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An Enlightened Media and a Dumb Public

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The cornerstone of a democracy or any representative government is an informed public. The U.S. Founding Fathers recognized the importance of an enlightened citizenry and saw fit to codify it in the very First Amendment. How important they considered the press is apparent when is is recognized that they provided it equal protection to religion, freedom of speech, assembly and petition:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Arguments regarding bias in the press are rife. Conservatives are positive that the press is liberal (and most surveys agree), while liberals just know the press is conservative. Predispositions and visions color both group’s assessments. An email forwarded pertains to this issue. The author is unknown, although I thought he put the arguments regarding bias, competence, etc. into better perspective than any formal analyses I have seen:

I think it is remarkable that within a week of Tiger Woods crashing his Escalade, the press found every woman with whom Tiger has had an affair In the last few years, with photos, text messages, recorded phone calls, etc. And, they not only knew the cause of the family fight, but they even knew it was a wedge from his golf bag that his wife used to break out the windows in the Escalade. Not only that, they knew which wedge! And each and every day, they gave America more updates on his sex-rehab stay, his wife’s plans for divorce, and the dates and tournaments he will play in.

Obama has been in office for over a year now, and this same press:

  • · Still cannot find any of his childhood friends or neighbors,
  • · Or locate any of Obama’s college papers or grades,
  • · Or how he paid for a Harvard education,
  • · Or which country issued his visa to travel to Pakistan in the 1980’s,
  • · Or Barry Soretoro or even Michelle Obama’s Princeton thesis on racism.
  • · They just can’t seem to find them.

Yet the public still trusts that same press to give them the whole truth ! TRULY REMARKABLE !!!

A version of this post appeared on American Thinker

3 thoughts on “An Enlightened Media and a Dumb Public”

  1. This is a very clear statement on “newspaper truth”…..
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New
    York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the
    leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton
    offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his
    colleagues by replying:
    “There is no such thing, at this date of the worlds history in America, as
    an independent press. You know it and I know it.
    There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if
    you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am
    paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am
    connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things,
    and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions
    would be out on the streets looking for another job: If I allowed my
    honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four
    hours my occupation would be gone.
    “The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to
    pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country
    and his race for his daily bread.
    You know it and I know it; and what folly is this toasting an
    independent press?
    We are the tools and vassels of rich men behind the scenes. We are the
    jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our
    possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are
    intellectual prostitutes.”

    (Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert Morris, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of
    Amedca, NY, 1955/1979.)

  2. Timothy G. McGrath

    John C. Drew came forward with testimony that Obama was a avowed Marxist at Oxy. The entire media (including Fox) has ignored his often repeated story.

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