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Where Does One Go to Find the Truth? Print E-mail
by James Reza    Sun, Sep 25, 2011, 05:26 PM

As a conservative first, and Republican second, I often wonder if the truth matters to voters (Democrats or Republicans) who are interested in hearing the truth from those we elected to govern us.  And, I often wonder if the media (newspapers, magazines, radio and TV) plays a role in trying to obscure, discredit, give credit, vilify, glorify the achievements, or the blunders, to their readers, listeners, or viewers, the politicians they are against or are aligned with.  

My hometown newspaper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, prompted me to seriously question the role the media plays in their transparent bias or support towards certain politicians.  “How so, James?” some would ask.  Folks, as a daily reader of the Star-Telegram, I couldn’t help but notice that for almost 2 months they’ve unleashed an almost daily attack on Governor Rick Perry, prior to his announcing of running for President, and more so after he announced he would.  One day, they would report that he was weak on illegal immigration, gave assistance to the children of illegal aliens to go to college, the next day they reported he demanded young girls to be vaccinated for some disease, that he didn’t create as many good paying jobs as he stated, that he made a lot of money while Governor of Texas, and that he attended a prayer meeting in Houston.  The Star-Telegram it seems hasn’t tried to leave a stone unturned on scrutinizing Governor Perry, which is their job I guess.  But, prior to his election, I don’t recall the Star-Telegram revealing to their readers anything negative about Senator Obama when he ran for the Presidency, which is hypocritical to me and shows their pro liberal bias.

After President Obama was elected, many Americans, myself included, knew little if any of his pro or negative achievements.  The only thing I remember the media disclosing was that he was a Senator, married with two daughters, a good community organizer and an eloquent speaker.  Also, that he wrote a couple of books, attend Harvard, was half black and white, and that his father left him and his mother.  Other than that, I knew little if any of this man we elected as President of our great country.  However, and thank God for conservative talk radio hosts and Fox conservative TV analysts, many Americans soon became aware of the unsavory associates and radical socialist agenda President Obama had in store for all Americans, plus his unrelentless assault on our capitalist system.  Three years into his presidency and wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars, President Obama’s still blames the Bush Administration for the sad economic state of our country without owning up to his bad unproductive government policies.  One has to wonder when the media will start exposing in depth the failed policies of this very, in my opinion, inept President.  My guess is, that they won’t.

Up until a few years ago, Americans had little if any truthful or untruthful information fed to us daily other than by a few TV news anchormen and our local newspaper.  Never, particularly on TV, were Americans presented with opposing views to any given political topic.  TV anchormen would report the news and whether they themselves were liberal or conservative, most of us would accept it as being the truth.  That is no longer happening today over our radio and TV airwaves.  Whether you are a Republican or Democrat there are scores of TV and radio programs that cater to one’s political palate.  I, for instance, as a conservative Republican almost daily listen to Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levine on the radio.  Liberals, incidentally, have tried many times to have their own national liberal radio talk shows, but as of yet, none have succeeded.  It can’t be money, because there are many liberal millionaire philanthropists like George Soros and Hustler publisher, Larry Flynt, who by the way is offering $1 million to uncover dirt on Gov. Rick Perry, who gladly would fund them.  As for TV, I almost daily watch Fox News, especially “Special Report with Bret Baier,” which is the number one cable news program in its time slot (6-7 p.m.).  Some would say that I as a conservative watch Fox because they are more conservative than the other TV networks (CNN, ABC, MSNBC).  But truthfully, I watch Fox’s Bret Baier show because Bret puts on liberal and conservative guests who discuss their different political views where viewers can draw their own conclusion as to who is right or wrong.  I wholeheartedly agreed with Fox News slogan, “We Report You Decide.”  The other news network stations that are left of center slogan should read, “We Report You Accept It!”

A recent national poll by former CNN exec Eason Jordan, a 23-year veteran of the cable network, found that Americans prefer Fox News as the best television news network.  Americans picked on partisan lines, also:  62 percent of Republicans picked Fox News, while 72 percent of Democrats chose CNN and MSNBC.  Fox consistently is one of the top five shows in all of cable, while its rivals usually sit somewhere outside the top 20.  Fox’s viewers tilt Republican, white and older and top in every age group except those under 30.  Meanwhile, both CNN and MSNBC tilt Democrat, young, and ethnically diverse.

My hometown of Fort Worth is a Republican stronghold.  We recently elected a Republican Mayor; our Congress rep is Republican as is our Senator.  Yet, our local newspaper leans to the left, and I often wonder why they, like Fox News, can’t give their readers an even balance of conservative and liberal news.  Sadly, I find the political reports of my hometown newspaper one-sided and have to search elsewhere for the truth!


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written by Joe Skalamere , September 28, 2011

I have never heard a liberal person answer a simple "yes" or "no" question with a direct response. Why is that? It's incredible to me that we live in the same country and have such diverse views regarding the Constitution of the United States. History reports in so many venues that our Founding Father's encouraged prayer in public meetings and places including schools and in the halls of government; and that their covenent about the separation of church and state was a direct refutation of the influence that the Church of England had with the English royalty. Today we can not pray openly in public places because of the "liberal" interpretation of the separation of church and state. Why have those with conservative values permitted such an abomination? Because we all became too dumb, too fat and too lazy; too accommodating, too unwilling to really fight for what we thought that we believed in. Can we blame liberals for influencing the paths of our lives while conservatives displayed no backbone or will to really fight. No! It's our and all of those out there that profess I belief in a God. Where is your conviction? I was told as a child to judge a person by their actions and not by their words. Those with conservative values have permitted this liberal onslaught into the media, our schools, our homes. No, God Bless liberals because they are just doing what liberals have always done...and conservatives have changed. Thank God for Fox News and our conservative media even though some conservative media personalities can "go over the top" on occasion. It boils down to this: if those who believe in God, believe in family values, believe in limited government influence, believe in the ethical and moral standards of our founding fathers as written then it is our fault that liberals's our fault!

written by Charlie Alvarado , September 28, 2011

"I have never heard a liberal person answer a simple "yes" or "no" question with a direct response."

