some more, and they lie constantly. They manipulate the masses into believing that the narrative, direction, and story they are selling is fact. They report half-truths, and ignore and avoid stories that don’t fit the narrative, all the while lacing with clearly biased personal opinion.
If you say something enough times, you begin to believe it, and conviction is a powerful, powerful persuader. It’s the same strategy Hillary Clinton uses regarding her use of an unauthorized, unsecured server, which Obama knew about. When one believes in their own story and their narrative with such forthright conviction (“I did not send or receive classified information on my email.“), others can’t help but believe it, too. And the more they hear it, the more fact it becomes. I suggest you read George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four“ if you haven’t. If you have, but not recently, read it again. The first couple chapters are hard to get through, but stick with it. It’s important because we are living it – right down to erasing and changing the truth of history. Orwell was just a few decades off. (Orwell wrote the book in 1948, and it’s what he imagined 1984 would be like for the world based upon what was happening then).
Because money from our elected leaders and manipulative bazillionaires – a lot of it
I believe that the political leaders of the past 10 years or so, together with corrupt 1%-ers, are responsible for this large-scale degradation of the media, the deliberate wedge between races, and the attack on business and industry. Although I think it’s been a slow machination since the 40s and 50s, the past 10 years’ technology advancement and political relationships have accelerated it. And every president up until now was either benefiting from it, or turning the other cheek (Except for Kennedy, I think – this is why I believe he was assassinated, as well as the attempt on Reagan. I believe they both knew it, and were going to expose it.). When you have all the money in the world, and you’re in a position of power and/or politics, no amount is too large to pay for leveraging the most powerful tool available to shape reality and drive a narrative. This is exactly what’s transpired right before our eyes, and as an American you should be enraged by it, regardless of which side of the spectrum of politics you’re on.
The media was established to inform the citizens of what was happening, objectively – the good, bad, and the ugly – with our liberties by legislators. The media was supposed to be on OUR side, exposing the corruption. Instead, they’ve partnered with government insiders to manipulate – the media is nothing now but a tool to cover up the corruption instead of expose it.
The media is bought and paid for by a corrupt cartel of that other entity we were supposed to trust the most – our elected leaders – to keep us safe and do that which our votes have directed. We pay for that safety and our freedoms in the form of taxes, and they used our only leverage – our tax dollars – against us. Our elected officials, in whose hands we’ve placed our trust, have manipulated the one source of “checks” – the media – to craft a narrative that has turned us against each other. In doing so, the media has set fire to the journalism ethics and standards to which they’d adhered since the “freedom of the press” was enacted in the First Amendment of the Constitution in 1791. In fact, media ethics as a whole is clearly no longer regarded. It has been abandoned for the sake of benefiting a single side of a broken political party system – carefully crafting what that party wants you to believe – and not what is true. The media is entirely focused on covering up what’s really happening, while ignoring, washing out, or falsifying any actual good being done.
Not only that, it has perpetuated a story and image of the President that is categorically false. He has been slandered, libeled, defamed, and his character assassinated in epic proportions. In doing so, the media has driven many, many people into reacting foolishly, dangerously, and recklessly based upon a wholly fabricated narrative. A narrative that a specific political party, and the establishment arm of the other, wants you to believe. This is not the media acting in accordance with freedom of the press; nor is it fair, truthful, and objective reporting. W This is not the media acting in accordance with freedom of the press; nor is it fair, truthful, and objective reporting. What this is, is propaganda.
Propaganda has been used for centuries by oppressed communist and dictatorship countries to keep the citizens entirely dependent upon the government ruling their lives. And now, the Democratic Party and establishment Republicans are using freedom of the press against us, working to sow a false narrative that will prevent our President from achieving what the country put him there to achieve. Let me tell you something, in case you haven’t yet made the connection: if President Trump fails, America fails. If America fails, YOU fail, as well as everything and everyone you love.
Putting a face on failure
The fight not worth fighting
You’re fighting to abolish free speech. You’re fighting to abolish freedom of choice. You’re fighting to abolish the ability to do and be anything you want by working hard and gaining experience. You’re fighting to abolish opportunity. You’re fighting to abolish truth. You’re fighting to give all the power and money to those who will use it against you, and everyone else, and despite what you’ve been brainwashed into thinking, they will NOT share it. You are fighting to enable the government to rule you. You are fighting to give all the privilege, wealth, and prosperity only to those who will use it for their own gain, and with it, they will control you, and keep it from you. You are fighting for the government to take everything from you, and only dole it out as they see fit. No more choice. No more hope of a better future. No more possibility. No more truth. No more transparency. Only – existence. Only existence, no growth. No more opportunity. No more freedom to change your circumstances. I weep for it, and I hate the media and politicians for what they’ve done.
This is the reality of what you’re fighting for. You’re fighting to destroy the very reason this country was founded to begin with; the very reason so many try to come here, because they can and want to make their own way. And the media is in on it, intentionally whipping you into a dangerous frenzy, to fight to have everything you have taken, and rationed. And I hate it.
The government and the media are fueling this and making you believe it’s “better.” The only people it’s “better” for are the ones in DC calling the shots. There’s a reason D.C, and everyone in it are the wealthiest people in America. Every Senator and Congressman is a millionaire – I’ve been making a $100k salary for 10 years, and still making it by the skin of my teeth. How are they so prosperous on a $174k per year salary? Because they are buying and selling privilege, preference, and laws that go against the American people – with our tax dollars. And They are accepting bribes from wealthy organizations and people to sling laws and regulations that benefit an organization or individual, but that does significant damage to American citizens. They don’t care about you – they want power over you, and they have manipulated you into wanting to give them that power over you. But it’s not better. It won’t be better. And once we go there, all of our lives are over, and there’s no turning back. The futures of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are decided, and they will have a life that will not be their own – it will be directed, it will be dictated, it will be rationed. All because you are believing, fighting for, and destroying, all for the sake of a big gigantic lie. And I hate what is happening.
You know that neighborhood in Edward Scissorhands, where every house is the same, the only choice was color, and every car similar (a 2-door or 4-door sedan, choice of color), and everyone leaves for work at the same time and get home at the same time? And all the clothes are the same, except for color? That. That’s what you’re fighting for. That’s what socialism looks like, except Edward Scissorhand’s neighborhood would look like Cuba’s neighborhoods. Socialism or Communism is not about equality and fairness, and lifting people out of poverty, despite what that dumb-ass Chris Cuomo on CNN says, starting with the clip at 3:08. He’s either been brainwashed into believing a lie, or he’s dumb enough to actually believe that Communism is about lifting people up. Again, I challenge you to ask a Cuban why he fled Cuba. This is what you are fighting for America to become, and I hate it.
You are fighting to bring about the false utopia that is the setting of George Orwell’s “1984.” You are fighting to bring the ugly reality that Cubans flee from, to the country they believe represents hope. And I hate all of it.
Wake the fuck up. Before it’s too late.
“In the history of mankind many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state.”
– Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)