Frankly, I am much happier ever since and now I can read only one mainstream publication since all of them repeat the same talking points either in print or verbally. I used to read both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Now, with just one to review, I can then contrast it with more traditional reporting, sadly a group now shrinking into oblivion, where reporters actually go out and "scoop the story," rather than wait for the input from the sources they want to selective use. Remember Sharyl Atkisson, the CBS investigative reporter who was spied on and had to leave her job because her conclusions didn't match the dogma of the day? She was one of the best, now she's a brave independent and that case begs the question, how did we get this way?
Some don't like to admit it, but I think the answer clearly lies in the focus today of our education system, particular in the liberal arts, where we no longer debate, we regurgitate. When we do that, we produce a bunch of talking heads who just repeat what they are told as truth rather than going through the process of studying, evaluating, debating and discerning the truth independently and thereby developing the ability to think for themselves. And nowhere is it more notable than in the field of journalism, for today it really isn't journalism at all.
Journalism traditionally was the process of identifying a story, cross-checking the facts through sourcing and confirmation and analyzing and then reporting the truth of what happened. It was a good process that was taught in journalism schools with great result. From it came quality reporters we could trust to provide sound information on what is going on around us. Today, however, journalism has required the purpose of trying to create opinions supporting the politically correct viewpoint for social change. It no longer has anything to do with scooping the story for facts and confirmation. Don't believe it? Watch the mainstream and see how many different reporters use the same lingo, the same eager anticipation and the same conclusions even if we sense often that it just isn't the case.
And we can't blame it all on journalism. For today in the rat race of modern life, at the end of the day most folks want to just come home and relax. So, we sit down and watch the TV with a cold one or whatever and allow the passive learning mechanism to creep into our mind without us even knowing it. Why do you think it's often called the "boob tube?"
Folks, journalism was created and given the freedoms it has to tell the true story. That's why it's often called the Fourth Estate. It's almost like a fourth branch of government and because of its place in our way of life, it was never expected to be aligned with making someone a winner and someone else a loser. It was supposed to be unbiased, fair and honest. Look at the headlines and tell me you think that is the case today. It's a decision we must have to reach on our own. If we want to be free, we must have fair and objective reporting and a people who are curious and want to decide for ourselves, not be spoon fed. Otherwise, we can kiss our freedom goodbye sooner than we think.