News Review - 17 Aug 2018
whatIsTruth

Nearly two thousand years ago, Roman ruler Pontius Pilate asked the question…

What is Truth?

Pilate was being asked by the Jews to execute Christ, based entirely on lies “verified” by false witnesses. Has anything really changed in 2,000 years? In our 21st century world, that question still stands – what is truth? We live in a world where lying is the norm. Our news is very much a mixture of some truth, well mixed with error and downright lies.

Lies Change Your Perception Of Reality

“Incidents and Accidents, Hints and Allegations - Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-semite. Julian Assange is a rapist, a Russian agent and a terrorist. Donald Trump is an anti-semite, a rapist AND a Russian agent. Vladimir Putin wants to invade and enslave the entire western world and to that end employs Assange, Trump, maybe also Corbyn, as well as thousands upon thousands of hackers and murderers who make people vote for whoever Putin chooses, and poison former Russian agents on western soil.

These allegations, and there’s many more of them, have a number of things in common.

Most importantly, they serve to change your mind.

They serve to change your perception of reality.

They seek to whip up your support for the very people and forces that launch them into the media.

Something else they have in common is that none of them has ever been proven, even though some of them are getting on in years.

But they were never meant to be proven, simply because they don’t have to be. If your mind is a fertile breeding ground for such allegations, all that needs to be done is plant a seed, and plant another, and then water them day after day by repeating the allegations and make them ‘yummier’, until they sprout a plant or a tree ‘spontaneously’.

A third feature the allegations have in common is that as they change your perception of reality, you will be -more- inclined to support those who invented them for that exact purpose, so you will not oppose their -further- grab for power and wealth.” ( zerohedge.com)

Governments Lie

People lie. The news media lies. Social media is full of lies and half truths, even governments lie. Because of lies, many have died, as we will see from our first example – lies from the United States government. It is now known that fake news – lies - started the Vietnam war, resulting in the deaths of over 58,000 Americans.

“If you are to believe the official story, one of America’s deadliest wars in history, Vietnam, was started after the United States had been attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea. However, over the past 54 years, a deluge of information and government officials have come forward showing that most everything the government and the media told Americans about the Gulf of Tonkin was a lie.

…it wasn’t true. At all. In fact, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as it became known, turned out to be a fictitious creation courtesy of the government to escalate war in Vietnam — leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of US troops and millions of Vietnamese, fomenting the largest anti-war movement in American history, and tarnishing the reputation of a nation once considered at least somewhat noble in the eyes of the world.

As a result, 58,177 Americans would lose their lives. Additionally, over one million North and South Vietnamese, including 627,000 civilians would be slaughtered.” ( thefreethoughtproject.com)

Governments “Manipulate” The Truth

The government claims that the unemployment rate in the US is now down to 3.8%. As the following article points out, this figure has been well “manipulated”!

“On Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us that the unemployment rate was 3.9%. The 3.9% unemployment rate is not due to employment. It results from not counting discouraged workers who have ceased to search for jobs because there are no jobs to be had.

If an unemployed person is not actively searching for a job, he is not counted as being in the labor force. The way the unemployment rate is measured makes it a hoax.

The government tells us that there is essentially no inflation despite the fact that prices have been rising strongly - the price of food, the price of home repairs, the price of drugs, the price of almost everything.

In real terms incomes have declined.

Real jobs have also declined. The alleged new jobs are concentrated in lowly paid domestic services: temporary help services, health care and social assistance, waitresses and bartenders.

Debt is growing faster than the income needed to support it. The US government is on course for another $1 trillion annual budget deficit.” ( zerohedge.com)

Trusted Magazines Lie

“Last year, a pair of photographers from National Geographic captured disturbing video footage of an emaciated polar bear that they uploaded to the magazine’s website with the opening line: ‘This is what climate change looks like.’ There’s just one problem, though: the polar bears’ plight had absolutely nothing to do with climate change, it has now been revealed.

As it turns out, the entire video and corresponding story was 100 percent fake news designed to push the climate change conspiracy theory – a fact that National Geographic now reluctantly admits. But this revelation came after the video had already gone viral, of course, generating more than 2.5 billion views over the past year, becoming the most shared video in National Geographic‘s history.” ( naturalnews.com)

Who Controls “Truth” Today?

President Trump is being constantly attacked by the media, who want him removed from office.

“President Trump’s attacks on the media, whom he dubbed ‘enemies of the people,’ have struck a chord with supporters. A new poll found that 43 percent of Republicans want to give him the power to shut down certain news outlets. Public trust in the press has diminished since the days of Woodward and Bernstein, falling by 30 percentage points since the late 1970s.” ( rt.com)

So Who Controls The Media?

Most of the “news” reported every day is controlled by a small group of very rich men. Here is a selection…

Rupert Murdoch – News Corp - Rupert Murdoch, former CEO of 21st Century Fox, the parent of powerhouse cable TV channel Fox News, may well be the world’s most powerful media tycoon. Fox News is in 90 million homes and is the dominant cable news network with the most viewers for 16 straight years.

Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Media - Michael Bloomberg, the richest billionaire in the media business, returned to his eponymous media company in September 2014, eight months after stepping down as mayor of New York City. The company expanded into business news coverage and has more than 2,000 reporters around the world.

Jeff Bezos – The Washington Post - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013. Since beginning his run for president, Trump has accused Bezos of using the Post to get tax breaks for Amazon and sending reporters after Trump. Bezos denied the allegations at a tech conference at the Washington Post in May.

