Are We Getting The REAL Scoop?

Posted: October 25, 2016 in Election 2016, Media
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Debbie Lewis
October 25, 2016

Let’s conduct a little test, shall we?  Can you tell me when this statement was made?

“There is no such thing, at this stage of the world’s history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.”

ANY idea?  This statement was made by American Journalist John Swinton during an acceptance speech given in the very late 1800’s at the end of his career…yes…we’ve had a corrupt media THAT long!

US elections are in two weeks.  The mainstream media is no real help.  At this point, I believe there have been more questions created by media coverage of this election than answers, and for a contest in which we actually have very little say.  You see, while we have the illusion of electing our president, we don’t actually get to do that…it’s up to the electoral college.  Is the mainstream media talking about that?  Our vote doesn’t really count, anyway.  But, let’s just make the argument that it does.  Here are a few of the questions, as I see them.

What do we know?
What do we think we know?
Do we really know anything at all?

Are we voting for principle or are we voting in huge “he said, she said” fiasco that has no real beneficial outcome for any of us?
Are we voting for one candidate simply because she is a woman?
Are we voting for one candidate because he says he’s going to do things we want?
What about the corruption of one of the candidates?
What about the assault charges against the other?

What about loyalty to party?
Should there be loyalty to party?
What have the parties done for any of us, really?

Let’s explore at least some of the questions, shall we?

We have a media that is more interested in ratings than reporting the truth.  More interested in entertaining than exposing.  And, there seems to be record bias for one candidate…and that bias is blatant.  In the past, it never seemed so blatant as it is now.  Maybe it’s always been there, but, until 2008, I can’t say as I remember the outright shunning of some candidates in favor of others.  Again, maybe it’s always been that way.  During this election, however, even the more conservative news/entertainment outlets are favoring one over the other.

Doing research for an independent filmmaker, I ran across some highly interesting facts about journalists and the media.   Here is an excerpt from the documentary, Peddling Influence:

“It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that the notion of an impartial journalist was born. According the McChesney (author Robert McChesney The Rise and Fall of Professional Journalism), the corporate funded media outlets needed a way to promote an impartial front, even though the content was controlled by the almighty advertising dollar. Media outlets desired their journalists to ‘appear neutral and unbiased.’…Elliot D. Cohen, editor of the book News Incorporated, pulls no punches and shares that because of corporate control, our populations gets ‘a homogenized, self-censored, self-serving version of reality.’”

What is not commonly known about the media is that, rather than research for itself, the media have a set of “go-to experts” just waiting to help lend credence to their brand of journalism.  The media considers government officials, high-ranking business men and women, actors and actresses, and professional athletes “official sources” for news.

How many of us trust out elected officials?  In a December 2015 Gallup Poll about honesty and ethics, the trust of people polled for members of congress was a shocking 8%.  Car Salesmen and Telemarketers are tied with Congress at the 8% trustworthiness mark.  There is only one group of people lower in trustworthiness than Congress, car salesmen and telemarketers…Lobbyists!  Lawyers, which most members of Congress are, fared a little better at 21%.  Still, that’s a far cry from a reliable source from which I’d like to get my news…yet these people shape our opinions every day, and we don’t even question that!  So, the question remains, do we really know ANYTHING?

As for the candidates from the Democrats and the GOP, what have we got?  We have a former lawyer-turned-senator and a real estate tycoon.  Do we know enough to judge their character?  They’ve both been in the spotlight for years.

Clinton has Benghazi on her side.  Her lack of concern for the safety of American Ambassadors and Embassy Officials is astonishing.  Her false comments about the cause of the attack, her lack of support during the attack and the callous way in which she dismisses her actions ought to tell us everything we need to know.  But that’s not the end of her RECENT corruption.

As Secretary of State, Clinton made use of her own private server while doing State Department business.  She claims she did not pass classified information through said server.  That proved to be false.  She claims she didn’t know it was wrong, basically ignoring proper protocol.  She failed to turn over to the government several thousand emails.  She used a Bleach program to scrub her computer.  Does that sound like the actions of someone who did no wrong?

