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Dear Media, This Is The Reason We Don't Trust You

It is no secret that the media has a leftist bent when it comes to reporting the facts. However, that bent is not always easily seen by everyone. That is why it is important for us to point out the bent whenever it is obvious. This has been easier to do over the last couple of days. Two major incidents make my case incredibly clear.

First, many in the media praised Kevin Spacey for coming out as gay, even amidst allegations (which he quasi-admitted to) that he attempted to sexually assault a 14-year-old boy actor named Anthony Rapp. The headlines from many media outlets mentioned this fact. Here are some:

"Actor Kevin Spacey Apologizes After Accusations of Sexual Advances Toward Teenage Actor"
-The Blaze


"Kevin Spacey Apologizes For Alleged Sexual Assault With A Minor"
-CNN


However, there are several news sources that do not mention this fact, but choose instead to focus on Kevin Spacey coming out as gay. Here are some:

"Actor Kevin Spacey Declares He Lives Life As A Gay Man"
-Reuters


"'I Choose Now To Live As A Gay Man': Kevin Spacey Comes Out In Emotional Tweet''
-ABC News


Let me be one to state the obvious: sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with a person's responsibility for sexual assault. You don't get a free pass because you say that you are gay(1). Apparently, many in the media did not get this memo.

This, however, is not the only incident within the last couple of days in which the media has demonstrated their bias and unwillingness to address the important aspects of a news story. More recently, they have failed to properly address the terror attacks in New York. In essence, they refuse, in many cases, to acknowledge that this is a radical Islamic terrorist who committed this attack. Here are some of the headlines concerning this incident:

"Trump Responds To NYC Deadly Truck Attack"
-ABC News


"New York Truck Attack: Trump Calls For End Of Green Card Lottery"
-BBC News


"Trump Attacks Schumer Over NYC Attacker And Visa Program"
-Politico


Notice that the one thing that is missing from these headlines is ANY mention that the New York truck attacker was an Islamic terrorist who claimed to do this in the name of ISIS. I see quite a few headlines about what Trump is doing in response to this, but considerably less about the attack itself. In addition, many of the stories which do address this refuse to acknowledge that the suspect yelled "Allah Akbar" during the attack. The closest that some in the media come to acknowledging this is the claim that he yelled "'God is great' in Arabic". Yet this is not entirely accurate. This runs the risk of implying that the God of Christianity is the same as the god of Islam. Christians and Muslims serve two different Gods. To conflate the two runs the risk of causing unnecessary, disparaging views of Christians and is unfair to the Christian population in this country, who, by the way, are peaceful people. The media doesn't care.

Dear media, this is why we do not trust you. You are biased, and largely refuse to acknowledge it. You twist the stories into your own version to fit what YOU THINK the story should say. You twist reality with your words and place the focus on areas that should not be the focus. You refuse to acknowledge even the most basic facts if it conflicts with what you want to be true. If you do acknowledge them, you bury them so deep in your story that they rarely ever get read. This is why we cannot trust you. How do you fix this problem? There are several things you could start doing:

1.) Tell the truth.

If you start telling the truth, even when it conflicts with what you WANT it to be, people will start trusting you more. This is probably the most important thing that you can do to restore trust in what you say. A Republican commentator who can critique both Republican and Democrat policies based on a set of principles that is shared by his or her constituents is more believable than someone who fawns over every little thing that one Party does, while critiquing every little thing that the other Party does. The reverse is also true. The truth is a double-edged sword that will make you uncomfortable at times. Start speaking the truth no matter where it leads, and people will start to give you some credibility.

2.) Stop the bias.

It is no secret that you are incredibly biased. If you are not going to be objective, at least acknowledge that you are not going to be objective. This should be a fairly simple concept. It doesn't appear to be, however.

When Steven Crowder handed more than one major news station undercover footage of Antifa members claiming they were going to become violent against those who disagreed with them, you walked away from that story. You, for the most part, refused to even acknowledge that Antifa was violent at that time. Very few of you had any interest in exposing a violent organization like Antifa since they aligned with your leftist bias. Stop the bias and report the facts, and people will believe you.

3.) Stop conflating opinion and fact.

It is also no secret that you often report opinion as though it were fact. In doing this, you deceive many into believing that your opinion is actually fact. You contribute to a culture in which people are no longer taught how to think. Rather, they are told (by you and others) what to think. Stop conflating opinion and fact. This will restore at least some trust in your organizations. Until you stop conflating these two, people who know how to think will continue to not take you seriously.


There are other things that I could place here, but these three things are a good place to start. Until you implement these things, people will not trust you any more than they trust an email from a Nigerian prince.




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(1) I just want to state, for the record, that I do not approve of homosexual actions in the first place. However, it is not just individuals like myself who have given Spacey backlash over his statement. Organizations like GLAAD have also condemned Spacey.

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