How Credible is the Narrative Put Forth by the Government and the 'Mainstream' Media?Submitted by JKap on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 12:22
Mind you that while I acknowledge that the government and the 'mainstream' media often report many verifiable facts, the veracity of which can be (and should be) independently corroborated by such faculties as alternative internet media, it is the overall narrative put forth that is often almost pure "spin" (aka "lying"). For example, take the recent "bailout" of Wall Street welfare queens. We were told by most of the grandiose mentioners in the 'mainstream' media and the government that we just had to "do something" otherwise the imminent collapse of the entire economy would ensue. But I think that it is fair to say that the vast majority of we who love liberty and favor a return to constitutional government (like Ron Paul) saw through the spin and made the clinical, dispassionate analysis that the "bailout" and associated nationalization of business and industry would be a very bad thing for the economy.
The "bailout" is of course only one example. We could add to this list almost ad infinitum. We are also aware, I would hope, that the government and the 'mainstream' media also ignore a host of other potential problems and problems that have taxed our country for decades upon decades. These omissions become part of the narrative since you cannot address or debate a problem if you do not acknowledge that you have a problem. Things like the 'Federal Reserve' and the American Empire are never adequately discussed or debated in the 'mainstream' media (in fact they are typically given the status of merely benevolent institutions).
The theory of Global Warming™ and the events of 11 September 2001 are largely treated as sacrosanct in the government and the 'mainstream' media. To question the official explanation of either of those subjects in almost any sense will garner you the pejorative labels of "conspiracy theorist" or a denier of "scientific knowledge" respectively. Yet because of these things (9/11 and Global Warming™), our constitutional republic is being put through the shredder in favor of an authoritarian, socialist/communist form of government at an accelerated pace.
It would seem that some of the uncloseted intelligence veterans who have pointed out that 80% of the truth appears in the 'mainstream' media have a valid point. It is the 20% that is left out and the overall narrative of American exceptionalism that perpetuates the status quo.
So the only thing that I can think of is that to restore constitutional government, we must clinically and dispassionately investigate and analyze the government and 'mainstream' media, the veracity of the facts that they report, and the narrative which they put forth. In fact, that is what a lot of us are here doing. That means no holds barred. That means pursuing the truth about all matters. That means disposing of the irrational predisposition of those who unquestioningly believe the narrative of the government and the 'mainstream' media to ad hominem arguments, strawmen, red herring and a priori reasoning. That means dispensing with conceit and irrational presumptions and presuppositions and beginning from the beginning.
"If we want to live in a free society, we need to break free from these artificial limitations on free debate and start asking serious questions once again." -Ron Paul