The cover of the March 23, 2017 edition of Time Magazine asks, “Is Truth Dead?”.
But instead of focusing on truth throughout American culture and how developments such as speech codes stifle the free exchange of ideas, the article hones in on the crux of the issue with the more elaborative title of “When A President Can’t Be Taken For His Word”.
So was this premiere propaganda outlet of the prevailing establishment as concerned about the issue of truth in government when one President told us that, if we liked our doctor, we could keep our doctor? And what about the President that insisted that he did not have sex with that woman and quibbled once about what the definition of “is” is?
And as Time was shedding crocodile tears over the demise of political veracity, over at Newsweek the hacks there were giving the American people a lesson in how journalism claiming to be objective can still be manipulated to present a slanted view of reality.
For on the March 14, 2017 issue was a caricature of the Statue of Liberty adorned as a member of the border patrol.
The caption that accompanied the illustration read, “Trump’s Border War: The Fight Over Immigration Is About To Get Ugly”.
And before now the semi-lawless situation at the border where the territorial integrity of the United States has been protected piecemeal like a Kardashian’s virtue has adhered to the highest notions of the true, the good, and the beautiful?
Will these elites assure us that the lax enforcement of these laws that has no doubt led to increased human trafficking has not yet turned ugly?
Will these proponents of cultural decay stand up proudly and declare that they are glad a fourteen year old was allegedly raped in a high school restroom by a freshman pushing well into the age of adulthood that shouldn’t even have been in the country in the first place?
Journalism as one of the foundational guardians of the Republic indeed ought to be concerned about the state of truth in America.
But it is indeed a shame that a disturbing percentage practicing this craft and profession lack the fortitude to consider the role played by the press in bringing about the state in which the nation now finds itself mired.
By Frederick Meekins