News from the Sewer

It’s becoming increasingly hard to believe anything I see or read in the “news.” Part of the problem is that I don’t know what constitutes “news: anymore. Fox News on television certainly is not news any longer; it’s a combination of facts and interpretations molded to fit a conservative agenda. CNN, once a network I believed transmitted facts without interpretation, has become a liberal-leaning interpreter of information. And it occasionally seems to make things up, along with its ugly, deceitful, and unscrupulous competitor, Fox News. Until the badly flawed election which resulted in a deeply self-absorbed narcissist living in the White House, the term “fake news” was not used; most people recognized bias and swept it aside in favor of learning the real facts. But the undignified piece of sewer clog gave voice to a term that deserves to be erased from the language.

Local television news and newspapers regurgitate what they get from Fox or CNN or whatever other channel they find appealing; whatever matches their skewed view.  I listen to and watch PBS and BBC because I think they report facts without interpretation. The same is true with Aljazeera. But both may have a bias. They may reflect attitudes I want to hear. But, in fact, that’s not what I want. I want unfiltered facts. Data. Reality. I want to make up my own mind. I don’t want skew thrown at me. I don’t want information twisted in a way to either appeal to my left-leaning attitudes or warped in an attempt to legitimize right-wing thinking. Where can I get my news that’s not biased?

I don’t really know. 45, the fake human who occupies the White House, calls all news organizations “fake news.” That, by itself, makes me want to embrace and fully fund every news organization. God, I do hate Trump and everything he stands for. But that’s not the point of this wandering diatribe.  But what is the point, really? I don’t know. I just need to ventilate some pent-up frustration. I just need to express my rage in a way that doesn’t harm anyone or anything, other than my personal peace. That rage has done quite a job of ruining my peace; I’ve become preoccupied with my loathing for indecency… immorality…monstrous misuse of power..harassment in every form.  And so I bellow in the dark. I engage in meaningless drivel on a website/blog that no one reads because it’s not interesting.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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