Most of us don’t like to think we can be fooled or manipulated into believing a lie. We go prepared to dig into the facts when we do such things as buying a car, buying insurance or finding the best way to invest our hard-earned money. And yet, how often do we still experience buyer’s remorse? The fact is that even the most clever of us is, from time to time, susceptible to falling for various scams that claim to be true.
Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
And that is what the media is all about: fooling as many people as they can. Their purpose is to advance a social agenda and world view, not by convincing people with facts, but by swaying people’s feelings. The way they go about it is to be as “entertaining” as possible, to be eye-catching and visceral as possible, and hook into the emotions of viewers. The proof of this is that once the media has convinced certain folks that what they are saying is true, they refuse to consider any other evidence that might prove them wrong.
This morning I was talking with one of my neighbors. We were both rolling our eyes about the rotten state of things in government, when I discovered she was rolling her eyes for the opposite reason I was rolling mine. She sees Trump as the problem. In her mind Trump is a horrible president and must be gotten rid of. But I love Trump. To me, the problem is the unrelenting efforts to destroy the Trump presidency, particularly by the unconstitutional abuse of power by those in the FBI, the Justice Dept. and Congress.
As almost all of these kinds of conversations go, it immediately came down to what we each thought about Trump. Beginning with Rudy Giuliani’s latest quote (“Truth isn’t truth.”) my neighbor illustrated her total disdain for the President by referring to “that time Trump mocked that poor disabled man” (New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski.) I could not recall hearing about such an incident and I reacted by saying I didn’t believe it. But when I got home I did a computer search to see if I could find out what she was talking about.
No wonder I hadn’t heard the story. It was featured on CNN and other so-called “fake news” outlets I never watch. Many years ago these outlets stopped using journalism, opting instead to use propaganda techniques to distort the news. Like TASS and Pravda of the USSR, CNN and its ilk don’t simply create fake news. They lie. They make things up. That’s called misinformation and disinformation. And the story of Trump mocking a handicapped reporter is a perfect example.
It happened in 2015, running up to the 2016 election. The story was planted in order to get people to hate trump, and it worked. To this day people still hate him because of that story. But it’s a lie. The people who believe this story (and the constant deluge of similar anti-Trump stories) have been fooled by the lying media and are being manipulated into supporting political alternatives that threaten their own best self interests.
So, what is the real story? What really happened? Can we separate the facts from our perceptions or how things appear? Or are we so emotionally convinced of our positions that we erect a wall between ourselves and reality? We’ve all heard about a wall designed to keep illegals and criminals out of our nation. But this is a different wall — a wall of group-think, of mob mentality — it’s really a wall against free thought. It seems to me that those things we are most convinced about should be the things we have most closely examined and tested to be true.
I found an informative and eye-opening article at https://www.catholics4trump.com/the-true-story-donald-trump-did-not-mock-a-reporters-disability/ “The True Story: Donald Trump Did Not Mock a Reporter’s Disability”. What Trump was mocking was the fact that the reporter who had said Trump lied about Arabs celebrating the destruction of the twin towers on 9/11 back-pedaled and tried to say he couldn’t remember what he had reported when it was shown that he was contradicting himself.
As Trump was role-playing this reporter at a rally, he waved his arms about in a manner to dramatize uncertainty and waffling. That’s what the dump Trump media latched onto, claiming he was supposedly mocking a “spastic” disorder. But two facts dispute that. First, Trump used similar arm movements when aping Senator Cruz and a general — neither of whom have physical disabilities. And second, Kovaleski’s disability is not characterized by flailing arm movements.
All videos I have seen of Serge Kovaleski show him speaking in such a way that it isn’t even apparent he has a disability. Trump wasn’t mocking his disability. Trump was mocking the lousy, lying job he did as a journalist.
And this is the indictment against the so-called fake news. They are worse than mere partisans who would at least still have their nation’s best interests at heart. But as long as their main thrust is to resist Trump, they are not being journalists, but propagandists for global socialism. As long as the media continues their lying and deceiving, they are, as Trump has said, the enemy of the American People. Because in destroying the Trump presidency, they are destroying America by going beyond the constitution and mandates of the law.
John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” One of the first things the Bible teaches us about being moral and religious is that we are not to tell lies. If our press and news outlets fail to be moral enough to at least tell the truth, how can we hope to remain free? Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Isn’t the time long overdue that Americans ask themselves “What is the truth?” and examine all things in order to make that determination? Jesus tells us the devil is the father of lies, but that he — Jesus — is the only way, the truth and the life, through whom we may come to God the Father. Don’t you think it’s time you know the truth from a lie?