News Media Fail ** The United States Is Turning Into North Korea

IMG_0091The last few days have been the latest example of how the so-called news media fails our Country, doesn’t do its job and pretty much only focusses on the newest shiny object they see. The relentless coverage of the “historic” “deadly” “life changing” Blizzard is just the showing of the low point of news media in the U.S.

The news media had always been referred to as the 4th estate of the U.S. government. Keeping America informed and keeping its leaders to upholding the truth. In its heyday, the news media brought down a president of the United States of America. Today, it’s CNN Breaking News: it’s snowing. Such a sad state of affairs which hurts just about everyone.

It is a reality and a disgrace that the news media has to focus on profit instead of informing the public. Having the best news used to be a symbol of a great organization. Now it’s all about the bottom line. How much money do they bring in and how to get higher ratings. Really, it’s devastating.

Where has the news media been since 2008 financial meltdown and modern day American Depression? Why has no news outlet fully looked into what exactly happened, why, and how to prevent it in the future? The point would not be to put blame on president Bush, the point would be to see what led to this calamity. President Clinton was involved with his deregulating laws that were put in place after the original Great Depression in the 1920s/30s. Again, the goal is not to ruin Bill Clinton, the goal is for the American people to never have to go through such tragedy.

The news media should be challenging all presidential administrations, whether they be Democrats or Republicans. We all know they failed us on challenging the perfectly orchestrated lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Perhaps if they had done their jobs American people might not have been for that war. And, do not forget, in 2003 Americans were behind that war.

The news media needs to be there to inform, get the truth out and then the American public can decide, by voting, what they want to do. Instead what we get is pandering to get interviews by only saying the talking points the people being interviewed want told.

This is outrageous. This puts the United States in the same league as North Korea. We aren’t hearing the truth, and neither do they. The extremes might be a different, but the concept is the same. “Tell the people what YOU want them to hear/understand/believe. What a disgrace.

Some examples. Many, including myself, have relentlessly condemned the White House for not explaining what #ACA was, how it would work, what the plusses and minuses were of the law. I still blame president Obama for not better articulating this new law and also its massive failure in NYC. But, I equally blame the media. Why weren’t they there to read through the law, report on it, challenge the administration? To me, that’s unacceptable. Not one word from any news outlet about the ACA looked at and judged in its entirety. President Obama himself has said there are many things that can be improved. The news media could have brought them to the forefront.

Another example of complete and total media failure is the state of the U.S. economy today. The media hangs on the headlines that are given and don’t look deeper. They don’t ask why 90% of the Country is extremely anxious about the economy and job security. They don’t mention there are some 40 million unemployed people not included in the 5.6% unemployment rate. They rarely mention that the so called thriving economy and job creation has created predominately much lower paying full time jobs and millions of part time jobs. Their lack of giving the public real news is detrimental to our future. If we looked at this honestly today we could try to fix it.

It’s not to blame president Obama, it’s to make the future better for all of us. When people are out of work, working part time, or earning significantly lower wages the economy stalls, like ours is now. If consumers, workers, don’t have the money to buy things companies don’t hire and there is a downward spiral.

The examples of news media failure are endless. What really happened on 9/11? Why are those 28 pages of the 9/11 report still redacted? Why aren’t we informed that the U.S. created al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL? If we knew these things we could make better decisions as voters.

As it’s going, we here in the U.S. are fed information that is at best half truthful, non investigated and informative. How does this make us any different than Iran and North Korea?

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US Pride To An Unclear Mission That Needs To End

I am talking about Afghanistan, a subject many people might be sick of hearing about in recent days.  As a New Yorker when our icons were attacked and destroyed I was devastated; how could this happen here?  I was one of the lucky ones, I, nor anyone I knew died.  We were living in Battery Park City at the time and weren’t able to go home for 2 weeks; a minor inconvenience – although extremely unsettling.  When President Bush gave the Taliban an ultimatum to turn over Osama bin Laden or face the consequences we were all behind the President 100%.  When we went to war and over threw the Taliban and sent Osama et al into their caves it was a proud moment for America.  We had been brutally attacked and now we were showing the world don’t ever mess with us.  This is where things started going terribly wrong.  We took our eyes off of Afghanistan and headed to Iraq.  Between 2003 and 2009, when Obama came into office no one really knows what was going on in Afghanistan, most of the reporting was on Iraq.

Fast forward to present day, we are told we are staying in Afghanistan until its military is able to protect its citizens (2014) and until we are sure al Qaeda can never come back.  Both of these conditions are preposterous.  I don’t believe the Afghan army  will every be able to protect its country; and al Qaeda is everywhere, even in the United States.  As an American the outrage over the burnings of the Koran’s enraged me.  All of that energy used for the protest, all of that momentum, all of the standing together to unite against us – seeing that made me ask, why aren’t they this passionate about their own country, their own government, living life the way they want to? As I recently said, we can’t want freedom and democracy for the them more than they want it for themselves.

Our goals are unattainable unless we want to be there another 50 years.  We have an unwilling partner in the Afghan people to stand up for themselves.  Vice President Joe Biden, from reports I have heard, not personal conversations, was right.  We should change our mission there, the mission should be counter terrorism only.  If al Qaeda comes back use the drones to defeat them.  Its time this decade long endeavor comes to an end.