Friday, February 15, 2013
The Main Reason I Distrust the “Mainstream Media”
Do you trust the mainstream media (MSM)? Do you consider them a reliable source of information about the broader world? When they provide you information about Libya, or Egypt, or Israel, or Syria, do you believe that you are getting an accurate and dispassionate presentation of the facts? What about on issues surrounding US monetary and fiscal policy? Unemployment numbers? Rate of inflation? Issues involving science and technology? Racism? Sexism? Government actions and abuse? Guns and violence?
Do you trust what you are fed by these sources? If so, why? If not, why not?
I've long been very skeptical of most of what I see on mainstream sources. One reason is their total support and promotion of Keynesian economics. While it's very clear that Keynesian principles can work in the short term, it also seems very clear that the consequence of using these principles constantly is to dig a society into a massive fiscal hole that may be unrecoverable. The Austrian School seems to have a much better and well grounded understanding of several aspects of economics, but this school of thought is rarely ever mentioned, and when it is it's dismissed as being “extreme”.
Basically, the MSM supports only one perspective, and unless you have a significant amount of education in that field, you're not in a position to understand how biased they are.
Now to guns. I've explained my background before. With that as perspective, I can say that virtually everything that's presented in the MSM about guns and violence is shockingly stupid. Let me be clear – I don't mind ignorant people who honestly question things in order to gain information and knowledge. As an instructor, I enjoy such engaged students. What I hate however, is ideologues who exhibit no understanding of a subject, who refuse to listen to or learn from people who do have knowledge and expertise in a field, and who insist on continuing to push their ideology as “the truth”. This MSM bias is all the more dangerous when it's teamed up with a government that wants to disarm the population and considers the Constitution little more than a speed-bump.
When I see extreme bias, lies, and misinformation being presented as “facts”, and emotional manipulation being presented as “information”, my reaction is disgust...
… but more importantly, if the “information” that I'm getting in areas where I have a great deal of experience and knowledge is so overwhelmingly biased, what does that say about MSM reporting in areas where I'm not an expert? Can I trust what they say about Benghazi? Can I trust what they say about Pakistan, or Syria? Can I trust what they say about actions taken by the State Department, or the Justice Department, or any other department of the government? Can I trust what they say on the issues of racism or sexism?
The conclusion that I have come to is no, since their reporting is so overwhelmingly biased in areas where I do have some expertise, I must assume that at least some of their reporting in areas where I'm not an expert is just as biased. I therefore do not trust anything they say.
That's my opinion. What's yours?