THE MEDIA AND THE TRUTH
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
Ó August 2012, The Center For Development
How to find the truth in our world. I have learned that to learn the truth most things, one must read and one must become well acquainted with several sides of the story. This is an absolute requirement on earth at this time. There is simply too much lying or bending the truth a little here and there. Additionally, many or our media “experts” misunderstand or simply are not that well-informed, no matter what their background and degrees.
I advise anyone who wants the truth about anything to:
1. Read or listen carefully certain sources only.
2. Spend time watching the right television news shows even if you don’t like the news
3. Do not be put off by some people’s personal style, but rather focus on the information itself. For example, some conservative radio talk show hosts have an abrasive and abrupt manner, but they tell the truth much better than the sweet, satisfying announcers at National Public Radio, for example.
The rest of this article is about media sources that I recommend, and those to avoid if you want the truth. They are not absolutes, but they hold true most of the time.
TRUTHFUL MEDIA SOURCES
Television. The best single source I have found is Fox News, although it is not perfect. Another superb television program is the 700 Club, which is found on several Christian TV stations during the day. It is definitely one of the best sources.
Other television networks such as CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, Link TV, Corporation For Public Broadcasting (Lehrer News Hour, for example) and others are much more unreliable or simply lying to you. I would avoid them totally, as the amount of truth they share is not worth your time. They are okay on some issue reporting, but otherwise they will confuse you.
Radio. The conservative talk shows are generally best. Monica Crowley, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, Glen Beck, Michael Savage, Lars Larson, and others may seem angry or unloving, at times, but they offer what is often the only way to learn what is really going on in the world on a daily basis.
My only objection to these talk show hosts is they do not understand the horror of the conventional allopathic medical system and the critical importance of the correct diet of mainly cooked vegetables, the correct vitamin and mineral supplements, and natural healing methods. Michael Savage is the only one that I am aware of that now and then discusses the horror of the wholesale use of medical drugs, vaccines, water fluoridation, unnecessary surgeries and other problems of allopathic and most holistic medical care around the world in both so-called private and government-controlled health care systems.
All of these programs can be accessed via the internet so that you can listen at your leisure, even if your local radio station does not carry the program.
In contrast, I find that National Public Radio or NPR is very left-wing. They are very smooth and sexy. Listening casually, you can think they are totally objective and just reporting the news, but they are not. They do not report both sides of the story correctly, and they conveniently omit many very important stories. They are not always “wrong”, but they do not give you the whole picture, so your mind is not educated properly by listening to these stations, at all. Unless you counter their “news” and other shows with the AM conservative talk radio, you will become hopelessly ignorant and off-truth.
Internet News Sites.
For politics: WWW.BIGGOVERNMENT.COM. A related site is WWW.BREITBART.COM. Other very good ones include WWW.TOWNHALL.COM and WWW.DRUDGEREPORT.COM.
For superficial news, the Fox News website is not bad.
For great history – the true history – go to WWW.WALLBUILDERS.COM.
Magazines. Once again, if you want to read a news magazine, you should read the conservative magazines such as Newsmax or the Weekly Standard.
I would not bother with standard magazines such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, and others. These have a very liberal and left-wing or progressive slant that makes their news and coverage very unreliable.
Newspapers. There are very few really good newspapers left. The Wall Street Journal is not too bad, but it is not great. Some small hometown papers may be okay, but don’t count on it.
The New York Times and the Huffington Post are horribly slanted left. USA Today is little better. Therefore, I cannot recommend a national newspaper as a great source of information today.
Newspapers, in particular, and the media, in general, formerly offered in-depth or investigative reporting. This was not just a program or two per month, but a daily activity of the mass media. It was careful, factual reporting, with fact-checking at each step, and without much of a political agenda or ax to grind. It was simply a search for the truth.
Those who are young must learn that this kind of reporting is almost all gone today. The few large newspapers that still remain are barely surviving, and they don’t have the staff or perhaps the inclination to do much deep investigative reporting. When they do, their stories and investigations too often reflect a left-wing political agenda. Therefore, they are not helpful and often the newspaper “news” is little more than propaganda. This is indeed a shame.
However, this role has been taken over, to some degree at least, by a few internet news sites. One that I highly recommend is the Drudge Report, for example. Another is the columns, website and books by Michelle Malkin. Another are books and blogs by Monica Crowley and other conservative talk show hosts.
Also, the Christian TV networks, on programs such as the 700 Club with Pat Robertson and others, also do some excellent investigative reporting, at times. Try to overlook the Christian ‘slant’ if you don’t care for it, and just listen to the facts.