Joe, the problem is that
Conservaliberals (those who are conservative with their own dinero but Liberal with the rest of Americans' pesos) always answer "NO" to All Americans and "YES" to themselves.

And you blaming Democrats for all that is wrong reminds me of an abusive hushand (or wife) who can never admit when they're wrong. There will always be fighting and misery.

You are the ones who have to have it your way or not at all.

"Emotional abuse is when someone threatens or humiliates you. This includes name-calling, putting you down, insulting you, or breaking your things. Control is a huge part of emotional abuse and involves chronic anger, jealousy, accusations, and distrust. The main symptoms that you maybe experiencing emotional abuse include feeling depressed, anxious, and unhappy in your situation, that you feel isolated and that you’re down on yourself, or even hate yourself, especially when things don't go your way."

written by Charlie Alvarado , September 28, 2011


Matthew 5:3-10 reads:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

I have told you what God commands of you. the rest is up to you......

written by ElHombre , October 01, 2011

"I have never heard a liberal person answer a simple "yes" or "no" question with a direct response."

Q: Are conservatives wrong about everything?

A: Yes.

By the way: "...we can not pray openly in public places because of the "liberal" interpretation of the separation of church and state."

You're lying. You can openly pray wherever you want. You just can't expect any gov't help in promoting your particular religious beliefs on anyone else. That's something that makes America great.

As for Mr. Reza's column there is a fundamental difference of viewpoints. Liberals look first at facts. Conservatives haven't been interested in facts since evidence proved that facts don't support conservative ideas. And Fox News has been proven to not care about basic facts. Anyone who draws their opinions from whatever is said on Fox News is therefore automatically wrong.

So the obvious thing for y'all to do is admit you've been wrong.

written by Pope1944 , October 03, 2011

James you have articulated the reasons that the newspaper industry is failing and will soon be extinct. There is no such thing as balanced reporting (unless you read Reuters).
Thomas Jefferson declared that "the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."
This was true in Jefferson's time and is more true now.
I remember my Mother's advice when I was growing up "only believe half of what you see and nothing of what you read"
My Mom was smart. She was heavily involved in politics and knew that "the people" were rarely told the truth about anything. They were told either what the politicians thought they wanted to hear or what the politicians felt would get them reelected.
With dyed in the wool liberals like Charlie and ElHombre, who would apparently vote for anyone as long as it said Deomocrat next to their name, continuing to send people to Congress who can spend, spend, spend but have no concept of trying to balance a budget, I fear we are doomed to massive inflation and ultimately a devaluation of the dollar that will be catastrophic.
There is no question in my mind that unless we have term limits there will never be a significant change in how our elected officials operate.
When you consider that 50% of the taxpayers in this country paid zero Federal Income Taxes in 2010 and an additional 16% of the population works for a Government agency, it seems clear that those who want no change will always be able to outvote those who favor massive change.
But keep writing Charlie, you may soon be the only source of news there is.

written by Charlie Alvarado , October 03, 2011

"With dyed in the wool liberals like Charlie and ElHombre, who would apparently vote for anyone as long as it said Deomocrat next to their name,"

That just goes to show how hypocritical you and your ilk are. (Pope?) You accuse others of what "YOU" have in your heart. You wouldn't vote for those who want to help "ALL" Americans with your last breath and knowing you're going to where it's very very hot.

This was posted here:

"I have never heard a liberal person answer a simple "yes" or "no" question with a direct response."

You can see my response here also. I bring it up again because I have asked a question many times that all you Republicons have never answered.

If Jesus were here today, would you call him a Liberal? A Democrat? Don't tell us you'd call him a conservative. Republican?

And stop using the name of Pope. You don't come close to what God commands of you.

written by Charlie Alvarado , October 03, 2011

"But keep writing Charlie, you may soon be the only source of news there is."

Too bad, I was hoping that I could fix y'alls' light bulb; and turn it on, so that we could live in peace and harmony.

Ezekiel 33:8-9

8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

"When you reap the harvest of your land, You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God." (NRSV, Leviticus 19:9-10)

"Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring." (TLB, Isaiah 58:10-11)


written by Pope1944 , October 03, 2011

Dear Charlie,
I'll make you a deal: I will stop using the sobriquet Pope, which was bestowed upon me by friends many years ago, if you will stop being a hypocrite and using Bible verses to bolster your political arguments.
Your postings are full of hate and righteous indignation but I notice you don't try to address the subject at hand which is "where do I find the truth in the print and media world".

written by Charlie Alvarado , October 04, 2011

The only deal that can get us to good terms, is that you stop blaming every thing on our president and on the American people who support him. "YOU ARE THE HYPOCRITS."

Why your friends nicknamed you Pope is beyond comprihension. And I use the Bible verses to tell the real truth about what God commands of "ALL" of us. James, (the author of these hateful postings) is the one who claims to know the Buble. "SO"? I counter attack.

You ask:>
"where do I find the truth in the print and media world".

You and James don't want the "REAL TRUTH." What you want to know is where can you find the media that agrees with you 100%. You want the truth? You have to seek it honestly before you can find it.

Really, really, really; don't you see all the hate in what James writes? In want you write? Why do you believe I hate when I am defending. I only hate the hate in this world.

1 John 4:20 (ESV)
20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
1 John 2:9
9Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

written by George , October 29, 2011

Certainly not to a JESUIT.

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