What Happened to Free Speech?
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that
good men do nothing.
The attack on the First Amendment protections of free speech
and a free and independent press has been happening on multiple fronts.
The Media as Gatekeeper
On one front is the corporate owned mainstream media's loss of
its "gatekeeper" function as the primary provider of news. The
gatekeeper decides what information goes forward and what does not.
Controlling the populations primary sources of information is one
of the most effective ways to manipulate and "regulate" the minds
and consciousness of a mass of people at a very basic level.
This powerful way to shape the collective consciousness of the
public has been in the hands of the corporate mass media in the United
States for years and many mass media outlets have been both
willingly and un-wittingly aiding and abetting the manipulation of our
minds by the government and corpoarte interests in carrying out
many social-engineering agendas.
Prior to the Internet and the alternative media, the corporate
owned mainstream media dominated the gatekeeper function of controling
the public's knowledge of events by letting some stories pass through
and be published, while other stories were kept out of the news.
The advent of the Internet opened the way for non-traditional
journalists to publish their opposing perspectives and write about
events not reported by the mainstream media, thus thwarting the
gatekeeper function of the mainstream media.
Each of the corporate media
outlets has their own bias and controls the flow of information to
support that bias. Sometimes that bias is political and other times
financial. Regardless of its motivation, the result is the same:
the news is being censored.
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what
we decide they ought to have." – Richard Salant, former
President of CBS News
Some people may pride themselves as being on top of current
events by regularly reading the newspaper or watching the news. In
reality, many of those same people are really ignorant of current
events since it's not only the news they hear and read that's
important... but the news they don't hear or read. There are
certain topics chosen by those in the mass media or government that are
completely censored in a media blackout. Anybody that relies on
the mainstream media today to keep them informed is simply living an
"Americans are the most Entertained and least Informed
people in the world. Most know little or nothing about what matters
most." -- Neil Postman
An example of how the mainstream media acts as a gatekeeper,
you can look at the Kermit Gosnell trial. If you were getting your news
from any mainstream source other than Fox News, you wouldn't have even
known this monstrous person was murdering babies that were delivered
alive and then killed with scissors at his Philadelphia abortion
clinic. News stories covering the trial were conspicuously absent from
the mainstream media, replaced with exhaustive coverage of Jodi Arias.
Once confined to the educational establishment, political correctness has now
broken out in the historical bastion of free speech - the press.
Whatever the reason, the one-time rallying cry of the media, "free
speech," is no longer found in mainstream America newsrooms. It has
been replaced with "politically correct" speech disseminated by biased
reporters who refuse to speak the truth while ignoring the evidence
that our country is being plundered.
"Political Correctness is the communal tyranny that
erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular
ideas, expressions and behavior, which were then legal, should be
forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished. It
started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it became
unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were
publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object
of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution of the state." --
Troubled Loner Kills Seven and Self in Texas Church,
Sept. 15, 1999
Kill a black person and it's a hate crime. Kill a homosexual and it's a
hate crime. Kill a Jew and it's a hate crime. Kill children in a high
school and it's a hate crime. Kill Christian teens in a church and all
the pundits can't figure out what might have been the motive.
This rampage in Fort Worth Texas not only reinforces the fact that our
culture is in decline, but it also points out the bias of the news
media and the hatred that Collectivists have towards Christianity. Had
this shooting involved a black church, Jewish synagogue, homosexual
bath house, or high school campus, all the mainstream media reporters
would be on location with live reports and news special reports
focusing on dissecting the scene of the crime. Commentators would fill
the airwaves with pleas of anti-hatred propaganda.
Not so when Christians are murdered in a church in Texas. What little
coverage the media did devote, they spent most of the time talking
about a mentally disturbed person, a troubled loner, who apparently
acted randomly. No mention of hate!
I'm sure part of the reason the media did not devote much coverage was
because they were so focused on reporting about a Hurricane battering
the East coast. The media spent days reporting about a storm they
initially described as possibly the largest storm to ever hit the
United States. So much was made of the storm that many East coast
communities were evacuated in what has been described as the largest
peace time evacuation in U.S. history. Schools were closed, businesses
were closed, government offices were closed and even the Disney
amusement park was closed for the first time in history. As it turned
out, there was very little loss of life and damage was far less than
anticipated. Even after the storm was downgraded to not more than a
tropical storm, the news media continued to report about it.
I believe what we really have here is a good example of the bigotry and
hatred that the mainstream media has against Christianity. It's
apparent from the lack of news coverage afforded the story in Texas.
And, it's apparent from the lack of reporting (or should I say slanted
and biased reporting) ignoring the hate crimes angle. To the corporate
owned mainstream news media, an angry man shouting anti-Christian slurs
and curse words as he shoots down innocent Christian children is not
filled with "hate" but only acting on a random act. How pathetic.
Attorney General Janet Reno said it was too soon to declare the attack
a hate crime. “We should just find out what happened and
why,” she said at her weekly news briefing. President Bill
Clinton, in the predictable "for the children" statement to reporters
at the White House, said the attack should serve to remind parents that
“we have to redouble our efforts to protect our children. We know
we have to act as if it were our own children being targeted.” To
his credit, Texas Gov. George W. Bush cut short a presidential campaign
trip in Michigan to return to Texas and “add some comfort.”
“It’s hard to explain how somebody would have enough hatred
in their heart to walk into a church where people are seeking
God’s guidance and shoot them,” he said.
