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The Mainstream Media’s no longer credible thanks to Social Media   Leave a comment

That’s the conclusion I came to after the last few years. Last week’s Democratic Debate was another nail in the coffin. CNN’s not even trying to hide the fact that they’re backing Hillary Clinton anymore. It really is shameful when you literally have these media outlets literally telling people to ignore the truth and listen to them.

It reminds me of the motives of Persona 4’s true villain, Izanami: She created the Midnight Channel to provide the means for mankind to see what they wanted to see and in the way they wanted to see it. The fog in the TV World is used to distort the truth and reality so that only what a person wants is ever present. A false reality, in other words.

The Shadow versions of the characters in Persona 4 were the physical manifestations of thir true selves: The selves they don’t want others to know exists. To face your Shadow means to face that aspects of yourself that you are but don’t want to admit is a part of who you are as a person. When you overcome your Shadow, you accept the undesirable aspects of yourself, which then becomes a Persona that you can use to help you.

In the example I just used, CNN/Fox News/MSNBC are Fog. The billionaires who own them are Izanami and their programming is The Midnight Channel. Thanks to Social Media–The Persona in this case–we have the power to expose the lies, false pretenses and distortions perpetuated by Corporate Media.

It is why I made this blog in particular my first blog on WordPress. Contrary to what the Journalism Industry may want you to think, you don’t need to be a professional journalist to be a journalist. All you need is a medium through which to share knowledge. Of course, this isn’t the first time I’m referenced Persona 4 in this blog. It probably won’t be the last, either =D

Moving on, the national media is guilty of twisting the truth on more than a few things. Too many to list here, in fact. Here’s a few to get you thinking:

  • Most recently, CNN’s pundits said Hillary Clinton won last week’s debate. Everyone else not only said Bernie Sanders did but overewhelmingly provided the data to prove it.
  • Fox News’ Bill O’Rielley announced in August that he is making it his personal mission to destroy Black Lives Matters. Why? Because they’ve been educating the public on why watching their network is bad for their health.
  • Within hours of the hospital bombing in Afghanistan, everyone blamed it on terrorists. FAIR was the first to blow the whistle on that fiction: Not only did the U.S. know it was there but they also knew it was a hospital. Within a few days of the truth being spread all over Social Media, President Obama called the President of Doctors Without Boarders to apologize for the bombing.
  • During the conflict in Gaza City last year, the media said Palestinian Terrorists were attacking civillians. CNN got it right for once and did a story on Israeli soldiers being ordered to kill Palestinian civillians. Why? Because Israel’s Prime Minister said “all Palestinians are fair game” even if they have Israeli citizenship.
  • Disgraced Clerk Kim Davis was portrayed by Fox News as the posterchild of their tagline “Religion Under Attack in America”. She gained notariety for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples despite the Supreme Court decision earlier this year. Then the Hacktivist group Anonymous released information about her five divorces. The Westboro Baptist Church recently announced they will protest outside her job.
  • This has been said to death since 2007 but The “War on Terroism” in the middle east is not America’s Longest War. The honor goes to The Korean War (1952-Present), which technically never ended. If you want to talk wars that ended, then the title goes to the Vietnam War (1958-1975).
  • I mentioned this alot two years back then but during the Boston Marathon Bombing’s investigation, it was called Boston’s 9/11 by Fox News. The problem with that is on 9/11, both of the planes that hit the World Trade Center departed from Boston’s Logan Airport. Whoops!
  • Speaking of the Boston Marathon Bombing: The same day of the bombing, there were two shootings in  Boston and 4 people were killed. The media ignored both despite the possability they could have been connected to the bombing investigation.

 

Look, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. The problem with the media is its’ supposed to be impartial regardless of who’s paying them. They have all these political experts come on just to give the illiusion of impartiality when in fact, it’s always folks who will serve THEIR interests. They’ve shown time and time again an unwillingness to go after their own in the name of truth and honesty. They don’t even bother doing editorial corrections like they used to anymore.

This is why I say in no uncertain terms the media can no longer be trusted to tell the truth. If you take what they say ar face value, you’re a fool. I don’t mean everything across the board: I mean things that really matter. We already congressmen are owned by companies and billionaires.

So is the national media.

Social Media can’t be bought or bribed. Sure, millionaires may own the websites but you can’t put a price on the unfiltered truth.

