Mainstream News: Shamelessly Diverting Our Attention

I am one of those people who refuse to waste my time watching liberal mainstream news. Yet, I often find that it’s almost impossible to completely escape their nonsense. That’s because my own trusted news channel thinks I need to know every shenanigan that liberals and their media are up to, keeping them front and center of my news experience without actually watching liberal news.

Let me be perfectly clear. I am not calling for a boycott of my news channel. Without it, there simply wouldn’t be a reliable news source and insightful commentary with a more objective voice anywhere on television. Nevertheless, there seems to be more time spent on sensationalizing the spectacle of a joyless, melodramatic, and conspiratorial liberal culture, instead of presenting more stories that really matter to hard-working Americans, such as border security, tax cuts, and healthcare reform.

Take for example the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. This was started by Leftist crybabies who continue to entertain dangerous fantasies of taking down a constitutionally elected president. How many months has the liberal media obsessed over Trump and Russia? And where’s their evidence? Had Hillary Clinton won the election, I doubt we would have heard a peep about Russia. It’s a game of political assassination.

Unfortunately, my news channel isn’t helping. While many of its hosts have openly acknowledged that the topic of Trump-Russia has dominated the news cycle without a shred of evidence, even after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, they continue to waste precious time with their trademark “fair and balanced” panels to discuss the issue ad nauseam.

Then there’s all those stories of radicalized college students who act out, many times violently, because they lack basic life skills that normal human beings naturally acquire. Predictably, liberal media refuses to report on this because it makes the Left look even more out of control—unless it’s a Berkeley-styled riot, then they frame the story around blaming Republicans like Ann Coulter, Milo, or the President. Of course, my news channel rarely misses an opportunity to report on the campus misfits—over and over again.

These are mindless sideshows diverting our attention from what’s more important, in effect endlessly chasing the wagging tail of the liberal media. To make matters worse, everyone takes to social media retweeting all the same liberal antics I just suffered through watching on my news channel. People are frustrated and feel compelled to inform others of the insanity. I get it. I have been guilty of this myself. However, for the sake of the informed, we all have to do better or we risk the chance of alienating our most important voter block.

Recently, I wrote an article about the trend of racial segregation on radicalized college campuses. For some readers, that piece was a real eye-opener. However, one woman’s comment caught my attention, writing: “I find I can’t read this stuff anymore. It makes me want to scream ‘What the hell happened and who the hell let it get this far?’” Needless to say, she’s not alone.

I lived without cable television for over decade, only to resubscribe for the heated 2016 election season. Honestly, life without cable television proved to be more peaceful and productive than I could have ever imagined. I still enjoyed insightful Talk Radio and a few choice online sources that I trust. Never once did I feel uninformed. There was just less noise and clutter. Perhaps I’ll pull the plug on cable television again, but only after I convince myself I can live without HGTV.

Unfortunately, when it comes to respectable news, we’re extremely limited in our options. A vast majority of the mainstream media has gone rogue and they never pass up an opportunity to flaunt it. They love to refer to themselves as the “free press,” as if this is a license to do whatever they want, such as ignore and distort facts, spread disinformation, and manufacture scandals. But what good is a free press when it purposely subverts the truth?

As for my favorite news channel, I am hopeful that one day soon those making decisions behind the scenes will recognize the rut they’re in—one that keeps me and other loyal viewers mired in liberal mass hysteria. Perhaps in the meantime, loyal viewers like me will see fit to take matters into our own hands. It’s called the “off” button on the remote control. At some point, we have to move on to the issues Americans care about most.