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Ideas and agendas

By Robert T. Smith
web posted June 22, 2020

It is beyond reason at this point that any person would assert the main-stream media is not the communication arm of the Democrat party.  Marching in lock-step and even leading the Democrat agenda, the main-stream media daily reports the “news,” and these reports are formed in a manner to support the Democrat position.  As an add-on to the bias, the main-stream media doesn’t’ report on those news items that would factually not support the Democrat position.  Arguably, this has been so for many decades nationally and even with many local media outlets. 

President Trump’s statement that the media are the enemy of the people is well founded, regardless of how butt-hurt that makes the main-stream media feel, and even some who are associated with the alleged but not proven opposition media, such as the liberal Chris Wallace of FOX.  Appearing on The View on June 9, perhaps where he belongs, Mr. Wallace lamented:

“I think it’s awful, “ he said when co-host Joy Behar asked him about Trump’s labeling of the news media as the enemy of the people.  “I think this president is involved in the most concerted campaign against the media in history.”

Mr. Wallace’s lack of (self-) awareness is beyond parody.  The Democrat/liberal media attack on the President began before he was elected.  The goal was not just to stop his election, but to destroy him and his family, even put them in jail.  Every organ of the big government Democrat machine, in concert with the liberal mainstream media was set to this task.  What we have learned already, and will further learn from Attorney-General Bill Barr and the Durham investigation will be demonstrably instructive in regard to the long-standing Democrat/liberal media agenda.   

Consistent with the television media controlling the minds of the public, we have the liberal Twitter organization.  The controlling twits at Twitter have seen fit to chime in with their benefactors in the Democrat party, by applying their opinion in the form of “truth” checking the President’s tweets. 

The Democrat/liberal media Hollywood connection is well established and continues unabated as well.  There is no end to the denunciations and pejoratives daily hurled at the President and his supporters.  So imbued with the Democrat agenda, now even a show that depicts the difficulties of policing in our country must be stopped, so that the agenda can be realized.  Cops - the long-running reality series showing the difficulties and dangers police officers face on a daily basis across the country has been cancelled after a more than 30-year run as the Democrat/liberal media anti-police sentiment is propagated across the country, as a result of last month’s death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

The control the media and control the minds of the public poster child was former President Obama.  Throughout his presidency, Mr. Obama consistently complained about the existence of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, whose existence he attributed to causing division among Americans and making his job of dispensing his truth difficult.

In a speech at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in October 2016, President Obama floated the notion of a media test:

“There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.”

Mr. Obama’s desire appeared to be a government-established group to apply the “truthiness” to the media’s reporting.  Obviously, nothing could go wrong with that, as surely the former Soviet Union communist leader would agree:

“The press is our chief ideological weapon”  - Nikita Khrushchev

The recent chaos caused by the leftist groups Antifa and Black Lives Matter further the notion that those who control the media control the minds of the public.  Unreported by the liberal media was the anarchy displayed by the Democrat-associated domestic terrorists during the riots and protests.  As an example reported by a person subject to these anarchists: 

“The protesters were blocking the 405 [freeway],” she said. “They wouldn’t let me through unless I shouted ‘black lives matter,’ so I did that and then they wanted me to make a sign that said ‘black lives matter,’ and I had some poster board and a magic marker in my front seat so I made one, and they applauded, and let me through.”  She cried a lot more and added, “And then I tore it up and I threw up.”

The Antifa and BLM approach to forced acceptance of their cause and ideas is shared with others.

“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?” - Joseph Stalin

Compare and contrast the media’s coverage of George Floyd’s funeral versus retired St. Louis Captain David Dorn, who was murdered by a looter in St. Louis.  Mr. Floyd’s life was unfortunately spent as a criminal.  A long criminal record of drugs, armed robbery, theft.  At the time of his death the autopsy reported he was suffering from the use of illegal drugs, fentanyl intoxication and had recently used methamphetamines. Three days of continuous coverage of his services and funeral, and the mystifying usual Democrat/liberal media bashing of President Trump who had no hand in Mr. Floyd’s demise in the many decades long Democrat controlled city of Minneapolis and State of Minnesota.  

Juxtapose the lack of coverage for the retired St. Louis police Captain David Dorn.  Mr. Dorn was a community leader, who was recognized for his caring approach to policing.  He was father of five and grandfather of 10.  He was reported to have been passionate about helping young people, in particular black youth.  Unfortunately, Mr. Dorn did not fit the liberal mainstream media/Democrat agenda and so was a footnote to the funerals of the day.

As most eloquently stated by Mark Steyn,

“We live in a media age where the deaths in Democrat cities are just more statistics.”  He noted that 18 (black) people were fatally shot in Chicago on May 31, 2020, and they are simply “weekend statistics.”  Steyn observed that the gun deaths in Chicago are unreported because “they don’t fit the narrative.”  He said everything would be different “if black lives matter was a sincere slogan, but it’s not.”

In the Democrat controlled City of Chicago as in many other long-controlled Democrat cities around the country, it is an apparent fact that all black lives do not matter if they don’t fit the Democrat/liberal media agenda. 

“He who controls the media controls the minds of the public” - Noam Chomsky ESR

Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family.  He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.

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