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The Malignant Media and the Perversion of Truth

Truth, unlike beauty, should not be in the eye of the beholder.

Journalism, print and otherwise, is generally known as the “fourth estate.” Initially, they had to bend to the whims of the king, but they also began to keep their eyes on the king, the parliament, or on a newly founded Republic. The fourth estate was supposedly a source of truth. The Founding Fathers viewed free speech as crucial to keeping our government honest, thus we have the 1st Amendment. It was set up so that men would be able to speak freely, without fear of reprisal. Not only was this critical to the Founding Fathers view of true freedom for ordinary citizens, but it also allowed for what we now call the media to be protected by the same 1st Amendment rights.

But what is truth? What is perversion of truth?

In defining truth, words such as honesty, accuracy, factual, and impartial come to mind. Closely associated with truth are the words integrity, reliable, and trustworthy. Perversion takes us in the opposite direction – corruption, falsification, misrepresentation and distortion. Most of us, when we are asked to describe the mainstream media, would use words such as biased, slanted, and one-sided. It isn’t hard to see how similar these words connect to the meaning of perversion.

I’m not going to spend much time exploring the why on this – it is fact. We’ve lived with it every day, from our morning newspaper, to the major television networks that broadcast from a one-sided perspective and agenda, to various media-driven sites on the internet. But it is the entity generally known as the mainstream media I want to address. As you’ll see by my title, I used the word “malignant.” In medicine, two of the most emotion evoking words are associated with a disease process, or the presence of a tumor. Malignant or benign? Benign of course, is the answer we desperately want. Malignant is insidious, most often associated with a cancer pathology, virulent, and frequently fatal.

For many years, I realized that the mainstream media was biased, one-sided, always seeming to put down our side of the political spectrum, and traditional American culture. Starting two years ago, the MSM showed themselves to be far more than the usual biased, they’ve shown themselves to be malignant – subverters of truth. This malignancy is growing, the damage increasing to the point that their lies and misrepresentation undermines the very foundation of our nation. An entire administration and extremists of a political party are being aided and abetted by the media’s perversion of truth to accomplish their Leftist agenda. This has occurred on the local level of hometown newspapers owned by big media conglomerates, and in the major television networks. The Leftists succeeded in this country because they took over the media from within, and now this entity that is supposed to expose tyranny and corruption, is part of it. Consider that for years most towns and cities had two newspapers, each one slanting toward the opposite side of the political spectrum. Now due to economics and technology, almost all papers have been absorbed into big corporations, touting the corporations’ line. A line controlled by the Left.

The Left’s control of the media and the message is the opposite of the once noble 4th estate. It has reversed the concept that is inherent in our 1st Amendment. Think of the numerous times we’ve been frustrated by unbelievable bias, even outright lies about our side, our candidates, and our causes. In an insidious, but deliberate way they’ve taken over the messaging to the American people. Instead of reporting truth, facts, or pro & con opinions, they slant a headline and bury the truth (if they mention it at all) deep in the story. Or it is on page 16. Most readers just take a quick glance at the news of the day, or hear a short soundbite – and that is how the damage is done. Give out the wrong info, repeat it over and over, and you’ve planted the message you wanted to. Recently, Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner, was tagged as a Republican in several news sources. Honest news sources don’t make those kinds of mistakes. Ever take a count on the number of times Democrat is left off party affiliation vs Republican when it concerns a negative story about the D folks? Never forget that the end justifies the means for the Left.

Everything streaming from the MSM today is to push a meme that favors the Leftist agenda. No absolutes, no right and wrong, only moral relativism. The media could have easily called out Mr. Weiner as having a problem/behavior that was unacceptable for a serving member of Congress. But to them it is acceptable; anything goes when you have no moral compass. And, they took that same concept and dug desperately through Sarah Palin’s emails looking for something, anything, to destroy her. President Clinton was given a pass because of legalese, not moral absolutes. Vassar Bushmills recently wrote about only the “judge’s gavel” now defining a “lie,” but if you pack the courts with activist lefty judges, it isn’t a lie anymore.

