By Nathan Barton
The mainstream media, and the various alternate media groupings, are hard to figure out. On the one hand, they make a living by peddling things: they sell advertising. Not even the most expensive newspaper or premium channel is supported by subscriptions. But on the other hand, they think of themselves as “professional” and “elite” and clearly well above the average level of intelligence, breeding, poise, success, power, and everything else they count important. And yet at the same time, they (especially the mainstream media) have a perverse and obvious desire to tear down anything and everything that they can. This ranges from the politically powerful and popular media (music and art figures) themselves to society’s foundations, all fields of human knowledge, and common (or commonly-accepted) morals.
Whatever their motive for doing this, media outlets work very hard at it, and the louder their voices, the harder they seem to try. While some can be attributed to motives of profit and power, there seems to be more at work here. Perhaps it is the cynicism from centuries of them (and their predecessors) facing those trying to con them. Who knows? But the impact of their perverse actions to tear things down is real, whatever the reason.
This is illustrated in a new Baen Book, “Storm Front” by Robert Conroy to be published in January 2017. A massive storm is downplayed by local media because they are worried about losing market share and prestige, which turns into a horrible disaster for small cities in Michigan. Media is not interested in reporting accurately, the novel points out, but in reporting in a way that they want to report.
Unfortunately, that means that people who do not understand this are often misled, given false information, and influenced in destructive ways. We here in the Fifty States have known the power of media since Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine. We have been taught the lesson again and again, at home and abroad: the dirty political campaigns before the War Between the States, the terror of the Cherokee Removal, that War itself, the Spanish-American War (promoted and run by yellow journalism), and of course the propaganda of competing governments and factions in the two World Wars, the Cold War, and of course, right up to 2016. For the most part, and increasingly as time has gone on, the power of media has been used for destructive, evil purposes: to promote imperialism and attacks on a decaying empire (1898), to support British imperialism and denigrate German imperialism (1914-18) and further the warfare-welfare state of the Progressives, to bolster FDR’s aims, and so on.
The more media has damaged society, the more it has sought to damage it. Misguided efforts to control it (the blue laws, the restrictions on Hollywood in the 1920s, etc.) have just fed its power. A late 20th Century example of that is Howard Stern. Media, even while often condemning technology, has been the first-adopter of any technology that could extend and increase the volume of its voice. Many people attribute the rapid development of the internet to a particularly-vilified part of media: the porn industry. It is said that virtual reality (VR) is benefiting from the same factors.
Just recently, the UK’s Daily Express, one of the “great” popular “tabloid” newspapers of England, had an article with the headline “Transgender Man Gives Birth to His Own Baby,” and proclaimed it to be a “world’s first” for a transgender couple (where BOTH parties to this “relationship” are transgendered).
It is only when you read the entire article that you find the real truth of the matter: the so-called man is still functionally a female human (biologically) and the so-called female is still functionally a male human (biologically). Neither one has been surgically altered so that their body can counterfeit what they claim is their mental makeup.
So this “world’s first” baby is actually the result of the mating in the “old-fashioned way” between a biologically-functional male (who claims he is a female) and a biologically-functional female (who claims she is a male). The “female” provided the sperm and the “male” provided the egg. Just like how all the rest of us were born. And so this poor baby will be born with TWO mentally-deranged parents.
But the Express is more concerned about tearing down their society and culture, and boasting about the wonderful malleability of humans and twisting society, than they are reporting the truth. It is a perfect example of the warping of the media and society to promote a political and social agenda. A perfect example of how the society is more damaged.
Sadly, it seems apparent that more and more people are willing to at least pretend to be fooled. They pretend or really are duped into believing what is false, into accepting propaganda that is so far distant from reality as to be readily clear even to a three-year-old child.
“Mama, that man isn’t wearing any clothes!”
And neither is government, the media, or the rapidly decaying societies in which we live.
Enough is enough.