Network Media Lies Dr. Michael L. Ford 15 July 2005 Recognizing accounts of events are often difficult for the people who experience them. This has been a common phenomenon in my lifetime. Recently I corresponded with a friend on the front lines of the battle for freedom in Iraq about a particular incident. These words are his unedited: “I really appreciated this, though I think many Americans would not recognize the significance as the news media makes it look like it is Iraqis fighting us. What few Iraqis have been fighting us have been found to be fighting for money and not a cause. Most of what we are dealing with are insurgents who sneak in on over the border from Syria, etc…” This professional soldier’s comments are not from an observer with a negative personal agenda, but from a man dealing with the situation every day. He ought to know of what he speaks. You see, his life and the lives of the men in his charge depend on his being fully aware of his situation, including who his enemy is. Granted he does have a personal agenda greater than even life itself called “God, Honor, Country.” That is the kind of purpose foreign to the network personalities seen on the nightly news broadcasts. Unfortunately, the things that motivate my military friend and so many like him are foreign to many of those who darken the halls of Congress as well as the networks. I speak of those who collude with subversive “reporters” to undermine the war effort. They seek to gain some advantage for their agenda even though it damages the very security of the Nation. With their invented “facts” and the abilities of the propagandists of the journalistic left many people across America have been deceived. Listening closely to major networks recently I noticed two common ways of subtle fact twisting that are not quite outright lying. These people use the methods continually but most listeners are unaware. The first of these is in the choices of words, particularly adjectives. The descriptive tools of language are used to influence opinion so hearers will think the way the pundits want. The second is in the way words are said. The most common use of vocalization is to convey an idea that says, “I do not believe this and neither should you.” These ways of lying are often the best tools of expert liars.
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