Donald Trump recently:
"I would like to be less combative, but I find the press is extremely dishonest, and if I'm not combative, I don't get my word across."
Watch the full quote:
He is absolutely right.
It's the height of our negligence as citizens that we assume otherwise. It is lazy and naive that we expect brand names to be "trustworthy." It is an abandonment of duty, as those entrusted to vote, that we sit back, turn on the news, and expect organizations to report at least some truth.
This is the case in all countries. There is no special place where someone has the kindhearted idea to employ a bunch of people to report what seems to be true, and someone else doesn't come along to (A) buy the outlet, (B) control the outlet, and if they refuse, (C) take them out.
Due to how organizations work, no honesty can be expected from them. Honest reporting can come only from an individual. And then, it's only to the extent that he or she is principled, is not being edited, and is not being fooled.
If they persecute someone so that they run to a different country, the person is saying something true.
If someone dies from a suicide, or heart attack, or a strange accident, it's not unusual that just before that, they were working on a documentary on child sex trafficking. Or wrote a book on how the CFR controls the media. Or were investigating what the CIA is up to.
This is the scripted corporate reporting:
Come on, play it.
They are right! When truth has any chance of being seen, it is extremely dangerous to their democracy.
This is how they gaslight you online:
Of course, these tweets are now gone. All large social media are organizations they control.
It's because control of information is a national security concern. Specifically, control means blocking.
The CNN stooge tried to tell you:
"Campaigns against the press do not get your face carved on Mount Rushmore because when you chip away at the free press you chip away at the heart of democracy."
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as the third US President. His likeness is carved into Mt. Rushmore:
“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
“I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time...”
“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.”
“From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice.”
“A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies serves like headlands to correct our course. Indeed, my scepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper makes me indifferent whether I ever see one.”
“The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.”
The "free press" is an absolute lie. No such thing could have ever existed. It is a logical impossibility.
You need to seek out honest individual reporters. Expect them to be rare. And doubt them, too.
If you sit back in your chair and turn on that TV, your ass is done.
It's just the same if you think scientific journals are not equally captured.
For God's sake – this is Harvard:
The institutions are gone.
It's not simply that they're gone. They never existed.
They build up brand names in your mind. You trust the brands. Then they use them to attack you.
The attack is a logical final goal. No one had a need to build these brands, if not to attack you.