More recently, Clinton’s cronies were caught basically rigging the Democratic selection for president by virtually shutting down Bernie Sanders using nefarious methods.  It was so corrupt that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was asked to step down.  Wikileaks has release copious amounts of evidence against Clinton.  As the stuff continued to surface, Clinton’s Campaign Chair, John Podesta said the Russians hacked important emails.  It turns out Podesta lost his phone…hence the ability for ANYONE to acquire the emails.  Not only that, the recent article says Podesta lost his phone back in JULY!  And the government was gearing up to start a cyberwar with Russia over this…why doesn’t the media call Clinton out on ANY of this?

As for Trump, there are relevant.  Yes, he is a successful business man, no doubt, BUT, his business(es) have filed for bankruptcy 4 different times…two of which were back-to-back.  He has repeatedly said he used acceptable business practices to cut his losses.  He refuses to release his tax returns.  He uses a similar argument when confronted about it, he uses  acceptable US Tax laws to pay as little tax as possible.  He made crude statements about basically assaulting women during his first year of marriage to his third wife.  Trump didn’t take his run for president seriously until the third debate, when he appears to have taken hold of the message of the Constitution and a return to our Constitutional roots.  There have been SEVERAL women step forward recently to say Trump has sexually assaulted them in some way.  While that could certainly be a political ploy by the Clinton Camp, he has lawyers at his disposal.  Why has he not sued for slander?  Why doesn’t the media bring that up?  They are quick to describe him as a serial assaulter.

Some supporters for Clinton are willing to vote for her strictly because she is a woman.  Some supporters for Trump are willing to vote for him strictly because he is not a mainstream politician.  Some voters are willing to vote for Clinton simply because they don’t like Trump.  Some voters are willing to vote for Trump simply because they don’t like Clinton.  Are those actually reasons to vote FOR a President of the United States?  Has the media even given us the real reasons we should be voting FOR a candidate?

Clinton portrays Trump as a racist womanizer.  Trump portrays Clinton  as incompetent. The media portrays Clinton as the only candidate with experience and compassion for the plight of the people, especially women and minorities.  The media portrays Trump as an inexperienced, self absorbed spoiled brat who is sexist and racist.

The media portrays Clinton voters as mostly women and mostly Blacks.  One has to wonder if these groups know of the many women and Blacks out there in support of Trump.  The mainstream media is not reporting on it.  Again, the media portrays Trump supporters as white males…same observation…do we know just how many women and Blacks are supporting him?

One has to wonder what’s up with the media.  Perhaps a little jaunt back in history will give us a clue.

”If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing?”(Emphasis mine)

The above was said by the Father of Public Relations, Edward Bernays, nephew of none other than Sigmund Freud.  Bernays realized that, if properly applied, the information being revealed about mass psychology could be used by propagandists to control the masses.  Today, the public relations industry can spin anything into something we could find appealing…and they do it every minute of every day. Nearly every time you watch, hear or read something in the media, the message has been tweaked to make it appealing to a “target” market, audience or demographic.  This works in politics as well as media.  After all, public relations, or marketing,

According to Wikipedia’s source, from the 1984 PR textbook Managing Public Relations, the accepted definition of public relations is “the practice of managing the flow of information between an individual or an organization and the public.” The Public Relations Society of America has updated their old definition to this: “Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.”

Did you get that?  They are targeting each and every one of us in order to sway our opinion one way or the other.  At this point, the subject at hand is the presidential election and the voters are the targets.  “Marketers” or in this case campaigns and their managers, will say whatever it takes to get you to vote for their candidate…whatever it takes.  Keep that in mind as you sift through the trove of information the media hands you.  We’ve all been taught right from wrong.  Pay attention to what is being said about each candidate, but maybe more importantly, how each candidate responds to what is being said about them.  To get it right, we have to participate.  Otherwise, we are just sheep being led to the slaughter…

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