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Perceived reality…. or mind control

May 14, 2017

There is nothing wrong with this news broadcast,
do not attempt to adjust or ignore this information
we the media are controlling what we think you should believe
we can change your focus from a soft blur to crystal clarity
of what we want you to think is important

…that opening is just a play on words originally used at the beginning of each episode of the 1963 television series Outer Limits. However my use of these alternate words still echo the same philosophy put forth by the TV series….. that the show was controlling what you should focus on.

It does not matter if you are republican or democrat, conservative or liberal all of us should be concerned over the power and influence that the media wields to influence the American people whether it be online the radio or television. Because we live in such a fast paced society where it seems we have no time in our daily lives for anything the media has reduced our exposure to the ‘news’ to sound bites and video clips that once were only the domain of the MTV generation.

Gone are the days of reporting the (who, what, when, where) taught in every journalism school for decades to be now replaced with one sided ‘insta-news’. These quick bites are purposely edited to appear that this is all you need to know about certain events and that we should not even consider the other side of the issue. We may wonder about other issues but no matter what venue of media we use for our information the news is the same. Decades ago one could change the station and you could well encounter news not covered on the previous station, but not today. Today it is as if all news outlets were linked and though the presentation may be different in essence it is the same news.

For example over the last eight months we have been told by the media to focus on Hillary’s illegal use of her home servers, the Russians influencing our election, Trump’s connection with the Russians and now the firing of FBI director Comey by Trump. Each “crisis” touted by the media as so important that we should not even consider thinking about other issues facing our nation. With the Comey firing being touted by the media as Trump’s Watergate not one news outlet has mentioned that just a few months ago it was the democrats calling for Comey to be fired!

One would think with our nation not having a balanced budget and facing a national debt of 19 trillion dollars, North Korea threatening to nuke the US, 45 million Americans living below the poverty level and Islamic terrorism now happening across America that there are indeed more important issues to resolve.

With all the tangible problems facing us
one must wonder why the over 16 thousand news outlets
all have almost identical slants to their news.
One may think like that old TV series
that someone is indeed
controlling what we are to focus on.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Hohmann permalink
    May 14, 2017 7:50 pm

    The media put out the news, Pete. But you still control how much gobbledegook you wish to consume. At my age, I’ve decided to just cut my consumption for health reasons. You know, everything in moderation!

    Liked by 2 people

    • May 15, 2017 11:51 am

      Yes I agree Mike moderation is the key, but as we know even a touch of some poisons can kill and a touch here and there of slanted facts can skew our opinion.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jon permalink
    May 14, 2017 11:50 pm

    Pete, your whole posting had more meaningful news in a minute or so of reading than most newscasts put out in a half hour of propaganda for the left with the exception of Fox News.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 15, 2017 11:54 am

      Thank you Jon for the good comment I should however point out that though the liberal/progressive side produces almost all of the incorrect ‘instanews’ the conservative side is not without some guilt.

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  3. May 15, 2017 3:30 am

    Your articles are always very insightful, and, you’re right, on how the media is being controlled totally, by those who are in power, and, sometimes, those who are in power may not be right, and yet, the rest of us must, follow their orders, after all, the MAJORITY of the voters had, voted for the people who are now, taking office…

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    • May 15, 2017 12:00 pm

      taursingemini though I may have voted for what I believed was the lessor of two bad candidates I will never follow any orders contrary to my religious beliefs or the rule of law.

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 16, 2017 12:16 am

        That’s good to know, because sometimes, we forced ourselves, to follow the crowd, and, end up quite badly, and sometimes, compromises are necessary, because we live as a society…

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  4. Dwight permalink
    May 15, 2017 5:03 am

    Nice piece, Pete. And I remember The Outer Limits well. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. May 15, 2017 9:25 am

    I always ensure I wear my Tin Foil hat before watching or reading the news.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. May 15, 2017 2:30 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Just a couple days back I myself wrote something along the same lines. nothing this brilliant, but have a look. https://opinionatedhead.com/2017/05/12/flying-inside-a-box/

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  7. djandess permalink
    May 15, 2017 7:09 pm

    Very very true. I’ve never been much of a News watcher, mainly for the reasons you just listed. Usually when a big story ‘breaks’, I often wonder what’s happening somewhere else that our focus is being steered away from. Again, great article.

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    • May 16, 2017 11:11 am

      Your correct djandess it is the old magicians trick of having us focus in one direction while what he (aka the media) doesn’t want us to see what is happening in the other.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. May 15, 2017 10:22 pm

    All I can say to this is; “A-MEN, Brother!!!”

    Liked by 1 person

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