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In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Local Example Shows The Danger Of Media Bias

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The quality of a source of information is easily obtained when you personally know something about the subject matter of an article (like architecture or gardening) or were the subject of an article yourself (like the following account).
The case in point pertains to a newspaper article concerning the display of mannequins of Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton shown on the above photo.
The owner of the house in the photo (Dennis Mentzel) is a bedrock solid Trump supporter who built & clothed both mannequins & placed them on his property as an expression of his political beliefs regarding the 2016 presidential election.
The mannequin of Trump was placed in the front yard from the outset of Trump's announced presidential candidacy in June 2015 as a statement of support for Trump.  The mannequin of Hillary was recently put in place as more & more evidence of pay to play corruption was revealed concerning foreign government donations to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary was secretary of state.  In addition, e-mails from Hillary's private server were not only deleted, like a normal person would delete e-mails, but were destroyed beyond recognition using the software BleachBit.
A NJ newspaper, whose distribution geographically covers about one quarter of the state, offered to do a story on the mannequin display but wanted to include a display of a Hillary mannequin that was put in place just a few weeks ago on a neighbor's yard across the street from the one shown on the above photo.
Mr. Mentzel agreed to the running of the article but insisted that it not be presented as a feud between neighbors.  The first breach of trust by the newspaper was the title of the article on a video that was shot for the online edition of the paperDueling Harris Avenue Displays, with the subtitle - Neighbors have displays of presidential candidates.  The video used the words "brother against brother, & neighbor against neighbor."
The biasness of the article continued from there.
The video showed the neighbor's face clearly as he looked directly toward the camera & presented, with clear audio, the reason why he installed his mannequin of Hillary. 
Although Mr. Mentzel did state his reason of why he supported Trump, the audio was faint & most of the few seconds Mr. Mentzel was seen on the video his head was @ least partially cut off from view.
The video also presented photos of each candidate for president – introducing Hillary's photo calling her by name & Trump's photo by the words "another point of view."
On Sunday the paper ran a print edition of the story that continued the same biased theme described above showing only the neighbor's mannequin of Hillary with a quote from the neighbor in large print concluding that "Hillary has more going for her."  Mr. Mentzel's mannequin display was not shown & there was no quote from him in large print.
The media's hostile anti-American agenda is seen in the above example that shows, in some ways subtly, why we should beware of the information we take from them.  This applies not only to national papers like the NY Times or Washington Post but small local papers as in this case.  That is why from time to time I repeat the advice from Neal Boortz's radio program & message from his blog - "Don't believe anything you read on this web page or, for that matter, anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your own satisfaction."  This is this same common sense standard I always encourage readers of RTE to use – questioning & commenting are how we all learn & I thank everyone who participates & contributes to this blog.
Full disclosure – I am a friend of Dennis Mentzel & a supporter of Donald Trump for president.

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