A Rose By Any Other Name Still Smells. . .

A Rose By Any Other Name Still Smells. . .
Vol: 86 Issue: 1 Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Rose By Any Other Name Still Smells. . .

This morning’s headline was news only to those who never read news headlines in the first place: “Pew Research Shows Liberal Media Bias.”

In terms of actually being news, that headline ranks right up there with the “Water Necessary to Sustain Life” headline from NASA a few years back during one of the Mars missions.

But if we know that the media is biased, then shouldn’t that inoculate us from being brainwashed?

You’d think so, but it doesn’t work that way. If anything, knowing the source is biased makes one even more susceptible. Let’s test that theory right here and right now.

The popular perception is that MSNBC is the most openly left-leaning broadcast media organization, whereas Fox News Channel is perceived as the most right-leaning.

Knowing that each has a reputation for bias, viewers choose the network whose bias most closely reflects their own. You already KNOW that you’re being given a version of the truth, but it is the one you are most comfortable with.

Does that make you more or less susceptible to brainwashing? You’re already ok with the idea that you can only get one side of any given story. Knowing that, you prefer to get the MSNBC side.

Or, for that matter, the Fox side.

Your brain has already been washed. Scrubbed away is any notion that there is an objective truth. Once that has been washed away, ‘truth’ becomes whatever its bearer wants you to believe is true.

A Rasmussen poll taken last July found that 49% of respondents agreed with the statement that “most reporters will slant the news to help Barack Obama”, while only 14% agreed the same statement applied to John McCain.

What is worthy of note is what the poll accidentally reveals — 63% of those responding agree that they’re being brainwashed.

A Harris poll on media bias released this week noted, unsurprisingly, that broken down according to bias, 65% of Republicans agree the media has favored Barack Obama. Only 16% thought it was fair.

Since those were Republican opinions being polled it isn’t too surprising. But even the Democrats see the bias. Forty-six percent of Democrats thought the media coverage was unfairly biased. But only 12% of Democrats who thought it was unfair also thought it favored John McCain.

A Project For Excellence in Journalism poll for Pew Research examined the political reporting of ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

These are some of the findings of the study, which examined 2,412 campaign stories from 48 news outlets, during six critical weeks of the general election phase from the end of the conventions through the final presidential debate.

Tone was examined on a subset of this sample, 857 stories from 43 outlets, those campaign stories that were focused on one of the candidates.

It found that negative coverage of John McCain was wildly lopsided; overall 60% of all news stories about McCain were negative, compared with just 14% that could be classified as positive.

One of the most under-reported facets of the Pew study concerned Fox News Channel. The majority of the mainstream media demonstrated an overwhelming bias for Barack Obama.

Fox News Channel, given its reputation as a right-leaning conservative news site, should have demonstrated its right-leaning bias as well, but the study showed Fox News coverage was 40% negative for Barack Obama — and 40% negative for John McCain.

Since when is the middle on the right?

Assessment:

That’s not an endorsement of Fox News Channel unless you want it to be. The facts are what they are. But if not leaning left means leaning right, then where is the center? What does ‘balance’ mean in the 21st century?

I was fascinated by the number of blogsites and liberal media outlets leapt into action to prove one side or the other was more biased. Jonah Goldberg noted that many reporters on the left are sucking up, hoping for a job — or at least access, to an Obama administration.

Harris’ own story concerning their poll offers up as an explanation that Obama has just run a better campaign, so of course the media coverage will favor him.

Once again, what gets glossed over is the FACT that is supposed to be the news here. The media lies to you based on their individual political preferences. According to the polls, ALL media.

And given the possible ‘explanations’ offered, it appears that Americans are prepared to make their choice for who lead them for the next four years knowing, eyes wide open, that their decision was, at least in part, based on the guy their chosen media source wanted them to choose.

If that isn’t a textbook example of the brainwashing in action, what would be?

It doesn’t matter whether one chooses to call it political ‘spin’ or ‘media slant’. When it is disguised as objective news but favoring a political world view and spun to influence the electorate, it is brainwashing. When the government does it, its propaganda. When brainwashing is combined with propaganda, the result is a police state.

The Bible tells us that the antichrist’s most powerful offensive weapon in the battle for the souls of men is the power of deception. Deception — serious, planned, organized and deliberate deception, is the central theme of Bible prophecy for the last days.

When Jesus was asked, “What will be the sign of Thy Coming?” His first words were, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you.’

The Apostle Paul said that before that Wicked could be revealed, the illuminating ministry of the Holy Spirit within the Church would have to be removed: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:7)

Note Paul’s description of the antichrist’s arrival on the global stage; “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders . . . ”

Stop there and let’s digest what we know so far. The Church, indwelt by the Spirit of Truth, restrains the power of deception.

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: (John 15:26)

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)

But Paul says before the antichrist arrives on the scene, that Spirit of Truth is removed.

One of the things that jumps out at me as I analyze the analysts is that none of them seem particularly concerned that the American mainstream media lies to the public. And if one is willing to acknowledge that there is ANY media bias, left or right, that media bias is, by definition, a version of the truth.

Since what is true can only have one version, it is therefore an open admission that all other versions are lies. Christians are not satisfied with that equation (which is why the network most favored by Christians is also the one that Pew found was the most balanced.)

The more dismissive a network is of either Christianity or traditional values, the more likely it is to lean away from the truth when it conflicts with their bias. Paul expressed it this way:

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish . . . because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Paul didn’t say ‘the truth’ — he said, ‘the LOVE of the truth.’ The truth is already a matter of subjective opinion.

“And NOW ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:6)

“. . . because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1st John 4:4)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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