NewsFocus.org, Op-Ed, 121320
Here are some very important
issues that Americans need to consider when it comes to a
foreign entity steering their country's national news
system and political direction.
The Erosion of Civility
Politics in the United States has oftentimes been
a most sordid and muddy affair, yet through the years our
political system has somehow still held onto a tenuous semblance
of civility, albeit a quite strained composure, very much akin
to professional wrestling. While the fight within the ring is
usually heated, extremely contentious, and oftentimes quite
flamboyant, riding home in the same cab is not too far from the
truth when it comes to the theater of politics and pro
wrestling. Somehow, there has always been the vaguest modicum of
respect for the opponent, even in the toughest of times, but
now, things have changed, for a new political shit-show that
is much farther worse.
That previous professional
respect now appears to have been cast to the wind, replaced by a
foaming-at-the-mouth, manic, off-the-chain, political hatred and
vitriolic partisan rancor, unlike any seen in the modern era.
What we're witnessing today in the US is something that has not
been experienced in this country for well over 150 years, with
both Republicans and Democrats beginning to mirror Confederate
and Union reflections from a much darker time.
The question many are now
asking is, how did we get here?
Ratcheting up the rancor: partisan political tensions have been
raised to the extreme in the US since 9/11.
The Birth of Partisan News
I would offer that it was not
this way in the 50's, 60's, 70's, or the 80's, however, the 90's
brought us something new and quite insidious, the birth of
partisan news. Such a concept has always been antithetical to a
democracy because truth historically is heralded as the
essential key component of a free republic and open democracy.
The arrival of
FOX News Channel in 1996 changed all of this for the US. The
new upstart FOX was politically partisan right from the start -
right-leaning and overly combative about the left. When it came
to arguing policy against liberal Democrats their position
appeared to be, if you can't own the moral high-ground, then
sully the discussion by obfuscating the known facts. Muddy the
water so that no one can have clarity regarding the issue. Then
offer your own talking points, even though they're not facts.
FOX News has never been shy about bending the truth, right from
Parsing the Truth
It's a fact that FOX News has been accused of asking its
reporters to do unethical things or to shade their reporting. There have been
cases where FOX reporters were asked to
water down a story for corporate interests, despite the fact that censorship
of such stories might possibly propose a potential risk to their viewers.
Perhaps most unsettling of all is that FOX literally
argued in court that there was no law stating that you had to tell the truth
on television - and they actually won.
As a matter of fact, when speaking about FOX News night time host
Fox News lawyers argued in court, Carlson is not “stating actual facts” but
simply engaging in “non-literal commentary.” All one can really say to that is,
it's an extremely diplomatic (bullshit) way of saying that he isn't telling
Time magazine has said this about FOX, "A network known for
new-fashioned provocation and opinion." That's a very gracious descriptor to
use for a network that appears to go out of its way to feature as much partisan
venom as possible, while also embracing tabloid standards of journalism that
continually challenge the truth, whenever it suits the FOX News/Murdoch purpose.
Given this unsettling legal context about FOX News, here is where
the perfect storm all comes together - it is a fact that many people actually
(gullibly) believe it is illegal to lie on television - when in fact nothing of
the sort is even close to the truth. (Again, see the FOX News court victory
noted above) As most might suspect, this is obviously an extremely bad mix
when good, honest, naive people such as this come in contact with an
unscrupulous network such as that of FOX News. Propaganda becomes so much
easier to deploy when the subject implicitly trusts the messenger. It
literally becomes like shooting fish in a barrel.
Some have gone so far as to call FOX parent company News Corp a “propaganda
operation masquerading as a news service.” Arguably, this is not so much a
keenly accurate assessment as it is a gross understatement of reality. To that
point, there are some actual studies published that have shown FOX News viewers
to be among the
most uninformed of all. That's not exactly a promising sign for a news
organization. That's pretty much like people getting fat from Weight Watchers.
It's like a monastery that only graduates thieves or a convent that produces
nothing but whores. All in all, it's not exactly what you would expect from a
news organization, having the most uninformed viewers. This becomes a
telling testament to the way FOX presents news.
Principle and Ethics
It wasn't just the partisan
slant that initially defined FOX News early on, but also the
fact that reporters were encouraged to "spin" their stories, to
fit the Republican message of the day, going against the grain
of accepted journalistic standards. They have deliberately
rejected traditional US news standards, to adopt tabloid gossip
standards instead, something for which the Murdoch publishing
much experience with. History shows that the News Corp
empire has been
rooted in propaganda, from its inception in 1922.
The FOX News apple doesn't
fall far from the News Corp tree. FOX News has shown that it
will do whatever it can to vilify its political opponents, all
the while glossing over the sins of those they seek to glorify
within their political universe. Case in point, just look at
FOX News' portrayal of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking
of minors scandal. FOX News deliberately edited the pictures of
Trump out of the photo, leaving Melania instead. This is an
example of how a so-called "news" organization becomes
politically partisan to the point where they are trying to hide
news or alter it in a way to unduly influence their audience.
This is the clear line between news and propaganda that FOX
shamelessly disregards and willfully exploits for political
This video shows how FOX News edited Trump from the photo. The
news outlet said later that it "regretted the mistake."
For the record: to be clear, partisan news has nothing to
do with good journalism. Once it becomes partisan (with a
definitive political slant), it quickly becomes defined as
something completely different from truthful news. It
immediately changes into disinformation and propaganda because
once you start "spinning" a story, you are essentially
coordinating the beginning of a lie.
As a student of broadcasting and journalism, I remember
distinctly how the value of the truth was preached, over and over, endlessly,
ad nauseam. As a matter of fact
there are many rules that apply to being a good broadcaster, but one of my
favorite instructors summed it up this way - the first two rules were the most
important of all. He told us, "If you remember nothing else, remember these
first two precepts of journalism. Number one, always follow the truth. The truth
is the story. Always find the truth. Number two, never allow yourself any
affiliations or entangling alliances that would prevent you from following rule
Simple as that. Truer journalistic advise would be hard to come
by, yet at times it seems a far cry from the corporate news machine that
currently exists, specifically so for FOX News.
those who do not know, it needs to be noted that foreign
ownership within the US media system has always been
very restricted, through the Communications Act of 1934 -
with one very good reason - so that foreign entities
could not influence our political system, or usurp our
fundamental American principles of democracy. It was
rational thinking with a national purpose.
Section 310 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended ( 47
U.S.C. § 310 [a], [b] )
For those who also do not
know, FOX News owner Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp are from
Australia. They are the first foreign entity to be allowed into
the US media.
