There’s a scene in Zero Dark Thirty when the main character, Maya, is asked what she believed the chances were that Osama bin Laden was hiding in the compound where he was later killed. She replied, “100% he’s there. OK, 95%, ’cause I know certainty freaks you guys out, but it’s 100.”
It wasn’t too long ago when I was proud to declare that I operated a handful of conservative news sites. It was a badge of honor to wear the stripes of opposition against both the liberal mainstream media as well as the progressive slant of the vast majority of social media sites and blogs on the internet. They had the numbers but we had the high ground. Now, I have to distinguish that I’m part of the “other side” of conservative media that hasn’t devolved to the point of utilizing leftist Alinskyite tactics to try to sway readers.
Yahoo’s Katie Couric and NBC’s Brian Williams have a few things in common. They were both considered to be respectable journalists at one point. They used to be trusted to deliver the news appropriately. They both lie.
The biggest problem with biased journalists on unabashedly liberal websites is that their rhetoric rings hollow when the tables are turned on them. Such is the case for Salon political staff writer Benjamin Norton in his coverage of the arrest of the alleged Houston mosque arsonist. Before posting (and deleting) a story that turned out to be completely false, Norton had chastised the media for jumping to conclusions a little over two weeks ago.
I have always been a big fan of the Drudge Report. In a world where leftist mainstream media rules the airwaves and covers the internet, Matt Drudge and his report has been a strong aggregator of right-leaning stories that help to educate people about the problems with liberalism while highlighting some of the stories that don’t normally hit mass media coverage. Unfortunately, he/they also tend to display poor judgment from time to time when it comes to promoting the right ideas.
When I was a child, my father warned me to never repeat what I read as a headline in the grocery store checkout line. He told me about tabloids, how they took a smidgen of truth and manipulated it to form a shocking headline attached to a misleading story in order to sell more magazines. The same thing is happening today but for much more nefarious reasons.
Back in August of this year, I decided to switch gears with this site and make it focused on two things that represent my passions: Christianity and politics. With the slant being very much to the right, I knew that there would have to be a left-leaning site that followed in order to keep the balance. That site turned out to be Gawker, a site that has been doing left-wing politics as a hobby for a while but that is now devoting all of their resources towards spreading a progressive agenda.
For the last four decades, mainstream media has shifted to become the tip of the spear for the liberal mindset, often called the progressive movement. With few exceptions, there is a preponderance of left-leaning and even far-left ideologies at work in the major news publications that shift thoughts in the United States. We no longer live in a land of free journalism. We live in a land of spin doctoring.
There’s a naive notion that has been fading over recent years that the news media is designed to report the news. Most are waking up to the fact that there’s no such thing as “fair and balanced” in American media whether mainstream or alternative. All of it is biased. All of it is driven by agendas.
The official word is that three journalists for al-Jazeera were re-convicted in Egypt after their previous conviction was overturned surrounding charges that they and their entire new organization were permanent members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization and the backers of the previous Egyptian regime. That part is confusing enough, but it gets worse.