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December 12, 2016

The Fake News Media Complain About Fake News

The new buzz phrase of the left wing is “Fake News.” The defeat of Hillary Clinton is being blamed on websites being accused of publishing false news stories about her. To preserve the “integrity” of the obviously biased liberal news industry, there is a movement to red flag all sites that they falsely claim to promote hoaxes, propaganda or disinformation.

There are sites that purposely post bogus news stories. The Onion is probably best known for fictitious “news” intention of being humorous. The left’s agenda is to try to silence opposing views. The liberal media claims to be the source of truth and all sites run by conservatives are bias in their news coverage.

Sites like MSNBC, Huffington Post, Slate, Mother Jones, and Think Progress are all partisan left outlets. You never see them on a “fake news” list because the liberal bias media has appointed itself as the gatekeeper of the Internet.

The arrogance of the left has no limit. When the president gave an interview to Rolling Stone magazine, he lamented the impact he believes so-called “fake news” had on the presidential election. It is pure irony for Obama to be lamenting about ‘fake news’ to a magazine that just lost in court after being sued for peddling a rape hoax.

The liberal media is following a standard socialist tacit: Blame the opposition for the same thing you’re doing. In October, Hillary Clinton was being investigated by the FBI for wrongdoing related to her emails and the Clinton Foundation. On one news service I counted 32 negative news stories about Trump, and there were zero negative news stories about Clinton. That is a good example of fake news and it is all being carried out by the liberal (progressive) left.

The greatest example of phony baloney media coverage occurred when Trump acted on this promise to save 1,000 jobs at the Indiana Carriers plant. The press could not hide their displeasure at having to report on Trump doing a good deed. Reporters for CNN were caught on a live feed joking about Trump’s plane crashing.

The topper of this story occurred in June when President Obama derided Trump for promising to save the Carrier jobs. He asked “What magic wand do you have?” This delicious news story never made is to the nightly news shows because we have a press that is heavily involved in the “fake news’ business.

The eagerness of the left to apply the alternative media with this “fake news” label has caused many of them to cross the line into defamation. The financial site, the Naked Capitalism has threatened The Washington Post with a defamation suit. The paper listed Naked Capitalism as a “fake news” site without providing any evidence for the claim.

Former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean called Breitbart News executive chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, a “Nazi” during a recent interview. Pressed on whether he meant to use such a damning term, Mr. Dean responded, “Well, he’s anti-Semitic, he’s anti-black and he’s anti-women.” If Bannon decided to take Dean to court for defamation, he would easily win the case.

Breitbart News is now the favorite target of the left simply because Bannon is president-elect Trump has named him as his chief strategist. So I guess Fox News can rest a bit easier.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has talked about creating a “fake news” filter for his social media site. He wants the majority of the news that gets posted on Facebook to come from a list of “trusted” sites. The firm already has a plug-in that blocks stories labeled as “fake news.”

Zuckerberg demonstrated the dangers of censorship when his own remarks on “fake news” were temporarily deleted from his own site.

Another way that liberals are going after conservative sites is by cutting off their ability to make money. Since nearly all news sites survive on ad revenue, “fake news” labeling can mean death. The Kellogg Company has stopped advertising on the Breitbart News website due to concerns about its content. If the Kellogg company doesn’t want anything to do with Hillary’s basket of deplorables, they should come right out and tell them to stop buying their products.

There is no logical reason why the left always has conservatives on the defense. A recent Gallup poll shows that trust in mainstream media fell to a record low 32 percent. Trust has been on the decline since 1972. The enemy controls the main media hubs, because the people on the right refuse to fight.

If the Kellogg company sales collapsed 20 percent because of a backlash boycott, Kellogg would be begging Breitbart to be its exclusive advertiser. If the same pressure would be applied to CNN, it would be renamed the Conservative Broadcasting Network.

Bible prophecy warns us that the day will come when there will be no freedom of the press. When the Antichrist system comes to power, all news will be fake. In the end, the only news that matters is the Good News of the saving grace that comes from those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to remember the Good News I told you. You received that Good News message, and you continue to base your life on it. That Good News, the message you heard from me, is God’s way to save you” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ERV).

--Todd


The Wall

Everyone who has access to any news outlet these days is familiar with the wall mentioned hundreds of times by Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign season. Now president-elect Trump continues to proclaim that he will build a wall on America's southern border.

