Freedom , It's own worst enemy ?......

Just a minor rant !

Something I have been pondering for years is how we as Americans seem to be in such a great hurry to over exersize some of our freedoms , our freedom of speech in particular comes to mind . And , it has been explained in our media a hundred different ways . And as well , perhaps thats certainly part of the problem - our media !....... Someone once said , ' Is it okay to holler fire in a movie theatre ,.because we have that right ? " Well , of course not . And yet since the great cultural revolution in the sixties in America thats probably the number one most abused right in our society . The freedom of speech .

From the much abused acts of burning the American flag in protest..... or giving the one fingered salute to a police officer ........ to watching ,reading , or listening to some of the worst " journalism" in the world , that of condemning our political leadership , To me, one of the worst journalistic entities in America is 'Democracy Now ", --Amy Goodmans personal political podium ! Now , before you say hey hey ! , and cry foul . I must say , I have listened to her ramblings more than a few times and I have even come close to agreeing to some of her rants .

There are a whole slough of them too ! Yet , considering myself a middle of the road person , I must say , yes !, are you ready for this ? "I also dislike some of the hatred spewed forth by others too ! Even Glen Beck has pushed my buttons once or twice and Rush Limbaugh- another one ....only worse ! Perhaps its all because real journalism , and news and media reporting would be too boring and wouldn't "sell papers " . But I do believe that sensationalisms are the newest fad of the day in today's media , I find myself in the last few years , listening to NPR for some of my media needs and yet , they are increasingly becoming slanted towards the left too ! Even if they aren't going lefty , they are certainlly becoming less central ,and less morally and ethically influenced .

ANYWAYS.!..........I'm just kind of, on a rant here , but I think what we neeid in America today is a little more thought , patience and wisdom shown daily by our modern day media ! Does anyone remember in the history of America the term ..."Dime Store Novels "? Well this man believes that is what's happened in our mainstream media very ,very similar to that term !
Sensationalism , divisiveness , split theopinion of our populace ! And I often find myself wondering , .......Is that an intentional act by our media ? Or have we come full circle again to the era of "Dime Store Novel" style of reporting news , and the covering of current events ! Soo ........before you pick sides or trash poor little Ahorseback ! Just consider this ........Are freedoms sometimes thier own worst enemy ?

Thanks for listening all! I needed to air that one out !

# Note ----- for my friend Always Exploring ....Ruby wants me to add fox news and Rush Limbaugh to my rant ......he he , shes a friendly liberal I'm thinking !.....:-}

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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I totally understand what you mean. Just once, I would like to find a newspaper, website, anything; that just reported the facts and let me make up my own mind. I don't want slanted, I want facts and only facts.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Just plain manners and common sense would dictate we don't always say exactly what we are thinking. Why hurt another persons feelings for no good reason. There are more ways than one to get a point across.

I had a boss once who would sometimes say, "I don't think I would have handled it that way." That to him was giving you a serious butt chewing.

The media is so news hungry and anxious to get the scoop, they often start talking before they know all the facts. That can lead to a great deal of misinformation for those who don't see or hear the followup corrected information. Some will never see or hear the corrected information and believe the incorrect information for the rest of their lives.

The "occupy wallstreet" protest groups were a classic example of people just wanting to publicly protest, just because they can. Never did I see a good explanation of exactly what is was they wanted. I'm not sure they even knew. They certainly had no organized leadership. They were just exercising the rights granted by the first amendment, and were allowed to carry on no matter how much damage they caused, and filth they left behind them for others to clean up.

It was explained to me once that any strength carried over the line, becomes a weakness. For example, someone tells you they are an excellent speaker, when they cross the line that means they talk to darn much. There has to be a line drawn somewhere even when it comes to our rights. Burning flags was never intended to be one of our rights, anybody's flag should not be burned in protest.

Our rights with no boundaries drawn can quickly turn into a weakness.

See how complicated this is?


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Beckie , you are leading me to believe you're some kinda wonderful!.......thank you for agreeing ! Are we that silent moral majority so long missing ?..........:-} Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

OH YEA !Poolman , you got it , I could go off on someone who would burn My flag !..........Easy , easy now Ed !.....:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Beckie , Not gonna happen though is it !......at least for a long time !.....Ed


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I guess they think that the only way they can keep us dummies interested is if they give us a bunch of sensationalism. NOT what I want. If I wanted that, I would just read the National Enquirer. I used to stand in line at the grocery and read that one to get a laugh. Now it is common place.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Becky Kats ! You got it girl ! .....I even began listening to NPR a few years ago and they even have an agenda now . ....ahhh ! Dime store novels , all of them!


