Monday, February 14, 2005
All we want is the truth
Why is this a problem, you may ask? I only need to cite one example.
Back in the day, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. We listened to his every word and believed he was reporting honestly, so our collective opinions were formed from his nightly show which entered our living rooms. When he told us that the Vietnam War was going badly, especially the Tet Offensive, the American public believed him. As a result, this country was forced to halt our actions in Vietnam and leave the country. It was only in the last few years that Walter confessed to the world that he is a card carrying, died-in-the-wool liberal. He abhorred the war. We also have discovered that he mis-reported about the Tet offensive. The facts are that the American Military did not lose one single battle during this phase of the Vietnam War, but , since Walter was anti-war, he slanted the news to reflect badly on our efforts there. As a result, an estimated three million combodians were slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge (backed by the North Vietnamese Communists) after our withdrawal from Vietnam.
Walter set the standard for the next 30 years of reporting the news. If you don't agree with something, just tell the American public how bad it is and you can shape public opinion. The opinion about the Vietnam War is still very negative.
Again, why is that , you you ask? Here is the answer, thousands of Walter Want-to-be's were suddenly talking to us about every subject they did not like and trying to shaping public opinion. These so- called- professional reporters have not checked the facts, hence, the Vietnam War was a terrible loss for this country. Most of the public believed this and still do.
These same liberal minded, anti-war so-called reporters, are now reporting every thing from Iraq that is negative, and, at the same time, ignoring all the many good things that are happening there.
This is why bloggers are so important. No sooner than any of these so-called professional reporters open their mouth, thousands of bloggers are already refuting what they are saying.
We are exposing their biases on an almost minute-by-minute basis.
We are holding them accountable, like we should have held Walter accountable, and they do not like it. Now we are hearing the bleating from the reporters that free speech is being squelched by the bloggers. Free speech is great thing, but folks have to know that responsibility accrues when exercizing this very valuable right . In other words, we are responsible for anything we say. For thirty years, no-one questioned the news media, and the news media was certainly not fact-checking themselves. When They were not slanting the news, in many cases, the were (and still are) mis-reporting the news, as Walter did. The difference now is they are no longer given a free pass.
All we bloggers want is the truth, or, if you prefer, both sides of the truth. We are and will continue to demand this from the media, politicians, actors and anyone else who is reporting or opining on the happenings in today's world. It is a pity we did not have a voice when Walter was spinning, and reporting his information in a biased manner.