Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Watching the Media

Dry Bones cartoon: Watching the Media.
Years ago I had a friend who had grown up in Soviet Russia. She later, as an adult, had lived in America for a while. She claimed that Americans were stupid. And she knew exactly how they had come to be stupid. "You see," she explained, "in the Soviet Union, when the Media reports that something had or had not happened, Russians try to figure out what really might have happened to cause the Soviet Media to write the 'news story' the way it was written." She went on to explain that Americans believed that something was true because they "read in the paper" or "saw it on TV" and so without this constant mental exercise they "had become stupid."

In the many years that have gone by since that conversation I have become as paranoid and as wary of relying on the Media as that old Soviet-era friend of mine was back in the Cold War days.

To understand the anti-Israel bias in Media reports coming out of the Middle East I have, for years, regularly checked with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. For an eye-opening look at the situation visit them by clicking on CAMERA.

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