The Public Interest
Along the lines of this same thought process regarding foreign
ownership, the domestic co-ownership of mixed media was also
frowned upon because it would allow the propagation of only one
voice which could dominate a region or local political arena.
There was a restriction for anyone to own more than one signal
in a market or to sell broadcast stations at random. As a matter
of fact, a station owner was actually required to hold on to a
property for a specified amount of time, even if that broadcast
signal was losing money. In those days, having a broadcast
signal was treated as a sacred public trust, stringently
bestowed upon by the FCC. The main decree of the FCC back then
was all about
acting in the public interest.
Under the Reagan era of de-regulation, all of that changed.
As a former broadcaster, Reagan alleged that he wanted to help
the industry, but it wasn't the broadcasters or broadcast
audiences he helped with de-regulation, it was the broadcast
owners who benefited immensely.
So much for acting on behalf of the public interest.
Another notable and significant broadcast rules change that came
from the Reagan administration was the dissolution of the
Fairness Doctrine, which had previously provided for
equal viewpoints on a given subject. It specifically provided
for a balanced view politically, as well as provisions for a
response from both major parties. It also provided for equal
time on a broadcast station if someone was attacked publicly.
This law went out the window under Reagan's FCC. Many now feel
it is no coincidence that after removing this act, we have seen
the rise of politically partisan news.
In regards to this, many at
the time made the false argument that the issue was about the
broadcast vs. cable, however, in reality such an argument
is inconsequential and irrelevant to the overall intent of the
act because the overall purpose should be to regulate outlets
that provide television and radio content, not
necessarily the delivery of said content. This viewpoint
would essentially render the broadcast vs. cable argument into
an issue of technical semantics, but unfortunately that
is not how it played out historically. Broadcast and cable
program dissemination were viewed differently, rather than
recognizing them as delivery vehicles of the exact same product.
In turn, US program content eventually became compromised,
because it was now basically regulated by its source. Cable was
given a pass by the FCC.
The Arrival of FOX Television
top of all of this, despite the national reservation on foreign
investment of media, Rupert Murdoch was allowed to put FOX
television on the US airwaves in 1986, in a move now eerily
reminiscent of the mythical Greek Trojan horse. Murdoch
accomplished this by skirting the network requirements for
air-time required to qualify as a network. The Fox
programming schedule was very limited, as it still is. They had
no daytime programming, relying instead on syndicated shows such
as Judge Judy. The prime time line-up still only runs until 9pm.
Unlike the other television networks, they have never had a
formal newscast. It was a look the other way from the Reagan FCC
that allowed FOX television to sneak through the backdoor of the
US media system, as a fourth option to the big three of ABC, CBS
FOX began with a prime-time
programming line-up that was controversial and edgy, with shows
that were much different from the big three networks.
Married With Children
Beverly Hills 90210
Eventually, a US audience
began to watch and the ratings started to go up. The edgy
alternative shows were catching on with young viewers. The other
big-three networks began to react to the rise of FOX by altering
their own prime-time programming. For the first time since its
inception, the foundations of US television were shaken to the
core. As their corporate bottom lines eventually became
affected, so did the programming direction of FOX competitors.
It would only be the beginning of the FOX takeover of US
Around the same time, in 1988,
another shock hit the US airwaves, only this time it was on the
radio as Rush Limbaugh made his national debut. Soon his
broadcast became home for the political right as Limbaugh
quickly vaulted to the top of US talk-radio. Love him or hate
him, the polarizing impact of Rush Limbaugh on US radio
audiences and on US politics cannot be overlooked. Limbaugh
changed the tenor of political talk-radio.
Along with Rush came another
critical piece to the conservative push, the arrival of Newt
Gingrich, who featured an in-your-face, dog-eat-dog, mortal
enemies to the end mindset when it came to politics. For the
first time, Democrats were portrayed not just as just political
opponents, but as evil villains to be despised and hated.
Gingrich-style politics brought the term anything goes to
a new level in US politics. With a new battle cry and a general
to lead them, the 1994 Republican Revolution took place with
Republicans winning control of the house and senate for the
first time since 1952.
Two years later, Rupert
Murdoch would capitalize on this new GOP wave with the
introduction of America's first partisan news outlet, as
conservative leaning FOX News Channel was born in 1996. FOX News
captured an audience that felt it was not represented by the
major big three networks, or so it was able to convince its new
US viewers. FOX News set a tone right from the start by naming
longtime GOP consultant Roger Ailes as its head of operations.
Ailes gained notoriety from his work on the Reagan and George HW
Bush campaigns. He was also noted for the remark, "If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says,
'I have a solution to the Middle East problem,' and the other
guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be
on the evening news?" That should have been a red-flare to all on
how Ailes would conceptualize the presentation of FOX News.
One of the tools used by FOX to pull in male viewers was the
addition of sports programming - both college and pro -
specifically the NFL, NBA and MLB, but nothing worked to attract
male viewers as well as the FOX dress code for its female
anchors and reporters. Tits and ass were as much a part of the
resume as previous broadcast experience. The
lecherous Ailes was the architect of what soon became
"FOX News porn." With shirts cut low and skirts cut high,
FOX shamelessly promoted sex as an enticement for male
viewership. Despite the fact that sex sells, one would think
such a blatant display of sexism would have been a personal
affront to its religious-right viewers, but apparently so long
as right to life is part of the platform, moral hypocrisy
is perhaps easier to swallow and digest for those wishing to
espouse piety and virtue. A dedicated right-leaning message was
nevertheless finding a hungry audience.
Once again the major networks
would react to FOX, but this time it was the news side. Cable
took notice as well, with CNN also making adjustments of its
own. Murdoch's young upstart FOX network was having a decisive
effect, not only on US viewers, but also on US broadcasting and
news presentation as a whole.
Perhaps the most important
thing it would definitely influence would be US politics.
The advent of the FOX News
Channel and conservative talk-radio was a formidable new
addition for Republicans in 1996. Suddenly America was exposed
to news and commentary with a defined conservative political
skew. With a nation of media-directed lemmings, this was a new
concern for liberals. What happened in '96 was a media
infrastructure addition so huge, it was immediate newfound media
muscle to influence and indoctrinate many non-thinking Americans
- and it worked. The byproduct of this investment is now
paying political dividends, in more ways than one.
conservative media expansion was also taking place in radio as
well, with the monopoly-esque takeover of talk-radio.
Longtime liberal voices were cast out, as conservatives took
hold of the talk-radio airwaves. Conservative leaning broadcast
groups such as Clear Channel Communications, Sinclair, Cumulus
and Nexstar were all pushing the message of the political right.
The takeover of talk-radio was a major component in the effort
to steer America more conservative, something that was becoming
increasingly more obvious to many US observers.
