For the longest time, various official sources have acted as though American citizens are so intellectually incompetent that they cannot make their own choices responsibly. These officials commonly attempt to assume the role of babysitter, and then limit our access to information. This stance has existed for quite a while among elitist regimes, and it was just as unethical and hypocritical in Nazi Germany as it is in modern-day America.
Those who attempt to stifle information never typically do so for the good of those they claim to be helping. They do it for themselves, and this is not just conjecture. This has been proven by the very unethical laws of the very people who currently claim to care about truth in media.
Obama Signs NDAA 2013 without Objecting to Indefinite Detention of Americans
Barak Obama has been president since January, 2009. Yet, never once in his entire term did he even care to ensure truth in media was ever respected by the very government he was supposedly guiding. To my knowledge, neither Obama, Zuckerberg, nor anyone related to the recent “fake news” issue has ever once complained about the fact that the American government is in the business of fake news. Never once did they speak up for the sake of accuracy in reporting.
Time after time over the past decade, the American people have been lied to about issue after issue by officials who seemed to be intent upon pushing their own agenda. These people seemed to care absolutely nothing about freedom of the press, and instead of allowing information to freely circulate, these people replaced the press with an army of propagandists bent upon obeying the will of their official handlers. To add an example to this point, let’s consider the passing the Nation Defense Authorization Act.
The passing of such an unethical bill as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was not only a disgrace to America, it was a wake-up call for all of us to stop swallowing every piece of information we are handed without question. This act included numerous questionable changes to American law and introduced a the potential compromise of free and reliable information.
To cover the basics, the NDAA included an amendment that legalized the distribution of propaganda within United States borders. The original act that the NDAA affected is called the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 which was a post-WWII law passed to ensure that Americans would not be affected by propaganda designed for foreign audiences.
The slight change of the territory to which propaganda is distributed may seem benign. However, those who know the way in which American government operates know that 70-year-old laws are not typically altered without some hidden catch included. We may consider how thoroughly American media has been polluted by corporate interests and political agendas and realize that much of the information and entertainment we see from corporate sources is in no way objective.
We have sensed that among all political and corporate messages, that somehow, we are not receiving the entire story in an unbiased presentation. In light of this, it becomes evident that the recent efforts to curb “fake news” are not in the best interests of the right of the general public to free and untainted information.
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