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The lies of NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News help tighten the nooses around the necks of sheeple

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832), German writer and polymath

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”
Voltaire

That NBC and MSNBC lie should surprise no one but children, but Fox News also does it, so cleverly that their prevarications usually go unnoticed except by watchdogs such as Media Matters, which has its own problems with credibility.

I used to be an über-war hawk, über-Republican, über-conservative, and über-fan of Fox News, which I thought was the epitome of “fair and balanced.” If they were, they wouldn't rile my most conservative friend, who fills my ear with denunciations of them every time I watch FNC. In another article, I presented examples of how the foxes at Fox outfox most of their viewers, and I'll later expose some of their big lies that are helping to destroy the United States as FNC fans root for the wrecking ball that is shattering their dreams. Today, however, I'll focus on two of the most egregious media liars: NBC and MSNBC.

I am no fan of George Zimmerman, but fair is fair. NBC News edited Zimmerman's 911 call to make it appear he was racist. Evidently thinking we're stupid enough to believe even more of their partisan propaganda, the president of their network news division said the editing was “a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call.

Bull. Anyone familiar with sound editing knows that it takes a careful deliberate act to do what NBC News did. Sound editing is radically different than word processing, where a sneeze could produce an inadvertent key stroke that significantly alters the text.

Here's what NBC News broadcast that Zimmerman said: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

And here is what really happened:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

911 dispatcher: OK, and this guy—is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Zimmerman was obviously just responding to the 911 dispatcher's question, so by depicting him as a racist, NBC News manifested their cavalier disregard of the truth. We can now dispense with the fantasy that they are a responsible news organization. They claimed to investigate this “mistake,” but that “investigation” will surely be a whitewash and cover-up. NBC is more concerned with scoring cheap political points than they are with the truth.

MSNBC is even more irresponsible. Their “journalist” Martin Bashir claimed that I think “African-Americans should be grateful for being subjugated.” Where did he get that crazy idea? From the poorly researched talking points of Media Matters. Relying on them for information about their political opponents is like relying on the KKK for credible information on black people; no one with an ounce of common sense would do it. Media Matters specializes in ad hominem attacks and character assassination, which is unfortunate because their juvenile attacks don't appeal to mature, intelligent people who'd like to see incontrovertible evidence of how Fox News lies. Media Matters appears to be so caught up in lying about petty nonsense that they can't see that FNC has two exposed jugular veins of vulnerability they could easily sever.

It's not that Media Matters always lies, but their history of distorting information is so extreme that they have credibility only with those who don't care about the truth—like MSNBC. Even semi-credible news organizations will get both sides of the story before reporting on it, but not MSNBC, which hence isn't even semi-credible.

Media Matters and MSNBC especially appeal to liberal people who are so frustrated by Fox News they're willing to take cheap shots at anyone they think is conservative. It's not primarily a matter of ideology, because it pains me to see their biased “journalism,” and I am further left on several issues than many of their ardent liberal fans. Unlike Fox News, which hides its right-wing bias (claiming to be “fair and balanced”—something I proved they're not), MSNBC is blatantly partisan and doesn't hide their left-wing bias. Let's give them a gold star for admitting their bias, but a big fat “F” for journalism and integrity.

Just as NBC News blew their chance to accurately report what Zimmerman said, MSNBC botched the truth reporting what I wrote. I never said that “African-Americans should be grateful for being subjugated.” In another article, I showed how Media Matters was utterly irresponsible in depicting me as happy about the subjugation of Native Americans. That's absurd and a good example of their carelessness. I am part Native American, so to suggest that I or my ancestors should be grateful for their subjugation is pure lunacy. Every ethical historian acknowledges that subjugation was one of the most abominable acts in history, and I strongly condemned it in writing (in one of my books and websites) long before I learned of my Native American ancestry.

Me, happy about the subjugation of Native Americans? Hardly! You could spend the rest of your life searching but not finding someone who is more irate about that issue than me. In my humble opinion, I did a better job than anyone of illustrating the unfairness of that subjugation, which really irks me.

I'm an ardent fan of fairness (something that should be obvious to people who read everything I wrote), and that subjugation was not fair, period. It was inexcusable, and sweeping it under the rug (as most people do, with their minds attending to more important matters, such as who won Dancing With The Stars) is also inexcusable, so I don't. I stuck my neck out and addressed a historical injustice that most people prefer to forget about. Frankly, on this issue, I am further left than most folks in the far Left, yet the sages at Media Matters painted a picture of me as being further Right than Attila the Hun. Thus if you don't believe Bill O'Reilly when he complains of outrageous smears by Media Matters, believe me. Or judge for yourself. Read my opinion of Native American subjugation and ask yourself if you think I am happy about it, or support it in any way. Absolutely not!

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who describes himself as a liberal Democrat, declared war on Media Matters, saying they have “crossed the line” and use Hitler-like tactics. Professor Dershowitz said he “can't tolerate bigotry on any side of the political spectrum.”

bigot (noun): (1) a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing opinion, belief, or creed; (2) a person who is obstinately intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on politics or religion, and has animosity toward those of differing beliefs.

