The Myopia Of Mainstream Media



There is no question that a free, honest and unbiased press is a great asset to any free and fair society. A press characterized by integrity demands answers to hard questions from everyone, regardless of political affiliation. When the press chooses sides, it enables those on the selected side to ignore rules and conduct themselves as they please, having no one to whom they must answer. Of course, this assumes that the populace is largely asleep at the wheel and not demanding objectivity in the press.

Unfortunately, the “mainstream media” and the American people have conformed to this latter description in recent years, but I see signs of the people beginning to recognize the risks to both political and economic freedom imposed by the continuation of a journey down that pathway. Like politicians, the press no longer enjoys the almost unanimous trust it could once take for granted. What has caused so much of the press to become biased and agenda-driven, and why has the partiality become so blatant?

I think the answer revolves around the fact that we as a nation are at a critical decision point. We are one or two national elections away from determining if we want to continue down the road toward “utopia,” where all of our basic needs are met from cradle to grave, the only price being total subservience to the government, or alternatively, to reverse direction and go back up the road toward personal responsibility and embrace the “can-do” attitude and values that facilitated the rapid rise of America on the world stage.

Read the complete article at The Washington Times

18 Thoughts on “The Myopia Of Mainstream Media

  1. Dr. Ben Carson, I think you are the right person to be our next president, this country is going to hell in a hand basket. We need Obama going, he has made this country worse and has lied about everything to the American people. Please sir consider running for our next president. I only can say Dr. Ben Carson 4 President…. we need you !!!!

  2. I remember when I attended a journalism forum at the University of Washington in 1971 where the professors were talking about advocacy journalism. Their theory was that journalists needed to teach the public what to think about a given story because they were smarter than everyone else. They rationalized that journalists knew more than the public. That was the beginning of the end of a free press because they were indoctrinating students to think that way. I fought it as a publisher but finally left the profession because I was embarrassed to be a part of it any more.

    • Dropit4 on June 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm said:

      You sir have nailed not only what has happened to journalism, but to the legal system as well. By running a country on “precedent” which is nothing more or less than the “opinion” of a few men in black robes, and not the Constitution, our legal system, and those practicing it, no longer seek the answer from the law, but consider “precedent” to be the NEW LAW, and that is how they have gone about the slow and destructive end to the U.S. Constitution.

  3. Kurt Bradley on June 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm said:

    Ben, This, of course, is absolutely correct. It is also why our forefathers designed our government to be a democratic republic. They understood that it would take wise men to run a free nation and that a pure democracy would be the ruin of our nation. Yet, we hear a certain set of individuals referring to our nation as a “democracy” regularly. Are we smart enough as a nation to vote wisely? Perhaps, perhaps not. Are we wise enough to return power to the states as was originally intended? Perhaps, perhaps not.

    Not only is our media reckless and dangerous in their failure to provide comprehensive accountability, they are also responsible for much of the divide in our country by their shameless promotion of inappropriate behavior outside of politics.

    Something that must be an ingredient in our future is a sincere consideration of our values. This is not only pondering over what we value, but pondering over the best way to bring about the fruit of those values. Whether it is addressing poverty, health care, immigration, or election reform, we must present not only our views and ideas, but the reasons our views and ideas are the best path to seeing our collective values upheld.

    Keep up the good work, keep speaking the truth, and show us who *you* are without listening to pundits, polls, or advisers. One of the largest issues we face in making the decision you present is whether we vote for a created image or a real person.

  4. Robert Louviere on June 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm said:

    I believe you are absolutely correct regarding the press.
    I have encouraged my friends to study issues & those running for political office.
    I believe the voters of VA (& soon, many others) are a ‘wake-up’ call for politicians.
    I believe you may be the one.

  5. I am with you 100% and would love to contribute to your cause. As a Christian who spends many hours in prayer for you & our country, I know God answers prayer! I am 87 and a widow living on social security, because my husband of 57 years was killed by a drunk driver with no license or insurance. I will be able to contribute financially soon by mail. Keep up the good fight! You are a winner!

  6. You are definitely spot on, but most of my friends are asleep at the wheel, or they’re in denial! There are more folks waking up at the hospital where I’m employed though, so I’m hopeful the tide is turning slowly but surely. I’m praying daily for you & our once great country. God bless & strengthen you & all our Christian brothers & sisters!

  7. Mary Stark on June 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm said:

    Dr Carson you have hit the mark! I was just thinking about the press last night. If they are not honest with the people getting their news, we are doomed. Many people only listen to the main stream media; therefore are not really hearing the truth. More of the young people get their news from their IPhone or IPad. We must get the truth out before we become a socialist society. So many young people (voters) don’t know history–who Marx, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler etc were or what they did.

  8. Very well articulated; As usual of course.

    This may be redundant, but please run for POTUS.
    This country has been divided far too long and you have the spark of life, common sense and brilliance that all sides admire.

    The USA, the World and all of mankind needs you! We love you just as you are!

