Editors And Producers: Masters Of Agitprop
I have made no secret over the years that the reason we do not get factual news is that the media and those in charge of same refuse to produce factual news. Between unbridled dishonesty (think Eason Jordan and CNN) and political correctness the chances of the public receiving news they can trust is, for all intents and purposes, nonexistent.
Throughout the Vietnam War, the news we received was contrived, biased, and presented in a way so as to undermine the war and our troops. During the Bush years,Iraq and Afghanistan were literally treated as hourly cut-ins on so-called news networks, and that includes Fox News.
Just released numbers reveal that 72 percent of the casualties in Afghanistan have occurred under Obama. Are the media outlets reporting that as they would if Bush were in office? What about the powder keg that the Middle East has become under Obama? How much of the truth are we receiving in the news? Answer: not a darn lot.
Behind the scenes are nefarious,dishonest directors of agitprop, not unlike the Bolsheviks of old. Producers of news programming and editors of magazines and newspapers allow only the news that is compliant with their political ideology to reach the pages of their respective publications. And it is that way except in very rare instances.
Count the number of truthful or factual articles that portray Obama in a negative light in the New York Times, Time Magazine, et al.
Earlier this week, a newly installed editor of a newspaper that has carried my syndicated column for ten years refused to carry my column “Eviscerating The 2nd Amendment” because he objected to my using certain words that he claimed made him feel uncomfortable. Suffice it to say a brief discussion ensued.
This person, who is entrusted with the producing of information for public consumption,was unaware that families in America were being imprisoned for holding private bible studies in their private homes. He was unaware that pastors were being charged under hate crime legislation around the world for preaching what the bible says about homosexuality.
He was unwilling to accept that families were imprisoned for hosting bible studies, and I explained they were accused of zoning violations. The idea of the families being incarcerated for zoning violations fit within his perspective. But he refused to accept that zoning boards specifically changed zoning codes, and redefined homes as churches if they held bible studies on a regular basis with a certain number of people. In fact, he argued with me that the real reason was that they had broken zoning laws — as if we should need a zoning permit to have a bible study. Do we need a zoning permit to host a weekly beer, cheese, and hamburger Sundays during football season?
Left to his devices he would have produced news that lead people to believe zoning violations were sacrosanct and that evil, villainous Christians were the problem.
This is not uncommon,and it gives credibility to the whimsical post that appeared in a Washington D.C. newspaper several years ago that read: “World to end at 11, blacks and women hardest hit.”
Those responsible for the news are responsible for producing the truth. They do not have to like it — they are to produce it.
One of the editors that I have the most respected for, was a liberal woman who supported Obama and made no pretense of her liberal views. I will never forget her telling me that she disagreed with practically everything I wrote, but she was responsible for providing solid opinion-editorials for her readers, and mine was a style she particularly liked. I respected her because I knew she was trustworthy. She wasn’t creating the editorial page in her image or according to her philosophy. My editor at the very first newspaper I wrote for was the same way. But they are the exception not the norm.
Moreso than at any time in history editors and producers today bring their own philosophies of political correctness to their programs and pages. The result is a public that receives a diet of misinformation and bias. Consider other instances such as when a network edited 911 calls from George Zimmerman to give the appearance that he was a racist “white Puerto-Rican” out to kill a law abiding, God fearing colored boy who was out for an evening walk. Sarcasm intended. Does everyone not remember why Dan Rather was forced to leave television news? It was because he used falsified reports to indict George Bush.
I am a syndicated writer of opinion-editorials there is no right or wrong pursuant to opinion as such, ergo, the title op-ed. But when an editor ostensibly tells you that your opinion is only valid as long as it falls within his matrix for same we get an unambiguous glimpse into why the mainstream news is not to be trusted.
People deserve honest reporting of the news by all of those responsible for the production of same. But with little or no effort we can produce example after example of fraudulent and/or biased news. The problem is that many people simply trust the news because they like the person reading it. Others believe the news because they cannot conceive that news channels would intentionally mislead them.
It is up to us to meet this corruption head on. When we stop watching and ignore the sponsors of their shows, we get their attention. When we stop buying newspapers, we get their attention. When we expose them through our social sites, blogs, and other internet sources people start to get the message that they can get truth elsewhere.
That is the message we must drive home. Not just for ourselves but for the sake of our children and grandchildren, as well. No people can survive as an informed and prepared populace when their intake of information is predicated upon falsehoods and bias.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here