Lord Crimson

Wisdom from the Realm

Shoot The Messenger

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I’m sure you have all heard the phrase, “Don’t shoot the messenger.” I look around at today’s news organizations and ask, why not? I suppose none of us should be surprised to discover that news is a product. It is scripted, packaged and presented specifically to lure in advertisers, viewers and readers. It should also be no surprise that bad news sells. This explains why we tend to walk away with a dismal outlook on life after only a brief exposure to a news session.

With a 24 hour news cycle we not only get news, we get commentary. We are told what to think about the subject of the day and if we don’t agree then you simply don’t have your mind right. It doesn’t take a genius to see that their second main goal, the first being money, is to use the news as a tool to influence the way we think.

They have news shows designed to berate people for not agreeing with the way the commentator thinks things should be. We watch a guest being pummeled and cheer if that is what we think and cry foul if the guest is defending our point of view. What we fail to realize is that it’s all a show, a misdirection designed to influence the thoughts of the viewer. If you don’t know what to think about something just watch the news they will be glad to tell you. Which presidential candidate should you support? They label you uninformed if you don’t vote for their choice.

News organizations have also proved that they are more than willing to place their own desires above the good of the country. The New York Times has passed along so much sensitive information one would think that they are a spy organization for the enemy. Same goes with cable news. I remember a report, “The surge in Iraq will begin within the week.” This was followed by details that made me ask, why do I know this? If I know this information then the insurgents certainly do. They have satellites and TV. Sure enough the leaders just scurried off to Iran and now wait until it’s over then back to business as usual. How can anyone win a war under these circumstances?

On your quest for wisdom you must understand that news organizations are extremely mercenary. They have been infiltrated with those that only want to push their agenda no matter what the cost is to the country. Some take advantage of the freedom and often abuse it to the point of treason. So I say it’s time to shoot the messenger because when a free press transforms news into propaganda then we as a nation are no longer free.

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Written by Lord Crimson

March 8, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Iraq, News, Politics, Television, War

16 Responses

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  1. Hi LC–

    Nicely written post, and I support your thinking.

    When I was still a kid (younger than 34) I believed in the nuclear menace. Of course, I believe in it again because now nukes are in the hands of baby humping syphillitics, but that’s another yarn.

    Once I grew past that concern I began to think my way through the likelihood of our nuclear adversaries actually being dumb enough to (1) eternally irradiate the world’s breadbasket and (2) guarantee their own annihilation in doing so. Why even think of that when infiltration is so much cheaper? Why not make us a docile client-state?

    People will huff at what you say here, LC, but those are people with no long-term vision. Those are people with a TV (and government school)mentality, cultivated to expect the quick solution or the Reader’s Digest version of very long stories.

    Why would an established entity—such as the Soviet Union—launch on us when the slower approach of infiltration and subversion is so much more superior? With infiltration and subversion an adversary can continually respond to and alter the effectiveness of responses made by a targeted people. In-course changes that anticipate and countradict a target’s moves can be made quite artfully, given time.

    Push a button and the indelible effect is rendered in 15 or 20 minutes. Can’t take it back. Can’t tailor it. But lies? Deceit? Treachery? Ahhh, things of beauty, they be.

    Take the “defunct” USSR again. Their program of subversion started in the streets of Moscow and Petrograd before the USSR ever became a reality. Anti-capitalist (and anti-American) from the start, they knew the distraction of saber rattling would keep open the path to the more productive avenue of infiltration and political insurgency.

    Through groups based on American soil and comprised of “American” stooges they began influencing the legislatures, courts, schools and–most easily–the media, and they kept at it with increasing persistence.

    And success.

    Look at the ACLU and statements made by its founder, Roger Baldwin. The most telling four words in the demise of this country were quite publicly uttered by him when he said, “…communism is the goal.

    That badge has never been hidden.

    So here we are today. I will say that virtually all of our institutions and traditions are in the last stages of decay through infiltration, to the cheers of the stupid and the ignorant who have no concept of their coming alternative life.

    The “end of the Cold War” is just so much crap. There are actually millions and millions of us who really believe that the Soviets just rolled over.

    Not even.

    Were we as a nation still actually “united” we might have a chance to shoot the messenger in a figurative sense. But “divide and conquer” is more than a comic strip line. It is a doctrine, a theology. And it is more effective than most will acknowledge. We, a once mighty people, are its proof.

