Information overload

It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth.  Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon.  Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another.  We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority.  We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.”  This is merely suppression of opposing ideas.  I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one.  People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents.  Hostility is projected, received and internalized.  With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.

What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly.  What are you doing to prepare?

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Democrats with bylines

That’s what Glenn Reynolds and his Instapundit team frequently call the mainstream press.  The observation is spot on.  While these outlets may ‘compete’ for ratings share, they collude just as much when it comes to messaging.  Think I exaggerate?

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The above is but a sample; many others used the same theme.  It would seem a certainty that some variant of the old “Journolist” system is still in place.  Rather than just take “everybody’s” word for it that Trump’s speech was “dark,” read it for yourself.  I still think he’s a very flawed candidate, but in this instance I agree with his diagnosis of things.  It’s very telling that the current President can scold us for eight years about how racist and otherwise evil our nation still is (even after deigning to elect him!) and nobody in the press calls it a dark vision of America.  Yet Trump points out how free trade and unrestricted illegal immigration has and continues to destroy the middle class, and suddenly he’s the gloom-meister?

The Democrats open their preordained coronation of Her Hillariness as their nominee this week (sorry Bernie supporters – you were cast in the role of controlled opposition from the start!).  The simple fact is that our mass propaganda media apparatus has been prepping the American public, not just for a woman president, but specifically for Hillary for decades:

 Beginning with an episode in the ‘90s featuring President Hillary Clinton, audiences have been treated to Hillary-inspired female presidents and politicians, fictional TV characters endorsing the real-life former FLOTUS, and children’s books singing her praises. Pro-Hillary propaganda has been saturating the entertainment world.

It must be particularly galling to these would-be queen-makers that after so much time and trouble, their candidate still has a very real chance of losing to Trump of all people.  In the new digital age, the old guard media gatekeepers aren’t the only purveyors of information.  Here’s a tip, establishment: she’s that bad a candidate.  There’s simply not enough lipstick to make the pig less piglike to the public.

But that doesn’t mean Hillary’s sycophants and longtime allies in the corporate press won’t try.  Especially during her long-awaited coronation this week.

The Mainstream Media Matrix

Far too many of the younger generation confuse entertainment with being informed.  That’s why Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” and Steven Colbert have such a following.  They’ve convinced many that through their programs they can enjoy the snark and still be an informed voter, too.

What a crock.

Jon Stewart — the man who loves to be called a nonpartisan, a scourge of cant, an honest soul who follows the truth wherever it leads — has been secretly taking trips to the White House to receive intense one-on-one lobbying from President Obama.

Austan Goolsbee, a former top economic adviser to the president, frequently emailed with his college classmate Scott Bodow, a “Daily Show” executive producer, to offer spin. Obama flunky David Axelrod often reached out directly to Stewart.

Obama himself would summon Stewart to Washington for meetings.

So much for being an independent humorist, which is the facade Stewart has always hidden behind when someone’s called him out for his more slanted segments.*  He’s nothing more than a popularist for the regime and worldview in power, part of a “Potemkin culture,” as the phrase has been coined over at Instapundit.

But wait!  There’s more!  Have you wondered why you may be hearing about the Planned Parenthood video controversies in your local media, but you’re not seeing much of the videos themselves?  Wonder no more.

It’s telling that Planned Parenthood will hire a high-power PR firm to promote the idea that these videos violate some “privacy right” because an aborted baby is shown… but that’s the extent of human rights they’ll recognize for these murdered children.  If ever there was an example of inconsistent, evil “spin,” that would be it.

I sometimes ponder whether the Bible’s reference to the “prince of the power of the air” was a foreshadowing reference to the power inherent in the media that is broadcast over airwaves.  Because most certainly the power of the mainstream media channels today is being used to reinforce a worldview that is straight out of the pits of hell.  It is propaganda, not information.

Choose your content providers accordingly…

* – Full disclosure: this is the only full segment I’ve ever watched on The Daily Show, and I happened to think it was fairly spot on as well as funny.  Even broken clocks can be right twice a day, I suppose…

A thoroughly housebroken ‘watchdog’

This chart reflects nothing new, but merely a culmination of a trend stretching back several administrations.  Americans need to ask why they expect a ‘watchdog press’ from a pool of personalities that one moment is a reporter, and the next the Presidential press secretary.  This is not ‘career progression,’ it is serious conflicts of interest.  How anyone can believe that former government officials can flip a switch and become ‘fair and balanced’ commentators, or report objectively on their spouses/lovers/pub buddies is beyond me.  Until/unless the revolving doors are closed down, what we really have is something akin to a State-run media that occasionally gives the government a few pulled punches just for appearances.  Is it any wonder there is such concern in Mordor D.C. over the independent voices facilitated by the Internet?

 

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