Thank God For Rush Limbaugh And Fox News
Much has been written about the clear liberal bias woven into the fabric of what was formerly known as the “main stream” media. As their audience continues to dwindle isn’t it time to finally debunk the myth that they ever really reflected the views of what Richard Nixon labeled as the “Silent Majority”?
The key to remember is that these purported bastions of free speech have never been anything of the sort. Their lauded support of the First Amendment, within which is included the right to free speech and freedom of the press, has increasingly become nothing but a tool to maintain their control to determine “all the news fit to print” and thus ensure their ability to advance their liberal agenda. The mask of neutrality, never a good fit, has now been ripped away forever in the wake of the coverage of the recent events in Benghazi, Libya.
It’s important to remember that the lack of coverage of the actual events coupled with coverage designed to mislead and influence public opinion in ways detrimental to the security of the United States is not something new or accidental. The loss of the Vietnam War and the resulting loss in American Prestige can be seen as one of the American Left’s first great victories and one which depended on the “main stream” media for its success. One has to wonder what the outcome would have been had the United States truly had a media which reflected the opinion of the majority.
In reading the transcript of the speech above I came across some rather interesting statements:
…….In view of these circumstances there were some who urged that I end the war at once by ordering the immediate withdrawal of all American forces.
From a political standpoint this would have been a popular and easy course to follow. After all, we became involved in the war while my predecessor was in office. I could blame the defeat which would be the result of my action on him and come out as the Peacemaker. Some put it to me quite bluntly: This was the only way to avoid allowing Johnson’s war to become Nixon’s war.
But I had a greater obligation than to think only of the years of my administration and of the next election. I had to think of the effect of my decision on the next generation and on the future of peace and freedom in America and in the world.
Let us all understand that the question before us is not whether some Americans are for peace and some Americans are against peace. The question at issue is not whether Johnson’s war becomes Nixon’s war.
The great question is: How can we win America’s peace?
–A nation cannot remain great if it betrays its allies and lets down its friends.
–This would spark violence wherever our commitments help maintain the peace-in the Middle East, in Berlin, eventually even in the Western Hemisphere.
Ultimately, this would cost more lives.
It would not bring peace; it would bring more war.
I realize that many will be shocked and surprised that I use the Left’s great victory in the Vietnam War as an example of where America went wrong, but I would suggest that an objective look at the conflict will prove that it was the American Left, and the “main-stream” media, who won the war, while the rest of us lost. Imagine, if you will, what might have happened had we had a truly free press and a Fox News and talk radio telling the other side of the story. The real story, where the Tet offensive represented the last gasp of a defeated enemy hoping that its friends in the American Press would pick up the story and present a defeat as a victory. Of course we all know that the alliance between the American Left, the American Press, and the Communist forces held firm and that they were eventually victorious. Or do we? How many know that the Tet Offensive was in fact an American Victory?
It’s been almost 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War, but the fight to silence the opposition and control the main organs influencing American public opinion continues to this day. There is the “Fairness Doctrine“, where those on the left are attempting to silence the voices of the “Silent Majority”. We have the constant attacks on “talk radio” and “Faux News” all due to the fact that they do not report the news with the left-wing bias which is de rigeur to those who previously controlled the flow of information. We have a President who goes on Letterman, but prefers not to sit down with Fox News.
Regardless of how you feel about talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, or Fox News, I would suggest that if you love this republic we call the United States of America you should appreciate the continued existence of at least a semi-free press.