    You said it well when you wrote, “…news organizations are extremely mercenary. They have been infiltrated with those that only want to push their agenda no matter what the cost is to the country. Some take advantage of the freedom and often abuse it to the point of treason. So I say it’s time to shoot the messenger…”

    Wonder this: who is paying the mercenaries? And please don’t say “Nabisco.”

    ara

    arationalaversion

    March 8, 2007 at 4:35 pm

  2. Hi LC,

    Yet another excellent reason for me to get the killer robot of my dreams.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    March 8, 2007 at 5:45 pm

  3. Hi ara

    I find it ironic that for half a century we as a nation have sacrificed blood and treasure to rid the planet of the very thing we have become. There are many examples of how socialism is oppressive and a disaster for the people that live under such a regime, but the band plays on.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 8, 2007 at 11:44 pm

  4. Hi Grit

    I’d like to place my order for several killer robots. I have a castle to protect and the moat just doesn’t keep the riffraff out like it once did.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 8, 2007 at 11:49 pm

  5. LC–

    “I find it ironic that for half a century we as a nation have sacrificed blood and treasure to rid the planet of the very thing we have become.”

    Perfect.

    Just perfect.

    ara

    arationalaversion

    March 9, 2007 at 12:40 am

  6. Hi LC,

    I can well understand your defense problems. While, I can see how killer robots might appeal to you, may I suggest that you gain a bit of political sympathy and go “green” with your defensive systems? First, you should petition to have your moat declared a “wet land,” thus promoting any trespass in or on it to the rank of a felony, which would, not only cause the full weight of several bloated Government agencies to fall on the criminal, but would also assure that none of the bleeding-heart-pity-the-poor-criminal protection groups would take up their cause. Second, you should stock it with piranha, on the basis that they, this side of the Equator, are an endangered species. By the way, on light tackle, piranha are reputed to be an excellent game fish.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    March 9, 2007 at 10:50 pm

  7. Hi Grit

    You have offered some interesting suggestions. I particularly like the piranha in the moat idea. With enough intruders, it could easily turn into the Vincent Price version of House on Haunted Hill. There would be skeletons floating around all over the place.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 10, 2007 at 1:35 am

  8. Hi LC,

    After reading your post I was all fired up to add a deep, abiding vision of manchurian candidates with Soviet ties and anti-Christ overtones.

    Then, through no fault of my own, somehow small man eating fish got in my head, with blood letting and destruction overwhelming my thinking.

    Pretty much the same thing, I guess.

    Hank

    icanplainlysee

    March 10, 2007 at 6:48 am

  9. Hi Hank

    Yes we do tend to drift a bit but where else can you find man eating fish, skeletons and blood letting all done with such style and grace.

    However I must admit that I am disappointed that you got sidetracked. After all there is nothing that can match a good icanplainlysee rant.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 10, 2007 at 12:43 pm

  10. Hi LC,

    Nice post. Anyone who denies that the media has no agenda is smokin’ something freaky..

    knighthospitaller

    March 10, 2007 at 6:50 pm

  11. Ooops, ment to say “the media HAS agenda”.

    knighthospitaller

    March 10, 2007 at 6:53 pm

  12. Hi LC,

    While skeletons don’t float, you could drag them out with the appropriate tools. They would make an excellent supplemental food source for your pack of vicious attack dogs, which you will need to finish off anyone who manages to escape the moat without mortal wounds.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    March 10, 2007 at 7:38 pm

  13. Hi knighthospitaller – Welcome to the Realm

    Yep, the news shows are a heart attack waiting to happen. I’ve noticed a definite improvement with my outlook on life by watching less news and more sports. Perhaps there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 10, 2007 at 9:52 pm

  14. Hi Grit

    I am shocked to discover that you can’t believe or trust what’s portrayed in a movie. What will the Al Gore groupies say?

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 10, 2007 at 10:23 pm

  15. Hi LC,

    I’m hoping they will go see that new movie, “300,” or whatever about the Spartans, and associate it with Bush and our current war against the same people. When I manage to get past being paranoid, I am an optimist. Strange isn’t it?

    the Grit

    the Grit

    March 11, 2007 at 10:00 pm

  16. Hi Grit

    It’s very inspiring to see people like the 300 who had the courage to stand and fight especially against this enemy. By contrast we have Gore’s sheep patrol or our politicians that allow CAIR, the terrorist organization to meet on capital hill.

    If we only look at politicians which is cowardice personified, it would be very easy to become pessimistic. Fortunately there are still many out there that have the courage to fight despite what our sad sack media reports. So for now you have every reason to be optimistic.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 12, 2007 at 10:30 am


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