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.
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.
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.
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.
As he does once a month, John travels to the studios of KYMS radio for an interview with Lee Lancaster. For our Sunday bonus podcast, we play John's appearance from this Friday where he and Lee discuss a variety of topics, including the attacks in France, the tenets of cancel culture, the history of how the media has become so corrupted, the need to stand up for the truth – even if it's unpopular, and of course, an update on the martyred church.
Listening to the media is enough to make you crazy! On today's podcast, John and Producer Steve sit down and try to make sense of it all. They discuss the tactics media use to distort the truth and advocate for one side of the political aisle. They also get into the kerfuffle over the article in The Atlantic trouncing the President for being disrespectful to our military.
If there's one thing you don't want politicized, it's life-saving drugs and the science behind them. Research writer Dennis Behreandt (www.thenewamerican.com) is back with us to look at the science behind hydroxychloroquine as well as the bad publicity it has received simply because President Trump lauded its use. Politically correct thinking is slowly taking over the world of science and it's to the detriment of not only the people it could help but also the scientists who are tasked with helping them.
Economics, politics, and religion are the three primary topics discussed on Steel on Steel. This week, we open the show with an extended conversation featuring all three topics. Joining John are David McAlvany and Kevin Orrick (www.mcalvanyweeklycommentary.com), co-hosts of the McAlvany Weekly Commentary, which you can find on our Steel Podcast Network. They examine the economy possibility of another Cold War, this time with China, and how the global economy is affected by the U.S. election cycle. Marxism is now playing a greater role in global economics and politics. They also discuss Christianity's threat to communism and relying on God during times of crises. Finishing up the show this week, we welcome Dr. John Lott, Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center (www.crimeresearch.org). He looks at several gun control myths and how the media misrepresent the facts surrounding shootings and completely ignore the ‘good guy with a gun saves the day' stories. He also paints a picture as to what this country would look like should all guns be outlawed.