Headlines in various news sources excoriating Trump’s pardoning several law breakers (Manafort, et al) were strangely silent when Obama pardoned some 1,000 law breakers under the guise of compassion. Other headlines highlighted illegal immigration and criticized Trump’s alleged incarceration of the children, evidenced by photos of children in cages that were created and first used during the Obama Administration. As of 2019, more illegal immigrants were deported during the Obama Administration than during the Trump Administration. Clearly the media is attempting to influence public perceptions without regard to the truth.
I find it difficult to rely on any news sources in today’s world because they (in similar fashion with our political leaders) care not for truth but only for advancing their own political views. The media only convey facts that support their own agendas thus depriving we citizens the opportunity to make reasoned judgments. The media in today’s world are politically oriented, using their platforms to present an unbalanced perspective and an incomplete story…uncaring for a truth that would convey the facts of a matter but rather describe the world as they wish us to see it. They care only for that part of an issue that promotes their biases and in so doing they deny the readers (us) the opportunity to form reasoned judgments about a given matter of concern. Our elected office holders are too quite guilty of this sin of omission and commission, caring not for the welfare of our country but only for the results of the oncoming election. The lot of them should be sacked and replaced by those who have an understanding, and a belief in the principles of a democratic republic. This is a contradiction of our beliefs in and a reliance on a free press. It is a sad day indeed wherein we are subjected to outright lies and miscast opinions under the guise of truth by those who we expect to provide us the insights and information that permits reasoned judgments. What ever happened to Thomas Paine and “Common Sense?”
Peter J. Boylan