That highly controversial proposed wall involves Mr. Trump's promise to keep illegal would-be immigrants from entering the United States. Those who support building of such a wall obviously believe this will prevent potential terrorists from entering the country en masse, as they fear is happening presently. A physical structure of the nature described by some will be a massive and expensive undertaking to be sure, as I perceive the project as proposed. It is to be constructed in order to keep American citizens safe.

There is a wall of another sort I would like to think on for a bit. This is a structure that also involves keeping America safe. However, it is a wall not of physical materials as in the case of the one proposed to stand between America and Mexico. I'm referring to the barrier that has suddenly appeared with this presidential election. Again, it is not a physical wall, but one that is made of much sterner stuff--as Shakespeare's Mark Antony might put it.

Globalism's growing invasion into the American way of life has been marching all but unchecked for at least two decades. Its force of movement into all strata of life has increased dramatically during the administration of Barack Obama over these past eight years.

Globalism's threat is greater than just the hordes of illegals from the south--those illegals being but one ingredient within the globalist elite's plans of action: to bring America into configuration with new world order as they envision it. The danger implied stretches across the broad spectrum of culture and society of our nation.

The inculcation has been a long time in process. The youth of America in particular have been dumbed-down to the point that they know little of truth about the country's founding principles.

The churches of America have not, since the days of the Moral Majority efforts, resisted the globalist drive to take the nation as far away from God's influence as possible. The godless teaching of the corrupted and corruptive educational system from K through the doctorate programs has convinced many that there must be a separation of church and state. That demand has come down, finally, to governmental dictate--approved by the Supreme Court--that opposition to social matters perceived as anti-biblical must be confined to the sanctuaries. Just as the president-elect plans to put up that wall to stem the physical flow of illegals in to America, there has suddenly been erected an even more spectacular wall.

It is a spiritual wall, as I view it. God, Himself, has put it up for His own good purposes. It is, almost certainly in part, a wall to stop the globalist invaders from continuing to move the United States farther along the pathway toward the new world order being prepared for Antichrist and his regime of horror. I wrote the following in my commentary that immediately preceded the November 8 presidential election.

Although the nucleus of God's people who hold fast to the Heavenly Father's precepts and promises might be a dwindling number, we are still here in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. We are engaged in this prayer war for a restoration of sanity in America's government, society and culture.

We are praying specifically that the evil forces that are raging to make this nation into a state totally apart from all godliness will be, at least on an interim basis, kept from their lucifirian goal.

I say "on an interim basis," because Bible prophecy plainly foretells that the satanic, globalist forces will for a time one day achieve establishment of a one-world order as Antichrist's platform of power. It will happen. It's just a matter of time.

Meantime, however, while the church of Jesus Christ is here, thus the Restrainer(the Holy Spirit) resident within that body holding back evil, it is right and proper--and I believe expected--that God's people, called by His name, are to pray the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

God has erected this wall in answer to the prayers of His people. Yet, only He knows the purposes in full. One reason, I sense, is to give the true church (all born-again believers) time and room to carry out the Great Commission. At the same time, as I've written previously, this wall seems to offer hope of a brighter economic future. The free enterprise forces seem to be saying this with their optimism.

But, this, if it does eventuate, makes these days just ahead precisely like the time predicted when Christ will next catastrophically intervene into the affairs of mankind.

Jesus indicated, as recorded in Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-30 that business will be good--even perhaps booming--at the time He next intervenes. This will be the Rapture of the church.

There is one more wall I wish to touch on in this essay--the wall that separates lost mankind from God and Heaven in eternity. The wall is made of the awful, soul-killing matter called sin. Man himself constructed this wall with his disobedience in the Garden of Eden. This wall keeps all of the lost of mankind from entering into God's Kingdom. They are aliens who cannot go through that great barrier.

But, God has provided a Gate in that great wall of separation. It is a narrow gate that leads to salvation, the Scripture tells us.

Jesus put it this way: "I am the door: if by me any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).

I believe the reason God has constructed this wall against globalism is primarily to provide time and opportunity to get out this message that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Let us who are called by His Holy Name do our utmost for His Highest in honoring Him for allowing this reprieve.

--Terry