Rooting Out Root Cause

The News Media

Biased & Self-Serving Reporting

November 2013

UPDATED: April 2017
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There was a time when credibility in journalism meant
the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Anything less annihilates a free society.



We are overwhelmed with problems in our country today, most of which are due to our broken political and economic system, and our ever-widening social differences instigated by those who benefit from our differences. Unfortunately we will never overcome any of these until we attack and destroy the root cause.

For all intensive purposes, the primary root cause filters down to our elected officials - at all levels: federal, state and local. They must be dealt with if we ever expect to resolve our problems, recover our freedom and return to the true democracy our forefathers intended. To accomplish this, it is imperative that we be fully informed with accuracy and truthfulness as to what our officials are doing and who benefits from their actions. Then we will be able to positively identify those who are working against us and the country, which will in turn compel us to band together in defeating the “common enemy” regardless of Party affiliation or social differences.

The biggest obstacle in identifying the culprits in the root cause is the news media. That’s because our news media has taken sides on all issues. And when you’re biased you become unreliable, because any story you tell is slanted to emphasize your biases. Therefore, in order to identify those in the primary root cause, we must first break through the barrier protecting the primary, which is our news media; because issues --- all issues --- must be fully reported with accuracy and truthfulness so that proper identification can be made.


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Legendary Reporters

Edward R. Murrow is considered to be the first 20th-century reporter / news anchor that could be completely trusted. He took no sides, giving credit when and where credit was due, and criticizing when criticism was appropriate, regardless of political Party affiliation and personal ideology. Murrow set the standard for honesty, accuracy, truthfulness, integrity, civility and morals in the news media. He was followed by Walter Cronkite (CBS), Howard K. Smith (ABC) and Chet Huntley and David Brinkley (NBC Huntley/Brinkley Report). But the growing obsession for celebritism, fame, wealth, power and ideology by today’s media figures has long since replaced the standards set by the pioneers.

So how do we rebirth the news media without their biases, and turn them back into the accuracy and truthfulness machine that we once respected? Understandably, it won’t be easy; but we-the-people actually do have the power to make it happen - and if there was ever a time to forcefully exercise that power, it is now.

There are a number of ways of getting the media’s attention. But regardless of which we choose, we must do so en masse, leaving no doubt that we will no longer accept their biased reporting.

In the past, the most commonly used and effective means was through their sponsors. That was done by boycotting any and all products advertised on the major news media networks and in newspapers. In conjunction, people refused to watch and read the main stream media, thus dramatically decreasing their popularity. However, in most cases, that took time and, at best, was only temporary. Those tactics could be used again, but to be certain of victory, it must be incorporated with other major efforts. Under no circumstances can we be passive.

Thousands of years of history have proven that the only major changes that were lasting came about as a result of a massive revolt. Some of those resulted in overthrowing a government while others dramatically changed policy and/or the way people were treated. The latter is the revolt we must choose.

Corruption is so deeply embedded in the modern news media that empty or passive threats will most certainly not work. As already mentioned, we must show our force en masse or we are doomed. No war has ever been won by sending a few dozen warriors to face thousands of hardened combat soldiers. And it is imperative that we view this in the same way.

I know many do not approve of the OccupyWallStreet effort, but to be sure, that was the best opportunity we’ve had to change the way ordinary American citizens are treated since the civil rights efforts of the 1960’s. Two things thwarted OccupyWallStreet: (1) The news media, which was just as afraid of the sudden appearance and massiveness of OWS as were the bankers and politicians, and (2) the way OWS chose to organize.

While it was thought to be an idea whose time had come, decentralization left it up to individual OWS groups throughout America to choose their own causes to protest. The result was there were so many different demands that the main objective of the movement became overshadowed. The media, pursuing their ideological objectives and spurred on by their corporate and wealthy masters, began dismissing OWS as a rag-tag group of hippy-type protesters, projecting OWS and their main message in a manner best reflected in this cartoon.

Every single one of us will have to make sacrifices. The most important --- and maybe the hardest --- is that we must completely abandon our own biases which fan our burning desire to ignore what we don’t want to be true, and listen to and read only what we want to be true. Additionally, we must be willing to accept the truth and accuracy of an issue or a person regardless of ideology. Finally, it is essential that we know the difference between opinion & so-called “entertainment” and the facts. We do all this by not accepting one sources’ input as gospel (Just like a computer, trash in, trash out). It may take some effort on our part, including research, but without these sacrifices, there is no chance whatsoever that we will win back our country and democracy.

