The Misinformation Highway
In the 1990’s the internet was still a new thing. We were all fascinated by the fact that we could retrieve information in moments (except for the inconvenience of dial up) that we previously had to refer to a phone book, library, or multitude of other, less convenient resources for. This fabulous new technology was affectionately referred to as the information highway.
There have been other tangible benefits, of course. The world used to be a much bigger place. Journalism still existed then, as far as we knew, and suddenly they could deliver news from any part of the world almost instantly. Images of natural disasters and wars, triumphs and tragedies, heroes and tyrants, permeated the web. I sometimes wonder if this is a negative for America. Once we were seen as the land of the free, home of the brave, a nation of great wealth and power not to be messed with. Now the Wizard of Oz has had his curtain pulled back. America doesn’t seem to be so mighty anymore. The mystery is gone. This may have something to do with the current presidential administration. After all, is there another president in American history who has bowed his yellow spine to leaders of lesser nations or more systematically dismantled our military forces with such fervor before?
Remember when there was a thing in journalism called integrity? Remember when reporters dug for the facts, good or bad, reported them, and left it to the public to figure it out? Yes, I’m sure there were always reporters who used news print to influence society in one way or another, but I believe they probably did everything they could to not make it so obvious. Today? Today it isn’t about journalism or integrity. It’s about influence.
In a classic case of misinformation, the Benghazi scandal has rocked the airwaves. Okay, not really. Apparently when you take one for the team, as Susan Rice did with her Sunday morning talk show rounds, you are rewarded with a promotion. While the families of our murdered ambassador and other Americans, including Navy Seals (read heroes) cry foul and demand answers, Andrew Rosenthal, an editorial page editor for the New York Times, reports on May 16th that there still is no evidence of a cover up. Yet a May 21st Fox News poll concluded that 60% of likely voters believe the White House is involved in a cover up of the scandal.
Story? What story? I don’t see no stinkin’ story! While the IRS does everything in its power (and apparently they have massive amounts of power) to bring harm to conservative businesses and organizations, the biased media turns a blind eye. Nothing to see here folks. In her documentary, Rampant Injustice, which we have been trying to get congress to take a look at for some time now, businesses across America tell the story of IRS Gestapo tactics where agents in shiny black SUV’s swooped in with guns drawn to confiscate property from offices and money from bank accounts, all the while terrorizing employees who had no idea what was going on. Not one of those businesses has been charged with a crime, nor have they received their property or money back. Some were taken to the brink of bankruptcy when their accounts were drained. What does the IRS care if you can make payroll or pay your vendors? And what do these companies have in common? They are owned by conservatives who contribute to conservative campaigns and causes. More recently the IRS has been exposed for targeting conservative organizations with additional scrutiny and delays in status approvals. Yet the only major network to lend this story any airtime is Fox News.
If that wasn’t enough, there seems to be nothing but arrogance emanating from the White House and its stench wafts down through all the big agencies. Eric Holder defends the Department of Justice, pleading ignorance or flatly refusing to answer questions, Hillary Clinton asking “what difference does it make?” while liberal media shakes their collective heads in agreement, and the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, sitting day after day before congress with a smug expression and sure knowledge that he doesn’t have to say a word because no one is going to do anything about it anyway. Who do these people think they are? What they think is that they are untouchable. And apparently they’re right.
The fact that the President of the United States believes he can achieve his agenda with impunity really says something about where America is these days. But I believe the biggest villains are the members of the press who refuse to publish anything that might make a liberal look guilty, who spin the truth into an unrecognizable web of deceit, and who worship at the altar of Obama. There is no truth in journalism with liberal network news. They have created their audience, carefully crafting story after story to draw the sheeple in for the slaughter. These useful idiots are only too happy to regurgitate the feeble offerings flung at them. The sheeple will argue in spite of facts, defending their masters, all the while the wolves sit high above them with blood dripping from their fangs, gloating over their cunning. The influence they exert is as mystifying as it is appalling.
This is the new America, barreling down the misinformation highway at breakneck speeds. Beware the road ahead, because they have the wheel right now and conservatives will crash and burn too if America flies off the cliff.