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11 13 2020

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This is Friday the 13th and I’m trying to think what to write about. It would be nice to write about something other than the election. But it is something you just can’t get away from. You have the election itself, the unsupported claim that Biden is the President-Elect, the counting and recounting of votes, the irregularities of the election, and evidence of voter fraud.

It looks dark, but the blessing is that God is still in control. I have lived a long time (over 77 years) and I’ve seen evil people seemingly get away with a lot, but this time stealing an election seems to be the worst.

I am not a person to engage in such shenanigans and it is depressing to see it go on. What am I referring to? I am referring to rabid voter fraud. Not only in other states but in the state of Michigan where I grew up and once called home. While it is shocking to see such an in-your-face attempt to defraud the American people through the use of strong arm tactics, illegal ballots, and other irregularities, it is also heartening to see that there are a great many people who want the truth to be exposed.

Sometimes it is overwhelming when you consider the onslaught of not just fake news, but of lies. The media keeps feeding us the same lies over and over.

For example, take the declaration that Joe Biden was elected President. They repeat this over and over, ad nauseum. But at this time, it is an outright lie. It is nice when the media project winners and losers, but when did their reporting become official. It didn’t!

Joe Biden may yet win the election, but as of right now it is not the case. In fact, from what I have seen it is a distinct possibility that Trump will prevail.

But the saddest part of all of this is not the audacity of the Left to try to steal the election, it is the failure of our institutions to protect us.

The Press.

Did you ever wonder why the Press is protected in the Bill of Rights? It was because the Press was expected to watch the government and keep us informed. The United States is now 244 years old and for most of that time the Press lived up to that expectation. In 1895-1898 the Press succumbed to Yellow Journalism which forever left a stain upon the 4th Estate. But that was only for about 3 to 4 years. Now we have Agenda Journalism.

Agenda Journalism.

It is journalism that is not concerned so much with factual reporting as they are with reporting news that aligns with their agenda. This agenda can be Liberal or Conservative, but in recent decades it has been primarily Liberal. Truth is trampled if it doesn’t promote their ‘truth’.

This has been the case for at least two decades. Our newspapers have let us down. So has television and radio. This election is not the only example of it nor the first. But it is certainly the most blatant!

Educational Institutions

Perhaps the greatest letdown has come from our educational institutions. I am not just talking about colleges, but about Elementary Schools and High Schools also. They have failed the children be giving them subpar educations. They have failed to teach absolutes such as God, the 10 Commandments, patriotism, responsibility, honor, and honesty.

Our country should be one of the best rated countries in education, but we aren’t. Instead of learning and developing the students, they are being taught to doubt and hate, to attack their history and to ignore it, to despise our government, and hate the police.

This didn’t just happen overnight or within the last 4 years. This has been coming for a long time. I suggest you look back to when God was kicked out of the classroom. Our morals went south almost immediately! That was June 25, 1962 and look at the whirlwind we inherited!

The Church

I said our educational institutions let us down the worst. But the worst in my opinion has been the church. I am a Christian and I attend church regularly, but I have to confess that the church has failed America. Back in the 1950s and 1960s the church didn’t really fight for Biblical perspectives in our government. Some pastors and their churches did fight, but the majority chose to ignore what was going on or to bury their heads in the sand. There are always those who will stand up for God, the shame comes when the majority of Christian churches and institutions stand by, watch the country burn, and do nothing.

Sadder yet has been the move toward liberal thought within the church. Liberalism, as we know it today, has no place within the church. It is the clear teaching of the Bible that life is sacred, and abortion is wrong. It is the clear teaching of the Bible that homosexual behavior is contrary to God’s law. Over and over liberal ideas are condemned in the Bible.

But what has been the church’s response to the rising abortion rates or the homosexual movement? All too many have turned from the Bible, many pastors preach from the newspaper and other documents and rarely use the Bible. The Bible is no longer viewed as the absolute Word of God! And a great many ‘Christians’ don’t even read the Bible!

