Mark Armstrong’s Weekly Update and News Review – 9 December 2016

Greetings from Tyler,

The great FAKE NEWS debate rages on with additional big names chiming in. There’s no doubt that the American public has been subjected to years of false statements and reports. Most of them have been gleefully repeated, along with plenty of expert commentary. When you think back to the promises made and explanations offered over recent years, you’ll realize that most major media outlets have passed them along, often with extrapolation. Most news organizations rarely show much, if any contrition when falsehoods are eventually exposed for what they always were. There have been so many examples of this you wouldn’t know where to start or when to stop. Here’s a few glaring examples.

Statements from top leadership officials are often passed along to the masses with major consequences. How much fake news was generated to cover the truth of what transpired when four were murdered and many others barely escaped the horrors of Benghazi? Coverage was wall to wall about a demonstration over an obscure video on YouTube that “got out of hand.” Every weekly news program carried what most of us knew to be a bogus explanation, and it took two years for the truth to be widely known. Many still don’t know. That was a September 11, 2012 event, only weeks prior to a presidential election and therefore it is a major deal. The truth, had it been told or widely known at the time might have made the difference.

Then there’s “global warming.” When the top UN researchers were caught falsifying “scientific data” red-handed it was a big scandal in alternative media, but most of the biggest outlets barely noticed. The suggestion that the UN can engage in some massive redistribution of the world’s wealth and thereby alter the cyclical patterns of what God Himself designed and put in place is beyond arrogant. The idea that a system of “carbon credits” traded on a commodity exchange would alter the earth’s temperature by one degree over the next half century is beyond science fiction. But the current administration and its cheerleaders in Congress very narrowly lost their bid to mandate participation in that farce only a handful of years ago. You do remember “Cap and Trade?”

How about the “fake news” generated in the promotion of Obamacare? You can probably call up the video of Jonathon Gruber boasting in public about the “stupidity of the American voter” who was dumb enough to believe the load of falsehoods he and his boss were telling. It was all repeated endlessly by the heard of sycophants who loved the idea of the government enforcing a mandate saying, “Buy this government approved product, or be fined when the IRS collects taxes.” Everybody got nailed with that one, even though it was more about wealth redistribution than health care. Would any of those confidently expressed falsehoods qualify as “fake news?” How false does a report have to be to rate the dreaded description.

By now the cogs are turning in every reader’s memory, thinking of the endless examples of fraudulent assertions by anchors and experts. What’s so entertaining now is watching the foremost purveyors of cooked books and false conclusions express outrage at the very concept! If there was some hint of honesty among the ranks, they’d be thrilled that at least a major portion of the population wasn’t believing their spin. But they’re not thrilled. They are exasperated, and reaching desperately for examples of somebody else, anybody else who’s putting out nonsense on the Internet that could be deceptive to the uninformed. Imagine!

The pope himself weighed in on the subject, and he’s mighty upset. So much so that he compared the practice of spreading disinformation in the media to… let’s just say a fetish you never heard of and don’t want to know about. We’re not about to ruin everybody’s weekend by repeating what he said here. But USA Today wasn’t ashamed. They’ve carried a full description and explanation. Look it up at your own risk. But it comes to mind that the pope made the plight of “poor immigrants” a foremost Christian cause, shortly before Germany opened the way for one million to flood into Europe with disastrous consequences. Maybe he forgot to mention that the onslaught would contain terrorists and those who support them. In fact, there’s been no sign of any apology from him amid the attacks, the murders, the rapes, or the dangerous environment that now exists in every European city.

It didn’t make huge news, but a surveillance video of about thirty seconds duration was released this week from the security cam at a Berlin subway entrance. A youngish girl enters the frame before turning to descend a long flight of concrete stairs to the landing below. Five young men of darkish complexion appear not far behind her and one hurries up behind the girl on the second or third step from the top and kicks her in the back causing her to go air born to the bottom steps and the landing below. The boys hurried up an exit stairwell, and probably will never be identified.

Then there’s the case of a European Union official whose 19-year-old daughter was raped and murdered this week. She was trying to assist the refugees. This story is in lots of British papers, and carried by plenty of recognizable and generally reliable outlets. But Der Spiegel in Germany? Nope.
Bild? Couldn’t find it. And that fits the formula that’s been playing out for the duration of the “migrant crisis” in Europe. Apparently, media over there believes the danger of reporting the truth of the migrant crime situation would be, shall we say, imprudent. On the other hand, word might be getting around whether it appears in the mass media or not. If truth, that would rate as news under any circumstances, goes unreported by mass media, what is that? Maybe that doesn’t rise to the level of papal comment.

We have watched a Biblical warning play out in Technicolor for years, a time where evil would be lauded as good and right. In our country, disagreement with biblically described evil has been branded racism and bigotry. The ancient prophets warned of a time when Truth would be trampled in the street. Hands up, don’t shoot, anybody? With all the promised change in the air, some things probably won’t change. You can bet there will still be plenty of “fake news” to unravel.


Mark Armstrong

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