Mainstream Media vs.”Fake News” and Freedom of Speech

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After the incredible triumph of Donald Trump on November 8, the mainstream media has come under increasing scrutiny. Everyone predicted a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, and the coverage leading up to the election was anything but fair and balanced. Even the somewhat conservative Fox News was difficult for Trump fans to watch. The constant belittling of the candidate by the elite analysts put conservatives on their knees in prayer, hoping beyond hope their candidate might somehow squeak out a victory.
     The day of the election and far into the night, the networks still gave Trump little chance. Some of the comments were, “The only way he can win is IF…” Meanwhile, state after state that was considered a slam-dunk for Hillary went “red” for Trump. There was only one outlet that had it right: the New York Times predicted a 91 percent chance Trump would win.
     The next day, the pollsters and anchors were scratching their heads and asking, how could we have gotten it so wrong? To which we respond, how can anyone trust you to tell us the truth?
     In the days following the election, there has been an avalanche of stories decrying the “fake news” published by alternative news sources (see list below). These are the sources many people have turned to, causing the mainstream to lose viewers, readers, and advertising dollars. But instead of trying to remove their own bias, the mainstream berates us for disagreeing with their urbane assessments. They have become even more determined to convert Trump supporters and conservatives to their point of view.
     One CBS writer, in an op-ed entitled The Unbearable Smugness of the Press, said it this way: “We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confuse medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice. That’s the fantasy, the idea that if we mock them enough, call them racists enough, they’ll eventually shut up and get in line.”
     Are Trump and his supporters really racist? Consider this story from the Wall Street Journal: In 1997 Trump purchased the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. He converted it into a private club–the first in the area to allow Jews and African-Americans. Trump asked the town council to end their racism. He even sent them copies of the movie, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” about a mixed race couple. Still the council wouldn’t budge, so he sued them for $100 million. Eventually, Palm Beach lifted the ban, giving Jews and African-Americans entrance into other clubs.
     Next, keep in mind that alternative news sites are not the same thing as sites that purposely fake the news. Obama Signs Executive Order Banning the National Anthem was published on a phony CNN website. The story was made up by Paul Horner, who creates news hoaxes and puts them on the internet. He claims he earns $10,000 per month in ads when the stories go viral.
     But even more dangerous than made-up news by people like Horner is when the mainstream media has an agenda. They have the reach and the power of the establishment to slant the news because they believe they have the “greater truth.”
     Facebook had to apologize in August for featuring a false story claiming Megyn Kelly of Fox News had been fired after endorsing Trump. Six-two percent of adults get their news from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.
     Twitter suspended a number of accounts the same day it claimed to be cracking down on hate speech. Twitter rules “prohibit targeted abuse and harassment.” A spokeswoman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, a progressive/liberal-left organization asked Twitter to remove more than 100 accounts of what they call “white supremacists.”
     Google has said it will team up with Facebook to crack down on fake news, preventing them from running ads or appearing at the top of search results. It sounds good, but what standards will they use?
     There are many member in the alternative media. Some could be called kook-fringe who publish rumors that turn out to be true. Others are conservative and libertarian sites who consistently told the truth about Trump and his supporters and correctly predicted the outcome of the election. Here are a few of the most reputable alternate news sources, some of which the mainstream has labeled “Fake.”

Use with Caution:
Nextnews (watch on youtube)
Very Reliable:

Why this Matters: Always search things out for yourself! This is a partial list of resources; if you have additional sites you’d like to add, please send to loricolley@gmail.com and I will publish an updated list.
 
Father, we pray for justice to be done and that the people who are sowing discord among Americans, dividing and separating our nation, will be stopped. Thank you for the increase of knowledge; help us to be wise in how we seek it.

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VP-Elect Boed, Lectured During “Hamilton”

Mike Pence took his family on Friday to see the Broadway musical Hamiltonwhich has an all African-American cast. He entered the theater to a smattering of people clapping for him, but even more were booing. At the end of the performance, the actor who plays Aaron Burr addressed the audience. He thanked Vice President-elect Pence for attending, then began to admonish him, saying he was speaking for the diverse people of America who are alarmed and anxious–fearful that the new administration would not defend them.

Pence responded on Fox News Sunday that he and his family really enjoyed the show. He said he wasn’t offended and wanted to reassure people that President-elect Trump is preparing to be the president of all the people of the U.S.

Why this Matters: Trump’s response wasn’t as soft as Pence’s. He tweeted that this was rude (which it was) and the cast should apologize. He was roundly criticized by the mainstream media, and that became the top story of the weekend.

Father, we pray that Mr. Trump would learn to keep some of his thoughts to himself. Put a guard over his mouth (Ps. 141:3).

Prov. 6:16-19 – These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
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