The Newspeak and “thoughtcrimes” of George Orwell’s 1984 were prescient, just 30 years too early.
Americans’ trust in the news media is now at an all-time low, as reported by Dylan Byers at Politico. He writes, “Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999.
I remember back in the day watching the NBC News Huntley-Brinkley report and what those guys said was taken pretty much as gospel. They reported the facts, nothing more. Compare that to today’s NBC where the network didn’t even publicize a recent poll THEY took which resulted in poor numbers for their guy, President Barack Hussein Obama.
And how many people who tune into the All Barack Channel, Constant Barack Station, and National Barack Channel even know the IRS promised to produce Lois Lerner’s emails only to come back and say they were lost?
Just yesterday I posted five questions to ask a liberal progressive — the comments from liberals were predictably laughable. Some had no clue what the national debt was when Obama took office and what it is today. They had no clue what the average price of gasoline was in January 2009 when Obama took office — $1.89, and where it is today, $3.67.
I often do comparative news reporting analysis and it is indeed appalling — actually scary.
I recently read in the New York Times that captured Islamic terrorist Abu Khattala admitted that an anti-Islamic video inspired the Benghazi attack. Read this from a Left-wing liberal internet site, Americablog: “Well, isn’t that embarrassing. Libyan national Ahmed Abu Khattala, a ringleader of the deadly attack on America’s diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, Libya, apprehended this weekend by US Special Forces, reportedly said that the attack was motivated as a response to an anti-Muslim American video. The admission by Khattala is more than a bit inconvenient for congressional critics of President Obama’s handling of the crisis, as those “Benghazi truthers” had claimed until this point that it was absurd to suggest that the inflammatory video played any part in inspiring the attacks that left an American ambassador, and three other US citizens, dead. Khattala’s statements back up an earlier New York Times report that suggested the video did in fact play a role.”
So never mind the sworn testimony of Gregory Hicks, American foreign service officer and former deputy chief of mission in Libya who was on the phone with Ambassador Chris Stevens — who’s testified that this was a terrorist attack. Furthermore, Hicks pretty much stated he was appalled when he heard about the false narrative of an anti-Islamic video and a spontaneous demonstration.
And I would offer that the mainstream Big Three media outlets have still not reported on the infamous email from White House official Ben Rhodes, brother of CBS President David Rhodes — ha, no conflict of interest there — which created the false narrative.
And so we’ve gone from the days of trust in media to “trust but verify.” It is said, “in a universe of deceit, truth becomes a revolutionary act.” Well, I’m happy to be a revolutionary!