Shoot The Messenger
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.