I see now why so many celebrities go out of their way to keep the media at arms-length. They do more harm than good in the end.

The Problems with American Politics and why the National News Media can’t get enough of it   Leave a comment

I’ll give you the short version first and then go into a much longer, more detailed explaination.

First, the short version:

  1. Except for Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a few others, NONE of the people elected to represent America in Washington has the people in mind. They ran their campaigns with lies and empty promises to get where they are.
  2. Almost all politicians run with one or two policies in mind. When forced to deal with something outside their focus, that’s when things get complicated. Unfortunately for us.
  3. The National News Media–or as I’ve started calling them in the last year, Government Media–and I mean CNN, MSNBC and Fox News control the audience. NO ONE can run for Congress or President and expect to win without being “approved” by one or all three news outlets. That’s just the way it is.
  4. MSNBC is backed by the Left (Democratic Party), Fox News is backed by the Right (Republican Party) and CNN, which likes to say it’s politically neutral is clearly Leftist.
  5. Speaking of Fox News: It’s a WELL-KNOWN FACT the news outlet LIES on everything and not just politics. Everything they say should be taken with a grain of salt as chances are good what they say is both biased and untrue. If you believe what they say at face value, you’re a fool.
  6. On that note: Anyone who takes ANYTHING reported on the news as fact is also a fool. Those who follow me on Facebook knows I fact-check every big story CNN covers for inaccuracies. They prettymuch demanded it with their company tagline “Keeping them honest”. Well, I’m keeping CNN honest when they run with their biased and forceful interviewing tactics. I actually started doing it during their coverage of the manhunt in Boston after the Matathon Bombings two years ago.

Before I get into the long version, I do want to reiterate what I’ve said to folks in person about looking into pursing a career in journalism. I feel there’s been too much focus on national news over the last 20 years and as a consequence, local news coverage has fallen by the wayside. This is especially true with the American Media when it comes to covering Politics, Acts of Violence/War/Mass Shootings and more recently, The New Civil Rights movement. As I said in a recent blog post, Fox News has declared war against Black Lives Matter so…yeah. The National Media in general is as corrupt as Politicians and more shameless than GOP Presidential Candidates. Everything they do is for the sole purpose of sensationalism for the sake of ratings and sponsors.

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…This brings me to FAIR, which stands for Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. Click the picture to go to their website. This nonprofit company has been fighting the good fight against the media’s biased reporting since 1986. The national media has proven it can’t be trusted to tell the uncensored truth so I will fact-check with FAIR on every story. FAIR actually calls out biased reporting as they happen and actually names and shames the offending media outlet. They also correct the faulty reporting at the same time.

In a recent article for example, the media’s push to make Presidential Candidare Bernie Sanders go away has been ramping up. They’re all using every trick they can think of to turn the public against him. Another example is the bombing of that hospital in Afghanistan. First, they blamed it on Russia and the Taliban. Later in the same day, they said the U.S. was investigating the incident. Finally, they said the U.S. was being blamed for it. All in the same day.

Care to guess which one was actually true? Yep, the last one. President Obama called Doctors Without Boarders to personally apologize, in fact. Based on the info released by the non-profit group, there was simply no way it was an accident or The Pentagon did not know where it was. Alligations enemy combatants were firing at U.S. Allies from the hospital were also proven false. This was a deliberate attack on a civillian hospital and as usual, the U.S. Media got caught trying to help cover something up.

For far too long, the the national media has been allowed to run free and unregulated. FAIR is the only organization that is actually “Keeping Them Honest”–take THAT,  CNN!–and they’re only barely staying relevant. My time off from work for 5 months this year opened my eyes to the deliberate misinformation and half-truths CNN pushes out every day. The funny thing is my Critical Thinking professor said as much about the network 6 years ago. I didn’t believe him until this past summer. It’s a shame when every major American news outlet needs to be fact-checked every day. This is what FAIR does.

I have been talking about the media needing to be held accountable for biased reporting for two years now. I was thrilled when I found out there actually are people who have been doing this for decades so…yeah. The national media is the only entity that is allowed to get away with biased, dishonest reporting.

That needs to change.

 

The Collapse of The Republican Party   Leave a comment

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Let’s be honest: The GOP lost the little credability it had after the 2000 election with the 2008 Election. One thing the media should be talking about and isn’t is the mass exodus of now former Republican voters going Independent and Democrat. The party’s extremist views on prettymuch everything is driving even longtime supporters out of the party.

