How to Read Today's Unbelievably Bad News
by Claire Berlinski August 20, 2012 at 6:03 am
An unshocking admission: I've made some ungodly-embarrassing retraction-worthy journalistic mistakes over the course of my career. Almost every journalist does. It's hard to write about complex events at once quickly, without boring your readers witless, and without making mistakes. One example in particular embarrasses me; I'll share it with you at the end of this piece. For now, I point this out to set the stage: When I criticize my colleagues, as I am about to do, I hardly mean to suggest that I do so from a platform of unblemished faultlessness.
But criticize I must. Something has gone very wrong in American coverage of news from abroad. It is shoddy, lazy, riddled with mistakes, and excessively simplistic.
Above all, it is absent.
Many things are to blame for this. In 2009, I wrote a piece for City Journal observing the disappearance of international news from the American press. It is a long-term trend. A number of studies suggest a roughly 80 percent drop in foreign coverage in print and television media since the end of the Cold War. it seems to me—based upon my casual perusal of the American media—that the trend is accelerating.
I asked, in that essay,
Why has the U.S. increasingly forgotten that a wider world exists?....Comprehensive article
>>>> I've noticed what this writer is talking about. Increasingly, and especially within the last year or more, it's has become difficult to get any real news. Always it seems the news comes from clearinghouses, all reporting much the same thing, with the reader left to try figure what is being said between the lines. The bias becomes the agenda, and with the internet, as the writer points out, we pick and choose the news that appeals to our own agendas, reinforcing our own bias and agenda so much so the real truth becomes obscure to our own 'facts' which are confirmed by what we read. One thing to add, the mainstream news is a misnomer, as I think they do not represent anything that resembles main stream American thinking, but bias and agenda geared to attract those who want to read this stuff, which is mainly America bashing, as we think what we want to know about America. Bad news sells, especially with that bias and gearing that piles up the numbers of readership, with much of the reporting supporting blame for wrong doings by the 'some' who caused this, and almost always turned into a sociopolitical issue that in most cases refuses to portray anything negative about islam.
For instance, the report about Egyptians crucifying Christians. The reports state it's not really Christians who are subject to this, but the Presidents dissenters. Reality is though, Morsi wants sharia law according to the koran, which states crucifixion of Jews and Christians, infidels as well, is allowed and in most cases required. So does anyone think Christian and Jewish Egyptians are going to complain about this ? Of course they will, and be slaughtered because of it. Doesn't take many deaths in this manner to quiet them down, and they must leave the country if possible to escape this persecution because regardless how quiet they become it will come to them as national policy, sharia style. Where is the outrage for this religiously fomented religious persecution from the religion of peace ? Or child marriages ? Or female genital mutilation ? Or sex slaves, young girls and women stolen from other nations ? How about gang rapes because their women deserve punishment for mistakenly stepping out of their man's possession alone to go to the corner store ? Or because their hair was not properly covered ? Homicide bomber didn't really catch on, nor did murder in the name of allah, as these are just disturbed individuals who are painting the wrong picture of islam, even though their book explicitly states they are to do this. But if a mass murderer in Norway uses the name of Christians in his deeds he somehow represents mainstream Christianity, regardless the absolute fact and truth he is clueless about the Faith. Where is the outrage in the West over all this misrepresentation of the truth ? Ain't there because our national/corporate/social/PC policy is to not say anything that would cause them to be outraged, like the truth about what they are really doing, lest they become further outraged and maybe cause the fragile oil based world economy a deeper issue and affect our comfortable lifestyles, and our money tied up in retirement accounts. Never mind the rioting muslims who kill and maim over a perceived insult, burning embassy's and consulates, or homes and businesses owned by infidels. Especially in the West where they are just disaffected peoples with legitimate complaints against their misrepresentation and mistreatment by their respective governments.
So why no outrage ? Because the nations drink the wine ( oil ) of their fornication, real and spiritual, sharing in their idolatry, placing their security in their money and economies for the sake of sustainability, and in their greed for wealth which they think is power they get theirs and to hell with the rest. I'm beginning to believe the MOB is not about buying and selling goods, but people and their souls. Buy into the system, or get sold down the river. Agree and prosper, disagree and what you have is taken from you and given to those more deserving, and eventually they will be the brotherly muslims who only want to save humanity and take from them everything that the True God would give us.
The Truth is being cast to the ground, it is practicing and prospering, just as was written. But sadly, that is not in the news. [/rant]