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca

My husband finds it funny because I rarely check into any of the news. He finds this particularly funny because when I was in the Army I wrote for the newspaper. When I told him why, it was because my views of news reporting were so slanted these days that I just could stand to listen to someone's opinion anymore. The reality is, news should be delivered in a way that doesn't tilt to either side. I pretty much stay away from it.


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AnnaCia 3 years ago

Thank you for this topic. The media, sensationalism, too much "freedom" that is taken without even thinking about others or the damages that are carried with it.


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Moderndayslave 3 years ago

Opinion shaping is the norm. Very few see through this. rant on


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Well said, a horseback. Freedom is appreciated by those who have seen the worst...America has provided a better life to all their citizens. Gotta see the other side of the world...to treasure it and respect it.

Appreciated your ranting :)


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Barbergirl , Great idea ! I am actually ashamed of the news media in America and why ? Simply because of the wasted " GOOD!" that they could accomplish ! Imagine if they were to attack poverty , hunger , corruption ! ......nice to see you girl !....Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Annacia, You my grl are a wise woman !........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Moderndayslave , You got it my man !.....Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi Ruchira ! Nice to see your smile , I'm afraid that in America that the apathy of the voters is the trigger of what will come , The moment that we drop asside our vigilance of our rights and obligations as a free nation , we become victims of tyrany and taxation !......:-}...Ed


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am not going to trash you because i agree with you somewhat, but you ommited the worst offender, Fox News, talk about slanted news! And Rush is a sick man who needs help. I wouldn't be surprised to see him sitting with an assult weapon by his side while he rants. Hopefully it will get better Ed, at least we can hops..


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Ruby , I agree Ruby , I'll edit that right away ..LOL....Limbaugh is an idiot ! Hell they all are !....:-}}


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

@always exploring - Your comment would indicate that FOX is the only news source delivering slanted news. I seriously doubt you really believe that.

Where do we go for the truth on anything these days? Heck, I don't know so if you have a good source for truth please share it with the rest of us.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Old poolman , There now !..............:-}


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Oh, yes. I'm with you. I do believe that the people of the good ole' U.S. are going to have to pull together and figure it all out for themselves for life to even begin to start moving on the right tracks. I know that it's true about news is trashing peoples' heads because here I don't bother to even listen I know if I do I'll get one hell of a headache and I won't know if I'm coming or going.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Gypsy rose , Helloo sweety , you know it ! I'm with you ......stay happy!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Excellent rant, cowboy! I always believed that the media grew into the monsters they are today when tv went 24/7..

after all - one must fill those hours with something - mustn't one..

so - instead of reporting the news in a fair and balanced fashion - as they used to - they sensationalize and BECOME the news..

i love watching morning news stations with female 'anchors' that look like they are either going to - or come from - a BAR..

it could be 6, 7 in the morning, for god sakes..

ratings, ratings, ratings..money, money, money..

bullshit, bullshit, bullshit..(am i allowed to say that?)

voting up and sharing forward Ed..


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

I agree Leslie ! bulshit bullshit bulshit .....there we did something together ! Finally !....he he , And all that plastic surgery too !


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, and Interesting. Sensationalism in journalism is nothing new. Look into the history of yellow journalism. These days the media spews a lot of rightwing lying and slanted propaganda. It takes critical thinking to see the nonsense behind the smoke.

There were and are also excellent journalists. Among those I have admired are I. F. Stone, M. S. Arnoni, and Bill Moyers.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

B. Leekley - I guess your saying there is not leftwing BS put out on the news? I believe it is a two way street.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Bleekley , Thank you kind sir , ....rightwing though? , I believe left and right to be more appropriate though , don't you !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

For sure Poolman ,for sure !


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

True, leftwingers also use slanted propaganda, and as a moderate leftist myself (that is, I believe in democracy and reasonable, fair, common sense solutions), I feel embarrassed and annoyed when I see examples. The marketplace of ideas is not an appropriate place for half-truths, hyperbole, isolated out of context facts, unfounded insinuations, hot-button appeals to fear and anxiety, etc.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

BLeekley , And there is just soo much of it , our news media just plain rots !lol Thanks for dropping by !.......Ed

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