Fake news, who are the arbiters of fake news? Is it Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, BBC, OAN, RT, Facebook, etc. etc. etc.? What is the criteria to be labeled “fake news”? Does fake news appeal to some and why is that? Who decides who or what is fake news? Is it our intelligence community or another facet of government that should tell us what is or is not fake news. Who is left and who is right when it comes to broadcast news in your opinion?
The term fake news is an interesting connotation, as it seems to me, that it is up to the individual viewer to decide, not any particular audience. I do not believe that any broadcast news is exclusively entirely left or right, although it seems that more opinion pieces get the majority of the attention, and are labeled news. The fake news moniker has flustered many, but they always say that the other side is fake news.
I do enjoy politics, I hate to admit it, but politics is in itself a vice. The term politics means to silence and or destroy the other side through opinion and propaganda. At the same time, I know that the exceptionalism of America could actually be as simple as fake news, depending on what is important to you. There is no law decreeing that everyone must acknowledge America as the greatest nation on earth. We may agree or disagree, but our opinions only matter to us.
Saying that any news center is right or wrong, one must also acknowledge who finances these broadcast news companies. What stories are approved for release and which ones are not, and why are they not? The enemy of my enemy is my friend is more often than not used, but who are your enemies and why or how did they become your enemies? Do they know that they are your enemies, are you their enemy as well?
If there anyone that would truly lay down their own life for any president ever? I know that I wouldn’t, not a chance in hell. There never has and I’m pretty sure there will never be any elected representative that I would be willing to die for. Why is that you may ask? Because I do not truly know them and they do not know me. There is no actual relationship there, thereby there is no kinship. We elected with our heads and our hearts, but criticism and skepticism is missing once our person wins.
It seems that not only is it them that cares about winning, it is us as well. So much so, that we disparage our own kin and neighbors alike at the idea that they do not share in our politics. Are we that simple, that the term fake news can conjure up feelings of hate or slander? Are we so attached to the news center that we sacrifice our own relationships for people and companies that we are so far removed from?
I’ll admit, I do enjoy CNN, not only for their feisty arguments that they broadcast, but also for their criticism of President Trump. I may not agree with their take from time to time, but I believe that it is a good thing, that they do everything they can to hold him accountable to their standards. Fox News tends to get rather redundant for me, but when President Obama was in office, Fox News was just as critical as CNN is today. I start to think that all of these news broadcasters have more in common than even they realize. They are the ying and the yang, the push and the pull, between them, balance might actually occur.
The one thing that I acknowledge is that all of these platforms are companies, and as we all know, companies are in the business of making money. Agree with Trump, Obama, Sanders, or disagree, it really doesn’t matter. If for some reason one of them or others appeals to you, then go with it, just know, you do not have to tie your wagon to any of them. All of them are politicians and business men alike, they may seem different on the top, but they all crave power. Just as every politician ever has been, always.
The more you push for your side to win, the more you lose. People need to decide for themselves, free of guilt or shame. The more people that freely decide for themselves, the better off we all will be. We do not have to agree on anything other than, allowing others to be free, if it is freedom that we desire for ourselves. The more anyone forces others into compliance, the worse off they will be. Calling people names for not voting the way you want only emboldens more to stray away from you.
America and Americans have struggled to exist since the founding. We have never been a nation that falls in line, we are all individuals. The appeal of America is rebellion.
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