Years ago when my puppy was still a puppy he would escape out the front door or slip out under the fence. I would have to chase him through the neighborhood with the hope of wrangling him back into the house. So there I was, old and slow while he was young and on four legs. No matter how much I called his name he sensed freedom. He would stop, look at me, then head on his merry way. We would resort to waiving a piece of American cheese to entice him near enough so that he could be captured. After a while he caught on to that and even cheese would not wrangle him back into the house. The call of freedom was greater than the slice of cheese. Ten years later, after all this time being told that he is to stay within his territory, it takes a lot of effort to get him to cross even out the front door. Over time and repetition he has learned what is expected of him. Pavlov accomplished the same thing with his dogs. He produced a conditioned response in them through food and repetition. They lost their will toward freedom. For a dog that is ok, but what about for an American?
The media in the United States has treated the majority of the American population just like we treat our pets. By repeating stories with expected behavioral outcomes the media has trained much of the populace to not even recognize the truth when it is presented. The mindless absorption of network news, TV talk shows, and custom storylines has been used to shape public opinion in ways that belie the truth. Telling you that you have been manipulated is certainly not popular. You may be the exception that not been manipulated by the barrage of media opinion, but I would suggest that even those who fully recognize the manipulation cannot completely escape it. The effort to control your thought and behavior is constant and when coming from news organizations who profess the truth first, it’s disgraceful.
Much of today’s media view the populace as automatons, robotic sponges that will absorb the philosophy they espouse. Often based on purposeful misrepresentation their goal is to herd the populace in ways that support their narrative. One of the clearest examples of this is the concept of politically correct speech. The idea that people should be able to state their opinions without a forceful backlash has faded significantly during my lifetime. Now, stating an unpopular opinion is cause for vile backlashes and threats. The media instead of holding up the first amendment is purposely participating in its destruction by reinforcing the idea that certain words are bad or that only idiots would believe in any form of creationism. The truth of ideas and the value of their debate in society is squashed by a media that no longer supports the first amendment. Limiting speech helps keep the populace in line and encourages them to support the media favored approach to government.
Below is a partial list of ideas that the media is now pushing. I hope it provides food for intellectual thought.
That man made global warming is a fact although the last 15 years has seen no such change in global temperature.
That a baby, even at 7 months is not really a life and to argue otherwise is to hate women.
That there is no connection between a stable family and a successful life.
That people have to have a government benefit to survive. (The inner cities have had these the longest. What does that say?)
That dignity does not come from having a productive life.
That the government knows best to provide for your healthcare.
That NSA spying on peoples phone calls without an individual warrant is not a violation of the 4th Amendment.
That the constitution is an outdated document.
That fossil fuels are bad even though we live in one of the cleanest most prosperous countries. (Horse dung was bad.)
That everyone should have as much sex as possible just for fun.
That taxes fuel the economy. (More people out of work now than in 40 + years.)
That the rich are stealing from you.
That you are entitled to something for nothing. (Eventually those providing the something for nothing will stop providing it.)
That communist/socialist states are doing well. (Argentina is in revolt, people in Cuba can’t get a car newer that 1960)
That people need big government. (Smaller government produces far more prosperity—it is proven.)
That guns kill, not the people with the guns. (There is a reason for the 2nd Amendment.)
The media and government are counting on our believing these and many other lies so we will hand our power and prosperity over to the helping hand of big brother. Freedom is not free. If we do not stand for truth and demand of the media that they start reporting things in an unbiased, agenda free way. They, along with your government will steal both your freedom and prosperity.