Persuading a Nation
Let's now look at US politics
since the advent of this 1996 conservative media push and see if
we can weigh its effect on America.
First off, before the conservative media push, Democrats
controlled the Senate from 1955 all the way up to 1994 with
Clinton, yet the Gingrich-led Republican Revolution, along with
the the arrival of FOX News and conservative talk-radio, ended
that dominance by Democrats. The balance of US political power
was shifting, and conservative thirst was growing as many US
viewers began to drink from the Murdoch Kool-Aid well.
Through 2018, Republicans have
held more political power since the US conservative media push
began, but with much of their platform built on political
divisiveness and disinformation, with all all of it echoed by
GOP mouthpiece FOX News.
[ The following are pre-2020
election numbers ]
President: 2-1 in favor of Republicans
Senate: 7-5 in favor of Republicans
House: 9-6 in favor of Republicans
The ultimate in full political
control is having charge of the top three political power
structures in the US... 1) the Presidency, 2) the Senate and 3)
the House. This is undeniably the top prize in US politics. This
is how you push change.
Republicans also held full
political control again under George W. Bush from 2003-2007 and
again under Obama from 2015 to 2016 and again from 2017 to 2019
under Trump. Democrats have held full control only once since
1996. That was under Obama, briefly, from 2009 to 2011.
An argument could be made that without the additions of FOX
television and conservative talk-radio, Democrats might have had
far more political gains during this time period.
FOX Viewer Loyalty
Because FOX caters almost exclusively to their audience's
political ideals, the FOX viewer has become
extremely loyal to the network. This creates an omnipotent
view of the network which can create inherent problems, such as
viewers being overly trusting and very accepting of seemingly
any message that comes from its hosts. They no longer use the
same discerning eye for what is being presented to them, that
they do for the rest of the media. This has the effect of
lowering their guard and becoming vulnerable to exploitation,
disinformation and propaganda. FOX is well aware of this
devotion and political reverence. As such, they willfully and
shamelessly exploit and manipulate their core older white
audience in this manner, mostly through the wanton use of
disinformation and fear.
The fact that the news and opinion being delivered is directly
geared to the political mindset of its viewers is an easy sell.
FOX viewers seem to have no qualms with the idea of partisan
news. They feel it is the only media outlet that expresses their
political viewpoint. As a result, FOX soon became like an
exclusive club or a private gated-community to its viewers. It
has become a rallying point for the right. Only recently has
competition risen up. For the left, FOX News has become a
volatile, caustic mix of political disinformation and
propaganda, one which many feel has a disturbingly familiar and
haunting echo of the political rhetoric and fervor from 1933
Not only has FOX News understandably become a magnet for
conservative Republicans, but it would seem for everything else
far right-wing as well. Judging from conservative protests,
neo-Nazis, militia groups and even the KKK all seem to find the
FOX News message appealing to their base, even though FOX tries
desperately - irrationally - to claim that the US Nazi
movement is tied to the liberal left. No matter what FOX
reporters and their nighttime talking bobbleheads might say,
neo-Nazis are not watching MSNBC. Again, judging from the
protest crowds, they do appear to be watching FOX, as
well as other conservative outlets such as NewsMax and OAN.
The platform of the conservative party definitely
became much more far-right under Trump. It became acrid,
antagonistic and divisive. It also become exclusionary as well.
The current state of the conservative party more resembles the
mentality of an angry white mob ready for a lynching than it
does a peaceful political party.
FOX features voices of anger -
from the original line-up of Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Ann
Coulter, to the present day line-up of Sean Hannity, Tucker
Carlson and Laura Ingraham - FOX commentary and opinion very
much seems to be about divisiveness. It is not beyond the norm
for FOX talking heads to stir up hatred and contempt for those
not associated within their political orbit or ideology, such as
Mexico, Iran, North Korea and China, and most certainly their #
1 political enemies, liberal Democrats. This is the one thing
that FOX seems to excel at, being divisive and pointing the
finger of blame at others, whether they are correct or not.
For the record, the net effect
of spewing unfounded opinion, as if it were gospel, very much
becomes brainwashing, for all intents and purposes because the
message is being delivered to a very loyal and overly trusting
audience that is highly acceptive of anything from the lips of
its network mouthpieces. There is no better audience to
deliver disinformation and propaganda to, than one that is
trusting of those feeding them the lie. When used in an
exploitive manner, it can become inflammatory and dangerous when
those receiving it have no real understanding of the facts or
the issue at hand. Unfounded political opinion not based in fact
is nothing more than unsubstantiated, baseless political
hate-speech. It is a far cry from fact-based opinion.
The end result of this is, it has had an extremely negative
effect on the US.
Some might say that this has
by deliberate purpose and design, to undermine our
democracy and our country.
Again, just as a reminder to all, for the first time ever, a
foreign entity has been allowed to sail freely through our
media system for a quarter century now, steering our country in
ways that were once prohibited under the Communications Act of
1934. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has undeniably
had a profound effect upon our republic and its democracy -
and not for the good.
Ideals that were once hallmark
tenants of our country, such as "the invitation to all,"
are now presented as foreign outdated relics by FOX, yet they
used to be the bedrock for what this country has always stood
for. The rabid conservative cries of, "This is our country -
you don't belong here," have become a clarion call for the
right, resulting in an audacious attempt to replicate the
Chinese wall on the southern US boarder.
For the record: unless you are of native American descent
or Mexican-American heritage, your forefathers were all
immigrants to this country. They didn't belong here. They were
foreigners. This fact
very much seems to be lost on the pundits from FOX.
It is disheartening to see people influenced (propagandized)
to reject and disparage a basic foundation of this country, Lady
Liberty's offer of hope to all... "Give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched
refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost
to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
So, the conservative rhetoric over incoming foreigners is
clearly antithetical to the "American Dream." If such thinking
had been in place right from the start, most of us would not be
here and the US would never have become the great nation that it
The overly skewed presentation of FOX has had its divisive
effects internally as well. Former employees of FOX tell horror stories about their
experiences of working there. One former longtime Fox News analyst calls the
network a ‘destructive
propaganda machine.’ Others have weighed in as well. CNN anchor Alisyn
Camerota, a former Fox News anchor, has said she was, "upset about the
blurring of the lines between propaganda and journalism.”
FOX anchor Shepard Smith said in a 2017
Time magazine interview
that he wasn't bothered by the dichotomy of FOX's daily news and
its nightly opinion shows. "We serve different masters. We
work for different reporting chains, we have different rules.
They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say
whatever they want - if it’s their opinion."
