By: Wayne Brown
Our forefathers valued a ”Free Press” as a strong basis of our continued freedom as a nation when they structured the Bill of Rights as the first ten amendments to our Constitution. They believed at the time that a “free press” would always put fact and truth ahead of propaganda, political gain, and general disinformation. Obviously their conclusions in that light were based upon experiences which had taught them that the Press had a particular sense of responsibility to the American public and that responsibility would keep those in power honest in their dealings with the people of this great nation.
Somewhere along the way, something went wrong. The truths of a “Free Press” are no longer evident in our society. The Free Press has tossed out its principles in return for selling soap and supporting political agendas. In just over 200 years, we have seen something the Founding Fathers saw as essential value to the people of this nation turn into a propaganda machine focused on supporting both liberal and radical values. As a result, our nation is far more open to the concept of tyranny than ever before.
The story in the news this week is getting to the bottom of the Manti Te’o story…or scandal as it has been portrayed. Investigative writers on every corner are speculating and digging into the story attempting to find where the lies were perpetrated and by whom. They cannot ask enough questions of those involved or write enough stories to grab the headlines. In the end, who cares? In the end some football player from Notre Dame who may have received a greater than normal dose of adulation from the American public falls from his pedestal into the pool of human shortcomings and bad judgment. Certainly that makes for a good story for the front page of the National Inquirer but it has little value in the overall scheme of what is going on in America which threatens our security, our well-being, and the future of our children.
Where was this mass of media types when Fast N’ Furious hit the streets? Where were the tough questions and why were they not asked over and over until an answer was forthcoming? Where was the media in questioning whether this administration had the right to intentionally get into the gun-running business only to lose control of the guns to some very dangerous people? Where was this same media when the Obama Administration began its attack on the 2nd Amendment with small children standing in the backdrop to rationalize the President’s desire to flush one of our rights as law-abiding citizens down his socialist toilet?
Where was this media as we watched the flames of Benghazi and discovered that four brave Americans had been killed awaiting the arrival of American Forces to come to their aid. Where was this media as the Obama Administration made the talk show circuit with their explanation of a video gone bad as justification for what they knew was a terrorist attack within mere minutes of its occurrence? Where were the tough questions that we have not seen asked since watching Nixon’s Administration go down in flames at the hands of the media? They were nowhere to be found in any significant number and each of these items slipped from the forefront and became lost in time with no real answers ever discovered. The media aided and abetted the Obama Administration in covering up the facts of both situations and they did it knowingly.
That same media put a greater amount of effort into following Hurricane Sandy’s destruction yet failed miserably at following up the shortfalls made in promises by this president when he showed up for his photo ops in the shadow of a national election vote. The media handed out the “messiah title” one more time but failed to follow up on the rhetoric espoused by the president and his administration.
Where was this media when the tragedy at Sandy Hook was turned into an all-out effort to attack the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution? Who asked the hard questions about how the dots were being connected and why guns were more the issue than mental instability of those improperly employing the guns? Who gave Senator Feinstein all the face time she needed to tout her ignorance about so-called “assault-styled” weapons yet failing to mention that anything is dangerous in the hands of an unstable mind? Who asked that question? Who demanded an answer on behalf of the American people who stood to lose yet one more right under the Constitution if the rational was followed? Who gave the Senator who shouted, “You don’t need a ten round clip to kill a deer”? Who countered that with the question or observation that a ten round clip might be very handy when two or three criminals are kicking down one’s front door in the middle of the night in a home invasion? Who? No one!
We have finally turned the corner in this country where our once thought of “Free Press” is little more than a propaganda arm of liberal politics…a group of men and women who place as little importance on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as the illustrious and supposed “Magna Cum Laude” lawyer who sits in high power in the White House. Whatever this president desires, the greater portion of our national media is willing to support and propagandize to the level necessary to get it done, no real questions asked and no ill intent assumed or suspected. Just in the past week, President Obama commented that the current debt ceiling crisis was not about “more spending” but about “America paying the bills”. Never mind that a good portion of “those bills” come from this administration spending like drunken sailors over the past four years, a fact he failed to observe. Never mind that he never once used the phrase, “so we can borrow more money to spend on our bills”. That glass of water in the face might have awakened too many Americans, something Obama would rather not do. Of course, the media just spreads that line of propaganda and never questions him on those points. The debt ceiling increases, the debt owed increases and the argument continues to be, “we’ll talk about spending later”. The media never presses the point as to “when later might be”.
Journalism has gone from a state of collecting the facts and telling things like it is to a game of twisting information into whatever shape it needs to take to support the foregone conclusions of those in power. It is okay for Harry Reid and his ilk to stonewall the Senate and not even bring legislation to the floor for discussion and consideration by those elected to represent the people. This is not representation, it is hijacking and the American people are the ones who suffer the most from it. Yet who asks Harry Reid the difficult questions; who puts the responsibility at his feet…not the media. They are too busy looking for ways to blame the conservative side of the aisle for everything that happens. Obama, Reid, and Pelosi get a free ride along with Hilary Clinton. These people are off limits to any good media representative who wants to be welcome on Capitol Hill over the next four years.
Ironically, we no longer have a “Free Press” interested in seeing the will of the people sustained or protecting our founding documents from attack by those more interested in tearing down our system than sustaining it. The American media is more of a threat to the future of this nation than an asset to its well-being as intended by the Founders, which is exactly why the editor of that rag they call a newspaper here in my area can have the audacity to charge me almost $300 a year for him to openly tout that his newspaper is “Pro-Obama” and with that declaration serve me up the crap that he believes on a daily basis. It is no wonder that the subscribership is dwindling yet he blames it all on technology rather than content…so much for his intelligence and analysis.
Americans will eventually wake up in a land where the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are only memories of a time long passed. Their freedom and liberties will be eroded and will continue to erode with nothing of reference in place except the whims of those holding high office who are more than willing to issue executive orders which no one will have the power to dispute as the checks and balances system formerly in place will be down the toilet….all in the name of a more “progressive” society. What that progress really is and how it will be measured will not be anything which can be explained. Equality and fairness will supposedly be something the government legislates and enforces with a militia of jackbooted thug departments which might resemble that once employed by Hitler in his march to greatness. People so quickly forget that demons rise to power by taking away the powers of the people and rationalizing that action on the back of security and a more prosperous environment for all. By the time they figure it out, perpetrating the lie is no longer necessary to sustain the direction.
Maybe at that point in time, someone might once again realize the value of a free and truthful press in protecting the rights and the future of a nation. It certainly will be interesting to see if they are capable of making the correlation at that point in time. Maybe then they will realize that the “Free Press” which our Founding Fathers envisioned has propagated into nothing more than a propaganda arm of an overgrown, bloated, monster of a federal government which has no intent but to continue to grow in size and involvement in the lives of the American people. Maybe, just maybe, that propagation will finally bring an awareness that freedom and liberty in this country have been under attack for far too long.
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21 January 2013