Mortimer Zuckerman – US News & World Report, New York Daily News - Real estate billionaire Mortimer Zuckerman is the owner of both US News & World Report and the New York Daily News. Zuckerman serves as chairman and editor-in-chief of US News & World Report, which he bought in 1984

Patrick Soon-Shiong – Tribune Publishing Co - On May 23, Tribune Publishing Co announced that LA doctor and pharmaceutical billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Nant Capital was investing $70.5 million into the media company, making Soon-Shiong the second-largest shareholder. He is now the vice chairman of the media company, which owns papers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.( forbes.com)

Unaccountable Corporations

“So we’re now trusting the capitalist class, massive, unaccountable corporations, to decide on our behalf what we may listen to and talk about? This is the take-home message, the terrible take-home message, of the expulsion of Alex Jones’ Infowars network from Apple, Facebook and Spotify and of the wild whoops of delight that this summary banning generated among so-called liberals: that people are now okay with allowing global capitalism to govern the public sphere and to decree what is sayable and what is unsayable.” ( spiked-online.com)

The Powerful Social Media

It is claimed that Facebook has over 2 billion regular users. This is a huge sphere of influence. They get to decide what is real news and what is fake news. Anything branded as fake news is banned – as demonstrated recently with the censorship of “Infowars”!

The question is, who decides? Who separates truth from lies? …and on what basis?

“Years ago, Facebook fired its Trending News team and replaced them with algorithms after a Gizmodo article featured former workers claiming the site discriminated against conservative news. Then, Facebook tried and failed to suppress hoax news sites and propaganda with a series of methods designed to avoid the ire of conservatives, like third-party fact checkers and yet more algorithms. In the meantime, its so-called ‘fake news’ problem grew worse than ever.

Now it looks like Facebook is back to hiring staff to help it sort the problem out directly. Per a report in Business Insider, as of Thursday, Facebook had two contract positions for ‘news credibility specialists’ open on its job site.” ( gizmodo.com)

Infowars Ban – Who Decided?

“When an ordinary account gets banned on Facebook, it’s possible that no human was ever involved in the decision. Not so for Alex Jones and Infowars. According to the New York Times, the order to ban the radio host came from the very top. Citing sources from inside Facebook, The New York Times reported on the process that led to Jones’ suspension. ‘The situation was volatile enough that Mr Zuckerberg got personally engaged, according to two people involved in Facebook’s handling of the accounts.’

The rest of the Times’ article is a flurry of contradictions. It simultaneously calls fears of censorship ‘overblown’ while acknowledging that users of the platforms must now ‘tip-toe around’ controversial topics to avoid being banned. At the same time, the piece grudgingly admits that ‘both fans and critics of Infowars can probably agree that a system in which one executive can decide to shut off a news organization’s access to a large portion of its audience is hardly ideal’.” ( breitbart.com)

Facebook Brags They Can Change “Any Public Opinion”

“Facebook influences American elections a thousand times more effectively than Russia. So, it does make sense that the ‘media’ spends a thousand percent more time on Russia. Russia. Russia. Did I mention Russia? I so wish there was a way to utterly destroy that …company! Of course there IS a way. DON’T USE FACEBOOK!! But, it seems that will never happen. Even Facebook lobbying banks to access YOUR FINANCIAL DATA is met with ‘ho hum’ indifference. It seems they are indestructible. Stupid ass Americans. Some of you have a Facebook account. Maybe you ‘only’ use it to keep in touch with a loved one. Whatever. If you have a Facebook account …you ARE part of the problem.

In 2011, Facebook Promoted Case Study That Bragged ‘Very Economical’ Ads On Social Network ‘Can Be Used To Change Public Opinion In Any Political Campaign’. That this bold claim is still featured on Facebook’s Government and Politics page may come as a surprise in light of Facebook’s recent political advertising scandals – particularly this year’s scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the political data firm that Facebook suspended after reports of it violating users’ privacy by improperly accessing their data.

But as Facebook tries to downplay its history of sharing massive amounts of data with political advertisers, this case study from 2011 is a good reminder of how the company used to boast about its ability to help sway elections for clients willing to buy advertisements on the site.” ( zerohedge.com)

Back to the original question:

What Is “Truth”?

Who decides what is news – as opposed to false news? The real problem with all of the media is that those who own the various news outlets are giving their version of “truth”! It is claimed, for example, that left wing owners ban conservative sources. So the end user is not getting a balanced view of any given situation.

Why so many lies? …Why fake news?

There is a reason for the present situation… which most will not accept – but it is the real TRUTH!

This is not God’s world!

Satan is the ruler of this world today.

Satan has deceived the whole world.

This stands proven!

It is clearly revealed in the Bible that Satan is the god of this world!

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (II Corinthians 4:4)

It is also clearly revealed in the Bible that Satan has deceived the whole world:

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.(Revelation 12:9)

Satan – the father of liars

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

Today’s News… How Do We Sort The Genuine From The Fake?

Jesus Christ gave the following warning, which we could well apply to today’s news. As an example, if a site is blocking conservative news sources, then they might be promoting their own left wing agenda.

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:15-20)

We Have A Spiritual Heritage

Sanctify them through thy truth: THY WORD IS TRUTH.(John 17:17)

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.(John 16:13)

Our spiritual heritage reveals the real truth! We have been given a unique understanding of God’s Word – led by God’s Spirit of Truth for this specific point in history. Through it we know who we are, why we are here and what the future holds, not just for us, but for the whole of mankind!

We must hold fast to that spiritual heritage… in a world filled with lies!

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)