Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-12D: This and That: Truth in Media

Good morning!  It is a short, late commentary, as I sit watching the sun come up over a fresh layer of snow in the foothills of the Black Hills.  Time to ponder some sad facts.

As always, when reading a story on-line, hearing it on the radio, or watching it on television, we MUST remember that not all of the story is told.  Sometimes, this is because the media doesn’t KNOW the whole story.  Sometimes it is because the media is intentionally leaving out key parts of the story, to support their own agenda or that of politicians, bureaucrats, or others.  Sometimes it is simply because the story and its context are so messy it is impossible to explain it all. This isn’t just a problem with mainstream media reports, but with the true “free press” of the alternative media and networks.

Mama’s Note: Yes indeed, but SOMETIMES… and it seems more and more, the story is a tissue of lies and misinformation built around a crumb of “news” intentionally and with malice. The use of inflammatory words and agenda driven phrases can tell the WRONG story, even when the few facts disclosed are shown to be true. Don’t believe all you read, in the newspaper or on line. If the news item or article seems to be geared completely to affect your emotions or spur you to an action you actually think unwise or even dangerous, take some extra time to verify it do anything.

The recent brohaha over a girl in trouble for shaving her head in support of her classmate going through chemotherapy (and therefore bald) is just such an example.  In this case, it appears that at least SOME mainstream media outlets intentionally left out part of the information about the charter school, for their own purposes.  Various alternative media picked up the story and ran with it, assuming the original media report was correct, and because that media spin supported their own agenda.  Ari Armstrong explains the situation, and reminds us it is very important to check and find the truth, or as much as can be found. It is definitely worth reading.

Sotomayor, Kagan (during arguments) are telling Hobby Lobby that the christian-owned firm should drop their insurance, pay the Penalty and let their employees use the health care exchange.  In other words, rape is inevitable so just lay back and endure it: even when you know the rapist has AIDS and ten other diseases.  And shove your moral principles: bow down and worship the state.  Just what we would expect from these two, who say that paying the penalty is not prohibitive, as if money were the only concern and measurement of morality.  Just what we should expect from the evil cabal that surrounds the Fuehrer.  And it seems as though people are listening and watching:

Mama’s Note: Indeed, and it is easy for them to say the “penalty” is not prohibitive… after all, it isn’t coming out of their pockets. Theft from someone else is obviously just fine with them.

The Vatican’s Chief Justice states that the Fuehrer’s policies ‘Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’.  My oh my, when did the Vatican start paying attention, to discover this after only six years?  Of course, on the Protestant side of the aisle, it seems that Franklin Graham has come to the conclusion that some Administration officials are ‘Anti-Christ’.  Yes, shocking accusation to make, isn’t it?  He goes even further:  on gay marriage [sic]. Graham says ‘God Will Judge This Nation.’ And we thought his father, Billy, was hypocritical and unobservant.  Of course, it is primarily individuals that are judged by God, America “isn’t going to Hell,” but individuals are.  Including those minions of the Fuehrer that Graham has finally decided are evil.  May the eyes of more people be opened as well.

Chinese State Media Ignores Michelle Obama’s Call for Freedom of Expression and Worship: they apparently decided that she is not exactly what they want the modern Chinese worker to bow down in front of and express admiration for.  Now, give them Paris or Oprah or Lucy Liu…

Mama’s Note: Not to mention the fact that Michelle would not speak to any journalists and refused to answer questions on the whole trip. She was isolated from the press while she lectured the Chinese on freedom? What an incredible hypocrite.

Four Years Later, Stupak Does Not Regret Voting for Obamacare, because he has everyone else that he can blame for it.

Pop Quiz: Can You Name One U.S. Senator? Do we HAVE to?  We try to forget them.  When we read about them, we just get angry.  Why should we care?  Every new one proves quickly that they are as worthless as the old ones.

Mama’s Note: I know both of mine, and the “representative” as well. I send them emails occasionally too. Waste of time, I know, but they at least know one old lady is paying attention.

VP Biden Calls on Congress to Pass ‘Gay Rights’ Bill but I disagree.  I think it is too late in the year to still have them up: a full three months after Christmas?  Please.

Dabbling in some word games (like what the definition of is is), a White House shill/minion said Thursday that the Fuehrer wants to make it clear that allowing people to enroll in Obamacare after the enrollment deadline is not the same as extending the deadline.  Ah, if Lewis Carroll were around today, what fun he would have.  Even Frank Baum couldn’t make this stuff up.  And these people THINK that they are in charge, and we act like they are!

For years, the FedGov has pushed automakers to submit to ever-tightening CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. Now, the government is beginning to reap the fruits of discouraging fuel consumption: road money is drying up, slowly but surely and the economy’s not helping.  All the beltway bandits and statehouse corporate welfare folks are crying.  Too bad!

About TPOL-Nathan

Nathan Barton is a christian, self-governor (free-market anarchist), husband, father, professional engineer, Engineer army officer, private businessman, and writer, teacher, and preacher. He works and lives mostly in four western states, and is Southern by heritage and Westerner by birth, upbringing, and choice.
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2 Responses to Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-12D: This and That: Truth in Media

  1. Bear says:

    “Sometimes, this is because the media doesn’t KNOW the whole story…”

    And sometimes, as ML notes, it’s because they are deliberately, knowingly, flat out LYING, and are happy to admit to it in email: “Liars and other lamestream muddia reporters“.

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