Dershowitz said the Media Matters smear merchant used “virulent hate speech” and an odious, “wildly inaccurate” canard:

canard (noun): a fabricated sensational statement or report, especially one set afloat in the media to hoax the public; an absurd, unfounded, false, baseless, or extravagant report, rumor, hoax, or story that is deliberately misleading and usually derogatory; a false report motivated by maliciousness that is intended to deceive people; a fable, fiction, or falsehood; a lie.

Dana Loesch wrote that Media Matters “has been an embarrassment with pettiness and hyperbole permeating every post. Their baseless attacks on political enemies they wish to blacklist has earned them the reputation as modern-day book burners. Their mission of correcting "conservative misinformation" has been refuted countless times by numerous outlets.”

Martin Bashir is either so lazy or so unconcerned with the truth that he evidently used Media Matters as his information source, which is like Hitler using an anti-Semitic source for calumny smearing Jews. Here's an excerpt from what I wrote on the topic of slave subjugation in the United States:

“Congress viewed slavery as an economic and political issue, not a moral one, and Lincoln did the same, turning a blind eye to the inherent immorality of slavery. If you are a fan of Lincoln, you might pardon his racist comments by saying that he lived in a different time. I don't accept that excuse. Lincoln was intelligent and educated, not stupid and ignorant. He surely knew not only about slavery but what that barbaric practice entailed, such as whipping and even killing blacks who would not obey, and permanently separating young children from their parents when a slave sale forcibly broke up a family. What's life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness when you're ten years old and taken away from your family while your mother is crying her eyes out and your father is boiling with justifiable rage?

It breaks my heart to think of all those children being taken from their families. Parents and children did not love each other less in those days, so Lincoln must have known of the horrific consequences of slavery—something many northerners figured out. Lincoln and virtually all Americans at that time knew that slavery was antithetical to freedom, yet Lincoln wasted his time expressing disgust about the “indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races” instead of passionately demonstrating how slavery was so morally wrong in so many ways that only barbarians would tolerate it.”

So I'm happy about the subjugation of slaves? Obviously not. If you read everything I've written, you'll see other articles in which I remonstrate against other forms of subjugation, such as the absurdity of monarchies and evils of imperialistic subjugation, such as that perpetrated by Great Britain and Japan under Emperor Hirohito. The history of the world is largely a history of how clever but evil leaders put others in chains and made them work like slaves—sometimes figuratively and sometimes literally—while the leaders gave themselves special privileges and a lion's share of the money, of course.

I have 1001 other things to do, but I am so incensed by subjugation in all of its forms that I've spent months researching and writing about it in a passionate way that manifests what an abomination it is, so anyone who suggests that I approve of subjugation has rocks in his head or evil in his heart. If Bashir wants to be taken seriously as a journalist, he needs more reverence for the truth.

The Wikipedia said “several media personalities accused Bashir of yellow journalism” and “The New York Times called Bashir's journalism style 'callous self-interest masked as sympathy.'”

That's a pretty damning characterization for the left-leaning New York Times, which doesn't criticize leftist journalists unless they are Nixonian nutty and so hell-bent on waging war on their political enemies that they'll lie through their teeth to score cheap shots. Yellow journalism, indeed.

From the Wikipedia:

“Yellow journalism … is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.”

We live in a time in which some of the biggest liars are the ones reporting the news. Their lies of commission—like NBC and MSNBC—and lies of omission—like Fox News—have a common motivation: keep Americans fighting one another so the elite can continue to rob us blind. Henry Ford said:

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

It was easy to spot subjugation and attempted subjugation in the old days: enemies invaded and people fought like hell to get rid of them. That subjugation predictably triggered fierce resistance. The elite realized that wars often failed to give them what they sought, so they were smart enough to change tactics. Instead of literally chaining people like slaves, they virtually enslaved them with banking and monetary systems that silently steal from them in ways the average person doesn't comprehend. For every dollar you earn, some of its value will be pickpocketed by fat cats who've never done an honest day's work in their lives, but by cleverly screwing you and your children, they can live like kings while you worry if you can pay your bills and if your children will have a shot at the American dream that's turning into the American nightmare.

We're stuck in an unfair system in which our freedoms and money have been eroded by leaders who don't care if we have either, but most Americans have been duped by yellow journalists like Bashir into thinking other Main Street Americans are the enemy and the USA would be one big happy place if the other side lost. This fighting between the Left and the Right is getting us nowhere, so I advocate solutions in which both sides get more than they do now, at less cost to the other side. Who could argue with that? And why are people smart enough to see that we're being screwed actively defending the system that is screwing them? My article presents a bit of psychology that explains why average people help the elite tighten the nooses around their necks.

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Notes:

  1. The mainstream media also edited the recording of Zimmerman's 911 call in which the dispatcher told him not to continue following Trayvon Martin. As Dr. Thomas Sowell pointed out, Zimmerman replied “OK,” but that was edited out of many transcripts. Sowell added, “That reply removed the only basis for assuming that Zimmerman did in fact continue to follow Trayvon Martin. At this point, neither I nor the people who assumed that he continued to follow the teenager have any basis in fact for believing that he did or didn't.
  2. Mike Tyson on George Zimmerman: “It's a disgrace he hasn't been shot yet”
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