It’s not the most original observation you’ll read this week, but it’s one of the most important: the news lies to you by omission.
Shocked? I thought not. But let’s really interrogate what this means.
All of us (presumably) would agree with the observation that “the news is lying to you.” But most people hearing that statement immediately interpret it to mean that the news is lying by commission, i.e., deliberately spreading information that they know to be untrue.
While this is certainly true sometimes (and we can all think of examples of the news outright lying about the facts of a case), blatant lies about verifiable facts represent only a tiny fraction of the media’s mendacity. Most of the time, the talking heads of the corporate mouthpiece media are not telling fibs, per se; they’re just leaving out vital pieces of the story.
Often, this type of lying—lying by omission—is a more effective means of duping the public than telling provably untrue statements about independent reality. When the talking heads of the corporate media leave out the proper context for a story, the audience can be led to incorrect conclusions about the world. And, since these perfidious presstitutes haven’t technically said anything that’s untrue, they can never be caught in their lie. They maintain a plausible denial that they just didn’t know the rest of the story.
In the interest of learning how to really read the news, then, let’s look at an example of a news story where the media is hiding key information from the public and see what that news story looks like when we add the relevant context.
Want to know more? Read this week’s edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber for James’ breakdown of the media’s latest attempt to lie to you by omission.
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