In the same interview he also said, "People who maybe aren’t
with us all the time who aren’t regular watchers, maybe there is
some sort of confusion about what’s opinion and what’s news."
Smith later added,
“I get it, that some of our opinion programming is there
strictly to be entertaining."
In regards to this last
comment, my personal critique would be that "entertaining" is
the absolute wrong word to use when such opinion
is still closely associated as news, just as FOX News
presents it. Such a cavalier assessment about political hate
speech that has been so destructive to our union is to
understate its negative, divisive effect. History has shown us
many times over that incendiary political language, steeped with
intense anger, more often than not has extreme dire consequences
for someone. At some point, you have to realize that such
views are not entertaining.
They are just the polar opposite. They are hateful and
divisive - and that's a far cry from being amusing.
This is the issue with FOX News. It is also something that once
again eerily echoes that distant, divisive rhetoric of Nazi
Germany, all over again.
In a 2021 post US Capitol attack
interview with CNN's Christian Amanpour, Smith actually
spoke out with a bit more defiance, saying, "My goal was just
to keep the blinders on and do my job to the best of my ability.
I am always concerned when people... opine all you like, but if
you're going to opine, begin with the truth and opine from
there. And it's that... that deviation from that, that has
caused me the greatest concern."
He added, "And I believe that when people begin with a false
premise and lead people astray that's injurious to society and
it's the antithesis of what we should be doing. Those of us who
are so honored and grateful to have a platform of influence have
to use it for the public good. I slept very well. I don't know
how some people sleep at night because I know that there are a
lot of people who have propagated the lies and have pushed them
forward over and over again - who are smart enough and educated
enough to know better. And... I hope that at some point those
who have done us harm as a nation - and I might even add, as a
world - will look around and realize what they've done, but I'm
not holding my breath."
Smith then opined a bit
himself, correctly saying, "We as consumers of news, myself
included, have to be better at it. Personally, if I read a
by-line or I watch a program where the author of the speaker has
repeatedly misinformed me, led me astray, or lied to my face, I
shut that source off."
In regards to any possible
future viewership of FOX News, Smith concluded by saying, "I
haven't been watching and I don't plan to."
The latest news anchor to
follow Smith and leave FOX News is none other than veteran
reporter and anchor Chris Wallace. He stunned FOX viewers in
late 2021 with the announcement of his departure after his
Sunday morning show. He did not say where he was going,
however it was learned within hours that Wallace was headed to
rival CNN to anchor and help launch its new streaming news
service. Wallace perhaps gave a hint behind the reasoning for
his decision by saying, "I
want to try something new, to go beyond politics..."
which would seem to infer his dissatisfaction with the
political gamesmanship of FOX News. When asked about being too
harsh on former President Trump, Wallace replied, “It’s
silly. I’m simply trying to act as an umpire and call balls and
strikes. And, particularly if it’s a factual matter, to say, well
that’s just not true. I don’t see that, frankly, as expressing
an opinion or commenting.”
Perhaps the real tell
suggesting any possible personal dissatisfaction with the
direction of FOX News was this
interesting comment from Wallace, “Every time my colleagues
in the media shrink from using words like ‘coup’ or ‘lie,’ we
While the sudden departure by
Wallace may have caught some by surprise, to others in the news
industry it was to be expected as FOX has continued to lean
even further to the extreme right, now wholly embracing what has
been termed as "The Big Lie" in regards to the 2020
presidential election. To many, the defection of Wallace to
hated rival CNN was another defining statement about not only
the political emphasis of FOX News, but perhaps also the moral
direction of the news network.
How much truth is possible when news organizations and
journalists try to bend a story to follow a particular political
Walking the Talk
often defend the political partisanship of FOX News by myopically claiming that
MSNBC does the exact same thing, however, nothing could be further from the
truth. The fact is, FOX is all conservative all the time, but
MSNBC actually splits the ticket, by giving up its most valued day-part in its
programming schedule, lucrative morning drive, for a staunchly right-wing
conservative talk show featuring Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the latter
being the daughter of NWO poster child Zbigniew Brzezinski. If this is how liberals
spread their alleged message of radical socialism, it's certainly a very
confusing message - one that arguably doesn't aid the progressive left. (I'm
just trying to point out the obvious here.)
Ask yourself this, would FOX ever give up it's valuable
FOX & Friends morning show
with Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, for a Bernie Sanders and
Elizabeth Warren show? Bringing lefty Dennis Kucinich on from time to time as an
occasional guest, or having Juan Williams served up as liberal fodder for a
five-person conservative panel of pundits, is not the same as turning your
valuable morning drive programming over to the liberal left. Given this very
important distinction, it would seem that by logic, MSNBC should actually be the
"Fair & Balanced" as their official slogan. FOX News on the other hand
because of its narrowcast focus, could arguably be called Unfair & Biased,
To be perfectly fair, neither FOX nor MSNBC are doing journalism
news any favors. They are essentially the real "fake" news. They don't
give it to you straight up. You get it politically slanted. Given this bias,
they do not fit the definition of a true news organization, however, MSNBC is
much closer to mainstream news because they will out bad Democrats when
needed. To the contrary, it would appear that FOX News does not go after those
within their own party, as evidenced by their deliberate editing of photos that
depicted Trump's association with a child-sex trafficker, Jeffery Epstein. Given
this deliberate obfuscation of the facts, it would appear that Murdoch's FOX is
not only very willing to look the other way when it come to the accountability
of conservatives, it also appears quite willing to falsify evidence, to mislead
more perfect examples of FOX News deception would be the the false and
repeated claim that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen, as well as their
handling of the January 6, 2021 US Capitol invasion by loyal Trump supporters.
In spite of the fact that Trump deliberately held an
morning rally to encourage and whip up the crowd, adding that he would also
be walking along with them, FOX News once again
carried water for Trump and
shamelessly spun the attack as being coordinated and organized by Antifa and
the liberal left. The claim is ridiculous in lieu of the fact that most
Americans had already watched the
rally in the morning and then later that day saw with their own eyes the
blue Trump flags of those who stormed the building. To try and place the
blame on the liberal left, when this was an
Trump rally, is not just stretching the truth as much as it's a total
180-degree distortion of reality. FOX News has been selective about the video it
shows, trying to minimalize the sea of red MAGA hats and blue Trump flags it
shows on-air. This becomes yet another disturbing hypocritical example of FOX
News having a difficult time in telling the truth and calling out their own.
FOX News also appears to have consciously downplayed the riots at the US
Capitol, with Tucker Carlson simply describing the attack as a "Protest that
got out of hand." That would not be an accurate assessment,
in the least. A protest that
got out of hand might better describe a civil protest regarding cops killing
civilians, but not an assault on the US Capitol, which just happened to hold the
Senate and the House which were both coincidentally in the process of trying to
certify electoral college votes for the 2020 Presidential election at the time
of the attack.
