A time to demand media reform

In journalism school at The Ohio State University, I was taught very basic premises of reporting the news. The professors were sticklers for fact and the correct application of it. In one class, we were given the example of a race between the Soviet Union and the United States. The American won in this two-man contest. The headline in Pravda read: “Soviets finish second; Americans next to last in international race.” We discussed how the headline was factual, but it did not reflect the truth. A little bit of truth makes a better lie. And the mainstream news media has been lying to you for decades. The lies are becoming so bold and slanted that we, as truth-seeking Christian Americans, must demand media reform.

CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and even FOX need to wake up to the difference between editorializing and news. They all interchange the two seamlessly. News should be unbiased and unreflective of the reporter’s political viewpoint. The journalist’s mission is to report the news without bias. Trouble is, these “journalists” have been “programmed” by communists in our colleges and universities and they bring with them an inner bias that cannot be undone. They see every issue from the lens of their political beliefs, and to them the American did finish next to last. It’s all how you view the event. These “journalists” view their politics as right and just, so everyone who disagrees is a hater. We are witnessing this every day with COVID 19 and vaccination coverage. If you disagree with the group think, you are an evil pariah.

In my time covering politics, I would have been aghast if someone accused me of favoritism and bias. I took great measures to ensure that my stories reflected the unbiased truth. During former president Obama’s last White House Correspondents Dinner, he described a free press as one that has the same goals as the White House, his administration, in particular. He said, “So I want to close my final White House Correspondents’ Dinner by just saying thank you. I’m very proud of what you’ve done. It has been an honor and a privilege to work side by side with you to strengthen our democracy.” He is describing a propaganda machine, not a “fourth estate” news media that held the administration accountable to the truth and the law. What he described is not a free press.

A free nation depends on a free media. But when the media crosses the line and becomes a government mouthpiece or alters the facts to support a political position, this nation is no longer free. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” He said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by me.” As Christian Americans, we know the truth. We should demand it of our media. How? Quit watching these news channels; don’t buy their papers; don’t believe anything they report.  Find news sources that report the truth, and make sure others are verifying their stories. Don’t be dupes by falling for stories that are not true just because you want to believe them. Practice discernment. Let’s demand media reform.

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