media bias

Former lawyer, FBI agent, and talk show host G. Gordon Liddy passed away this week at the age of 90. John opens today's show commenting on the lack of decorum among leftist journalists who wrote several unflattering obituary stories about Mr. Liddy's passing. Instead of taking the high road, some journalists used the occasion to smear and defame.

We then reach into the Steel on Steel vault and pull out John's interview with G. Gordon Liddy from December 2002 where they discuss his book 'When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country'.

Have a safe Good Friday and a blessed Easter weekend.

The Washington Post issued a massive correction on a story from two months ago that, not surprisingly, cast President Donald Trump in a very negative light. The reason for the retraction – it was all a complete lie. John, Carol, and Steve convene the Steel Round Table today to cover the many lies, obfuscations, and false narratives from the mainstream media. In addition to the Post story, they discuss Tucker Carlson's women in the military comments, and Russia's attempts at misleading us. The media wanted us to focus on the phrase 'find the fraud:' it looks like we have.

Almost immediately after Rush Limbaugh passed away, people who did not agree with his ideology began disparaging his memory in very contemptible ways. Are we getting comfortable with this type of hatred? Boyd Matheson (deseret.com), Opinion Editor at the Deseret News, joins us today to discuss how we got to this point of vitriolic division. He lists the various ways politicians and the media get us to hate each other and shares ways we can counteract that. The solution may be found in our younger generations.

In the past couple of days, John has been a guest on two separate radio stations here in the Inland Northwest. We will play both of his interviews today. First, John was featured on KYMS with Lee Lancaster as he is every month. John and Lee discuss leftist legislation and judicial activism, the church during times of trial, and religious persecution – especially against Christians. He then met with local radio legend Tom Read for his personal program 'It Seems to Me.' John chats with Tom about bias in the media.

Does history really repeat itself?  Can we learn from it?  David Satter (davidsatter.com), Editorial Author at the Wall Street Journal, joins us to report on his experiences as a journalist in Soviet Russia in the 1970s and 1980s – and compare it to America today.  In the Soviet Union, media perpetuated the government narrative so much so that the people knew that news stories weren't true.  Today in the U.S., we read or hear a story and immediately think, based on the media outlet, that an ideology is being pushed instead of facts.  Also, in totalitarian societies, there is such a threat to disrupt your future, through cancel culture or force, that people self-censor and fall in line.  It happened in the Soviet Union.  We're seeing it begin to happen here.  Can we learn from this in time to stop it?

Solving an Unrecognized Problem

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:52

John Loeffler

January 2, 2021

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In October, French President Emmanuel Macron announced strict measures to crack down on what he called 'radical Islam.' But what is his definition of that and what are his measures? Mark Durie (markdurie.com), Director of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness, joins us to discuss President Macron's ineffective plans for these measures and what that will mean for adherents to other religions. If you can't recognize the truth of a problem, your policies will always fail. And failing policies are symptoms of a failing worldview that is not based in reality.

Media outlets and fact-checking websites are always beholden to a narrative. It makes reporting the facts surrounding an issue impossible. John and Producer Steve look at how both right and left media outlets spin the news to prop up a point of view that only gives you part of the story. 'Bad' ideas are dismissed as propaganda so that the media's agenda can be furthered. But no one is getting the whole story. When media work as social activists instead of journalists, the truth is brushed aside.

Finally this week, we fire up the way back machine to revisit the issue of a constitutional convention – or a Con-Con. We play an interaction between two guests: first from December 1992, Don Fotheringham, an opponent to the Con-Con, and second from June 2016, Jenna Ellis, a proponent of a convention. Don contends that opening the door to a convention would allow malignant actors to later destroy our country. Jenna argues that because there is a specified agenda and a very involved amendment process, it would be all but impossible to hijack.

John & Steve: Fact-Checking the Media

Broadcast Running Time: 29:19

John Loeffler

December 29, 2020

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There are very few if any media outlets and fact-checking websites that aren't beholden to a narrative.  It makes reporting all the facts surrounding an issue impossible.  On today's podcast, John and Steve look at how both right and left media outlets spin the news to prop up a point of view that only gives you part of the story.  So-called "bad" ideas are dismissed as propaganda so that the media's agenda can be furthered.  But no one is getting the whole story.  The media are now social activists instead of journalists.  And when that happens, the truth is always brushed aside. 

John & Producer Steve: Election Crisis

Broadcast Running Time: 21:01

John Loeffler

November 4, 2020

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Well, the hope for a calm and legitimate election came and went and it is but a memory.  It is 2020 after all.  On today's podcast, John and Producer Steve look at the chaos and crisis that is the day after the election.  Topics discussed include a summary of what has happened in this election so far, the history of the media and their pivot away from journalism and toward extreme bias, and some possible avenues forward for the presidential candidates in this election.

We've heard stories for months about Hunter Biden and Burisma and possible corruption while Joe Biden was Vice President.  Now a new set of stories are out about Hunter Biden's laptop and further data that could point to widespread corruption.  What does it all mean?  Back with us today is Reuben Johnson, military expert based in Kiev, Ukraine.  He looks at how biased the media is in favor of the democrats and how differently they covered the Steel dossier story.  Members of the Obama administration were in on the Trump persecution as well in 2016.  He covers how Russia and Eastern European politics work and how that part of the world views the laptop corruption controversy.

John Loeffler: Beyond the Semantic Games

Broadcast Running Time: 22:35

John Loeffler

September 4, 2020

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The media in the Westersphere seems focused on ratings and not on substance. They play semantic games instead of focusing on reality. In today's boralogue, John looks at the reality going on in the world, with global geopolitics and the unfair, and sometimes completely absent, coverage that it gets. Free speech no matter where it's at is in serious jeopardy. Complex issues are dealt with in clichés and when the clichés no longer work, force and violence is used instead. To best prepare for this, we must orient ourselves to reality before watching the semantic games that are being played.