Solution for a Divided America
Something is seriously wrong in America today, and many news casters on TV and radio are coming to the same conclusion; which is that we are as divided as we were just before the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln said:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand”
But none of our news casters seem to realize that it is themselves who are to blame for this. If you listen to MSNBC about one story, then go to FOX news, you will hear the same story; except that it is the exact opposite.
How can this be? Consider this example; Barack Obama once said: “if an enemy convoy is headed to America to attack, he won’t use nuclear weapons”. The Left Wing said this was courageous because it will prove our moral superiority. The Right Wing said this is stupid because it would needlessly cost American lives, so just nuke’em and get it over with. Who is right? Who is wrong? This depends on which news source you watch all the time.
All the news sources use people who are the best con-artists ever. They are selected because they have great personality and devastating charisma. Just look at Chris Matthews, Bill O’ Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow and all the rest of them.
Both sides do an extremely good job of making the other side look like liars, incompetents, and just downright dangerous people, hell bent on destroying the nation. Plus they all do it with selective written proof and video of actual events. It’s really amazing. But what they are really doing is destroying the other stations for ratings, the higher their own ratings, the higher their paychecks.
For example: Rachel Maddow of MSNBC once put on a game show skit with contestants who tackled the issue of who is the biggest spending president. The conclusion they came to was that President George Bush (the younger) was the biggest spending President in American history. Then FOX said that when Barack Obama started his first term, the national debt was 10 trillion dollars and when Obama left the White House, the national debt was 20 trillion dollars. Making Obama the President, who spent more than all former presidents combined.
But MSNBC is not the only bad boy in town. Bill O’Reilly of FOX News fame once said that FOX News does not insult the other news networks, while the other networks insult FOX News all the time by calling them racist, sexist, homophobic etc. etc. Then John Stewart showed a video of Bill O’Reilly calling Left wing people pinheads and loons. But, believe it or not; the big Irish man O’Reilly did apologize, he had no choice.
Denzel Washington said: “If you don’t read the newspaper you’re uninformed, if you do read it, you’re misinformed.”
I can give other examples here, but then so can anybody else; suffice it to say that the mass media is an out of control circus. That would be a joke, except that the news media is endangering the whole nation with division and (hopefully not), Civil War. The solution for this is as simple as it can get; we have to impose “Parliamentary Rules of Debate” on the news media.
If you look at governments around the world (except dictatorships) they have a congress with opposing sides debating issues with strict rules of debate that include time limits, the right to present an opposition voice and no interruptions. Our news media is nothing like this. Add to this is a habit most people have of watching the same news channel day after day with the same propaganda and after a while they get brain washed into thinking that the news they watch is the only right side and the other side is nuts.
As another example, most court rooms have the same structure in that there is a defense attorney and a prosecuting attorney; if there were only a defense attorney then nobody would go to jail, if there were only a prosecuting attorney then everybody goes to jail because the jury is only getting one side of the story. Having a defense and a prosecutor examines all sides of the case and it’s more likely to get the right decision. This is what must happen in our news media– all sides of an issue must be examined to get to the best decision possible; clearly this is not happening now.
Right now we can’t even have civil discussions among citizens because we have different facts. It’s all “Fake News” or “Alternative Facts” in a “Post Truth” world. It’s all lies and B.S.
Look at the case of Ivanka Trump. Her clothing line has been dropped from many stores. MSNBC said this is because of declining sales. But FOX says the opposite because the sales are up 21% and total profits were 100 million in 2016. So this is just an attack on Ivanka because of her dad’s Presidency. This is typical of news operations.
By “Parliamentary Rules of Debate” I mean all newspapers must have two columns, one for the home newspaper, the other column right next to it must belong to an opposition newspaper, so that an opposition can be heard. The same for all web pages, opposing opinions must be side by side. TV news must have an opposition seat belonging to the opposition with full rights of parliamentary debate, even shutting off the mike for interruptors. Penalties and fines must be used for violations.
This raises many questions, like how can you put Bill O’Reilly right next to Rachel Maddow, no building can take the pressure without blowing up, but something has to be worked out to unite our nation.
Rodney King said: “Why can’t we all just get along”
Jose Lugo, editor DDTV.ORG