I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face.
The media is not a public service. It’s not your friend. The media is a business with an agenda and a vested interest in making you click their articles and keep their channel on as much as possible. They want something to bleed so it can lead, and if they can find a way to make it into a political tool to benefit the left (and they will) all the better.
Case in point, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the lockdown measures and removed the mask mandate, leftists who have made their home on the summit of Mt. Bulls**t became heralds of doom, declaring Texans would meet the maker they love so much.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin was one such creature with her Twitter proclamation that “Abbott is going to kill more Texans.”
Abbott is going to kill more Texans https://t.co/R34z4NGXHL
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 3, 2021
Keith Olbermann said Texans had joined the side of the virus.
Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus? https://t.co/Yn2i7zT8KL
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 3, 2021
One CNN reporter couldn’t even fathom how such a decision could be reached.
The amount of anxiety I’m hearing from folks in Texas is high.
One friend telling me: “I’m NOT going inside stores if masks aren’t enforced.”
I can’t comprehend how Abbott approached this with such enthusiasm. It could backfire economically too.
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) March 3, 2021
Even skater boi Francis called it a “death warrant.”
“Abbott is killing the people of Texas,” he proclaimed.
A death warrant for Texans.
Add them to the 44,000+ killed as he failed to confront the pandemic & botched the vaccine rollout.
And those who froze to death because he cares more about energy companies’ profits than keeping Texans alive.
Abbott is killing the people of Texas. https://t.co/2idUcqSjJT
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 2, 2021
As my colleague Bonchie just reminded us all, President Joe Biden himself called us “Neanderthals.”
Did it happen? Am I writing to you from beyond the grave after having been sentenced to death by Abbott and his nefarious focus on freedom?
No. The worst thing I’m suffering from in Texas is allergies and even those are pretty light right now. Also, my local grocery store ran out of Tajin, which I didn’t even know was possible, and I’m not sure what I’m going to put on my watermelon now.
No, we’re all good. In fact, we’re doing so good that Abbott spiked the football on Twitter, causing it to bounce up and hit every person who predicted our doom in their collective eyes.
Today Texas reported:
* 0 Covid related deaths–the only time that's happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.
* the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months
* the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever
* the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2021
There’s a lot to take from all this.
We were straight-up told we were going to die by the people who tell us to trust them when it comes to telling us about what’s going on in the world around us. The people with the largest stage in history were using their time in the spotlight to sew fear and encourage discord so that you would do their work for them and push your leaders into doing things against your best interests so their ideology could reign supreme.
The short version of this is that you were lied to. The science told red-state leaders like Abbott what would happen if the lockdowns and mask mandates were lifted and he was proven right. The liars wanted you to believe that you were one Republican decision away from annihilation and that they were the true followers of science. Only they could be trusted to interpret the medical professionals they put on their channels with accuracy.
Also, women are men and we’re all going to die in a few years, again, from global warming…or cooling…whatever, I don’t know.
Republicans don’t trust the media according to pretty much every poll released over the better part of a decade, but it’s not enough. There needs to be more distrust of the media and that starts with the understanding that the media aren’t the professionals they present themselves as.
They’re grifters with an activist bent, not fellow citizens hungry for the truth and ever-searching for the whole story as Hollywood portrays them. They will tell you what they want you to hear in order for you to believe what they want you to believe. They’re not like you and me, they’re elitists who wine and dine with the powerful people they cover. Mainstream journalists, like the rich and powerful, are often rich and powerful themselves and wish to stay that way.
So they scratch each other’s backs, carry each other’s narratives, and tell you what they need to in order to keep you acting in ways that benefit them. A school shooting, a pandemic, a war in the middle east where children die, or some other horrific occurrence is the most fun a journalist can have without taking their clothes off. These are their best days.
While that might seem hyperbolic of me to say, but we all know it’s true to some degree, and some of us more than others. Thing is, the fact that our mainstream media is an industry and not a service needs to be common knowledge.
Once it is, the media’s hold over America will begin to fade and we’ll begin seeing what the world is like without their “world on fire” filter covering our eyes. The peace we’ll feel will be extraordinary.