The recent set of six posts titled Dispassionate Meditations on Mass Shootings has brightly illuminated the means by which a highly partisan press can manipulate information to advance a narrative founded upon emotion. The entire U.S. population has been traumatized by the outbreak of unprecedented mass shootings over the recent past. Upset people are particularly vulnerable to the propagandistic use of scapegoating and scaremongering. As one Progressive elite put it, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
But what the mainstream media did with the horrific story of mass shootings is far more sinister than letting an opportunity for reform “go to waste.” No, they have cynically and purposefully sought to transform these tragedies into vehicles by which emotion driven falsehoods could be injected into the American public’s mind. Thus, the end result sought wasn’t the reduction of mass shootings but was rather the acquisition of the raw political power to accomplish ends that had been sought long before this particular series of events unfolded.
When we look back over this material we find four primary means by which this purposeful deception is accomplished, those being:
- Creation of a consensus Progressive narrative (i.e., It all started under and because of Trump. It’s mostly driven by white men in pursuit of “white supremacy.” It’s the worst in the United States because of the Second Amendment.)
- The suppression of any information that casts doubt on the consensus Progressive narrative (i.e., the Lott study)
- The framing of any information supportive of the consensus Progressive narrative as above reproach and obviously true (i.e., the presentation of the Lankford paper as unassailable truth delivered by an impeccably moral academic)
- The manipulation of data so as to convey a “truth” that is actually unsupported by that data (i.e., the use of mass shooter data by race without including the proportion of each race in the general population; the use of consistent data across the world to assess levels of violence).
Were news consumers to take this all at face value the obvious and only conclusion would be to enact the Progressive agenda by rejecting Republicans and the Second Amendment, impeaching President Trump and treating “white supremacy” as the greatest threat to our nation’s survival. But the mainstream media has so often and so obviously overplayed their hand that an ever shrinking proportion of Americans accept their reporting as credible. Therefore the media become frustrated with and contemptuous of their customers, leading to a redoubling of their efforts to deceive.
This is all deeply destructive, as the gap between the press and regular citizens widens. For were the mainstream media to stumble upon a truth that actually did threaten our nation many of their (perhaps former) customers would be unlikely to believe them.
However, enough people continue trust in the mainstream media to enable their continuance as a source of informational power. They are bolstered by the Internet media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter as they suppress users and information counter to the Progressive narrative. They are also supported by the Democrat Party and the deep state through coordinated propaganda and targeted leaks.
But since the 1980s the grip of Progressive information dominance has been in decline. With the demise of the FCC “Fairness doctrine” in 1987 a broader spectrum of political perspectives were able to find a channel into public discourse. With the advent of the Internet in the 1990s these channels exploded in number, quantity and influence. Ever since then the mainstream media has sought in vain to recapture the dominance over information that they had previously experienced.
Had they responded by delivering trustworthy, relevant news they might have faired better. However they rather chose the paths of “if it bleeds it leads,” strident left wing policy advocacy and personal destruction of their opponents. Thus many members of their potential audience found themselves alienated and in search of alternative sources of information.
This process has only accelerated with the advent of the “fake news” mass media culture. The Hill recently reported the following:
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.
That number includes 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats.
The mainstream media has brought this distrust upon themselves. They show no inclination to change direction. Rather they have doubled, tripled and now quadrupled down on their strategy of literally Pravda-like shilling for the Progressive elite. Perhaps there exists a stable and lucrative audience for this product. Only time will tell. However, they have likely lost a vast segment of their potential audience for at least a generation, if not forever.