Do you think we had all the information that was at the President's disposal
when he made the decision to deploy our troops in the Gulf? Do you think
having that information might have made you feel more comfortable about our
involvement? Should our government decide what we get to know and what we
don't? By in large, we hear exactly what our government wants us to hear.
Knowing this, at no other time paralleled in history, we want the truth; we
thirst for it like those traveling through the desert without water and we are
tired of being manipulated and deceived by those we eletc
to serve our interests.
However, more often than not, we settle for what is given to us. Our truth is
wrapped by the media and promoted as gospel without hesitation or moral
reservation. Our acceptance of and reliance upon the media for sensitive,
truthful, information brings a sense of security and knowledge of world affairs
that satisfies our internal push for social involvement (even if it is at the
point of acknowledgment only). We are happy with the knowledge because there is
no discernible contradictions and seldom question its relevancy, focus or
content. Then later, a contradictory report erupts in the media and we begin to
question even what we see. The short footage shown by the media concerning the
beating of Rodney King was out of context. Who is responsible for the
disparity? The media. They decide what we hear and see. They manipulate to
dramatize for the dollar. Gossip, murder, rape, political espionage, treason,
drug deals, incest, wife battering, muggings, immoral behavior of all sizes
shapes and volumes seem to appeal to human interest and the Networks use it to
build their ratings while claiming they proclaim truth for all (double effetc
These people and their focus gave us the Gulf War everyday, around the clock.
Would it be surprising to know that the media not only reports the news... [continues]
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