Sometimes you have to let your fingers do the walking. Maybe many people won’t get the reference to the Yellow Pages since it is a relatively older reference and perhaps obscure these days. I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to use the term Yellow Pages because who knows what the PC Police will do these days.
I came across this article by Dennis Prager and am posting the link so it can easily be viewed in full.
The thrust of the article is that the Mainstream Media distorts the truth. Prager begins with a quote:
“Our leading media” are characterized by “indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly.” (Patrick Lawrence in The Nation, Aug. 9, 2017, on the media’s reporting of the alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia)
Then he goes on:
“To understand America’s crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions: the university and the news media. They do not regard their mission as educating and informing but indoctrinating…
“When it comes to straight news stories–say, an earthquake in Central America — the news media often do their job responsibly. But when a story has a left-wing interest, the media abandon straight news reporting and take on the role of advocates…”
Prager relates the story of what happened to him, personally, and uses his experience to present his four lessons:
Lesson No. 1: When the mainstream media write or say that a conservative “suggested” something that sounds outrageous, it usually means the conservative never actually said it.
Lesson No. 2: When used by the mainstream media, the words “divisive” or “contentious” simply mean “leftists disagree with.”
Lesson No. 3: Contrary evidence is omitted.
Lesson No. 4: Subjects are covered in line with left-wing ideology.
We hear about this all the time now. President Trump calls it fake news and only the die-hard left themselves believe that the mainstream media is not biased. Or they believe it is biased but since it is biased and distorted in their favor and in favor of their cause, it’s basically okay.
Prager shows how the mainstream media distort the truth, how they literally break the rules of responsible reporting and also break the fundamental rules of basic research.
Then he shows how once the mainstream media have presented something, even though it is not the truth and is demonstrated not to be the truth, they continue to quote what they have presented as if it is the truth, further distorting the reality, further confuscating the facts, further advancing a narrative that is simply not true.
Regarding his own case, what the media did to him, he says:
“In summary, all mainstream media coverage of this one story was tainted, biased, often false and predicated solely on left-wing presumptions. Magnify what they did to me a thousand-fold and you will begin to understand media behavior over the last two generations, and especially behavior today, when hysteria and advocacy have completely replaced news reporting.”
A distorting and manipulating mainstream media whose goal is to “indoctrinate rather than educate,” as Prager says, is dangerous. It is anathema to notion of a free press that was created to be unbiased. Worse, it attacks the very foundations upon which America was established. Particularly and specifically these days, it attacks one of the underlying principal of our democracy which is the peaceful transition of power.
Coming This Week:
The Ghost Writer, Rose’s Story: A Look At The Worlds We Hide