Fact or Fake News
The news media is not a reflection of reality, but a projection of misleading information desired by others to become our reality.
Walter Cronkite was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchoring the CBS Evening News for nineteen years from 1962 to 1981. He was often cited as “the most trusted man in America.” He reported many events, from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II, the Nuremberg trials, combat in the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and Beatles musician John Lennon, the moon landings, and many more US and world events. He is well known for ending his evening news broadcast with his catchphrase, “And that’s the way it is”—which is what the media wants us to believe.
Even before his last broadcast in 1981, few people had anything resembling a personal computer, much less a smart phone. What was supposedly happening in the United States and the world each day was reported on TV and in the newspapers. Before TV, many got their news through news reels that played at the local cinema before a movie. Most everyone had a TV by the 1970s, so they tuned in to listen to Walter Cronkite or one of the other network anchors, some of whom I remember such as Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and John Chancellor. Even to this day, my mother-in-law watches the NBC Nightly Newsevery evening, as the source for her “that’s the way it is.”
Up until about three years ago, it was common for me to watch Fox News, CNN, or CNBC every day, and to even have it on in the background as I worked or did things around the house. When I visited my father, Fox News was on from early morning until bedtime, usually. What was presented on the news became part of my reality. I look back on this now and realize the distraction it was. I’d get upset, sometimes really upset, at what people on the TV would say, often labeling them as out of touch, naïve, uninformed, or worse. My mood and behavior was affected, and rarely for the good. It took me into my fifties to begin questioning what I heard on the news as whether it was fact or fiction. It was an aggregation of events over time, the circumstances and how they were presented, that caused me to begin to question the validity of what was being presented. It was my mother’s cousin, one day, who said: “A lot of the news is made up to put a narrative in front of the public to condition them to believe something that benefits those who are the power brokers of society.” This really resonated with me at the time and still does today. My intuition heard the truth and knew it.
What if the news is fake? What if there are actors paid to demonstrate in the streets? What if the TV newspeople on location actually stage a shot, much like a director would do for a movie? What if news anchors are part of a small club knowingly manipulating public opinion, for the benefit of themselves and others, and could care less whether the story is true or false? I grew up during the Cold War with Russia. We used to talk about the Russian regime and their propaganda—the spreading of misinformation or ideas to citizens with the purpose of influencing beliefs or actions. It’s hugely naïve to believe that our society is devoid of propaganda. It’s embedded in the news, advertising, TV programs, school curriculums, books, and all systems of society—all to influence perceptions. Any connection between the truth and what we are told to believe as the truth may be purely coincidental, some or most of the time.
Control can only occur through the means of communication—the imparting or the exchanging of information. The media can take a truth and distort it to create an alternate reality. A news reporter can say: “The experts at the CDC reported that the vaccines a child gets before the age of two have absolutely no negative effect on a child’s health and that vaccines are totally safe.” Or, they might say: “The study is wrong because it had a flawed process, but this other study is what hundreds of experts say is the truth.” In these examples, the media shuts down the truth and presents the desired illusion. They do so using a consensus-based approach, wherein they portray a lie as if it were the widespread truth, then the rest of the systems of society get on board and spread and perpetuate the lie, often over and over again until it becomes the consensus. Individuals in high places and respected positions tell others what to say and believe, and the lie becomes the accepted truth and any further debate is shut down.
Our society has done this on a large number of topics. If one questions, there is ridicule, criticism, threats, loss of job, or worse. This is why there are so many so-called experts employed in the media to create the illusion of a debate on a news broadcast. I have even watched as many as ten people on a panel during a CNN broadcast, all communicating the desired consensus, regardless if it is a truth or lie. When such great numbers of experts present the same storyline, this implies the truth. We then ask ourselves, how could so many people be wrong? Why would so many people publicly pronounce a falsehood? There may be some token dissenters for show and entertainment value, but the illusion is set, nonetheless. If you observe, there is always a winner at the end of these carefully managed discussions or debates, and that winner is not decided by chance or through logic. It is determined by the news channel’s moderator or anchor who is following the script.
We’ve all actually witnessed how this works many times. We’ve been programmed from an early age to respect and believe those in authority, such as the media, educators, government officials, and scientists. Anytime the truth is gaining consensus and is contrary to what is intended by the managers of society, in comes the media to tell us that a greater and opposite consensus exists. If one is in the media and questions or calls out a lie, the rest in the media close ranks, and that person’s career takes a hit or is over. Such a thing happened to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, when she uncovered truths about the government’s “Fast & Furious” scandal, Benghazi, and vaccines. She lost her job at CBS, but was able to write a book and continue her craft doing freelance investigative journalism, because enough people knew that she was exposing the truth. She was kicked out of the media club, but survived professionally and is respected by many for her bravery. Any subject that creates huge profits for super-corporations and the managers of society is ripe for the media to jump in and do a job, whether this is to actually tell the truth or present an illusion or a lie. This is not hard to do when six companies control most of the media, TV, and radio outlets globally.
The good news is that the Internet, as long as it is not censored by the government or the likes of Google, Facebook, or any other media giant, offers a way for truths to get communicated, but is also a means by which disinformation can be disseminated. One by one the media’s lies are being questioned through the freedom of the Internet. President Trump was correct that the “news is fake.” Maybe not entirely, but his point was made. Even Hillary Clinton recently blamed “fake news” for her loss to President Trump. The media is one of the most distrusted of all industries, and for valid reasons. Trump said: “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. The level of dishonesty is out of control.” Whistleblowers are coming forward from every profession, whether medical, pharmaceutical, government, food, water, and environmental, and exposing the corruption and illusions of the media. The share-of-mind controlled by the media has decreased, but still they are collectively a powerful entity. That’s why people are awakening and seeking the truth from other sources, other than the nightly news, newspapers, or other traditionally mainstream sources.
At some point, the media will implode, under their own lies, or we will suffer more as a society, if we do not awaken to the role they play in influencing and managing the perceptions of society. We do not need to listen to or read the news, as nothing materially changes from day to day. If one decides to tune in, consider it as an exercise in critical thinking. Just look at or listen to the headlines and the sound bites. Use your intuition to determine fact from fiction. Question what is being presented and evaluate how it is being presented. Try inverting what you are told to determine what is the truth, and use other sources to validate or dispute what you are told by the media. You will be amazed at the misdirection and misinformation barraged nonstop through mainstream media sources. A form of mind-control is being applied to us every day, whether on TV, in radio ads, by news broadcasts, or in print. The best advice is to start disconnecting. It will take time to feel comfortable with this, but well worth knowing that we can all live a healthy and happy life without the mainstream news media.