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Does the MSM Lie? Thoughts from A Mere Citizen

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To be truthful, through the last number of years I have lost all faith in the Main Stream Media, especially the New York Times and The New Yorker, and most media personalities. As I’ve aged and gained more experience, including teaching in the School of Communications at ECU, I’ve come to realize that our journalists are little more reliable than the old Pravda writers under the USSR. And we Americans are sadly misinformed about most current events in our country and in the world. Instead of being beholden to and afraid of the government, our news gatherers are beholden to and afraid of the globalist entities that own them.

I used to think that at least the competition between the various media groups provided a bulwark against totalitarianism, but lately, I’ve even lost that bit of hope. Instead it seems that they “entertain” their audiences by a form of kabuki theater that hides as much as it reveals and propels us all toward prearranged goals. Sometimes crucial information is omitted. At other occasions the emphasis and repetition of certain “facts” alter perception of reality, and intermittently, untruths become “true” by the solemnity and frequency of the presentation.

While the New York Times, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News, for example, usually appear to differ, in the end, they’re adopting similar goals and sweeping our citizens up in the same rush toward an eerie uniformity.

I began to worry about it in the Sixties when we had only ABC, NBC, and CBS for news. Although the personalities were different, the basic news line on each channel was always the same, as if those few stories told in their 22+ minutes of time were the only important things that happened in the entire world.

Then I got a real glimpse of “gaslighting” during the Nixon administration when the carving on Stone Mountain Park was dedicated. Because of the previous unrest at Kent State, Agnew substituted for Nixon as the primary speaker. Since I had just published a short history of the mountain and the new park, my husband and I went to the dedication.

Of course the event was subdued because the nation was mourning the loss of life on both battlefields: civic and military.  We thought Agnew, for all his flaws, gave an excellent speech. He walked a careful line in remaining true to the history and the better character qualities of the men portrayed. As we listened, it seemed obvious that the speech had been through several editors to remove any possible misunderstanding by anyone who heard it.

Then, as we left the park, we listened in astonishment to WSB Radio report on the dedication. It bore absolutely no correlation to what was really said or how it was received by the audience. Then we frantically turned to other news sources, but they all spoke from the same script. And so no one except those few hundred who actually attended the Dedication had the slightest idea of what really happened. While we who know the truth are aging and dying, no doubt the “history” has already been written and accepted even though it is false.

In the late seventies, I read many of Solzhenitsyn’s books as they became available in English, including all three volumes of The Gulag Archipelago. I even gave talks about them in both Stone Mountain and Gainesville, Georgia. His books confirmed through personal recollections what I had already read about the Soviet Union in several places including a course in college, The Russian Revolution: Russia in the Twentieth Century. (My minor was history.) And they made me especially aware of the abysmal effects of a misinformed or ill-informed society. But since that time, I have become sadly aware of these exact problems in my own beloved country.

For an interesting read to back up my assertions, I suggest you read one of Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa’s books. He is the highest ranking Soviet intelligence officer to defect to the West. His first book was written shortly afterwards, Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausecus’ Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption. His second, Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism, was co–authored with Ronald Rychlak, a professor in University of Mississippi’s School of Law. He also has a DVD by the same name, Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West.

Reading either of them (I haven’t seen the DVD.) is like reading a spy novel, but it’s all true. He reveals much that we only suspected during the Cold War, such as, founding the National Council of Churches by undercover Soviet spies to undermine the West, infiltrating the Vatican with high level prelates, bugging every room and phone that St. John Paul II used, and infiltrating the best universities in each Western country. These are admissions by the man who wrote the checks to fund these activities.

Then leapfrogging into the more recent past, I have become aware of the media’s intentional misrepresentations in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, and Freddie Gray death in Maryland. In each case, rioting ensued, innocent people were hurt, and blacks, feeling marginalized, lashed out at the ones they thought were their enemies. The media, ever eager to increase ad revenue, fanned the flames of anger and indignation with their usual cacophony of misrepresentations and misinterpretations about what actually occurred.

Because the media insists on using a victim/persecutor model to re-frame ever single incident, every single political issue, every single court case, and every single bill in a legislature, our country continues to decline. There are no rational discussions of pro and con. There are no compromises. There is no concern for natural law. There is no acceptance of the Judeo-Christian heritage which formed all of Western civilization.

There is only self righteous indignation over “my rights”*, even the “rights” that are just now appearing after thousands and thousands of years of human societies operating successfully without them. But the media has decreed that all must fall into line; there is no room for non-acceptance. There is no time for rational discussion. There are no dispassionate studies. There is only shaming if you fail to agree with the media’s latest cause.