We are imperfect human beings, that is not in dispute, but it is malignant for one group of influential people to plan and seek to destroy a moral and decent country. When the media isn’t reporting misery and victimhood, it is reporting how awful the God-fearing and law-abiding folks are. A man defends his home, and the Left criminalizes his gun ownership in the news reports. Look what happened to Joe the plumber. It is also how they’ve managed to taint in so many peoples’ minds the Republican brand. It is unbelievable how misinformed the average American is about our side of the aisle, yet many of them profess the same conservative values we all hold dear. This occurred because of the insidious brainwashing, the distortion, the omission, the misrepresentation of the truth.

Today’s media, instead of being a vehicle for justice, honesty, and integrity – are an armored vehicle for destruction of our core values and principles – principles set forth in the Constitution, a document they would destroy if they could. Remember that. The perversion of truth in a society by the very entity that was designed to protect it – and given the freedom to ensure that survival – is the means by which our destruction will come. It is a fierce battle we fight, but the critical point is knowing that the 4th estate in this country is the real enemy. We’re late to the battle, but now that we know, we will fight with the truth.

Lady Penguin
Proud Conservative Woman. Steadfast belief: When Good Stands Up to Evil, Evil Blinks (VB)

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  1. Super title, LadyP. The sort that gathers interest, both pro and con. Your arguments are perfectly laid out, each paragraph a synopsis of a full chapter for a book.

    The failure of the press’s quality control function as envision by the Founders has been intentional, and is the result of a 100 years of hard work, slowly getting rid of any competitive view of daily “fact” analysis. It has given rise to the alternate media, internet, talk radio. but sadly the result has been a cultural unsuredness about the truth. This is why an honest MSM is a must in the Constitutional plan. We have to reform it, we can’t just destroy it.

  2. the result has been a cultural unsuredness about the truth.

    Excellent description and perception, Vassar. You are right, there is ambiguity of so many things, including the absolutes of right and wrong. The meme of moral relativism, being pushed by the Left, erodes the foundation from within.

  3. There are so many times when I find myself amidst feelings of total and complete despair. I have no doubt that we could/will prevail in the elections because I feel middle America has been horrified by Obama and his minions and their relentless path of destruction for our entire way of life.
    What causes me despair is the huge question of how we would go about re-setting the moral compass of so many of the people in this country? How many generations would it take us to get back to the concepts of truth and fairness and the values which made our country great? How do you teach children to respect the rights of others when they are being innundated with not only outright LIES from the MSM but also articles/videos of union thugs in Madison and anarchists in Washington State? You cannot legislate thuggery/lying out of existence. It simply depresses me beyond all reason that these people are so very low/immoral that they think these behaviors are alright, acceptable even, and that they act with full knowledge that the likelihood of any consequences (like jail time) for their behaviors is zip. Why aren’t the Code Pinkers who were on the last flotilla in prison for sedition? Why does olberman have a new TV show? Why isn’t Salazar in jail for contempt of court? Weiner/Dodd/Frank all get passes for actual criminal behaviors so what is there to inspire our youth to do the right thing when it is patently obvious that there will be zero consequences for making the wrong choices?
    My daughter and my beloved special-needs granddaughter both live with me (I’ll tell you more about my wonderful granddaughter when I have enough time to reply to Bob Montgomery and his very important post on the subject of eugenics). More and more frequently the desire to move them to the middle of a bunch of acres in the middle of nowhere so they (and I) do not have to be subjected to all this comes upon me.
    I was born in February of 1946, so I am among the first wave of Boomers. In spite of having a bi-polar mother and having to do bomb drills under our desks, life was a whole lot simpler then… there were still rules for living which seem today to have gone the way of the Passenger Pidgeon.

    • Thank you for such a heart-filled response, Suzanne. And I’ve had similar thoughts to what you’ve voiced here. In fact, a Part 2 is going to be covering Hollywood and their cultural assault.

      It is difficult to not despair. I am only a few years behind you, and despite growing up as a foster child (multiple homes, multiple schools), I had the surrounding culture from which to take or make my life. The tragedy of today is that society does not support what once seemed so clear and sure and would go on forever. It is indeed a cultural war we wage, alongside the political one.

      Knowing I/we are not alone is one help. Using the new technology to call the Left out for the liars they are is another. Our side forgot to be vigilant, we’re paying for it now. But the least we can do is try.

