Friday, April 20, 2012

Are you a mainstream media zombie?

Editor's Note: If you haven't woken up yet, maybe now is a good time to!

Are you a mainstream media zombie? Not surprisingly, I used to be one. Then one day I woke up after I found out that the mainstream media was presenting half-truths and outright lies on different issues. Gone were the innocent days when I followed and believed everything the mainstream media told me. Waking up to the lies and false presentations from the media is not easy. It comes with a little life experience, getting older and being able to see right through what they are presenting.

Often the mainstream media will present something that supports and furthers their sociopolitical agenda. Usually concepts or people that don't agree with their agenda are often silenced or not reported on. This makes their followers believe that everyone is in total agreement on an issue and that it is wrong to disagree.  The media will also present figures or facts falsely in order to support or further their agenda (false reporting). Reporting on the recent political events in Hungary has shown this to be true.

The size of pro-government rallies were often falsely reported on by the media. The international mainstream media in particular, often reported that the size of the rallies were smaller than they really were. On January 21, 2012, over 400,000 plus Hungarian pro-government supporters marched in downtown Budapest. The magical number of 100,000 and not the actual 400,000 plus was reported by the international mainstream media. On March 15th, on the Revolution Day national holiday, 250,000 pro-government supporters assembled in Kossuth square in front of the Hungarian Parliament to hear the prime minister speak. Not surprisingly, the international media reported that only 100,000 had attended. The only reliable (truthful) figures were provided by the Hungarian Interior Ministry and by the Budapest police.

There used to be days when the mainstream media was fair, balanced and 100 percent truthful. There are still millions of people who are mainstream media zombies who have not woken up yet. Luckily, more and more people are waking up to seeing what the mainstream media is really about. There are some conservative media sources, but the vast majority of the mainstream media is definitely left-wing. The beauty of the internet is that it is still the last frontier of free speech. It is a place that is not controlled exclusively by the mainstream media and government (at least not yet). Anyway, enjoy the YouTube video above by Canadian comedian Jon Lajoie.