Thursday, March 16, 2006

"Sunshine Week" Means More Darkness From The Enemy Press

Enemy Press - Junior Division - USA Today posted an editorial concerning the so-called "Sunshine Week" created by journalists to lie about government statistics and press releases. Philip Meyer, a professor of Institutional Lying, or Journalism, at the University of North Carolina proudly reports on the efforts to uncover what they deem the truth from the government. "This is Sunshine Week, a worthy effort by journalists to generate public support for removing barriers to government information. But government secrecy is not the only obstacle to the public's right to know. There is also what I like to call the Will Rogers problem...'It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we know that ain't so.'"

Oh, how precious! Well, Professore, the real problem isn't government secrecy, it's the lies put out by the Enemy Press that is harmful to the public. Now all you leftist haters out there let go of yourselves for a minute and get hold of your tongues and read. Governments aren't perfect and there are indeed people inside it who intentionally try to deceive the public for personal of political gain. Only a fool would deny it. However, if you would continue to read the words of the Professor you will see he's only posting about and celebrating "Sunshine Week" to attack President Bush. Though, of course, you won't.

Now, he does make some points about information overload and how it can lead to confusion and lack of clarity in understanding messages. "Herbert Simon, a Nobel laureate in economics, saw the problem as far back as 1969. Information, he said, consumes the attention of those who receive it. Therefore, 'a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.' That shortage leads the attention industries - which include journalism, entertainment, public relations and advertising - to do wilder and stranger things. It's why 'Reality TV' was invented. It is a cheap way to get your attention." Then the lies begin.

"Making the truth compelling is important, but liars can use these tools, too, and there's the problem. When the second Iraq war was launched three years ago this month, a majority of Americans believed something that wasn't so: that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He wasn't. Nor was Iraq found to have weapons of mass destruction, which was the Bush administration's main justification for the war." Stop the presses! Here again we see what he means. President Bush lied! Well, sorry, Perfesser, you are the one lying. Never did the President or Administration claim Saddam was personally involved in 911 and you know it. You are lying here, the falsehoods are yours and yours alone. WMDs were never the "main justification for the war" either. Again, lies by you, not the President! The enemy isn't the government here, it is You!!

Meyer continues and claims that poor old journalists are easily deceived by lies from government officials. "Traditional journalism has poor defenses against lying by government or other powerful institutions. Its code of giving 'both sides' and leaving it to the reader to choose caused a long delay in the public's acceptance of the 1964 surgeon general's report on smoking and health. To help the public sort things out from the information surplus requires greater journalistic skill than just telling both sides. The reporter has to understand the issues well enough to help the reader choose." Ah, here again he exposes himself for what he and modern New York Times style journalism is about. Don't present both sides, that's old fashioned. Journalists have to tell you what to believe. They must determine the truth, you aren't allowed to hear all sides and come to your own conclusions lest you choose to believe the "wrong" side.

The good professor tries to end with an image of he and his ilk as heroes battling evil, but he just shows what the problem really is. "The battle against government secrecy must continue. But journalists also need to develop skills to deal with situations in which government and other power centers lead us to believe things 'that ain't so.'" The skills they want to develop are those such as making up stories like the thoroughly discredited Rather memos, continuing to lie about the WMDs in Iraq as the main justification for going in, and refusing to cover events in Iraq and Afghanistan that show America is succeeding in bringing democracy to these formerly benighted areas. No, sadly, it's very clear people like Professor Meyer have an agenda. Not to uncover the truth, but to obscure it. Not to bring facts to light, but to cloud the minds of citizens with their Bush hatred. Not to serve the public, but to serve the cause of our enemies. It's time for these purveyors of lies to be called out for it. The Press has transformed from those who report the news to those who create the news they want you to see and hear. Fortunately for Truth, Freedom, and America, the internet is there to uncover their lies and tactics.

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