Well, Ms. Reno, Mr. Clinton and Gov. Bush, I've said it before and it
bears repeating now, while your are so busy studying the problem, you
simply can't see (or refuse to see) what is clearly
before you. And, why don't they see it? Because as the Bible says,
"The way of peace they do not
know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into
crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace. So justice is
far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light,
but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like
the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without
eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we
are like the dead. We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like
doves. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is
far away. For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify
against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our
iniquities: rebellion and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs
on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts
have conceived. So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at
a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey."
Another Reason For Media Bias Towards Christians
Michael Medved had another observation about the shootings at Wedgwood
Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Tx and why the media has not given the
incident much press. In comparing the event to what happened at
Columbine High School in Colorado, many people including those in the
media could relate to the Colorado students who were shot much more
because those kids could have been their own. You know the kind: white
middle class kids, jocks and cheerleaders, attending public school.
Just like the reporters kids, right?
Now how well do you suppose those same reporters and editors can relate
to a group of kids attending a Christian worship activity? And Baptist
to boot? I would imagine that Baptists are a bit too conservative for
them and they couldn't imagine THEIR kids at such an event. Not
mainstream or liberal enough for them and as a result not deserving of
the news coverage given to jocks and cheerleaders being shot.
Speech with the Fairness Doctrine
Rather than being market driven, the federal government wants to
dictate the content of information going over public radio. Liberal
Democrats tell us the Fairness Doctrine, an FCC policy that requires
broadcast stations to provide opposing views on controversial issues of
public importance, will help increase the number of liberal shows in a
landscape dominated by conservative talk radio hosts. But, nobody
listens to the progressive or liberal radio shows and they are not
successful. Instead of increasing the number of liberal shows, the
Fairness Doctrine would, in effect, reduce the number of popular
On another front in the assault on free speech is the profit
driven mainstream corporate media that has fallen victim to
commercialism. Huge multinational corporations control the media with
their advertising dollars and as a result control most of the
information that citizens rely upon for making informed choices.
Another front that has changed the media is modern day
politics. Savvy politicians understand that in order to win elections,
they must control the media. Recent election cycles have proven the
influence the mainstream media has on the outcomes of elections.
Remember, it's not so much "what" the media reports or "how"
they report it, but more importantly what they "do not" report.
John Ziegler’s documentary “Media
Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted,”
is a must watch film for anyone wanting to understand how the media
influences the political campaign trail. “The bottom line is that
Barack Obama would not have been elected, or even nominated, and Sarah
Palin would not be the ex-Governor of Alaska with high disapproval
numbers, if the media had been remotely fair in 2008.” according
to Ziegler. The film takes hundreds of examples of what Ziegler deems
“media malfeasance” and compiles them into a light-hearted
Domination and Control
And, yet another front is the Marxist inspired New World Order campaign for
world domination. In order to accomplish their goals, they understand
the importance of controlling the flow of information and will do
anything to protect their propaganda
Perhaps the following quote from the preeminent New York
journalist, John Swinton, made at a dinner for his peers will help
answer the question, whatever happened to freedom of press?
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's
history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know
it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions,
and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in
print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper
I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for
similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write
honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. 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. You know it and I know it, and what folly is
this toasting an independent press? 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." [Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and
Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine
Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979, as cited on nexusmagazine.com
Today's Mainstream Media is
The once great protector and defender of the First Amendment,
the press, is now being transformed into an oppressor of free speech
and propaganda tool of globalists designed to normalize the
Over the past few decades we have witnessed the conglomeration of a
once free press dedicated to telling the truth to the American public
into a serpentine corporate homogeny where news is manufactured as a
consumer commodity to be sold and controlled by the greed of corporate
executives and stockholders.
As more Americans are dumbed-down by the onslaught of
corporate driven messages disguised as "truth," they are being
manipulated by the enemies of freedom as public opinion is swayed in
favor of their deceitful agenda. When a dissenting voice is raised,
unreported facts disclosed, or criticism is leveled, the press is quick
to squelch that voice, fact, or criticism.
While there are numerous examples
I could cite, one I've witnessed firsthand was the media manipulation
of the 2008 Presidential campaign. How many Americans do you believe
would be favorable to a message of freedom, sound money,
non-interventionism, and free markets? Do you think Americans would
support a candidate that believed in protecting our Constitution and
getting rid of those things in our society that are unconstitutional?
We've all heard the mantra of "change" spewed forth from nearly all the
candidates, but how many of us know what that "change" entails?
Sadly, the word "change" is a euphemism for "more of the same."
"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually
to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly
preposterous and its speaker, a raving lunatic." - Dresden James
When a candidate talked about real change, they were
marginalized by the corporate mainstream media and their message
all-but censored from public discourse. The candidate I'm referring to
is Ron Paul,
and from the very beginnings of his campaign, the mainstream media had
blacklisted his message of change. It simply was not the status quo
message promoted by corporate America and Socialist government. His
fellow candidates publicly laughed at his Constitutional message and he
was blocked from sharing his message on the public airwaves. His
primary results were either under-reported or not reported at all. The
time he was given in the primary debates was only a fraction that given
the corporate hand-picked candidates. As a result, few Americans even
knew that he was a candidate for President of the United States, and
fewer were given the priviledge of hearing what his platform was.
I believe if he had been given a fair opportunity to share his vision
with the American people, there would be little doubt who our next
President of the United States would be. I believe the grassroot
American is a decent person that believes in the patriotic vision our
Founders gave us in the Constitution. However, that's not the same
vision held by the New World Order and their propagandists were obliged
to shape public opinion to their mind-numbed interpretation of change.
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