I'm by no means the most well-read person in the world. I actually can be very selective of the stuff I put into my brain. For instance, I still haven't been able to finish the first Game of Thrones book, despite having the damn thing on audio book.
Yet as a writer and blogger, I can't take it for granted that I'm a bit more informed than the average person. I used to take that for granted. I assumed most people wanted to know as much about important topics as I did and conducted the same amount of informative research into the issues before forming an opinion.
Boy, was I stupid.
I should have known from my years in IT that the average person doesn't spend enough time learning about something, even something that they should be very well acquainted with. Most people don't even bother the most cursory look into a subject (which is why most of my solutions as an IT person were easily solved by a Google search; something my fellow officer workers were unable to do).
I've talked about this a lot with readers here on TrigTent and other places online; about how hard it is sometimes to have meaningful discussions with people of an opposite opinion. Especially right now in our political climate. I've set the model for thoughtful dialogue on Mike Rowe, whose response to bitter criticism was both winning and inspiring.
A part of the problem is that we are quick to engage in arguments with people woefully ignorant of the facts. I'm beginning to think that most of the vitriolic attacks against Trump and conservatives are generated from stupid people who don't look passed CNN or Buzzfeed headlines.
It seems people don't want to spend time actually looking into the real facts. I battled this during the election. Many of my friends and family were quick to believe that Trump hated Mexicans because he wanted to build a wall. Few of them knew of the staggering statistics of violent crime committed by illegal aliens.
Some were so deluded by the media, that they thought Trump was going to enact Stalin-like measures to deport Muslims and other lawful citizens. Based on nothing but gross speculation and lies from the media. All I had to do was point them to Trump's campaign website which clearly laid out his plans; none of which singled out Americans of any faith, or matched the kinds of accusations suggested by the press.
The outrage over Trump's "travel ban" is another good example. Anyone that read the original executive order had little cause to panic (unless they are running CAIR, with known terrorist connections); it did not mention Muslims or say anything about banning anyone. It simply laid out a clear plan for protecting Americans and temporarily halting travel from terrorist-backed countries.
But if you only listened to NBC and others, you'd think Trump was sending out Stormtroopers to gun down innocent immigrants.
This is one of the reasons I try to back everything I write here with sources. Some of my articles might look a little too blue, because of the links I put in there. But I do it because I want you to be informed about what I'm saying. I don't expect you to take me at my word. In fact, I hope you don't.
But still, it feels like an uphill battle. With every new revelation or important story, the media stoops to a new low to hide and obscure the facts, all the while hoping you- the reader- stays in the dark.
When the biggest news of the week hit- Wikileaks' dump of major CIA documents- CNN refused to cover it. Something that the world will be talking about for months, if not years, this "major news network" refused to even acknowledge. If you only get your news from them, you might not have even learned about the CIA's work to spy on you and everyone else.
It's why I compare today's media climate to 1984 so often. They are using similar tactics as Big Brother to keep you deluded and under their control. Only when we work hard to bring to light the things they are hiding do we break free from their manipulation.
Here are a few recent stories you probably didn't hear about, because the MSM refused to discuss them.
21-year-old Halley Bass has admitted to fabricating a story about a “strange man” scratching her face as part of a Trump-inspired hate crime, reports MLive.com.
She reportedly described the suspect as a 45-year-old white male with stubble, a black baseball cap, a gray hoodie, and sweatpants – a completely fabricated character.
Detectives reportedly caught Bass after reviewing surveillance footage from the scene of the supposed crime. They did not see her in any of the videos...
MLive.com also reports that Bass blamed her “attack” on President Donald Trump, citing an imaginary surge in hate crimes following his election. (via Milo)
Since the election, we've heard about hate crimes rising in the United States. The dishonest media would have you believe they were done by pro-Trump supporters newly empowered to express their hate. Yet time and again, we learn that these crimes were hoaxes, complete fictions. The media refuses to cover this part of the story, hoping to perpetuate the lie that Trump voters are racist, homophobic, and hateful of minorities.
So instead of learning the truth, large swaths of Americans are running with the lie that Trump supporters are committing hate crimes. And honest writers like myself have to spend time dispelling this lie.
Since Donald Trump became President on January 20, law enforcement officials have reportedly made more than 1,500 arrests related to sex crimes ranging from human trafficking to pedophilia.
This report comes via DailyWire.com, which also reports that in all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 arrests made in relation to sex trafficking.
“This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news,” remarks Liz Crokin at TownHall.com. “The mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?” (via Milo)
This comes a few weeks after Milo Yiannopoulos was eviscerated by the mainstream media for a few poorly-worded comments about the age of consent. Apparently back then they were very concerned over pedophilia, so much so they worked to destroy the career of an openly gay conservative speaker.
Yet when real news comes out that under President Trump, we've cracked down on a huge number of real offenders, they are silent. Also reported was the shockingly low number of arrests made in previous years, when President Obama was in office.
This coupled with yesterday's jobs report casts President Trump's early months in office in a very positive light. With less than two months under his belt, good things are starting to happen. But if the media made a big deal about these understandably big deals, perhaps the American people would begin to realize that Trump is a good leader.
Holy shit, we can't have that! So problems- or fabricated problems- within the Trump administration are magnified, but real facts that prove his early success are ignored.
Which leads me to believe that the media doesn't even care about America's prosperity. Or at least, they don't want you to know about it. They'd rather you believe that Trump is already a failure and that come 2020 we should all en masse vote for whatever puppet the Democrats prop up on the political stage.
This is only a sampling of the kind of information you need to arm yourself with. Even if you are not a Trump supporter, don't you want to know what's really going on in the world? Why allow yourself to be duped by the speculations and distortions of media that have given up their role in our society? Why be led around by the nose by corrupt elitists, when you can think for yourself?
It's entirely up to you, though. I hope you make the right choice.