In a frantic attempt to regain power and credibility, the lobbyists behind our mainstream media organizations have deployed digital public relations strategists to masquerade as credible sources of information under the misleading moniker of “Fact Checkers.” Thankfully, imageboard memes and other online lore has quickly debunked these for what they are: partisan hacks with no editorial oversight or journalistic training (and in the case of Snopes.com actual prostitutes) doing the bidding of their corporate masters for profit.
Now even the world’s biggest media sites, such as Fox News, are catching on, which means that most of America is waking up to “Fact Checkers” being another scam of the dishonest media who fed us the ridiculous lies of “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction” and “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it under Obamacare!” The fact checks were recently humiliated in force, thanks to a cleverly devised choice of words in Trump’s State of the Union speech:
Politico, for instance, was slammed on social media for declaring that Trump’s claim that “one in three women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north” to America was only partly true — because it’s actually 31 percent.
Meanwhile, NPR touted a fact check that critiqued Trump for praising the record number of women in Congress simply because he didn’t mention that most of them are Democrats.
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor said Wednesday that “so-called ‘fact checks’ are one of the most discredited ways journalists now attack the right.”
Post-Truth was the Oxford Dictionary’s choice for the 2016 word of the year. Applied mostly to the current state of media and Western politics, the etymology implies that we are living in an era where we are “after truth” or “without truth.” The reality is this: we are living in a time with greater and more accurate truth because with mostly unrestricted information flow the control over objective truth is no longer limited to the oft-corrupted powers-that-be that rule individual regions.
Let me ask you a question: how many continents are there? If you grew up in the United States, there are seven. But if you grew up in Brazil, there are six (with North and South America not being separate) and if you grew up in Asia there are five (the most geographically sensible, with Eurasia counting as one continent). What about the planets? If you were born before the 2000s, you were taught that there were nine planets in our galaxy for your whole educational career. Now there are eight, probably because somebody decided that it would cost too much to add the three “dwarf planets” discovered in our education materials and that simply demoting one would be easier. I once read in a history book that “you will never see man and dinosaur footprints side-by-side because they are not from the same age” — this too has been recently potentially debunked. But there are some absolute, basic facts, right? The sky is absolutely blue, no question about it right? Well, not if your eye’s color-sensing cones have abnormally developed.
Absolute, unbiased truth is rare and finite. Though math, physics, and other absolute law does exist in our world, much of what we have come to accept as “truth” is subjective because truths themselves are human perceptions about the world, not their referents in the world itself. In twenty-first century America, much of what we learned to be “truth” is just an interpretation. For many years, we relied solely on regional institutions to interpret reality for us: media, education, religious institution, government, and celebrities would determine truth and disseminate it for the rest of us.
But in our bold and exciting age, where a globalized world and modern internet allows an unrestricted flow of information, we have realized that all the above institutions have been corrupted by money and greed and can no longer be trusted. Furthermore, as members of a society of individualism with no higher governing hierarchy, human beings can no longer be trusted to interpret truth honestly or correctly given their bankrupt morality and crippling emotional bias. And with an unprecedented ideological rift dividing the nation, it is impossible to find a beacon of interpretation without a frame of objectivity. This applies to every article on the internet, including the one you are readying right now.
One must consider the scope and bias in which all information received. You cannot experience news, politics, media, literature, or even faith without a framing mechanism (i.e., a periscope) that is bound to a cultural worldview. This means that none of these things can ever be “unobjective” or impartial even though they may claim to be or want to be. This is most especially true with news and media. So don’t fall for “fact checks,” “verified journalists,” “credible sources,” blue check marks on Twitter, “Harvard Graduates,” et al. These things don’t mean somebody is more truthful. In fact, they are more likely the indication of someone incapable of thinking critically because they are vested in the system and rewarded for compliance.
Culture in the form of race, nation/region, tradition, religion, and moral foundation is the closest thing we have to absolute truth in this life world. They are the fabric that holds the human condition together. Remove them and you are beyond truth and in complete chaos. And as we’ve learned from the mental instability and emotional gullibility of all leftists, this chaos brings endless suffering.
But despite the suffering, they will continue to be duped by the fake news media celebrities and celebrities they worship, because they simply have nothing else. Morseo, they will still follow their doctrine of “travel over family,” “independence over marriage,” “equality over identity,” and “individual above all things” because these they are just in too deep to quit. And that, my friends, is the very sad truth.
Tags: credentialism, Culture, interpretations, objectivity, truth