Reader’s Letter: Free Speech

POSTED: 06/16/11 1:34 PM

We are blessed to live in a country where our media still reports the news from a neutral perspective. It seems our journalists and editors are passionate about what they do and they still seem to understand that the media has an incredibly important role to play in informing the public about what is going on behind the scenes in the government, in the business arena and in our neighborhoods.

We the people, the taxpayers are the ones who have to ensure that governments do their job. The job that we elect them to do is quite simple in its essence; that is to help the people to protect themselves and their interests from threats, such as environmental and cultural degradation, inflation, pollution, scarcity, overdevelopment, crime etc. Their job also includes the never ending task of trying to improve the standard of living for the population of the country, while trying to achieve the best possible standards for the society.

The media’s role is to be an independent party that provides honest non biased news to all citizens who are interested in the information. A journalist’s passion should be finding out the truth about issues and reporting those truths to the public who in turn can make up their own minds about what is important, and how the news will affect their lives. The news should give the citizens the power of information so that they can prepare for upcoming events.

My only concern is this; our media tend to be very thorough when they report on domestic issues. It does not seem that our media are controlled by private entities who would wish to manipulate the news for their own benefit. However the international news is what I worry about. It appears that very little care and research is extended when selecting the articles that are printed for our people to read.

Living on an island gives us the advantage of being neutral observers in world affairs. But it is imperative that our media protect the people from the various ‘untruths’ that are rampant in the global corporate media.

The first question a journalist should ask when regurgitating a story from another media outlet is whether the source is trustworthy. I am sorry to inform the people out there that so much of the news these days is total propaganda aimed at enhancing the power and wealth of the few while keeping the rest in ignorance and hence stagnation in terms of intellectual development. After all ‘knowledge is power’.

The corporate media are deliberately misleading and often gloss over extremely important issues to ensure that the masses are either uninformed or are fed false information so that public opinion can be swayed in the favor of those who control the media. They can even make war and the illegal invasion of countries sound like a positive thing. And who controls the mainstream media?

“There is no greater power in the world today than that wielded by the manipulators of public opinion in America. No king or pope of old, no conquering general or high priest ever disposed of a power even remotely approaching that of the few dozen men who control America’s mass news and entertainment media.”  –

“At present there is a concentration of media ownership (also known as media consolidation or media convergence) which refers to a process whereby progressively fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media. Contemporary research demonstrates increasing levels of consolidation, with many media industries already highly concentrated and dominated by a very small number of firms.” – Wikipedia

The global media system is now dominated by a first tier of nine giant firms. The five largest are Time Warner (1997 sales: $24 billion), Disney ($22 billion), Bertelsmann ($15 billion), Viacom ($13 billion), and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation ($11 billion). Besides needing global scope to compete, the rules of thumb for global media giants are twofold: First, get bigger so you dominate markets and your competition can’t buy you out. Firms like Disney and Time Warner have almost tripled in size this decade. –

Their power is not distant and impersonal; it reaches into every home in America, and it works its will during nearly every waking hour. It is the power that shapes and molds the mind of virtually every citizen, young or old, rich or poor, simple or sophisticated.
This would not be a problem if the information that was being spewed out was correct, but it seems that much of what appears in the corporate media has threads of truth wrapped up in a lot of lies, mainly because the owners of the news outlets are also the controllers of the global agenda.
The news readers are actors who offer their opinions and practiced smiles to help nudge a doubtful public towards the required thought process. The movies, magazines and newspapers are not allowed to discuss certain issues and if they do, those topics must be laughed off as conspiracy theories or mere fantasy. Not only that but much of the globe’s most important news such as – Geo-engineering, Destruction of the Worlds Water table (fracking), Fukishima (3 nuclear meltdowns), Wall St. derivatives (daylight robbery), Bilderberg exposed (World controllers caught red handed), Atlantic and pacific garbage patches, manipulation of oil prices, BP oil spill inside job, 911 inside job, Genetically Modified foods, Codex Alimentarious, removal of 139 natural herbal products from European shelves, pole shifts, eugenic vaccines, solar flares, hidden technologies (Tesla’s free energy systems etc.) pre crime systems, revolution in Spain, Greece, etc., etc, etc……go completely unnoticed. (I urge all readers to Google the above terms)
There is so much sensational news out there. Much of it so important for humanity to be aware of, because if we are not aware of what is really going on behind the scenes we have no control over our own destiny and we are at the mercy of the powers that be, and history tells us that they are not normally looking out for us. If you doubt what I am discussing then please research for yourself.

At the moment when so many of our liberties and freedoms, as well our environment, are being taken away from us while the corporate media feeds us an endless stream of non-issues and disinformation for us all to argue and disagree on, it is the role of the media to investigate and to inform, for better or for worse. If our newspapers print what is really going on in the world our people will have a better chance than most to prosper in our troubled times.

Kevin Dekkers

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