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The power of the media

March 21, 2015

warwrldOn the night of October 30, 1938 thousands of people were rushing to their cars and fleeing their homes around Toms River New Jersey. They had just heard news bulletins on the radio describing an invasion that was in happening in the Toms river area. As the number of accidents grew from people flooding the highways, the panic that effected them spread into New York, Pennsylvania and later across the country. One would think because the news broadcasts were not saying that the United States was being invaded by a foreign nation but Aliens from outer space that people would ignore the terrifying descriptions being heard, but they accepted it as fact because it was on a ‘news broadcast’.

We now know it was an Orsan Wells radio theater production of ‘War of the Worlds’, definitely a fictional presentation not news as so many Americans believed. To me this is but one glaring example of the power of our news media on the thinking of the American public. If just one radio station can cause mass panic what would happen if every news broadcast was talking about the same thing?

Fast forward to the world today, and a news story I heard on the radio. It was about students walking shoulder to shoulder in protest chanting, “hands up don’t shoot”. No this was not Ferguson, Missouri it was on the campus of UAV. One would think by the very nature of the fact that most of these protesters are collage students they would be intelligent enough to have heard and understood the official, ‘local and federal’, findings that Michael Brown (never) held up his hands and he (never) attempted to surrender. However like our government in Washington the facts never seem to get in the way of a good lie, or a good news story.

The students at this Virginia collage were protesting the beating of another student from their collage who was attempting to gain access to the Trinity Irish Pub when an agent from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control department tried to question and then arrest him. At the present time I do not have all the facts weather the law enforcement people used excessive force or he resisted being arrested, but I do know this is just another example of the media on steroids agitating society as a whole.

I am trying desperately to understand why this fight in a bar is noteworthy enough for national news coverage. This incident has an aroma of more being hidden behind what the media promotes as news. I have often wondered over the months since the Michael Brown shooting why we have not heard of any white men being shot by police or other law enforcement officers? Am I to understand that nowhere in this country a white man was beaten by police while he was being questioned or arrested?

I also can not understand how no one else is noticing this current slant in news coverage. There were many months prior to the Brown incident where the main thread in the news was the ‘poor treatment’ of illegals by the different states that passed laws simply reinforcing the federal laws on the books. Then around election time we had a spat of news stories about some states trying to block people from voting because those states wanted to require photo identification.

Let it be fully understood that I am no (Alex Jones) finding a conspiracy around every corner. That said I do believe the American media appears to be acting in lock-step when it comes to what they see as ‘important news’. It could simply mean that the higher ups in each news organization who dictate policy on what is covered are of the same mind, but like most of you when one sees coincidence one also thinks conspiracy.

So does America now have a news media
that is controlled like those in Russia and China
…and are the citizens here in America
accepting on the news as fact
without ever looking deeper for the truth?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. old cop permalink
    March 22, 2015 2:46 am

    AMEN

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  2. March 22, 2015 4:14 am

    Imagine the power of the midia in Brazil. Where six families dominate 90% of the media and clearly stand against the president of the Republic Dilma Rousseff. She belongs to the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores) and the midia linked to large national and foreign capitalists, who does not admit the policy to combat poverty and hunger.

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  3. March 22, 2015 7:15 am

    Careful Pete, we don’t want to confuse the liberals with the facts..!!!

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  4. Del permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:42 am

    Yes Pete they are. There are so many dumb masses out there. Perfect example . Google watters world and be amazed! Or be scared there is people out there like this.

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