We are well into 2023, with signs of hope and hopelessness everywhere! There is hope if your faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God. There is hopelessness if your faith is in politicians and politics. Sadly, the politicians all drink at the same watering trough and play to the same media. They are narcissistic egotists and suffer from delusions of grandeur. They do not see themselves as public servants and serving at the behest of the voters, but once elected, they deem themselves as our Lords and Ladies who know best. In their minds, we should be beholding to them and awed with gratitude.
The modern mainstream media that was once ‘News Media’ has become a weaponized propaganda arm of ideologies inharmonious with freedom and liberty. The media and politicians have become megalomaniacs, and their maniacal actions threatened our Republic more than any foreign adversary.
Most of them seem to believe what Barack Hussein Obama openly lamented, the Constitution is too restrictive and prevents them from doing what they desire. In this administration, that is not a problem; they ignore the Constitution and the Courts and dare Congress to intervene. They play to the WOKE crowd and those who have an entitlement mentality.
The objective is not always clear, but the end game is – Control and Totalitarianism. The media works with the followers of the toxic liberal agenda of globalism and the myriads of insane demands presented by the WOKE adherents. Modern media provides little useful information and is hardly worth watching or listening to. News Media is a misnomer; they are biased propagandists and should be identified as such.
There was a time when actual factual information was reported, and opinion pieces were few and well-identified. Today, opinion pieces dominate the MSM, and the purveyors of those reports deem them as Law and Gospel. Unfortunately, those who only get their information from the MSM believe the reports, even when debunked. Megalomania reigns supreme in the Media, Politics, Entertainers, and Activists and is becoming a norm rather than an anomaly.
The media today decides “what news we need to hear.” Need is determined by the network’s ideological position. The need, in their view, is what will best advance their ideological cause, not providing factual and complete data so we can make an informed decision. There were obvious opinion shows such as Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid, and others. We knew we were getting their views, not necessarily the total picture.
In my early years, we had about three stations, ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates. The newspapers reported events that happened, not what they wanted us to believe and why they happened. Magazines were filled with pictures and advertising and a little informative reporting. That was an era when men would try to convince their wives that Playboy was for the articles, not the pictures. We had no internet, cable channels, cell phones, or social media, and the news was the lifeline of information for many.
Back in the day, journalists actually existed and vetted the stories they published, and if a mistake was revealed, there was a correction or a retraction. Good luck finding that today! Today it is spin and propaganda. The superfluous diatribe and drivel are mind-numbing and repulsive to the thinking person who loves truth and freedom.
I believe that genuine news reporting is vital in maintaining freedom because it should be a key cog in educating the public about the truth. Our entire system was designed to provide information to the public, and the voter then could make a reasoned choice in candidates and policies. That ship sailed long ago, and it is challenging to be informed with factual data, but possible.
George Orwell’s 1984 and Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book Future Shock accurately describe today. Toffler said, “People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralyzing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: over choice.”
With the 24/7/365 availability of “stuff,” the average person is easily swayed and frequently confused. It reminds me of Proverbs 18:17, “The first one to plead his case seems right UNTIL another comes and examines him.” In Ecclesiastes 12:13, we are advised, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter….” Too many get their daily exercise jumping to conclusions and jerking their knee in reaction.
We have the truth available and more means of it being presented than at any time in our history. Yet, we have fewer facts and more misinformation and disinformation than ever. There is no journalistic discipline or accountability in today’s world. Someone said, “It’s in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears.” That gives credence to the idea often attributed to Lenin, Hitler, or Goebbels – “If a lie is told often enough and spoken loud enough, it will eventually be believed.” Who said it is not important? The reality of seeing it walked out in our world is!
I have contended and contend that it is up to each of us to vet the information we receive as fully as possible. Edgar Allan Poe is credited with saying, “Do not believe everything you read, and only believe half of what you see.” There is validity in that when it comes to modern news reporting and political speech. I read a quote from Colombian philosopher and critic of modernity Nicholas Gomez Davila, “In an age in which the media broadcast countless pieces of foolishness, the educated man is defined not by what he knows, but by what he doesn’t know.”
We are responsible for what we say and do not say. We are also responsible for what and how we hear. Computer technology has a saying, “GIGO – Garbage in, garbage out.” That is amazingly accurate in many minds today; we hear so much from the sewer of misinformation that we hardly know what is true and what is a lie. Truth is like a gem hidden beneath the surface in the mine of information; it is up to us to glean it. We cannot depend upon the megalomaniacs to provide us with the truth.
I do not like being skeptical and do not want to become a hopeless skeptic, but we need to be cautious about what we hear and doubly about what we repeat. The Bible says that the Truth will make us free. The only dependable truth is God’s Word; if we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our moral compass, we can sail into the sea of truth and become free. Politicians and broadcasters have become what was said about used car salesmen, “If their lips are moving, they are lying!” I say that with deep remorse because the deception is widespread and destructive.
God help us to return to moral and constitutional sanity, or we will lose the republic.
God bless you, and God bless America!