People are FED UP with the same disproven rhetoric from the GOP: They want leaders who share their core values but they also want leaders who won’t shut down the government because of political ideologies. They want leaders who won’t waste taxpayer dollars on foolishness but they also want leaders who will invest money in the basic things needed in America like infrastructure. They want leaders who are willing to defend America’s allies abroad but not leaders willing to waste money and American lives to satisfy the special interests of a handful of people.

 

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Take a good look at this list. Every single one of the Republicans on the list–including Donald Trump–is being backed by lobbyists, the rich, hate groups, armed millitia groups or a combination of all of them. NONE of them have American interests in mind and ALL of them, like George W. Bush before them is running a campaign of lies, falsehoods and empty promises.

Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton isn’t much better having said that. The REAL reason she and most of the GOP candidates are even running is because they were pressured by the media. They never would have given it a second thought if Fox News/CNN/MSNBC didn’t invite them on the air just to ask them “Are you prepared to say you’re running for POTUS?”, “How about running for President” and of course, “Your name has come up as a possible presidential candidate.”

Let’s be honest: Except for Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden–who isn’t officially running (yet!)–NO ONE on the above list is qualified for the job. The 2nd GOP debate last month reaffirmed that: The only people in the room were their own brainwashed supporters. The Republican Party, once beloved by conservatives is beyond redemption at this point: They allowed the Tea Party free reign after the 2008 election and paid for it when the more moderate Republicans were replaced with extremists who were instrumental in shutting down the government–a fact they are not only proud of but actually threatened to do again last month.

The reason this time is they wanted to defund Planned Parenthood after conservative reporters created a fake video alleging to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing selling aborted fetuses for money. This is right up there with a similar video by the same group they released online last year showing an aborted second trimester fetus still in its amnotic sac allegedly shot at an American abortion clinic. The graphic video, which shows the aborted fetus kicking for a few seconds was actually ahot in an illegal abortion clinic in Latin America. As the saying goes, people are more likely to believe a little lie over a big one. It’s one thing to be against abortion but it’s another to intentionally twist the truth to deceive people and that is what is going on.

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There is a reason all the special interests, lobbyists, Wall Street AND the NRA fear Bernie Sanders: He can’t be bought, he makes sense and he actually cares. He’s the no-nonsense Independent Senator from Vermont so many have been talking about all year. Don’t let his age and race fool you. He is honest and unlike Hillary, he isn’t surrounded by controversy. He also isn’t afraid to speak his mind or stand up to both Repiblicans AND Democrats. Yes he is running for the Democratic nomination but his campaign is grassroots and he is taking money from no political groups. All the money is from donors–myself included.

That said, I want to repeat something I have been saying to my coworkers for the last four weeks now: The next President we get will be the President we deserve, not the one we need. Due to the media’s influence, I have a pretty good idea of who the final candidates for both parties will be. Like I said before, most of the GOP Candidates will be out by next summer.

I predict a 2016 GOP President/Vice Preident combo to be something like this: Cruz/Christie, Paul/Kaisich or Rubio/Bush. Those are the six most likely to to get the Presidential or Vice Presidential nomination. Notice neither Trump or Carson are listed. The way things are going for him right now, Trump will be forced to withdraw but will give one of the listed pairings (any combination of them, actually) his blessing. Carson’s political inexperience is obvious. He’ll come up with a cover story to withdraw from the election.

One thing the media and I agree on is the benefit to having all these billionaires running. It shows the rest of the world how broken the American political system truly is. The saying “Anyone can be president” is a lie. The world was reminded of America’s racism problem when  Obama became president so…yeah. Let’s be honest: All these millitant groups we’re suddenly hearing about were quiet until Obama became preaident.

On the Democratic side, it will be Biden/Clinton or Sanders/O’Malley. I can see Hillary willing to step aside should Biden get in the race. Biden has a real shot at winning the needed votes unlike her. I don’t see Sanders picking Biden or Clinton as VP though he probably wouldn’t mind Clinton if needed. Only time will tell of course.

I’ll end with this: The Media’s role in the circus we call American politics should NOT be underestimated, overlooked or ignored. I’ll speak more to this in a separate blog this coming weekend but the National Media’s sensationalism plays a huge role in manipulating those who don’t do their own research on the candidates. Fox News is the most notorious offender but CNN and MSNBC aren’t exactly innocent either.

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