“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
— Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The truth matters. When the government and mainstream news manipulates and lies to us for our own “good” we are all diminished. When we are lied to, something is taken from us. We the people, become a means to an end, an end that we know little about. Our government and corporate news are often at odds with what the common people want and need and more often serve their own needs.
We weren’t told the truth about the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the Vietnam War, Iran/Contra in the 1980’s, 9/11 in 2001, our “Drone War” on terror today, Benghazi, to name a few. Political candidates often lie and hold to ideologies to garner voter support rather than speak the truth.
The “mainstream” press is no better. It is owned by corporations who own our government. They have abandoned their responsibility as the fourth estate (to investigate and keep our nation informed and free) and instead substitute false equivalencies, ideology, and lies, as one side of an argument in their attempt to be fair. And they do this most often by repeating the falsehood over and over and louder and louder until the general populous thinks it is true. Some examples are, that the United States was founded specifically to be a Christian nation – global warming does not exist – the U.S. Government spent 1.3 million dollars paying people play World of Warcraft video games and on and on.
When the people are not trusted with the truth, they loose trust with each other and trust in their government and the country. It makes it difficult for any of us to know what is true and what isn’t. Trust, established by sustained truthfulness, is the foundation of all healthy human endeavors. It would be nice if the FCC made knowingly reporting lies punishable by a fine or being taken off the airways. Thank goodness for local reporting such as the Big Island Chronicle that must print the truth to the best of their knowledge, or go out of business.
Dr. John M. Daggett Ph.D.