“…I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed…”
–President John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy delivered this exhilarating speech back in 1961. On occasion, I have actually listened to the audio of his message to the Press, leaving me inspired. Towards the end of the speech, Kennedy emphasizes the primary role of the 1st Amendment. Kennedy notes that the press is the only business protected by the Constitution, which serves a strong purpose to the American public:
“…And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment-the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution-not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”-but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold and sometimes even anger public opinion…” –JFK
When it comes to news and current events, we generally receive the message from the press [media]. The “message” is very important to note because every news media organization has an agenda, generally based in some bias. I’m admitting to you right now that my bias swings solely towards backing up and defending the principles of the Constitution. My writings are based on finding truth and keeping our country’s representatives centered on constitutional lawfulness in that no Bill of Rights shall be infringed upon. Now, that’s the core base of my agenda; my message. What is the media’s agenda? What is their message when reporting on news and current events?
For the past few weeks, I exposed my brain cells to more mainstream [corporately controlled] media than I normally would. I was not surprised to see nothing has changed. When I tuned into Fox News last week, the establishment right-wing-conservative organization, was slamming President Obama, not Christie. When I flipped over to MSNBC, the establishment left-wing-progressive organization, was slamming Governor Chris Christie, Obama.
Talking heads from these corporations serve no good to the American public. Sure they generate profits and keep people employed, but at what cost? Organizations such as this do nothing more than distract, divide, and allow us to be conquered by hate and anger from inflammatory rhetoric. Most of the things they report or speak on aren’t generally verified to be true. My suggestion is to acquire your news from multiple credible news resources. It is highly important to fact check and cross reference what is reported. Never take things at face value. It is highly dangerous to receive information and news from only one source. Information must be verified to ensure its credibility. I learned this research technique in junior high. I like the RT-News slogan “Question More.” It’s quite fitting. On a closing note, I’ll leave you with this quote: “Doveryai, No Proveryai.” –Russian Proverb. In English, “Trust, but Verify.” –Ronald Reagan
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