Thomas Jefferson spoke about media…

Is this the age of which Thomas Jefferson spoke? Will media’s refusal to report news result in ignorance that results in the loss of our freedom?

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816

Traveling across America we are able to determine where a person stands politically by watching the news programs they choose to watch. How can this be if true news is reported honestly?

Albert Einstein is credited with saying:

Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.

(Since this was posted in 3013, sadly our nation has become much more polarized rather than less polarized.)

How much more prejudiced is a person who will only listen to a ‘news’ source with whom he or she agrees?

What will happen to a nation when those who once reported news resort to printing only political opinion or news that supports an agenda with which the agency agrees or the agency finds favorable to their ’cause’?

Yet this is what news and so-called journalism has become in the U.S.A. and more and more Americans seem to be standing in line to hear their political opinion espoused. That’s no problem so long as it isn’t disguised as ‘news.’ News must be factual, accurate and unbiased!

Our nation is sadly divided. There is hope.

Hillsdale College offers excellent journalism courses. 

With the exception of Hillsdale and  a few others, the majority of our institutions and our news outlets have become propaganda mills. In part this can be explained because schools have become political indoctrination mills in some states and university positions are almost exclusively held by far-left ideologues.

When students do not understand political indoctrination or the difference between propaganda and factual information, how can they be expected to make informed decisions and think independently?

What can be said about a nation where one’s political persuasion is readily determined by others simply by observing the person’s choice of media? I feel the answer to this question is  that the nation is in a downward spiral.

In “A Measure of Media”, a study done by Tim Groseclose, Department of Political Science of UCLA in 2004, the following determination was made in regard to new stories by major news agencies:

Our results show a strong liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News’ Special Report and the Washington Times received a score to the left of the average member of Congress. Consistent with many conservative critics, CBS Evening News and the New York Times received a score far left of center.  Outlets such as the Washington Post, USA Today, NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC’s Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight were moderately left. The most centrist outlets (but still left-leaning) by our measure were the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown, and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Fox News’ Special Report, while right of center, was closer to the center than any of the three major networks’ evening news broadcasts.

Fox was born out of necessity when there was no agency where a conservative viewpoint was provided. Thus the logo, “Fair and Balanced”. Even so, it seems to me that we would all be better off if no-one were able to distinguish the political view of any of the news agencies and all outlets presented commentary of varying opinions. Even on commentary facts should be accurate and both sides presented. 

“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth.” Dorothy Thompson


About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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2 Responses to Thomas Jefferson spoke about media…

  1. Over many months, Fox lulled its conservative base with agitprop: that President Obama was a clear failure, that a majority of Americans saw [Mitt] Romney as a good alternative in hard times, and that polls showing otherwise were politically motivated and not to be believed. But on Tuesday night, the people in charge of Fox News were confronted with a stark choice after it became clear that Mr. Romney had fallen short: was Fox, first and foremost, a place for advocacy or a place for news? In this moment, at least, Fox chose news.


    • jlue says:

      Those who watch all other media concluded just that, but those who care enough to stay informed see a bigger picture. On the night of the election I saw an Obama machine in play and it worked for him. He possibly could have won without it, because it was a close race, but we will never know.

      I think it is important to note that on election day: Romney’s system crashed.It was called ORCA.This alone, however, did not lose the election. It took a number of other forces working together. The “injustice” department had worked for four years to set in place a system whereby voters would not be required to show valid IDs in swing states. I know the spin that was put on this by Democrats, but I also know that for all other important events, people are required to be IDed.

      There were a number of people turned away from the polls and told they had already voted(In my small group of friends on fb, this happened to one person).

      There were reports across the nation of the same thing occurring.There were early on reports of machines reporting a vote for Obama when the voter had intended a vote for Romney. This wasn’t one machine in one state, but multiple reports.

      There were reports of military people being disenfranchised.

      There were irregularities in many states. You have probably heard the adage, “The dead always vote Democrat” and this seems to be true. Without photo IDs and with voter intimidation, how can we know for sure who won the election? I am not making the accusations, I am just telling you what was reported on the internet, by friends, on Fox and on radio. So I do not see this as Fox misrepresenting events prior to the election. I view this as irregularities on election day that Romney did not foresee and that the Republican party was either not smart enough to stop or unwilling to stop due to a bigger force at work behind the scenes.

      I watch news and there is no question about it. The only place to get news that is not totally left-wing biased is Fox and some internet sites. Fox gives both sides and sadly, but true, there are many young Americans who do not understand Conservatism and do not want to hear both sides. They stop their ears and turn their heads when confronted with anything that does not suit the narrative they have been taught and want to believe.


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