I'd like to wish a warm farewell to the recently departed Robert (KKK) Byrd, Democrat Senator from West Virginia. His death at the ripe
old age of 92 after serving 51 years in the Senate soundly reinforces the old adage that "only the good die young". It is amazing that only
death could remove the only former KKK member from the Senate.
The New York Times has an article from economist Paul Krugman entitled "The Third Depression". Now I'm not accusing Mr. Krugman of plagiarism but I'd like to point out that he is a bit late to the party.
At the time I wrote this piece, June 9, 2010 - The 2nd World Depression the economic headlines at the time had leading economists and the President all saying that a double dip recession was extremely
unlikely. How is it that someone with a full time job in a completely unrelated field that uses his spare time to keep tabs on current events could
see this coming weeks if not months before these academic pinheads.
The only reasonable explanation is that either these so called experts are in fact not very smart people or they are being directed in terms of what
and when they are supposed to say. I don't think it is probable that all these highly educated people could all be this slow to put the pieces
together and see the picture being painted. If that is not the case then the only other explanation is one that most Americans are still unwilling
to believe. The sad truth is that outside of a select few outlets the print and television media have all sold themselves out to a single political
party and a solidly leftist agenda. They report the "news" in order to direct public opinion towards particular conclusions that advance the long
term agenda of the extreme left faction of the democratic party. What used to be investigative journalism has been replaced with a coordinated
group of PR firms.
For example, NBC put together a story on the life of Robert Byrd that covers his life from his early childhood through his years in the Senate.
They never once mention that he was the former Grand Wizard of the KKK and that he fought against the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Did they
lie in their story? The answer is no but if you watched a news story on the life of Adolph Hitler that left out the years between 1938 and 1945
you would feel like they were insulting your intelligence and maybe that they had lost their minds.
Once you commit yourself to supporting the ideology of a political party you lose the ability to tell the whole truth because doing so could
destroy the stereotypes you have worked so hard to establish. We all know Democrats are the party for minorities and Republicans are all
racist white men. A Democrat being the former Grand Wizard of the KKK kind of throws a monkey wrench into that argument. If all the facts
don't back up you story then just choose the facts that do and be sure to ignore all the rest. As long as you have control over everyone's message
then this single spin will be the only truth.
It's for this reason that Fox News, Talk Radio and the internet have become targets of all other media and the left wing organizations. Without
a complete monopoly on information their spin is exposed for what it is. That is not to say that people on the right including Fox News and
the internet don't try to do the exact same thing. Certain hosts and bloggers use the exact same tactic to counter this type of spin from the left
but I contend that is the wrong way to go and only makes people completely disconnect when they believe no one is telling the truth.
A major difference exists though between the spin masters on the left in the main stream media and the counter opinion coming from the right.
The people on the left are actively working to shut down their competition through regulation, legislation and boycotts. Having control of
the vast majority of print and television media is not enough because of their desperate need to control the entire argument. The leftist media
is finding themselves unable to compete in the free market of ideas and is turning to the government to enforce balance. From the repealed
Fairness Doctrine that was imposed on talk radio to the push for net neutrality on the internet the left knows they need government
intervention for their content to survive in the free market. The demise of the liberal Air America radio network despite the infusion of money
from private donors and the government shows how this type of half truth journalism cannot survive on its own.