  4. Sheer excellence, Lady P! *applause, foot-stomping, loud whistles*

    (And Suzanne, I sincerely feel your pain. Looking forward to your post about your granddaughter)

    For me, the MSM lies go in one ear & out the other; I’m so cynical I simply suspect everything they say/write/broadcast. But most upsetting are what my pastor would call lies of omission. Malignant editorial values simply ignore important stories which would bring discredit on themselves and The Enemy©. Thus the rise of the New Media, of which this site is rapidly becoming a distinguished member. Without the valiant discovery and publication of that which escapes the view of the MSM, I truly fear all would be lost. Our New Media is helping us dodge the final bullet for freedom; remember when that old leftist Walter Cronkite was The Most Trusted Man in America?

    • Thank you, mriggio. And you are exactly right about the “omission.” There are sins of commission (active hands on outright lies, distortions, and bias) and then by simple omission – that too, is a lie.

      At least having this new media aids our side. We sure need the help!

  5. Excellent post by a feathered friend.

    Just today I had someone on Facebook say that Obama’s policies were moderate and most Americans agree with him. The Propaganda from the Left in the form of so-called news is insidious and is eroding our society.

  6. Well, Lady, you’ve done it again. So much to comment on here, but in brief, one thing that struck was the ‘local hometown newspapers owned by big media conglomerates’. Couple that with living near a medium sized University town, and what you have is a constant funneling of propaganda imported from afar through these conduits and out to the children, children from ‘one to ninety-two’. As you say, it has reached malignancy proportions on all levels the past two years, in part I think because those revolutionaries who started it all forty years ago are nearing the end of the trail and are going all out for final victory, having seized the instruments of government to be put to use.

    • Bob- I love this portion of your reply-

      “As you say, it has reached malignancy proportions on all levels the past two years, in part I think because those revolutionaries who started it all forty years ago are nearing the end of the trail and are going all out for final victory, having seized the instruments of government to be put to use.”

      Truer words were never spoken. The only thing I would change would be calling them what they really are “Dope smoking, peacenik, stinky, hippie communists. Remember Hillary wanted to earmark money for a museum honoring Woodstock?

      I recently read an article which pointed out that the peace symbol, an inverted cross of sorts, widely popular in the 60’s 70’s, was originally a communist symbol. We were fighting the spread of communism in Vietnam, while the Communists were spreading their propaganda here. Yes, these people want to realize their dreams, that they have spent so many years pushing, before they croak.

      Most excellent and critically important article Penguin. You aced it.

      • Thanks, SEC. Appreciate your remarks. Now I know why that peace symbol seemed so familiar, it is a Communist symbol and we’ve seen it associated with them.

        It is a race against time on whether those radicals of the 60’s/70’s eliminate themselves out of existence before they succeed in completing their agenda.

  7. It’s actually very easy to spin the news to one side or another without telling any outright falsehoods. For example, a hypothetical report on the Weiner affair might mention the problem without mentioning his party, then provide background on this story by stating something like…
    “Recently another congressman, Republican Chris Lee was forced to resign for posting a shirtless photo on Craigs List.” and shift the story to how poorly Republicans had behaved in the past.

    Also, deciding which facts are relevant and which are not can change the tone of a story. Not to mention just deciding which stories are “news” and which are not worthy of publishing. Stories like John Edwards misuse of campaign funds would never have come to light if left to the MSM.

    This is the game the press has been playing for decades and our main defense is awareness. Thank you for again warning us to take what we see in the MSM with a grain (or shaker) of salt.

    We can also fight back with sites like our news site playing stories straight.

    • Brian, that is an excellent example of how they do it. Word association and glossing over the real story and perpetrator to one that reflects negatively for us. Kind of the “but, George Bush…” mentality. Over and over again. We have to beat them at their own game.

  8. You essay today reminded me how news is being reported about the Greek protests, LadyP. They’re saying “citizens” and unions are protesting new autserity measures. Now tell me, what working citizen would protest a cut in government spending?
    Thanks for a reminder.

  9. There is a reason I call them the media wing of the Democrat Party, it is because they are! Excellent summation of what is destroying our Country Lady P, I always say the media is the enemy of the good that is America!

