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Op-ed in The Western Journal: Andrew Pollack: You’re Literally Better Informed in America if You Don’t Pay Attention to the News Media

24 Nov , 2020  

No matter the outcome of President Trump’s legal efforts to expose voter fraud, we should all take a step back and reflect on how remarkable it is that more than 73 million Americans voted for him.

After all, for the past four years the media has told us – constantly – that President Trump is a rapist who colluded with Russia and who thinks that our veterans are “losers” and “suckers.”

How the heck, a journalist might well wonder, could any American, much less 73 million of them, vote for a man like that?

The answer is simple: After four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, half of America has awakened to the fact that journalists are simply lying liberal political activists with bylines. They didn’t vote for Trump despite all of these allegations. They voted for him because they assumed – correctly – that they were all lies.

This is a profoundly positive development for America because most of the mainstream media has determined to dedicate itself to fomenting false narratives in the service of political division.

Take the narrative that dominated the headlines of 2020: that police officers were casually and constantly killing unarmed black men in the streets. Anyone who read The New York Times or watched CNN would have been bombarded by enough factoids to make any reasonable person’s head spin at the profound systemic injustice.

And yet, someone who said, “I’m not going to pay any attention to that stuff — it’s all lies,” would have turned out far better informed.

Contrary to the media narrative, police shootings of unarmed black citizens is an exceedingly rare phenomenon. There were only 14 such cases in 2019. (Only .2 percent of the 7,300 black homicide victims that year.)

The reason we believe that there is an epidemic of white officers killing black citizens is that the media will only mention race if the officer is white and the victim is black.

The entirely fabricated narrative of police officers constantly killing unarmed black men fueled this summer’s riots, which cost over $1 billion in property damage and at least 25 lives. Oh wait, I’m sorry, I meant to say it caused this summer’s “mostly peaceful protests” that cost 1 billion dollars and at least 25 lives.

As we saw, journalists were prepared to literally stand in front of burning buildings and insist that the protests were “mostly peaceful.”
But when Trump supporters came to Washington, D.C., for the “Million MAGA March,” the media sang a different tune. An NPR report led with the description “right-wing activists and protesters designated as hate groups echoed the president’s false claims of a stolen election.”

After four years of boosting Hillary Clinton’s claim that Trump “stole” the election with the help of Russia, and that he was therefore an “illegitimate” president,” and after holding Stacey Abrams out as a national hero for refusing to concede in Georgia, the media is now expressing a flurry of indignation for Donald Trump’s allegedly unprecedented shattering of democratic norms.

Earlier this week, Politico ran an article titled “Poll: 46 percent say Trump should concede ‘right away.’” The headline could rather have been written: “Poll: Majority does not say that Trump should concede yet.” Given the apparent outcome, this is actually a pretty remarkable showing.

But while the media has been eager to blame Trump for “delegitimizing American institutions,” they should pause and consider the fact that he would not have been able to convince the American people that there was something fishy afoot if half the country didn’t have the basic – and well-earned – presumption that political journalists are in the business of lying to the American people for the sake of advancing their own agenda.

This would indeed be a very sad development if it weren’t so well earned. But as President Obama recently said, democracy only works if we have the capacity to distinguish truth from fiction.

The fact that almost half of America these days seems to default to the assumption that the media is lying to them is a great sign that at least part of our country still has this ability.

The piece is available here.

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  1. Kristen Bell says:

    Trump is running this country under its Republican foundations. The democrats and other “parties” are illegitimate and don’t have legal authority or power. This is in conjunction with the necessary qualifications requirements that the Republican system mandates. If people actually knew how the founding father’s crafted our system, and granting the people the majority of governing power (self-governing benefits for law abiding citizens), we wouldn’t have allowed the federal government to become as powerful as they illegally could, under the guise of Democracy. There wouldn’t be a reason to have writs beyond the 14th amendment. And that’s being generous, apart from the originally enacted Bill of Rights.

    The Ninth Amendment clearly defines the expression of rights to belong to the people, never the government. Ironically, the Maryland governor thought he was so clever to say the people don’t have a constitutional right to not wear a mask… That is politically incorrect, legally incorrect as all law is mandated to preserve all life (to law abiding citizens and nature). This statement does not follow sound judgement, moral code, legislative process or the best interest of the general welfare of the public. He is no more than a public servant. The governor was elected to manage the state, with the obligations to uphold only what the constituents allow themselves to do (which hypothetically then the root of criminality stems from intent and/or execution of harm or damage to a person or property, not secured in rightful ownership).

    Furthermore, 4th Amendment declares our inalienable right to be secured in our own person and documentations (bill of sales, deeds, proof of property, including birth certificates). The justified argument goes on and the topics of the first and second amendments weren’t even touched. Due process of our Republic has been at stake since the ratification of the Constitution because of a group of adult-aged toddlers, called the Federalists (now known as liberal or democrat), didn’t win their argument to make the federal government a central power (Democracy). The power was granted and to be derived from the people (Republic).

    Through false advertisement and propaganda, like a Russian gov’t mob (pun intended), too many have been convinced over the years we are what we’re not. Most people don’t know or understand the term “gaslighting,” which is worrisome. The more the American people allow these corrupt politicians to run amuck, the more crimes they are allowed to commit, gun-control isn’t the only issue we need to be concerned about. The democrats are doing more than slinging poop at us and laughing about it, conspiring with all sorts of criminally intelligent outsources. This mama bear is fed up, been fed up. Do you have a product that promotes “Bully-be-Gone?” (sorry, a tongue and cheek moment, icebreaker to break up the seriousness of topic!)

    Anyway, thank you for your time and allowing my vent. I love history but I am aware and righteously upset over the turn of events and the lack of educational concerns. One last thing, About 1943, American soldiers raided German concentration camps in Germany and found pages upon pages of research, conducted by Nazi-controlled scientists, concluding different theories and confirmed methods of mind and population control. One of the studies was about the effects of fluoride as an agent to dumb down the people. At an specific measurement of fluoride fortified water, for example, it was found that submission was better achieved because of specific neurological suppressions in the brain. Food for though; excellent research project. After confiscation, around 1945 the US gov’t started the same experiments with its own people.

    Hmm… happy researching!!! And have a blessed weekend!!

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