Turn off your TV

Have you ever watched the movie ‘They Live’?

My wife and I cancelled our cable service over six months ago now, and what a joy it has been. We still watch certain shows and movies on Netflix, but it was such a relief to get away from the ‘regularly scheduled programming’ (pun intended) especially from the news channels, which are bias beyond belief.

I’m lucky, I come from another developed nation that speaks the same language, and is similar in almost every way to this one. Having been raised in a similar yet different enviornment, it wasn’t hard for me to get disconnected with the ‘mainstream’ since I could sense something was out of place already, having grown up under a different culture.

When I was in school in the UK, I was taught critical thinking. When we learned about journalism in English class, we were taught not to be bias, but to judge the information presented from a neutral point of view.

The US media is so bais that it no longer takes a lesson in real journalism to see it. All you have to do is switch off the television and look up some articles online, to see true journalism in effect. When you turn the TV back on, all you see is ‘Liberal this’ and ‘Conservative that’ and you see talking heads on news channels, where they rarely go outside the studio. You see panels of people talking about a subject, but not actually investigating it, or going out in the field. All American news channels take a sound bite, or a clip, or hearsay, and expand it for many minutes out of the hour with a heated discussion about the supposed subject. It’s like watching a gang of high school teenagers discuss which brand has the worst pair of tennis shoes.

Recently I read this article that explains that only 20% of Americans trust the media anymore:

A recent Gallup poll shows that an all time low of on only 20% of the public trusts the news as citizen journalism continues to rise.

Bias and bungled reporting on US news networks are behind plummeting audience numbers, according to the Gallup Poll.

As far as the 20% who do still trust the news I would suppose they simply either don’t have internet access or when they go online the don’t dare stray to far from sites owned by the corporations that own the corporate media.

For anyone who happens to land here that still believes the news is trustworthy these will instantly make you non-believers as well: Caught: Staged CNN Syria Interviews Faked By Activist Danny and Wag The Dog – Media Caught Faking Syria News Stories.

Of course that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

RT reports on the Gallup Poll and the continual decline of the corporate media in the video below which also looks at a cutting-edge project that’s encouraging ordinary Americans to drive our country’s news agenda instead.

I challenge you to turn your TV off, and start doing some of your own research outside of the Mainstream Media.

My favorite site to date is www.whatreallyhappened.com

Good luck, and I hope you start seeing what I, and many others are seeing out there right now, that ‘they live’ and that we are no longer informed properly by the media on any channel, and that it is up to us to report the real news out there.

Oh, and coincidentally, does anyone else think that Mitt Romney looks remarkably like one of the aliens in the movie?

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Paul Townsend

Paul is a freelance writer who grew up in the UK and became an American citizen.

6 thoughts on “Turn off your TV”

  1. I agree that many US media channels are biased. They certainly have their own agendas to accomplish. At the same time though it can most definitely be argued that Online media no matter the source is bias also. I grew up with the notion to never trust what people put on the internet and for the most part that has served me true to this very day. SO to say that true journalism lives in online form such as the site you provided how can you prove that they are true. That those events or data statistics that are provided are anymore or less bias than regular TV programming. You must be your own judge not rely on other peoples studies or findings. Also isn’t kind of strikingly bias to say that the Media is bias but WE the people are not. Not only is that name calling though it may be true but it too projects the same bias opinion you so passionately argue against.

    1. Real journalism, real investigation, is unbiased. It is to seek out the truth.

      I have found that there are many online sites now, where real journalists, and amateurs, can post what they have investigated and found out. Of course, you do get biased people online, as in life and anywhere in the world. But there is a huge pool of resources available on the World Wide Web, and it is up to the individual to seek out that information from themselves, and to be their own judge.

      The mainstream media, and corporate and government news channels are all found in a controlled environment, where information is highly regulated by the specific organization’s agenda. The internet is free and open. You can either take it or leave it.

      So I say, turn off your TV, and do your own research, because there is so much more information out here on the web, than you will find on your major tv networks, because they are only covering a limited amount of information.

      And that’s not bias, that’s just fact.

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