Social media records are now showing that the Capitol event was not just a mob
incited to action, but also a deliberately coordinated and well-timed
insurrection, likely engineered to disrupt the certification process. The bottom
line here is, when you look at the difference in network news coverage, all news
networks are focusing on the Capitol attack, except for FOX News, which has
decided instead to focus instead on censorship and a non-existent 1st amendment
argument, all because Trump was banned from privately owned Twitter, primarily
for inciting the riots.
For the record... the
UK recognized the danger of FOX' blatantly skewed partisan news to fairness
and accuracy and in 2017 actually purged them from their airwaves.
1996 Conservative Media Expansion
It needs to be noted that Reagan was not the only one to affect
US broadcasting. The Bill Clinton administration also played a
definable role in the takeover of the US media through the
Telecommunications Act of 1996, overhauling FDR's
Communications Act of 1934. (Clinton also infamously
overturned FDR's Glass-Steagal Act as well.) In all fairness
though, it has to be noted that these were all Republican
introduced bills that were sponsored and pushed through by a
Republican majority in both the House and Senate. Clinton then
went along with the Republican majority and signed both bills.
The net effect of the new Telecommunications Act were immediate
changes to the station ownership rule, making it possible to buy
more than one signal in a market.
The new de-regulation made a
dramatic change in previous ownership limits, allowing ownership
of more than one signal in a market and the re-sale of a station
license as easy as selling real estate. This created something
this author likes to refer to as "Century 21 Broadcasting"
because it suddenly made it possible to sell stations at will
and to own more than one broadcast signal in a US market. It
overnight made media dominance of a market or region possible to
the ultra-wealthy and their corporate interests. Now, it was
possible for the wealthy to dominate the media in ways never
before possible. (The SCOTUS Citizens United ruling also made
this much easier.)
becomes very apparent in all of this is that an organized
conservative shift was taking place at that time in the US
media. The 1996 arrival of the FOX News Channel, coupled with
the conservative take over of talk-radio, was clearly no
coincidence. The timely Telecommunications Act that year would
seem to confirm as much. The impetus in '96 was nothing short of
an all out attempt to push this country more conservative. (For
the record, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was brought to
the Republican led House and Senate by Bob Dole (R) and John
McCain (R) who both sponsored the bill, but it was Democrat Bill
Clinton who signed it. This may be confusing to some, but truth
be told, Clinton has not always worked for the best interests of
the Democratic party. Consider his very close affiliation and
partnership with George HW Bush after leaving office. A case
could be made that, by his own actions, Clinton bows to another
authority. Such an entity would be the uber-wealthy who have all
the real power in this world and do not cater to left and right
causes, per se. Politicians and our political system have
long been mere tools for the ultra-wealthy.) With this said,
the year 1996 should be noted and remembered for the documented
and concerted effort to lay a new conservative foundation for
this country, arguably moving the nation much closer to
accepting the long sought fascist values and ideals of the
Attack From Within
The United States now finds
itself in much the same position that Troy found itself in, when
the Trojan horse eventually dispatched its secret hidden cargo
to seize the city. It needs to be recognized that the 1996
conservative media wave was no accident. It was an organized
effort to push the US into embracing a more conservative,
right-leaning political ideology. It also needs to be noted that
this new ideology is much farther right than the GOP of my
youth, instead hailing to a dark predecessor from my parent's
era, a much farther right force that we already defeated once in
new FOX influenced GOP is much farther right than it is moderate
or center-cut, and all of it is dispensed under the guise of
red, white and blue, with countless US flags and shining stars
to enchant their audience, much like a shiny object to a
captivated dog. That analogy is very much closer to reality than
many would like to admit. The reality is, the awareness and
recognition of an outside foreign entity with no US
patriotic stage props as enticements, has been naively lost on
the multitude of ignorant US viewers - just like candy to the
gullible young victims of a child predator.
Those unsuspecting of the ruse see all the stars and stripes -
and they watch - out of an ingrained patriotism, falsely
thinking that a foreign owned network is all about preserving US
Again, nothing could be
further from the truth.
The fact of the matter is,
there is an agenda at hand. The US is being shifted to a more
conservative way of political thinking, one perhaps more
willing to embrace fascist undertones of the right, an ideology
that has consistently been held as antithetical to a democracy,
but worked at earnestly by the uber-rich since the early 1900s.
It's an ideology they once financed and fervently tried to push,
first through the Bonus Army attempted coup to overthrow FDR,
then the later support of Hitler in Nazi Germany. They have
since found new ways to push that same fascist agenda at home,
although cloaked in a much different light. Since 1996, it can
be argued that Americans have been inundated with right-wing
propaganda through a meticulously masterminded and carefully
orchestrated effort of deliberate intent and clear objective.
Sadly enough, it is working. The recent 2020 election
should be proof enough of that.
News is meant to be
informative and enlightening, bringing knowledge and
understanding to society about the contemporary events happening
around us daily. When the news reporting becomes compromised and
is no longer about factual truth, it also becomes an inherent
danger and a poison to the society that is consuming it. Thus,
an honest news media is an essential core component of a free
and open democracy. Some call this the fourth estate, however,
if you look closer, given the make-up of today's corporate news,
it is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.
estate, in its worst iteration, is often accused of steering the nation's
news purely for political and economic policy reasons. This would appear to
depict the role of today's corporate media accurately enough, although many
don't have a proper grasp on the historical background behind our news system.
The first dawn of news control occurred in 1915, when JP Morgan associates
bought control of the nation's top 25 newspapers. It was an effort by the
ultra-wealthy to drive the US into WWI through the
Preparedness Movement. The second wave of news control came with the CIA's
infiltration of the media through
Operation Mockingbird, which was exposed in 1975 by the
Committee. The third iteration now has media members as part of the
Foreign Relations (CFR). Given these numerous instances of entangling
alliances, it would seem quite apparent that, by its actions, the fourth estate
is indeed about directing policy of state, as well as maintaining the status quo
in society. The effort is not to inform as much as it is to steer public
thinking in regards to critical issues that have state consequence.
However, in its most altruistic and beneficent form, an honest
news media is a necessary and vital, key component for any democracy. Today,
this is coming more from free lance journalists and independent media. Together,
they have become the
fifth estate. There is also much citizen journalism from the internet, but
that too often gets sullied by others who do not conduct due diligence and
proper research in their reporting, which too often reaches tabloid levels as
far as truthfulness.