  10. Excellent piece regarding your observations of much that is behind the media’s abandonment of its 4th estate calling. I would note that for many in the MSM, what they’re doing is not so much a conscious promoting of a leftist agenda, but rather acting out of visceral feelings that have themselves been nurture by prior generations, a media culture that mimics the “welfare culture”.

    • You are right, civil. That’s why there are so few David Horowitz’s and Andrew Breitbart’s out there. It is so very difficult to ‘see the light’ or turn over a new leaf’ or ‘grow up’ when all you have every known is conduct and purpose driven by feeling rather than reason, which is the strategy employed by the communists in re ‘the environment’, ‘doing it for the children’, etc.

  1. Super title, LadyP. The sort that gathers interest, both pro and con. Your arguments are perfectly laid out, each paragraph a synopsis of a full chapter for a book.

    The failure of the press’s quality control function as envision by the Founders has been intentional, and is the result of a 100 years of hard work, slowly getting rid of any competitive view of daily “fact” analysis. It has given rise to the alternate media, internet, talk radio. but sadly the result has been a cultural unsuredness about the truth. This is why an honest MSM is a must in the Constitutional plan. We have to reform it, we can’t just destroy it.

  2. the result has been a cultural unsuredness about the truth.

    Excellent description and perception, Vassar. You are right, there is ambiguity of so many things, including the absolutes of right and wrong. The meme of moral relativism, being pushed by the Left, erodes the foundation from within.

  3. There are so many times when I find myself amidst feelings of total and complete despair. I have no doubt that we could/will prevail in the elections because I feel middle America has been horrified by Obama and his minions and their relentless path of destruction for our entire way of life.
    What causes me despair is the huge question of how we would go about re-setting the moral compass of so many of the people in this country? How many generations would it take us to get back to the concepts of truth and fairness and the values which made our country great? How do you teach children to respect the rights of others when they are being innundated with not only outright LIES from the MSM but also articles/videos of union thugs in Madison and anarchists in Washington State? You cannot legislate thuggery/lying out of existence. It simply depresses me beyond all reason that these people are so very low/immoral that they think these behaviors are alright, acceptable even, and that they act with full knowledge that the likelihood of any consequences (like jail time) for their behaviors is zip. Why aren’t the Code Pinkers who were on the last flotilla in prison for sedition? Why does olberman have a new TV show? Why isn’t Salazar in jail for contempt of court? Weiner/Dodd/Frank all get passes for actual criminal behaviors so what is there to inspire our youth to do the right thing when it is patently obvious that there will be zero consequences for making the wrong choices?
    My daughter and my beloved special-needs granddaughter both live with me (I’ll tell you more about my wonderful granddaughter when I have enough time to reply to Bob Montgomery and his very important post on the subject of eugenics). More and more frequently the desire to move them to the middle of a bunch of acres in the middle of nowhere so they (and I) do not have to be subjected to all this comes upon me.
    I was born in February of 1946, so I am among the first wave of Boomers. In spite of having a bi-polar mother and having to do bomb drills under our desks, life was a whole lot simpler then… there were still rules for living which seem today to have gone the way of the Passenger Pidgeon.

    • Thank you for such a heart-filled response, Suzanne. And I’ve had similar thoughts to what you’ve voiced here. In fact, a Part 2 is going to be covering Hollywood and their cultural assault.

      It is difficult to not despair. I am only a few years behind you, and despite growing up as a foster child (multiple homes, multiple schools), I had the surrounding culture from which to take or make my life. The tragedy of today is that society does not support what once seemed so clear and sure and would go on forever. It is indeed a cultural war we wage, alongside the political one.

      Knowing I/we are not alone is one help. Using the new technology to call the Left out for the liars they are is another. Our side forgot to be vigilant, we’re paying for it now. But the least we can do is try.

  4. Sheer excellence, Lady P! *applause, foot-stomping, loud whistles*

    (And Suzanne, I sincerely feel your pain. Looking forward to your post about your granddaughter)

    For me, the MSM lies go in one ear & out the other; I’m so cynical I simply suspect everything they say/write/broadcast. But most upsetting are what my pastor would call lies of omission. Malignant editorial values simply ignore important stories which would bring discredit on themselves and The Enemy©. Thus the rise of the New Media, of which this site is rapidly becoming a distinguished member. Without the valiant discovery and publication of that which escapes the view of the MSM, I truly fear all would be lost. Our New Media is helping us dodge the final bullet for freedom; remember when that old leftist Walter Cronkite was The Most Trusted Man in America?

