"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491
For more than two hundred years our country has stood tall on the liberties afforded us by God, and protected by our Constitution. But as we have come to realize over decades of progressively more vile corruption in government, the only real security we have against a small ruling elitist group of people from completely reversing the course of individual liberty in this country is us...we, the people.
Every despot, every dictator has known throughout history that their power is only safe so long as they can control the spread of opinions that contradict their authority. Once the people rise up in opposition to their authority, they have no power to squelch them. Sooner or later they will fall.
This is exactly why one of the most vital actions any despotic ruler must take in gaining control over the masses is to control the distribution of information...i.e. - Control the Media. And this is exactly why our Founding Fathers thought so highly about insuring that our press is free from government intrusion, as well as being free from government influence.
All leaders in any government eventually fall prey to the temptations to cut corners in pursuit of their political agendas. None have been more emboldened to do so than this generation of politicians. Not fifty years ago if any of the things that today's politicians do with regularity were even tried by any politician from either side of the aisle our press would have exposed them like a string bikini.
Today, not only are our politicians emboldened by the lack of press scrutiny, they're encouraged by the level of actual unwillingness there is in the press to investigate corruption in government...EXCEPT...when it comes to politicians who don't fit in nicely with the agenda of the ruling class...think Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Herb Cain, etc.
The number of scandals in this administration alone could conceivably total more than all previous administrations combined. I know, I'm being ridiculous. Or am I? I don't really know, I haven't really researched it. I do know, however, that there is little doubt that if any previous administration, especially a Republican one, had done a tenth of the things this administration has done that the press would have excoriated them.
Now days, the press is no long independent of the government. They are no longer guardians of free access to information. They are no longer concerned with informing the public with anything more than what their handlers direct them to do.
The public's perception of the press has followed suit. Less than 25% of us still trust the media to present us with the truth. The consequences of this are beyond conception. How does one make an informed decision when they can't trust the information they're getting as being real or true.
Let me set an example. We all know of the Sandy Hook mass shooting. We all know that 26 people died from one shooter. But did you know there are no death certificates on file. All people were pronounced dead on the scene by police...not in the hospital by medical personnel...that the shooter, a young boy was supposedly hauling around 50+ lbs of guns and ammo and shooting people with the accuracy of a world class shooter? Did you know that there is a great deal of evidence suggesting the entire Sandy Hook incident was a staged "wag the dog" event?
Do I believe it? I don't know. I don't know what to believe anymore. Can our government pull something like that off? I don't know anymore. And why don't I know? Because my ability to trust the press to present me with nothing but the facts is almost non-existent. Because my ability to believe that there are limits to what these elitists can do with the press sitting completely in their pocket is null and void.
How does the head of the IRS walk into a hearing in Congress tell us that the emails of seven relevant members of the congressional investigation were destroyed in a computer crash in two different cities that didn't effect anyone else...also happened at a time when there were no redundant back ups for those emails and the copies in the mailboxes of the people to whom they sent mail were also not there...that there were no hard copies of these emails despite the law that requires there be. How does he say that with a straight face and the entirety of the US news corp NOT rush to find answers to how this happened and who's getting fired for it happening.?
How do four Americans die in Benghazi under the cloud of accusations that it happened as a result of illegal gun running to Syrian rebels through Libya and the entirety of the news media NOT rush the White House, State Department and Pentagon demanding answers? Why is the only personality on any major network who took the time and energy to do her job to investigate this event end up being forced out of her job by the very network executives who hired her to do such work?
The news media in the United States is no longer reliable, trustworthy or worthy of the exemptions and protections our Constitution affords them. They must begin to, once again, become the watchtowers of our society or face the inevitable consequences of the corruption they have become so willing to protect.