Facebook and Twitter are good examples of bad resources for news because
more often than not, they are regurgitated hearsay from unreliable, partisan or
bottom line is, our press is an essential necessity for holding our elected
leaders accountable. Without it, how do we know who the good guys and bad guys
are? It has always been said that we need an honest news media as part of our
checks and balances, as a caretaker of our republic and our democracy.
Without it, we have no watchdog to protect our hallowed and precious rights,
liberties and freedoms. A strong, honest and unbiased free press is the
only hope of preserving a democracy of "we the people." It is absolutely
essential for its survival. The reasons for this should be simple and easy
enough for anyone to understand.
The Key to Any Takeover
For the record: the way to topple a democracy from within is to
fool its people. The way to fool the people is really not that hard - you
simply steal their news media.
This is exactly what has happened because the ultra-rich who have
been attacking our way of life and our Constitution, also just happen to own our
media system. Some might rightfully call this "check and checkmate." They
would not be far from the truth. The media rule changes under both Reagan and
Clinton have been demonstrably one sided. They have been extremely profitable to
broadcast ownership, but disastrous for democracy. It's time for "we the people"
to recognize that the watchdog of our democracy has been neutered and removed
from duty. There is no longer anyone watching the house while we sleep.
Since the arrival of
conservative media we have witnessed political acrimony in this
country like we have never seen in the modern era, or ever
before. The 2016 and 2020 Presidential campaigns were two of the
most controversial on record, with division among Americans at
near civil war levels. The animus between CNN and FOX is
glaring. This is having a clearly divisive effect on the United
States. Those that own the media machine appear to be pushing
the lemmings closer to the cliff's edge. It very much feels as
if the herd is purposefully being steered to a new civil war.
This suits the ultra-wealthy quite well because in war, there
are always spoils for the rich.
It is long past time for all of us - Democrats and Republicans -
to stand up and demand a return to media integrity and fairness, instead of
politically partisan news. Most people agree, they would rather know the real
truth, instead of having something that wasn't true forced upon them. To date,
the American people have had so much smoke blown up our collective asses by the
mainstream corporate media, it's a wonder we're not all farting smoke rings by
now. Until we have a national movement by all Americans, demanding an unbiased
and rational news media, "we the people" will only become further
divided. The current media system has been gamed against us. Many will say we're
not being given
the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Ironically enough, in the midst of all of this, one of the new
manufactured buzzwords of the last few years is the term, "Fake News."
This negative phrase
has a dual use, the first of which is to create a distinction between real news
and false news - the latter having a biased slant to it, to support or promote
specific goals or ideology. The second usage is a counter-use, to try and
discredit real news that is perhaps too revealing or upsetting to those with
opposing goals or ideology. It is also aimed at those who actually try to
provide real news that the corporate media is not telling or is telling falsely.
In short, it can either signify false news or is meant to muddy the water and
obfuscate the issue with real news.
This word contrivance isn't really used as much against these
partisan news outlets as it should be. Instead, use of this new term has
primarily been reserved to confuse the public and act as a political defense
against those who do happen to reveal any uncomfortable truths that some might
want suppressed or buried.
Fake news is obviously not real news because it is not based in
fact or it has its facts horribly skewed. Fake news is essentially just
disinformation and propaganda. For lack of a better descriptor, it is poison
in the well, an appropriate metaphor regarding its threat to Democracy.
So now, here we are, at the precipice of national destruction -
and but for God himself, with no one to save us but ourselves, yet we have been
forced into an ugly spiteful division that has us fighting and pointing fingers
at each other, further eroding our country. Our vaunted protector of democracy
has been taken over, corrupted, defiled and used against us. News has now
been split into two versions of political truth. Blue and red. All
you have to do is simply pick the one that best suits you from our
bought-and-paid-for two-party political system of truths. Just like American
fast-food, its all prepackaged and ready to go, with each truth featuring gun
rights and abortion rights, in pro or con, however, both parties would
very much prefer that you only support one of the two. And thank you for your
left-right cooperation in advance. ;o)
Longtime ABC reporter Sam Donaldson weighed in on the issue,
lamenting about the
plethora of news and so-called "fake news" outlets now
available to people via the internet saying, "Where do
we go? Who do we believe? It's sort of up for grabs."
Well, that's a discomforting
thought, for sure. That sounds like more chaos coming. Don't be
surprised either because the watchdog of our democracy has
undeniably been castrated. It won't get any better until "we the
people" finally say,
If all of this is new to you, you might be asking yourself right
about now, how is any of this possible? It is because people still naively and
gullibly believe that it is illegal to lie on television. To be clear, it
is not illegal to lie on television. There is no such law.
Case in point: advertising would be much different if
lying was not allowed on TV. :o)
After the Capitol insurrection, many people are rightly upset
about the deaths and chaos caused by the Trump rally - turned insurrection. With
this public outrage there have been calls from some to actually do away with FOX
News in the US, for helping to perpetuate the 2020 election lie. Some have
actually called their local cable and satellite providers asking them to stop
carrying FOX News, as well as FOX Business Network, Newsmax and One America News
The Washington Post's Max Boot has gone so far as to say,
"large cable companies such as Comcast and Charter Spectrum, which carry Fox
News and provide much of its revenue in the form of user fees, need to step in
and kick Fox News off. And if smaller competitors such as One America News and
Newsmax continue to incite viewers, they, too, should be booted off."
New York Times writer Nicholas
Kristof is on record as saying "I’d like to see pressure on
advertisers to withdraw from Fox News so long as it functions as
an extremist madrasa, and cable providers should be asked why
they distribute channels that peddle lies."
MSNBC’s Anand Giridharadas questioned on-air whether Fox News
"is a thing that should exist in America." As extreme as
such a suggestion might sound to some, to others it does have
punitive merit, given FOX's history of shading the truth - and
in light of the dire ramifications caused by propagating the
2020 election lie.
One would think FOX News could
see the writing on the wall and would come clean about the
false election claims, but then again the gravity of their own
actions in furthering the lie has to play a role in their
reluctance to come clean about the election ruse. Perhaps this
is why they are trying to detract from what happened at the
capitol, by shamelessly saying it was "just a protest that
got out of hand" or that others from the liberal left were
responsible for the capitol attack. They appear unwilling to
accept what we all saw for ourselves, with our own eyes - that
FOX furthered the unfounded lie to its audience about a stolen
election. As a result of their complicity in the election farce,
they are clearly culpable in regards to the division that has
risen after the fact and for helping to foment what happened at
Setting the harshest of these suggestions aside, at the very
least, if our democracy and republic are to survive, we very much need an
impartial regulatory commission that monitors our news organizations 24/7, much
like in the UK with
impartiality and news accuracy on all news broadcasts. Such a
system would monitor the news and then be able to censure and/or fine
broadcasters for straying from honest delivery of the news. It would be one way
to hold those accountable who disseminate false news, specifically
disinformation and divisive propaganda. There should be penalties and monetary
fines for those issuing information that is patently false or skewed in a manner
as to bend its understanding by the general public. Partisan news should be
specifically targeted, if not banned altogether.
