Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
What is the media telling us today? Or, more importantly, what is it NOT telling us?
Are we racing toward ignorance? Why is it that all we hear about in the media is Trump and Russia? What’s going on in the rest of the world, and where is the good news? We are all taught to find the best in people, so why is there nothing good about either Donald trump or Russia? Why is it that we never hear stories about the good things that come from these two?
A recent Gallup poll noted that Americans are losing confidence in mainstream media. As technology advances, so does knowledge. We are witnessing a greater capacity to achieve global knowledge than any generation before us. As such, we are not content to study history or lose ourselves in fiction: rather, we long for current events, relevant stories, and news about the world around us. Right now. Today.
So what happens when our sources of knowledge, with all the technological advances and communications at their disposal, decide what our news should be? In the United States and Europe, media outlets have eyes and ears all over the world. Reporters are provided stories of victories, triumph amidst adversity, and genocidal terrorist organizations intent on eradicating entire nationalities, ethnicities, and religious people in the name of service to a “god” they think desires that.
Stories we never hear,
In the Middle East, a small village in northern Iraq where a mere 10 farmers fought off 70 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants to provide their families time to escape before the terrorist organization invaded their home. They were victorious and nearly every family was able to escape before IS came back.
This story would not take a reporter travelling in the east long to learn about, so why aren’t we hearing about it and the many more like it? One can only imagine what foreign reporters and correspondents are able to learn every day!
The Influence of the Media,
These are exactly the stories we don’t hear. Most mainstream media outlets with the largest audiences are no longer run by multiple companies or those with a passion to gain and spread knowledge from a variety of opinions. Rather, they are run by a select elite in the US. In 1983, over 50 companies owned the mainstream media. Today it is six. Six main news companies that all talk about the same few things… Trump and Russia, Syria, Facebook, etc.
The media has a direct influence over the people. They are there to provide the governed with the stories worldwide that cannot be experienced for themselves. What are the people to believe, if not the daily media? Knowledge gained from these sources is not varied; it’s all the same. Imagine the moral of the people if they heard a wider range of stories about the world around them. They could form an opinion for themselves, instead of having their opinion formed for them.
What are the good things Trump has done? Where are the heroic stories from the middle east like the one above? The media is telling us plenty, plenty of the same things. The bad is highlighted, the good is left out, and we are left with an American nation who is loosing trust in the mainstream media.
All we ask is that you pay attention to who makes your opinions. The media, or you.
What do you think? Let us know.
Trump Tries to Meet with Xi, but Uses Hong Kong Strife as an Excuse
The equity markets tumbled in mid-August, a global trade tension started to peak and economic data in the US, China and Europe, started to show contraction. While President Trump was quick to point to how well the US economy is performing, the administration decided that some of the items that were announced to experience tariffs as of September 1, will now only receive a tariff beginning December 15, 2019. Trump is in a bind. He wants to portray that he is in a strong negotiating position but realizes that China is not going to bend to his tactics. Many of the forward looking US economic reports are now pointing to contraction which is now what Trump wants ahead of the 2020 campaign season.
Trump Uses Hong Kong Strife to Try to Speak to Xi
President Trump suggested that he would be willing to have a “personal meeting” with China’s President Xi to discuss the escalating crisis in Hong Kong. China views the issue in Hong Kong as purely a domestic matter and would not likely want a meeting based in this issue. The US has warned China it must respond humanely to the protests if it wants to strike a trade deal.
Trump is trying to use any measure to try to needle China and get them back to the negotiating table in a way that would help the US. President Trump’s statement via Twitter marked a shift in tone in his public statements regarding the situation in Hong Kong. Trumps tweets came amid growing concern within the administration that China would respond with military force to the antigovernment protests that have shut down Hong Kong’s major international airport.
Hong Kong Growth Contracts
The Hong Kong government now believes that growth will be close to zero making investing into Hong Kong a risky scenario. Hong Kong receives special treatment from the United States. If this were changed, it could lead to a liquidation of many Hong Kong assets. Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bipartisan bill that threatens to revoke Hong Kong’s special trade status with the US if Beijing intervenes in the city. Beijing has reacted angrily to US congressmen’s comments, citing them as further evidence of American involvement in China’s internal affairs.
Trump Blames the Fed
President Trump continues to blame the Federal Reserve the decline and volatility in US stocks. Most believe its trade and the weak data that has followed including the Chinese and German data, which has been adversely impacted by the trade conflict between the US and China. The trade war is overwhelming and the Fed’s last change in monetary policy did little as Trump quickly reverted to fighting his war with China. The Fed might reduce rates further but will be unable to help the market unless China and the US come to some form a trade agreement. For this to occur, the US will likely have to agree to something that is softer than what they had originally expected.
California Garlic Festival Shooting – 3 dead
At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say.
At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say. A spokesperson for the Santa Clara County Health System said their hospitals received 11 patients with gunshot wounds, and 8 more with injuries that weren’t gunshot related.
Boy injured at airport after climbing onto baggage conveyor belt
A two-year-old boy was injured on Monday after climbing onto a baggage conveyor belt at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and being sent down to a luggage room.
The boy’s mother, Edith Vega, told police she had set her son Lorenzo down for a moment while she printed a boarding pass, but by the time she looked up, he was already on the belt.
“I just went blank,” Ms Vega told WSB-TV. “I wanted to jump in and try to go get him but they didn’t allow me. I was just freaking out and I’m, like, ‘Oh my goodness, I hope he’s OK. I hope he’s just enjoying the ride’.”
She also said investigators told her after Lorenzo disappeared from view he was taken on a five-minute journey that ended in the TSA bag room.
His hand was said to be fractured by the time he was retrieved. Ms Vega added she was just grateful he was still alive.
The boy was then transferred to a hospital that afternoon, the airport confirmed in a statement.“Officers with Atlanta Police and Atlanta Fire and Rescue responded to an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday afternoon involving a small child who accessed the automated baggage screening system via the Spirit Airlines ticket counter,” said Hartsfield-Jackson in a statement shared with Fox News.
“The child was transported to a local hospital for observation and treatment. The Transportation Security Administration and other partners are also assisting with the investigation into the incident.”
Spirit Airlines says it is “working with TSA and airport officials” following the incident.