Large swaths of the American press corps regularly abdicate their responsibility to be seekers of the truth, while piously pontificating their pure motives, free of agendas and political advocacy. Our free press fails so often and in such egregious ways that you can flip the channel or click on various “hard news” websites and find alternate universes – reporting on the very same news event.
The phenomenon, certainly not new to reporting, seems to have escalated in recent years, to the point we have American citizens with polar opposite understandings of the TRUTH. A house divided can not stand, the age-old metaphor used to warn of the dangers of divisiveness within society, comes to my mind living in this new American climate of trans-reality. The TRUTH apparently is as flexible and ephemeral as everything else in America these days. Maybe, President Clinton was a sage of our time when he stated, “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’, is.”
As the saying goes, “numbers don’t lie”, so I recommend Colin Flaherty’s article at the American Thinker, “The War on Black People in South Carolina: the First Casualty is Truth”, where he chases down the truth and exposes the lies:
“Mass murder was not enough. Not for the army of reporters who soon after the South Carolina killings surrounded this truth with a bodyguard of lies.
The shooting was part of a pattern of white on black violence wildly out of proportion, journalists told us over and over. The tragedy also reminded many scribes of the so-called epidemic of arson against black churches in the 1990s.
Neither of which are true.”