For those who might have reservations about constitutional free
speech concerns, this is not an attack on the 1st amendment. To the
contrary, it's a safeguard to help protect against those who willfully misuse it
and abuse it. It's never been okay to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, just
as it should never be okay to publicly broadcast divisive disinformation and
dangerous propaganda to incite the public, much as FOX News has done since its
inception. Knowing the importance of news to the general public, along with a
newfound firsthand experience of what partisan news can actually do to divide a
nation, a commission such as this should be viewed with the reverence of a
judicial authority. It's long past time to hold news organizations accountable
for spreading false/partisan news. An honest news system is necessary and
profoundly integral for a flourishing democracy. A news overseer can only help
strengthen our democracy, as well as establish needed safeguards for our 1st
amendment rights. And with any luck FOX News will shape up and fly right - or
ship out - abandoning the US to save itself from fines and liability, as it did
in the UK.
The mention of a regulatory agency may cause some to squirm. The
reservations are certainly not lost on this author. We do NOT need censorship
of free speech. What we need are safeguards to protect it. For those
that blatantly misuse and abuse free speech, we do need repercussions to help
deter others from doing the same. There have to be consequences for telling a
false truth that brings serious harm to others.
If not a broadcast regulatory commission, at the very least, the
FCC should demand an on-air disclaimer before any news broadcast that is
politically oriented, saying...
"Important: The following is not a news program. It is an
opinion-based program that gives a one-sided view of the news. It is not news
fact. It is partisan political opinion about the news. All viewers should take
note and be aware."
Such a mandatory public disclaimer before each program would go a
long way towards helping prevent naive viewers from giving any immediate serious
gravitas to what these partisan talking heads have to say. At least they might
possibly think about the veracity of the information, instead of just accepting
it as gospel truth.
The bottom line is, we can no longer allow a news system that
acts irresponsibly and divisively. We need to learn from the division that
partisan news has brought to the US.
To all those who have fallen for the Murdoch ruse,
it's really not your fault. Shit happens when evil deliberately goes out
of its way to fool good honest trusting people. People truly do (naively)
believe that it is unethical and illegal to lie on television. That is how many
are influenced and subdued into believing they are hearing truth, when in
reality it is all disinformation and propaganda. This in turn slants their
As the old saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out."
when it comes to the US news, don't trust a foreigner and definitely don't trust
a Murdoch. After all, what can you possibly expect from an admittedly partisan
news outlet that claims it is "fair & balanced" - and doing so with a
moniker such as "FOX?"
Perhaps this knowledge just might also shed some light on the
right's effort to demonize the liberal left and progressive democrats, all the
while the left appears woefully hapless in keeping pace with the attack efforts
of the right. In the end, there is an agenda at hand. So please, don't trust
politically partisan news because it is not giving any of us the real truth.
It's not news. It is strictly opinion. Partisan news is simply a way of steering
people's political opinions. To the public, it's undue influence.
Please, don't fall for the left-right partisan political news
bullshit or the divisiveness coming from the corporate news media, whether it be
FOX News or MSNBC. News should never be a partisan endeavor. As such, these
organizations do not work for the best interests of us all, but for the monetary
interests of the ultra-wealthy instead. To be fair, not much can be said for
ABC, CBS or NBC giving us the whole truth either, but at least they don't work
from a left or right perspective, to divide the nation.
The bottom line here is this... know and understand that our two
political parties are nowhere close to the end-all when it comes to power and
real authority in this world. They are wholly dependent and beholden upon
donations from the uber-rich to support them. Case in point... just look at how
easy it was for a paper-billionaire to take over the Republican party.
As a result, the party of Lincoln is now in turmoil, however, the
fact of the matter is, the Grand Old Party already had a branding issue prior to
2016 because its core base is growing much older. The dawn of Trump & company
has now caused the GOP some major headaches that it perhaps did not see
coming, because it got them into a blue-collar base they had no access to
before. This is the issue now for Republicans, how to keep in touch with this
hyperactive base without Trump and without admitting to them that
they were lied to about the 2020 election. The confrontation for the GOP now
becomes a choice between two things, either continue the Trump election lie to
keep this new base or tell them the honest truth and risk losing it.
irony in all of this is - much like the GOP, FOX is also now
facing their own new challenges as a result of the Trump-effect. The
Republican party has become divided and challenged by those from the extreme
backlash over FOX News' calling of longtime Republican stronghold Arizona
for Democrat Joe Biden during the 2020 election has had serious repercussions,
as loyal viewers for the first time ever have lashed out en masse at the
network. As a result, rival wannabe's such as
NewsMax and OAN have now found traction with a ravenous and increasingly
farther-right audience that - since the 2020 election defeat of Trump -
appears perfectly primed for fresh new partisan venom and anger to feed off and
suckle from. To be fair, this is not true of all conservatives. The GOP has been
splintering since the advent of Trump. Two factions on the right are at odds
- those of the Grand Old Party and those who worship Trump. FOX News now
having to fight for its brand, however, with a history of high ratings
during Democratic administrations, the FOX ship could right itself once again
under a Biden tenure, unless of course they suffer backlash for deliberately
misleading their viewers regarding the 2020 election, which eventually led to
the Capitol assault.
Don't think that the recent split in the Republican party will diminish any of
their collective avarice for liberals. In both of these conservative camps the
hatred has built to the point where Democrats are now being referred to in
adversarial war terminology, as if they were a fierce foreign enemy that is the
single greatest threat to all those living in the US. This level of anger and
political division never used to exist in the US, until the arrival of FOX News.
The bitter irony that
this domestic division is being pushed by a foreign-owned
news organization cannot be overstated, nor overlooked. (This specific
scenario was guarded against under the Communications Act of 1934.) The
allowance of foreign ownership in the US media has indeed had the adverse effect
that the FDR administration once feared. It should be noted that the fatal move
away from the Communications Act of 1934 was led by House and Senate controlled
Republicans, as well as signed by Democrat President Bill Clinton. The blame
goes both ways.
