Anyone who receives email or surfs the Internet has seen them. We may have even clicked a few…
So-and-so shreds so-and-so on such-and-such topic on such-and-such show. Words like shreds, demolishes, or destroys and terms like smacks down, shuts up, and shuts down are just a few I see repeatedly to entice viewers to click an article or video. Often, the titles are misleading at best. Sometimes, they’re outright lies, nothing but hyperbole masquerading as news.
It’s almost as if we’re being intentionally programmed – desensitized by sensationalism.
If you don’t believe me, just Google any of the terms I listed above with your favorite polarizing figure: Ted Cruz demolishes, Tucker Carlson destroys, Anderson Cooper shuts down, Rachel Maddow smacks down. If you read the articles or watch the videos, however, you’ll find the exchanges far less one-sided and certainly less bombastic in most instances.
Whether it’s greed, blind ambition or people blinded by ideology, misleading titles known as clickbait are becoming more and more commonplace in the disinformation age. As viewers catch on, the purveyors get even bolder with their headlines to get clicks.
Then, there’s the constant, drip, drip, drip of news stories that simply won’t go away, even though I predict nothing will ever be done to resolve the core issue(s).
For months, there’s been an obsession with stories about Trump-Russian collusion, DNC hacking, and the Mueller investigation, which has morphed from collusion, to obstruction of justice, and now defrauding the U.S. Government. There have been countless articles and videos circulating about Donald Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, General Flynn’s lying about legal activities during the transition, the Christopher Steele-Fusion GPS dossier, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes’ 5-page FISA-FISC memo, Adam Schiff’s 10-page rebuttal memo, the Grassley-Graham letters, the imminent release of the Office of Inspector General report, the new 150-page no-collusion report, etc. ad nauseum. Nothing but exhausting distractions from (1) the real culprits who (in my estimation) will never be penalized, and (2) other more important news.
Sure, Inspector General Michael Horowitz may be looking into allegations of misconduct or criminal activity within the DOJ and FBI, but what happens if he yields results? Does he have jurisdiction to question the parties he finds culpable? Does he have the power to indict? Will General Sessions appoint another special prosecutor to investigate the truth? Will we ever see a Grand Jury empaneled to press charges?
Until we see movement toward convicting the real power-players at the top who are responsible for it all, we should unanimously disengage from writing, reading or viewing anything touching that subject matter.
Instead, we need to shed light on news that’s not reaching mainstream outlets.
We often hear about the plight of Muslim refugees in Europe or the supposed oppression of Palestinians by the Jews, yet little is ever mentioned about Christian persecution by Muslims or the oppression of Palestinians in Arab countries. In fact, mainstream media outlets rarely offer an unbiased view of Christians, even when it’s about abuses here in America.
It’s perfectly legitimate for homosexuals to get positive press for suing Christian bakers for discrimination when they are refused service (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC), but what happens when a homosexual admits to discrimination?
In 2017, a gay Seattle coffee shop owner, Ben Borgman, asked members of Abolish Human Abortion to leave because he was offended. In the video, Mr. Borgman clearly says, “I’m gay, you have to leave” When questioned why the guests were being refused service, he replied in response to their literature in his hand, “This is offensive to me. I own the place. I have the right to be offended.”
Where is the CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, or MSNBC news coverage? Search for Bedlam coffee shop or Ben Borgman and you’ll find links to the Huffington Post, Pink News, and Reason, but their coverage offers excuses for the behavior of Mr. Borgman rather than holding him to the same standard applied to the Christian bakers.
Although I don’t condone his delivery, I respect Mr. Borgman’s right to refuse service. To me, there is no difference between the Christian bakers and Mr. Borgman. They each should be able to exercise their right of refusal: No shirt, no shoes, no service. But, that’s is not the way our society operates due to pressure from the intolerant who demand tolerance from others.
Over the next several days, I plan to release a series of articles highlighting the plight of Christians as they are persecuted for their faith by the intolerant, while also shedding light on the truth of Palestinian oppression in contrast to the support they receive while lobbying against Israel.