  9. Lisa Aktug on June 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm said:

    I was chosen for a panel discussion of Independent/Undecided voters after a presidential debate. It was for one of the major networks. While I was already aware of media bias, I was still shocked by the level of orchestration by the network. By pre-interviewing us they were able to guess how we would answer questions on air. Several particularly well-spoken and informed participants were sent home before the broadcast. They were obviously not going to work in the pre-arranged “plan”. I was very disturbed by the whole thing. The well known “journalist” doing the interviewing lied to me regarding which questions would be asked.

  10. Mindi on June 13, 2014 at 12:27 am said:

    Great perspective on the state of journalism.

    Doug- I am an early career professor of history. It happened in my field, too…. This is why we have a public misinformed about the world & our nation’s past, & not stimulated enough to take on the critical thought processes required to see the world as anything but a simplistic binary narrative.

  11. Linda Archer on June 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm said:

    Dr. Carson…you will be our next president-!!!

  12. Hello Dr. Ben!

    As I recently wrote, “The Fourth Estate has become the outhouse of the White House.” Due to the process of societal natural selection (survival of the fittest) the mainstream media will become the dinosaurs of the mass communications error. Social media will replace the MSM as our source for information if they don’t get off their knees for Obama and his failed progressive policies and lawlessness.

    I took your advice to stop cogitating (thanks, learned a new word) and started the Norwood Tea Party I am devloping the website, but we are now live on Twitter: @NorwoodTeaParty and Facebook: NorwoodTeaParty. Follows and Likes appreciated. Clicking my name next to my logo will take folks to Twitter.

    In solidarity,

    Claude DiDomenica

  13. Casual Observer on June 17, 2014 at 12:10 am said:

    The question is good but the answer lies in primarily the Republican controlled Congress allowing just a few companies to monopolize every media outlet over the last 20 years. Laws were passed and while we had mainly Republican administrations, good folks like Ben Carson never bothered asking these same questions. While Ben does ask the right question, he once again draws the wrong conclusion and merely looks at the symptom of the problem. Can we get some real analysis instead of more partisan fingerpointing ? Look at how we got here instead of the symptom of the current situation.

  14. Scott MacQueen on June 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm said:

    Dr Carson,

    I have witnessed the decline of our constitutional republic into a straight democracy run by opinion polls and steered by the misdirection of the media. Since the days of Ross Perot the media has been complicit in stifling any voice that would try to reach the majority of Americans with the facts. I was amazed at the treatment of Ralph Nader by the media in 2000. A man who has championed liberal causes for his entire life with great success. The new Democratic party is not the same entity that it once was. They have become very dangerous, and the single greatest threat to America as founded IMO. Not that I am more inclined to agree with current republicans either. You sir, are a breath of fresh air. You are spot on about PC, ACA, and IRS. Thank you so much for being who you are and taking the time to care for this once great nation. I don’t know if you will ever run for president but you will certainly have my support. Not likely that I agree with everything you have to say but you sir, I consider to be a true patriot which is what is sorely lacking in public purview. Keep it up my good man and may God truly bless all of your efforts.

    I hope that many are hearing your words and are excited to action at the polls as (hopefully) informed voters. The tea party was intent on this from the start and we see how we have been totally demonized by the press. The situation is dire and the time is now. We have to take back the reigns and restore this constitutional republic to what the founders intended. Thank you so very much….can’t say this enough!

  15. Tom and Annie Otto on June 20, 2014 at 11:54 am said:

    It is an example of Media bias that the story of Pres. Obama having no choice in Iraq re: Status of Forces Agreement when the rest of the story is that the number of military he was willing to leave kept being fewer and fewer – and it was not sufficient to give confidence to the leadership of Iraq. Now the story seems to be that because there was no Status of Forces agreement, Pres. Obama had no choice – But what about there being two sides in any negotiation? Blaming the Iraq President for not accepting a what was not in Iraq’s best interest is bias in the media story line. If they keep telling the same slanted story it does not necessarily become true.
    Same with Lois Lerner…..same with Benghazi…..same with human trafficking in huge Homeland Security busses within the U.S.A. carrying children without parents and at the same time finding and prosecuting human traffickers around the world –
    what happened to “close the border”? Why are we not giving sufficient help to law enforcement in South American countries and Mexico? Maybe because we do not have law abiding leaders here in the U.S.A. How about electing someone who honors the Constitution and honors our system of laws? Elect Dr. Ben Carson in 2016.

  16. I have read your first book and applaud you for your success in the medical field. I sincerely believe that you are the only Republican candidate that can beat Hillary. Your past is a beautiful story of hard work and dedication and love of family, you cannot be swayed or bought and for every problem you have pointed out you have a common sense solution for its cure. I feel that no candidate except you can garner a sufficient number of black votes needed to beat Hillary. Dr. Carson, we simply can’t afford another four years of destroying America. God Bless you for running!

  17. Joseph S Younce on June 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm said:

    Ben, you are the LASIK answer for our political myopia!

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