God still has His remnant, but unless we experience a revival our country will collapse. Satan is attacking our nation through politics, education, and religion. It is time to take a stand.

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Journalism

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Journalism.
Today I guess I’m ranting. The whole idea of a democratic election is that there be informed viewers. When this country was started our founders were wise enough to protect the freedom of the press. The idea was that a free and independent press will keep our people informed and thus enable them to vote appropriately.
But times have changed.
Try finding an unbiased news report. Almost all news that relates to government has a liberal bias. It has been that way for decades, but now seems worse than ever. Now the news media is not only liberal but anti-Trump. Here we are in the midst of a bullish economy and you hear little about it from the news media.
What is newsworthy to them? Anything anti-Trump. Lately they’ve been intensely following the Manafort trial. On its own merits it might be interesting, but as to relating to Trump and the supposed collusion with Russia not very much. In fact you really have to twist the facts to make it relevant.
The Media is Betraying Us.
It is the media’s job to keep us informed of what’s going on in our government. For example, why don’t they report on the resurgent economy? We had eight or more years of stagnant economic news. People lost their jobs, the economy tanked. But when Trump was elected and turned the economy around, it has only been grudgingly reported.
We constantly hear that the world is laughing at Trump, but he has forced foreign governments to pony up. Over and over he has successes that are not reported in the newspapers. Yes, we learn about them but only by wading through social media and visiting government sites.
When I was a student, oh so long ago, I remember reading about the newspapers of the late 19th century. Their agenda was war with Spain over Cuba. The issue is not whether they actually influenced the government or not but that they used Yellow Journalism.
What is Yellow Journalism?
It’s the use of sensationalist headlines and stories without well researched supporting information. Today we see it on a wide scale covering newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. While it is not the sole property of liberals they do appear to be the primary users of this non-reporting.
How Should Reporters Report?”
According to the Ethical Journalism Network there are five core principles of reporting. These are (with my commentary):

  1. Truth and Accuracy

Truth cannot be guaranteed, but reporters should be seeking facts not sensationalistic headlines. We constantly see sensational headlines on page one and the retractions and/or corrections in the interior. I as a reader want relevant facts not the reporter’s opinion.

  1. Independence

Journalists must be independent voices. I agree with that. In fact I agree with the whole statement that EJN gives;
“Journalists must be independent voices; we should not act, formally or informally, on behalf of special interests whether political, corporate or cultural. We should declare to our editors – or the audience – any of our political affiliations, financial arrangements or other personal information that might constitute a conflict of interest.” (Emphasis mine)
Some reporters do follow this, but when watching the Washington Press Corps in action I don’t see it or hear it, nor do I read it in most news articles in the local paper.

  1. Fairness and Impartiality

“Most stories have at least two sides. While there is no obligation to present every side in every piece, stories should be balanced and add context.” I would disagree to this in one aspect. I believe they have a moral obligation to present the major sides of a story and be balanced. But I further believe that balance means a fair and equal reporting of facts. All too often we will read an article that will state a conservative point of view and the reporter will add content that seems to disagree with that view. But we don’t see that with liberal point of views.

  1. Humanity

“Journalists should do no harm. What we publish or broadcast may be hurtful, but we should be aware of the impact of our words and images on the lives of others.” I suggest that reporters be required to memorize that statement.

  1. Accountability

“A sure sign of professionalism and responsible journalism is the ability to hold ourselves accountable. When we commit errors we must correct them and our expressions of regret must be sincere not cynical. We listen to the concerns of our audience. We may not change what readers write or say but we will always provide remedies when we are unfair.” How about reporting the correction on the same page as the original article and with the same size print?
I’ll grant that journalistic integrity is a hard path to follow, but Americans and the American government deserve honest, ethical reporting. Here’s my single statement on what journalism should be about: A journalist should relate a story, backing it up with true facts, and with agenda free and opinion free reporting. You report, we decide.

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