As a result, we now have partisan news here in the US. With its arrival,
the current divisiveness throughout the country has been ratcheted up to an
all-time high in the modern era, literally to pre-civil war levels, as many
conservatives in the US are now being pushed even further to the far right, to
dangerous extremes that have never turned out well for those who might have
dared to foolishly embrace them in the past. (IE: The Third Reich fell far short
of lasting the thousand years they said it would.)
It's time for all Americans to recognize and understand the
inherent dangers and pitfalls that partisan news brings to a society. The spread
and further bifurcation of such a malignant news system is not in our country's
best interest. It is without doubt a clear and undeniable cancer upon our
democracy, as we have known it. It is not news. It is
disinformation and propaganda and those are a deadly toxin for any
Perhaps the most
important distinction to note, once again - this has not come from an American
enterprise, but from a foreign owned broadcast outlet.
Don't let partisan news
further divide us as a nation because that has been their plan all along, as
the uber-wealthy seek a one-world government. In order to obtain that, they need
to topple the US first and take away our guns, along with our ability to defend
ourselves. It's time to say no to this fomented dissension and to stay united.
(At least it would be a much fairer fight in defending our country and our
It's time to recognize partisan left-right news for what it is,
a danger to our democracy. It is also time to realize that we are all
being played, no matter which side of the political fence you are on. Those that
have the wealth to influence political parties and to own such broadcast
networks are the people we seriously need to worry about. They are the real
problem in our society. It is time to reason and think for yourself.
Don't let our bought-and-paid-for political parties or our partisan news media
do it for you. There is no left or right thinking involved in
common sense. Human issues that affect us all are always much easier to
solve together, as opposed to being divided.
It's interesting that we can like someone because they share the
same interests or hobbies - like the same sports teams or music and
entertainment - but the minute there is an R or a D associated politically, it
can change everything.
That's bent. It's wrong and just plain flat out bassackwards for
an intelligent society.
For the record... we're all in this together. United we stand or
divided we fall.
The fact is, we are all now gravely threatened because the
vanguard of our republic and democracy - our news press - has been seriously
compromised with biased, partisan viewpoints that are exclusionary to half the
population. We are being deliberately divided in a way not seen for 150 years.
By design or by accident, this isn't good for anyone in this country. If you are
not seeing this same scenario, you might not be paying close enough attention or
perhaps are simply watching too much partisan news.
We are now living with the consequences and ramifications of
Reagan and Clinton broadcast deregulation. In hindsight it's clear to many now
that going against the intent of the 1934 Communications Act,
allowing a foreign owner
into our US media system for the first time ever, was indeed a very bad thing
for the unity of the United States.
A question that
everyone needs to ask is this...
would an American owner, one with deeply passioned US ties, have better
presented conservative US viewpoints, rather than a foreigner, one
who at best has only monetary interests at heart? Would a US ownership group
have made FOX News as acrimonious as the Murdoch family did?
So here we are now, as politically and racially divided as 1862.
Like lemmings, we are all now being steered to a very dangerous precipice. The
country has become intensely divided along political and racial lines.
Partisan news has been used to drive a wedge between us, to divide us and to
conquer us, yet in all honesty, there are power$
far greater than Democrat or Republican at work here. Outside monetary interests
have always had their eye on the US. No one should really be surprised that
we've been strategically divided in half because quite frankly, this is the
way you conquer a nation.
One way to stop this division and to push toward US unity would
be for Americans to regain trust in our news. One step toward that would be to
eradicate that which divided us - partisan news. This might sound like
heresy to some, but to readily dismiss such a notion would be to dismiss
recognition of the issue that has pushed us to the edge of the cliff in the
Something so vital to our nation's democracy as honest news has
to become a mandate in order to promote and ensure civil order within the
nation. If we are indeed all working together to bring back unity, then the
number one priority should be to squelch the bitter and partisan presentation of
news in the United States. Once again, as suggested, the creation of an
impartial nonpartisan regulatory overseer to monitor for false news would go a
long way towards achieving this. They would have the power to fine and censure,
as well as ensure that the facts were truthful and provable.
More than anything else, it would behoove us as a nation to
return to that which protected us before, the principle that foreign broadcast
ownership within the US is indeed a threat to the stability of our nation. We
have now seen firsthand the consequences of such a miscalculation. Again, the
question we all need to ask is, would an American ownership group have steered
FOX News in the same divisive manner that the Murdoch's have, knowing our
country was teetering on the edge? Many would now agree, foreign ownership needs
to once again be banned in the US. It's time for the Murdoch family and tabloid
based NewsCorp to leave, once and for all.
All of this would go a long way toward bringing back respect for
the US news media.
Perhaps the best advice of all, please don't get your news from
only one source, most especially from partisan sources such as FOX News or
MSNBC. Look to other sources, such as the Associated Press, Reuters, or CNN, to
balance your perspective. Keep in mind
however, that these sources of news have their own threshold of actual truth,
for they are all owned by the uber-wealthy who exploit and manipulate this
world. This of course means that CNN and the others are not entirely innocent
when it comes to news control. They know full well that it's impossible
to make an informed decision without having a foundation of the facts.
This is precisely why in today's corporate controlled media system, you have to
learn to separate the wheat from the chaff because there are people who work to
"steer" the news, or worse yet, simply manufacture it. Sadly, this can be
a very difficult thing to do for many who already blindly trust a particular
corporate news organization, implicitly, without question. This is where the
danger lies in today's society. Best advice, look to more than one source of
news to seek the truth.
With the latter in mind - please - be on guard the next
time someone yells "fake news." Again, look to other sources and get the
facts on your own from reliable news sources. For the record: Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram do not qualify as credible news sources. Unsubstantiated rumors
are what got us to this precipice in the first place.
Mark Twain once said, "knowledge is power and ignorance is
bliss, and I have come to notice that humanity, in general, seeks happiness more
than anything else and is all too willing to sacrifice knowledge for that
I would add to that statement with a caveat... that those who
seek knowledge, but look to the wrong source, are also doomed to the same
blissful ignorance, so it would seem imperative to choose your news sources
In closing, those who do not trust government or the media should
know full well that those who work against "we the people" more often than not
Hegelian principles to deceive us, in
order to get what they want. This much needs to be known by all.
Just know and be aware that it is in the interest
of some to see all of us fight. Only a very select few in this world have the
vast financial means to influence and foster such problems, while also profiting from them
at the same time.
Once again, these are the people we truly need to be worried about, the
As for those who consider themselves Republicans or Democrats
before Americans - they need to realize who their real enemy is in
Make no mistake about it, as our early forefathers warned,
divided, we will indeed fall. So please be on guard America because partisan
news is clearly dividing us all.
"We the People" Do Not Want, Nor
The only people who suffer in a war are the
people. The super-rich who push the wars are protected and they always profit.
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