July 13, 2014
This is the third day in a row that I have attempted to write a list of characteristics of the inner peace most of us are yearning for. I have the list, along with my comments, ready to post and publish. However, this is the third day in a row that something more important has caught my attention; it is also about peace.
This year I turn 50 years old and ever since I began to read and listen to the news (around age 10 or 11) I have heard the phrase, “Peace in the Middle East.” I am also quite familiar with words and phrases such as Gaza, West Bank, Palestinians, airstrikes, Israelis, settlements, etc., etc., etc. These are probably words and phrases that you, dear Readers, have heard in the news every now and again, right? Also like me, dear Readers, you probably rely on the news, whether broadcast or print, to try and understand what it all means. But who can you trust to give a fair and accurate report? Apparently, not Western mainstream media.
Question authority. As a young girl in school, I questioned what authority figures spoon fed me because I enjoyed being defiant. As an adult, I question authority because I know that mainstream media is full of fiction and fairy tales, designed to lull the average citizen into a mind-numbing stupor. Unfortunately, average citizens blindly follow the media, so much, so that individuals believe only that which fits into their narrow worldview. Here is a case in point:
On Tuesday July 8, 2014, on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Ms. Sawyer incorrectly identified a Palestinian family amid the ruins of their home in Gaza, as an Israeli family picking through the rubble of their home in Israel. This may seem like a harmless error, but wait, there is more. Ms. Sawyer also implied that a woman, wearing a hijab (headscarf) and pictured among the ruins of Gaza, is an Israeli as well. Still think harmless error? There is even more.
As Diane Sawyer began her report, there were scenes of destruction visible on-screen. She began, “We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.” On-screen was video footage not of Israelis nor even Israel, but airstrikes on Gaza by the Israeli army. As the viewer saw this picture:
Then the viewer saw and heard this:
Ms. Sawyer, “One woman standing speechless among the ruins.”
The pictures fuzzy, yes. So, if you would like to see the 26 second video, please go here: http://youtu.be/k-m4PlW-KgI
The viewer is led to believe that Palestinians are launching airstrikes that have destroyed Israeli neighborhoods, leaving families misplaced. The pictures are meant to invoke the emotions of the viewer to feel great sorrow for both Israel and the Israeli people. And I’m willing to bet that even though ABC and Diane Sawyer issued apologies for making such an error, most viewers will not go out of their way to to verify the truth of the story. More proof that people follow blindly.
The worst part? Mainstream media will continue to lead those of us that are willing to be misled, those of us that won’t speak up and speak out. Again, I enjoy my rebellious streak, so I will continue to question authority. And for the sake of all that is intelligent, when it comes to the truth, if you can’t trust the news source where “Everyday More Americans Choose ABC News, America’s #1 News Source,” who can you trust? Peace, ~v.