By Don Boys, Ph.D.
It seems the only standard now used by the media is a double standard.
I remember when reporters (in all media) took pride in their independent, balanced, and accurate reporting. You know, the hard-hitting reporter who could not be bought, and was often underpaid, but one you could trust. His agenda was truth. He or she would never report an untruth and would never refuse to reveal the truth.
Recently, I saw a network reporter interview the attorney for Jacob Blake and neither one mentioned anything negative about Blake who is recuperating in the hospital after being shot seven times. The video shows him resisting arrest; there was a knife in his vehicle; he had been charged of entering the home of a teenager and sexually molesting her but none of that was mentioned. Don’t you think a real reporter would have thought the public should hear that part of the story? But no, the motive was to accuse police with shooting a young black man who, according to friends and family, was destined to receive the Nobel Prize. Such reporting does not reveal the truth; it simply tells the story that leftists want the public to hear—then have them retaliate and join the mob for “justice.”
The days are long gone when journalists could be counted on to tell the whole truth. Some younger people can’t remember those days. And this downward slide toward mediocrity is getting swifter each year. It seems an honest reporter appears on the national scene as often as a chaste prostitute.
Many courageous reporters lost their lives revealing the truth about crime, political corruption, etc. Maybe today the absence of courage, not lack of character and convictions, is the reason for not telling the whole truth.
Americans believe “that 62% of the news they consume on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio…is biased,” according to a survey from the Knight Foundation and Gallup. Americans don’t hate the media for what they write; they hate them for what they don’t write. And for twisting the facts to meet their leftist narrative promoting racism, rebellion, and revolution.
General William T. Sherman, who had many problems, also hated the press more than a 150 years ago. The reports of his march from Atlanta to Savannah burning everything he could not carry were true. He wrote, “I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.”
Senator Barry Goldwater, not as violent as Sherman, during his presidential bid in 1964 said, “I won’t say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of these reporters were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” Of course, politicians have complained about the media for more than 2,000 years. Most with good cause.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”
A good example of this twisting of the facts is seen in the shooting of Blacks by police officers. Every celebrated shooting of a black man has been the ostensible cause of protests and rioting; without exception, the black “victim” has been a thug or was resisting arrest. Yet, the media and liberals play the same old record over and over because they think it moves non-thinkers to the left.
That is dishonest, despicable, and dangerous. It is dangerous because they are playing with peoples’ minds. Often, they are weak minds or minds that seldom think and it continues the violence with more people killed and injured and more property being destroyed.
Only one example is sufficient to support the above—the Michael Brown shooting. The media continues to dishonestly portray Michael as a victim who was surrendering to police with his hands upheld and saying, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” That did not happen and those who continue the falsehood are dishonest racists who are fomenting additional violence for which they will not be held accountable.
Some actually suggest that police officers leave home each day looking for a young Black they can kill! That is a good example of minds not being used. Yet, Conservatives are blamed for the racial tensions! Gutless public officials must take some of the blame but the lack of truth from the media is the main reason for the racists’ and conspirators’ incredible success.
The irresponsible media dwell on spurious numbers to convince the moron voters that there is a war on Blacks; however, the most recent available FBI crime numbers reveal that “black male teenagers were nine times more likely to commit murder than were their white counterparts. That’s right, nine times, and the gap in these urban areas is undoubtedly even larger.”
Now, if Black teens are nine times more likely to commit murder then it is reasonable that there would be nine times more Blacks teens in prison. Therefore, the reason for black teen incarceration, immorality, abortion, drugs, rebellion, and deaths, etc., is not with the police but with parents.
Let me be clear as possible for the slowest person: if young Blacks (as with all groups) were taught to obey police officers, they would live longer. Sure, there are some bully cops but they must be obeyed then torn down in a court of law. But usually, the Black in question is himself, a felon.
The media are cheerleaders for the Democrat Party so they usually twist any news to make it unfavorable to Trump, knowing it will be pleasing to all liberals.
Trump did not praise white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally; however, that is believed (or is reported) by the dishonest media.
The New York Times reported that Bret Kavanaugh had a new sexual misconduct accusation while a student at Yale University. No, there was no new allegation.
Time magazine reported that the bust of MLK was removed from the oval office; but it was a lie.
I know of no exception that all major media declared as a fact that the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia. Now we know it didn’t happen.
Honest reporters will change their minds when they discover the evidence demands it. Allen Weinstein began researching the Alger Hiss case to prove his innocence, but the evidence did not support that result so he wrote Perjury to prove Hiss’ guilt making every liberal in America grit their teeth, stomp their foot, and hold their breath until they turned blue.
Well, they were already blue.
Honest people will tell the truth even if it affects their salary, status, or security.
The degeneration in the quality of the media has been developing for more than a hundred years as John Swinton’s experience shows. John was a former chief editorial writer for the New York Times, and he made some true but shocking statements on the condition of America’s media at the New York Press Club.
“There is no such thing, …in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it….
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone…The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread…We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
John said that at the New York Press Club.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives who ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. Boys authored 18 books, the most recent being Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! The eBook is available here with the printed edition (and other titles) at www.cstnews.com. Follow him on Facebook at Don Boys, Ph.D.; and visit his blog. Send a request to DBoysphd@aol.com for a free subscription to his articles, and click here to support his work with a donation.)