media double standard

Truth has been sacrificed on the altar of political narrative in just about every topic in news stories today.  John and Producer Steve discuss how the truth has been left behind in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, in the recent climate change conference, and in the ongoing saga with the pandemic and the vaccines.  There's even an indictment regarding the fake Russian dossier that no one in the media seems to care about.  Narrative trumps everything else.  If someone really wants to know the truth in any situation, the mainstream media, politicians, and social media sites are not the sources to go to.

Tamar Sternthal: Advocacy Journalism

Broadcast Running Time: 12:55

John Loeffler

August 29, 2021

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It's a special weekend bonus podcast with Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of the Israel office of CAMERA. More than 500 journalists signed an open letter recently calling for more pro-Palestinian coverage and less flattering reports about Israel. She discusses the letter and her organization's response to it. She points out how many of today's journalists have thrown the clearly-defined code of ethics in their profession out the window.

Will the Central Banks Go Digital?

Broadcast Running Time: 01:19:13

John Loeffler

August 14, 2021

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Eliminating cash and transitioning to an all-digital currency may make some people nervous, especially if the digital currency is backed by the government. Leading off the show this week is silver expert David Morgan (themorganreport.com), author of the Morgan Report. He and John look at the possibility that the U.S. government could shift to digital currency, giving them control over all transactions. Bitcoin, the current leader in digital money, will either face off against the establishment or be co-opted by it. David also predicts what could happen with inflation and our massive debt.

We then move in-house with a conversation between John and Producer Steve. They examine the media's lack of journalism in parroting the administration's wavering virus messaging as well as using conflicting scientific papers in the virus and vaccine battle. They also discuss the tendency for the truth to win out in the end, how mandates violate freedom, and even some unprofessional undercover activity on the part of federal law enforcement.

Finally, we welcome to the show Mike Berry (firstliberty.org), General Counsel for First Liberty Institute and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. It is getting harder for members of the armed forces to honor the military oath. It says you are to support and defend the Constitution, but it also says you are to obey the orders of the President and superior officers. With woke leadership demonizing conservative military members for their beliefs, eventually our enemies will defeat us without firing a shot.

John & Producer Steve: The Truth Wins Out

Broadcast Running Time: 32:37

John Loeffler

August 5, 2021

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On today's podcast, John and Producer Steve sit down to chat about the media's tightrope walk with virus and vaccine coverage, pushing the vaccines but also insisting that masks and lockdowns are necessary. The administration's virus messaging wavers almost on a daily basis and so the media's does as well. They also look at the battle of scientific papers, the tendency for the truth to always win out in the end, mandates as a violation of freedom, and some nefarious undercover activity on the part of federal law enforcement.

Now that hostilities have theoretically abated in the latest Israel-Gaza war, it's important to look at, and learn from, what really happened there. Back with us today is Bruce Thornton (fresnostate.edu), Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University in Fresno. It's hard to filter out the reality of the situation in the Middle East – or any situation – when politicians and the media push lies meant to further narratives. Examples include how the Palestinians want peace, despite their actions; the climate debate is settled, except the debate has never happened; and universities say they are all about education, but it really seems like they're all about grant money and donations. Narratives may sound nice, but when you're trying to solve real problems in the real world, all they do is get in the way.

Jack Cashill: Oops We Lied, No Big Deal

Broadcast Running Time: 23:18

Remember when the Steele dossier and Russia collusion stories were stated as absolute fact by nearly every single media outlet? Remember when there ended up being no evidence to back them up? Back with us today is independent writer, author and media consultant Jack Cashill (cashill.com). He points to a recent, low-key, not covered at all retraction by the New York Times indicating not that they were wrong, but that they were duped into believing the dossier. They are not only trying to save their reputation, but also the reputations of those high up in the previous Obama administration. It's all part of a gradual information dissemination strategy to minimize the impact when the truth finally comes out.

Fanning the Flames in Israel

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:18

It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.

Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.

One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.

It's time we had a discussion on the violence in Israel and the media's complicity in it. John and Producer Steve sit down and examine the events that have led up to the current violence. They then look at the rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel, the Iron Dome catching nearly all of them. Israel retaliates, doing all they can to minimize civilian casualties. But the media only report if there are casualties in Gaza, regardless of who caused it. They unilaterally condemn Israel and favor Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. The strategy is working because the media play their part.

John gives a dose of reality sprinkled with a dash of hope on today's podcast.  After the ugly events of Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, it helps to step back and get some perspective.  John makes comparisons to the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 – how media and the left assigned every conservative a measure of guilt for the tragedy.  You're seeing the same thing this week.  There was little to no condemnation, especially against a collective group of people, over the summer for the two months of rioting and death then.

There is a major paradigm shift occurring in the world right now – the Great Reset is a big part of it and it is marching forward unhindered.  John cites several examples from Steel past that foretold of the Great Reset we're seeing now.  Could we be in the End Times – or at least the run-up to it?  John gives hope from Scripture that God is with us and He will win out.  We will have to go through some tough times, but God will prevail. 

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.