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We Need Better News Sources to Keep our Freedom!

We Need Better News Sources to Keep our Freedom!

It’s been a while since I wrote about the current events. Things happened, while I was away from my writing. Women came out in droves, accusing the famous Hollywood producer of sexual harassment. Men came out too, accusing a famous actor of sexual misconduct. There was another terrorist attack in New York. A driver drove a truck into a crowd on a bike path. There was just too much sadness, and I had been taking a break. 

Today, however, was different.  I woke up from my slumber when a name was missing from the news report.  A name? How odd, you'd think, that a name would trigger an impulse in a writer to comment on the news report.  It will become clear why. Read on.

 A shooter opened fire on attendees of a Baptist church in Texas. His name was Devin Kelley, age 26. The reason why today was different is that all the primary news sources, CNN, BBC did not even report the shooters name (as I write this it’s 7:18 pm EST, November 5th). I had to search for an obscure website to find out more.  FoxNews did report shooters name, and in two short sentences they reported on his age and where he lived, saying nothing about his race or motive.  As I am writing this, his Facebook account was already deleted. I searched Twitter for his name, and I ran into a thread that claimed he was a member of an anti-fascist group and a member of ALT-LEFT (not sure what this is), something that I was not able to confirm with a credible source.

Apparently, just a few days ago he showed off his new weapon on Facebook. I uncovered this by reading my Twitter thread, but the Facebook post was not included in any of the news reports, while a picture of the truck driver in New York was plastered on every website.

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So, the reason why this shooting is different is that the focus was not on the shooter. A stark difference between the Texas shooting and the truck attack in New York is that the driver of the truck was identified within a matter of minutes; his entire life was dissected in the first few hours after the tragedy.

I may not be a fan of the President, but he may be right about one thing, media has become a channel for sensational, and it only focuses on the stories that feed the minds of those interested in how a story fortifies their belief system, whether liberal or more conservative.

Today’s events reinforced my belief, however, that America lacks a good news source that will report events with all the facts, regardless of who their audience is. A free country and free people deserve this. We must demand it.

Today’s tragedy, where a white shooter entered a white church and shot the churchgoers was not reported as such. It was instead a veil of mysterious facts carefully concealed in obscure sentences. A shooting that happens to have a Muslim perpetrator or a black one focus on their ethnicity, their blackness, and their religion.  No present news source would take their reporting and take the bias out of the sentences, crafting the stories in such a way to offer only the truth and avoid feeding the anxieties that are now rooted in our society.

We need better news to help us maintain our freedom!

So, Mother-my-Love, let me take your dear hand

So, Mother-my-Love, let me take your dear hand

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