I remember when I was young my father and grandfather always had to have the news on to watch Walter Cronkite. Mr. Cronkite was so trusted that he was referred to as the “Most trusted man in America” and “Uncle Walter”. So I developed a deep appreciation for watching the news and learning what is going on in the world from the many international news bureaus of the three national news media. But unlike in the sixties, today one doesn’t have to be glued to the television at 6 p.m or any other time due to the literal 24-hr News Media Complex. But, the News Media Frankenstein is a creature that has grown into something that many average Americans could not have imagined back before the sixties and who’s massive power and influence is mentally on unfathomable today. This beast has to be constantly fed via commercial dollars rather than just focus on delivering honest news and information. And the power by which it can control, manipulate, and influence the society could no longer be left in the hands of many small and local dissemination stations. Today, literally SIX companies own/control the main sources of information that many of us consume.
Edward R. Murrow was one person who saw the troublesome monster that was coming to our society with the dramatic change of control and focus of the nation’s media complex from one that was focused on presenting honest news and information without the weight of worry of being economically beneficial to corporate shareholders. To now being obsessed with commercial economic returns and promoting a political leftist bias more than honestly reporting the “how, what, when, why, and where” of a story to the American people and the world. The news reporters of today are more interested in literally creating the news than just reporting it. Mr. Murrow prophetically stated during his famous “Wires and Lights In A Box” speech on October 15, 1958, that, “Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or perhaps in color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. I invite your attention to the television schedules of all networks between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., Eastern Time. Here you will find only fleeting and spasmodic reference to the fact that this nation is in mortal danger… There are, it is true, occasional informative programs presented in that intellectual ghetto on Sunday afternoons. But during the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live… For surely we shall pay for using this most powerful instrument of communication to insulate the citizenry from the hard and demanding realities which must indeed be faced if we are to survive.” And thus here we are.
During Mr. Murrow’s day, the facts of a story reported had to be fact-checked 20 ways to Sunday, and once again on Monday just for good measure, to ensure the story’s validity and truth. The media company’s integrity and reputation for honest reporting were at stake. And so too was that of the reporter. Those things were of high value and important then. But seemingly not so much now.
The national media arguably has tilted to the political left for centuries. But it was held in check and kept underground due to shear disfavor of anything anti-American or anti-moral. Let’s not forget Walter Duranty who as a reporter of the New York Times during the 1930s was virtually the cheerleader and enabler for Russian socialist dictator Joseph Stalin as he starved over 4 MILLION Ukrainians. He actually won a Pulitzer Prize for his fraudulent and extremely biased reporting regarding the Holodomor [the Ukrainian genocide]. How about Walter Cronkite’s biased reporting that convinced the American people that the Vietnam War was unwinnable that forced the humiliated exited of U.S Armed Forces. How about more recently the national Media’s eight-year orgasmic love affair with , who favored socialist and its ideology, who could do no wrong. Compare that to the same Media’s four-year fanatic hatred and all-out ideological assault on President Donald Trump of which for his three first years it created the greatest attempt to remove a lawfully elected U.S president in American history with a unjustified investigation, headed by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, that led to a failed full Impeachment attempt. The Mueller Investigation alone cost U.S taxpayers over $30 MILLION. Where is the outrage or the questioning from the Media on how this could have happened? Where is the outrage from the people more importantly for the exorbitant cost, time, and energies that were spent in the attempt to manifest the most serious of crimes against a sitting U.S president, and who’s venomist irrational assault still persist today? Crickets.
One would think that after in particularly the past 12 years of the National Media’s coming out of the closet to show its naked liberal bias and willingness to jettison all appearance of objectivity and honesty and that it values nothing about being creditable that the American people would relegate its trust factor to the level of daytime soap opera, nope! According to a Gallop Poll last fall, 41% of Americans still trust the national Media. Who are these 41%?
So then it really should not come as any surprise when you look at the current attempts by the Mass Establishment Media, both in America and the world, to create the news and force the viewers and consumers of its reporting to think what it wants us to. Rather than the Media choosing to simply report the news, it has doubled down on its misreporting and distortion of the truth and facts.
Let’s look at the 2 biggest stories of the year that have affected our lives negatively due to the misreporting by the Establishment Media – COVID-19 virus and the Black Lives Matter Movement. In March, COVID-19 was just beginning to hit America. We didn’t know anything about it. Then the federal government declared a National State of Emergency and literally shut down the nation’s economy, largely based on model forecasts of millions dying from the virus and the crashing of the nation’s medical complex. Many of us expected that the shut down would be only for 2-3 weeks, it is still going on to various degrees as we get ready to enter August. And there is no end in sight as the Media seems hell bent in pushing the national economy over the edge by mis-informing the populous on the true seriousness of the virus, largely due to its political ideology and vicious dislike for President Trump. First, the Media does not report that the virus only kills less than 5% of those who gets it. It refuses to report any news to alleviate the populace’s anxiety or fears by reporting only one side of the issue. It blasts reports of increasing COVID-19 diagnoses, but without the context of such cases likely won’t lead to death. And fails to report that the virus is here with us to stay, there is no “cure”, we can only get through it by many of us getting it. Remember, we are still dealing with remnants of the 1918 Flu. The Media has become the agent of fear, leftist propaganda, and despair rather than hope, truth, and assurance, purposefully. The second haymaker to the gut of America by the Media is being delivered via its misrepresentative reporting surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. This movement is taking on the characteristics of the Communist Chinese Cultural Revolution with its demands of erasing all history regarding so-called “White Supremacy” and cancelation of descending speech and opinions. And yet the National Media shows no interest nor curiosity as to who or what is funding this group nor that this group’s ideology is naked Marxist.
A free Press and the right of free speech was placed in the First Amendment to the U.S Constitution to ensure that the people of this nation could be honestly informed on the actions of the government and the society and world in which we live and to be free to voice our opinion without fear of being made a criminal or jailed. We the People created the free Press for benefit of the free citizenry to be able to speak and act accordingly based on the information gathered. If the nation’s Media is allowed to openly lie, mislead, and distort what it reports to us with impunity than we have the creature that will place us in chains. We cannot have a free and informed society without a free and honest Media. But, we must demand to have a free and honest press.