    • Thank you, mriggio. And you are exactly right about the “omission.” There are sins of commission (active hands on outright lies, distortions, and bias) and then by simple omission – that too, is a lie.

      At least having this new media aids our side. We sure need the help!

  5. Excellent post by a feathered friend.

    Just today I had someone on Facebook say that Obama’s policies were moderate and most Americans agree with him. The Propaganda from the Left in the form of so-called news is insidious and is eroding our society.

  6. Well, Lady, you’ve done it again. So much to comment on here, but in brief, one thing that struck was the ‘local hometown newspapers owned by big media conglomerates’. Couple that with living near a medium sized University town, and what you have is a constant funneling of propaganda imported from afar through these conduits and out to the children, children from ‘one to ninety-two’. As you say, it has reached malignancy proportions on all levels the past two years, in part I think because those revolutionaries who started it all forty years ago are nearing the end of the trail and are going all out for final victory, having seized the instruments of government to be put to use.

    • Bob- I love this portion of your reply-

      “As you say, it has reached malignancy proportions on all levels the past two years, in part I think because those revolutionaries who started it all forty years ago are nearing the end of the trail and are going all out for final victory, having seized the instruments of government to be put to use.”

      Truer words were never spoken. The only thing I would change would be calling them what they really are “Dope smoking, peacenik, stinky, hippie communists. Remember Hillary wanted to earmark money for a museum honoring Woodstock?

      I recently read an article which pointed out that the peace symbol, an inverted cross of sorts, widely popular in the 60’s 70’s, was originally a communist symbol. We were fighting the spread of communism in Vietnam, while the Communists were spreading their propaganda here. Yes, these people want to realize their dreams, that they have spent so many years pushing, before they croak.

      Most excellent and critically important article Penguin. You aced it.

      • Thanks, SEC. Appreciate your remarks. Now I know why that peace symbol seemed so familiar, it is a Communist symbol and we’ve seen it associated with them.

        It is a race against time on whether those radicals of the 60’s/70’s eliminate themselves out of existence before they succeed in completing their agenda.

  7. It’s actually very easy to spin the news to one side or another without telling any outright falsehoods. For example, a hypothetical report on the Weiner affair might mention the problem without mentioning his party, then provide background on this story by stating something like…
    “Recently another congressman, Republican Chris Lee was forced to resign for posting a shirtless photo on Craigs List.” and shift the story to how poorly Republicans had behaved in the past.

    Also, deciding which facts are relevant and which are not can change the tone of a story. Not to mention just deciding which stories are “news” and which are not worthy of publishing. Stories like John Edwards misuse of campaign funds would never have come to light if left to the MSM.

    This is the game the press has been playing for decades and our main defense is awareness. Thank you for again warning us to take what we see in the MSM with a grain (or shaker) of salt.

    We can also fight back with sites like our news site playing stories straight.

    • Brian, that is an excellent example of how they do it. Word association and glossing over the real story and perpetrator to one that reflects negatively for us. Kind of the “but, George Bush…” mentality. Over and over again. We have to beat them at their own game.

  8. You essay today reminded me how news is being reported about the Greek protests, LadyP. They’re saying “citizens” and unions are protesting new autserity measures. Now tell me, what working citizen would protest a cut in government spending?
    Thanks for a reminder.

  9. There is a reason I call them the media wing of the Democrat Party, it is because they are! Excellent summation of what is destroying our Country Lady P, I always say the media is the enemy of the good that is America!

  10. Excellent piece regarding your observations of much that is behind the media’s abandonment of its 4th estate calling. I would note that for many in the MSM, what they’re doing is not so much a conscious promoting of a leftist agenda, but rather acting out of visceral feelings that have themselves been nurture by prior generations, a media culture that mimics the “welfare culture”.

    • You are right, civil. That’s why there are so few David Horowitz’s and Andrew Breitbart’s out there. It is so very difficult to ‘see the light’ or turn over a new leaf’ or ‘grow up’ when all you have every known is conduct and purpose driven by feeling rather than reason, which is the strategy employed by the communists in re ‘the environment’, ‘doing it for the children’, etc.

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