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Woke up troubled in my spirit. Between the media behavior during Kavanaugh and Collusion, and the instituional behavior with Epstein, I really have no idea how true is any of the information I analyze for my audience anymore. Maybe ever was. Thinking & praying on what this means.
Here's the thing: bias has been a constant in media as long as I've been aware. And the Right is more and more responding with a bias of its own. Casting a narrative to combat the narrative combating it.
Discernment can help you navigate that in a search for truth, if you're willing. You can play counter narratives off each other, for example, to find the soft spots in each to help you determine the truth.
However, if we're now in an era where we devolve from bending the truth to fit our narratives, to replacing the truth with our narratives altogether, then I'm not sure how the truth is attainable in such an arena.
When the system can decide that Trump and his base is such a threat to its status quo it can literally just conjure up a hoax and have it dominate two years of headlines, what else is it willing to do? What else has it already done?
When they expect us to believe two sleeping guards undid all the safeguards and protocols at a maximum security federal prison, conveniently allowing a tell-all-about-the- elites prisoner to commit "suicide," what else is it willing to do? What else has it already done?
And then when Trump calls out Fox News for not being pro-Trump enough, under the expectation Fox's job is not to report so we can decide but produce a favorable narrative counter to the one being used against Trump, accountability becomes a lost art/dead letter.
For the oft-victim of the #FakeNews has determined the antidote is injecting even more propaganda into the zeitgeist's bloodstream. So this becomes the cultural version of chemical warfare. No one wins, but there's a high body count with so much toxin in the air.
Historically, truth-seekers in such an environment will tend to respond one of two ways when confronted with this Lady or the Tiger:
1) get thee to a nunnery...or monastery...and vacate the premises. Find your own personal Petra and retreat from the public arena due to the absence of and desire for virtue. This, of course, creates a self-fulfilling policy. For if the virtuous vacate then virtue is truly lost.
2) make the moral calculation to join with one of the two narratives, because the cost of "the other" winning this narrative war is deemed too high a societal toll. However, this risks giving way to a Hegelian Dialectic. You become that which you started/pretended to oppose.
Is there a third way? I dunno.
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