No News Is Bad News: The Propagandizing of the News Media

Where can one go for news? Unfortunately nowhere. The objectivity of news sites has become as rare as a whelk-stand in the Mojave Desert.

On the Left and the Center-conventional, one finds such tainted and polluted news sites as Politico, the Hill, the Washington Post, the New York Times, PBS Newshour, the Guardian,  the BBC, Bloomberg, the Forward, Haaretz, and the Daily Beast.

On the so-called Right, one finds tainted sites like Fox News, Breitbart, the Daily Caller, the Daily Mail, the Sun, and RT.

Both sides slant their news to fit their ideological allegiances  About the best one can do, short of abstaining completely from reading the news, is to adjust ones’ skepticism to each site in accordance with their naked biases, and try to glean the basic facts shorn of the particular site’s ideological prejudices.

However, one must keep in mind one basic fact: propaganda is a lie. And if you’re making propaganda, you’re lying. And who can trust a liar?

This is one of the tragedies of modern political life.

—Paul Grad, vegan libertarian


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