Having said that, we already know that some in the media has only one purpose: “Reporting” the news in such a way that it praises the ideology of one political Party and certain social groups while demonizing others; always sacrificing accuracy and truthfulness for objectivity (customized news). They make no secret about it. However, even the so-called “neutral” media quite often drifts over into the biased lane. For supporting evidence, below you will find dozens of articles on the news media’s biases. In an astonishing number of cases, you will read about them outright lying to their audience and readers.

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avid DeGraw once said “I will not participate in the journalism of appeasement”. Over one of his earlier reports, DeGraw was severely criticized by several of his colleagues who had become “uncomfortable” with his reporting style and been saying some variation of the following: “You’re being too radical. This is too extreme for us to publish.” DeGraw responded by saying in part “I want to make something 100% clear. I am fully aware that these words are harsh, and may turn off some people. However, in extreme times, telling the truth will make you sound extreme.”

This is exactly what we should be hearing from all the news media; especially the main-stream media. And if we ever do, I’m sure, like DeGraw, they will sound “extreme” --- in the beginning. However, if you’re old enough, you will recall that when the current-day kind of reporting first began, almost everyone thought those people were extreme. The lesson here is that, for many people, any deviation from what they consider the norm will be seen as extreme. But truthfulness and accuracy, whether you want to hear it or not, is never extreme.

You may be interested in The Accompanying Post to this document.

You may also be interested in the identity of many of those news anchors and reporters and their ideological standing.

Articles About Biased Media Reporting

POINT: You will find very few articles from Fox News. The reason should be obvious: Fox Faux’s very existance is to promote & defend Republican’s and Republican ideology, and demonize all others just as the following documentary attest. Therefore, no need to address them further.

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An Absolute Must-See Documentary

OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Traditional news media must be made irrelevant if America is to succeed - Reputable bloggers now have the responsibility to fact check not only the politician and corporations, but the traditional media and false bloggers on the take. In that light, the traditional media is but a burden, not a boon, to understanding issues. News of the future must be crowd-sourced. No longer must Americans allow the few to be the arbiters of news or reality. It is time that the traditional news media is deemed irrelevant. They are. Bloggers have asserted their worth, and it is time that all of America is made aware as well.

Transcend Conditioned Consciousness: None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds

Seventeen years ago, I read a book called The Evolving Self. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, it profoundly affected the direction of my life. Here’s the section of the book that became a splinter in my mind and resonated the most with me:

In order to gain control of consciousness, we must learn how to moderate the biases built into the machinery of the brain. We allow a whole series of illusions to stand between ourselves and reality... . These distortions are comforting, yet they need to be seen through for the self to be truly liberated... to come ever closer to getting a glimpse of the universal order, and of our part in it.

Since reading that, I have dedicated my life to coming ever closer to getting a glimpse of the universal order, and of our part in it. After years of research and analysis, I’ve come to hard-fought, battle-tested conclusions that I’ve been sharing with people to great effect, and will share with you now. This will not be for the faint of heart. It will hit hard and we don’t have much time, so let’s get right down to it.

At this point, if you spend much time researching power politics or the distribution of wealth, resources and basic necessities, it seems evident and undeniable, dare I say, common sense, that we, in fact, live in a neo-feudal society built on debt and mental slavery.

That may sound like over-the-top rhetoric, and it obviously sounds extreme to propagandized and conditioned minds, and yes, it is extreme. However, it is the unfortunate reality of the present situation. The facts are there for the rational and unbiased mind to absorb and comprehend.

If you take a few minutes of your time and read this through, it will easily be proven. We will look at how the system works, and then, hopefully, we will begin the process of evolving society together, as grandiose as that may sound.

Let’s start by giving some context and perspective on present circumstances by breaking down some economic data. As Thomas Jefferson once said, Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

A second link: Transcend Conditioned Consciousness: None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds

New articles will be added as they become available.

What Does It Take for the Press to Call a Lie a Lie? - All of this stuff was not just "false," it was knowingly false. Everyone knows this. So let's cut out the delicate language and the earnest panel discussions about whether Spicer might have a point about one thing or another. He was lying. Trump was lying. Can't we be adults and just say so?

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