Over the years who controls the news and how we receive it has changed. The internet has made a huge difference in how news is distributed allowing people more choice in how to get the news, however, much of the content remains controlled by some rather strong players that often are driven by an agenda of self-interest. This has shown itself to be very apparent during the current presidential contest where many in the media have moved their strong bias towards candidates front and center, some of the coverage has left many of us wondering what to believe. Many times over the last few months supporters of non-establishment candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have been miffed and less than overwhelmed to see how poorly their man was treated by the press.
An interview with Hillary Clinton, on another network, stood in drastic contrast to how
Trump was treated and interviewed. In her interview Sunday morning on
"Face The Nation" it was as though Hillary had written the softball
questions asked of her. It was as if she had seen the questions in
advance or controlled the interview. Having seen her speak "off the
cuff" in the past leaves me dubious of what I saw and heard. I assure
you it was not the same Clinton, she banged away at every talking point
as if she had a teleprompter in front of her. Hillary's
message was clear and well defined. Donald Trump is a loose cannon and
dangerous, and if you are a serious voter you cannot even consider putting a "loose
cannon" in control of this country. This was backed up by a series of
scripted statements that all loop back around to support the subliminal
message, Trump bad, Hillary good.
Then the news swings to coverage of how the President spent the day and if he had any harsh statements about Trump. It should be
noted that when Obama strolls to the podium to criticize, condemn,
decry, and denounce Trump he often merely enrages supporters of the
Donald. Believe it or not many of them do not hold the current president
in high esteem. The truth is his arrogant denouncements are the equivalent of
throwing blood in the shark-filled water. The irony of all this is that
Obama who ran for office under the banner of "Hope And Change" is
viewed by many Americans as one of the most divisive Presidents in our
history and now we see him continuing to polarize politics and the nation
as his term nears an end.
Then there is the issue of what is touted as "free
publicity" or media coverage that many in the anti-Trump group point to
as a "gift" that is sighted as a key reason for Trump rising to his
current position. These people fail to mention that most of this
coverage has been bad and the time the media has spent talking about
Trump is heavily skewed to disparaging him. In an un-relentless barrage of
attacks, all the tricks are being used from taking comments out of context, straight-out misstating his position then putting it in an unpleasant light. The failure of his enemies to dislodge Trump from becoming the
Republican nominee has created a state of panic and is now driving a new wave of media speculation that
another candidate must be found to carry the banner of the "really
good" true conservatives. The search for someone rooted in a pure
ideology and untainted by reality continues on.
It is interesting to note that many of the major media websites do not offer a comment area, or if they do they are restrictive in the comments they accept. This could be considered a form of censorship because it appears they would rather not show the views of those seething in disagreement. It is becoming more obvious each day that the mainstream media has taken upon themselves the job of choosing America's next President and public opinion be damned! With each passing day
the myth that America is a land where democracy rules and the voters
call the shots is being stripped away. Recently, when the insiders of our
two parties tried to regain control of voters in revolt, Americans were
reminded that the country is a republic and not really a democracy. Adding to this if you listen closely
the sound of the cursed and long ago obsolete electoral college that
skews the importance of states in the general election quietly rumbles in the shadows.
With the continued unchecked and relentless attacks on Trump, the media risk a growing backlash and losing the little credibility they have. Is it no wonder that Americans question the honesty of the media whose ranks appear to have become filled with opportunist and bums dressed as journalist. The bottom-line is that we out here beyond
the beltway in the backwaters and wilds of America should
remember the media has a casual relationship with the truth. Just because the media or a politician says
something does not make it true.
Footnote; A while back I wrote a piece that looked at the definition of propaganda. It is a form of
communication that is aimed towards influencing the attitude of a
community toward some cause or position by presenting
only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and
dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen
result in audience attitudes. It explored how the White House creates
a message by spinning, scrubbing, molding, and shaping it, they then
send it out to the public. This becomes a real
problem when one person or a small group controls the message and uses
an army of tax paid employees to shape, spin, and sends it forth. More on this subject in the article below.