Tamar Sternthal

Erosion of Truth in Media

Broadcast Running Time: 01:16:42

If narratives coming out of the media seem wildly inconsistent and are flopping around, there's a reason for that. John opens the show this week looking at the outrage and "flippage" seen in stories about both gun control following recent shootings and Nancy Pelosi being denied communion because of her stance on abortion. The media pound away at a narrative, bury facts, and distort the truth in order to shape public perception on a story. That erosion of truth infects people's minds and that's reflected at the polls. It's dangerous to the freedoms that are the foundation of our country.

Another example of the media distorting the truth to advance a narrative can be found in a story about a riot at a funeral in Israel. An Al Jazeera journalist was killed covering a story and at her funeral, violence broke out. Joining us to discuss is Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of the Israel office of CAMERA. She highlights how different press agencies immediately pointed the finger at Israeli troops as the cause for the violence, purposefully overlooking Palestinian instigation – just to bash Israel.

Finally this week, we look at the declining state of public education in this country. Joining us is Dr. Diane Davis (oneroomschooltraining.com), founder of the One-Room Schoolhouse method of teaching. She describes the benefits of parents taking charge of their child's education and the advantages of teaching in a small classroom. If children can learn how to think, not what to think, perhaps public perception will not be influenced by the erosion of truth and the future of our country can be saved.

An Al Jazeera journalist was killed recently in a crossfire between Palestinians and Israelis.  A riot broke out later at her funeral and now the media spin machine is in full force blaming Israel. Is it true or just another attempt to bash Israel? Joining us today to talk about the story is Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of the Israel bureau of CAMERA. She discusses how media take advantage of casual readers’ tendency to only read headlines by burying relevant aspects deep in a story. And when they do publish details, they are often misleading or outright incorrect in the service of a narrative. The anti-Israel spin machine is still revving strong in the media.

Last year turned out to be a banner year for mainstream media misinformation. They seemed so sure of their stories when published, but when facts came out, very few if any admitted they were wrong. Leading off the show this week is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. He looks back at media lowlights in 2021, including talking points like 'pandemic of the unvaccinated,' 'January 6 was an insurrection,' and 'alternative energies didn't cause Texas's winter grid collapse.' Headlines were in large fonts; corrections, if any, were but a tiny footnote.

Unaccountable media occurs not just in the U.S., but also in international press. Nowhere is this more evident than in coverage of Israel. Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of CAMERA's Israel office, joins us this week to look at two stories the media got wrong in 2021. First, Israel was made out to be the aggressor toward Gaza when the facts show that Gaza attacked initially. The second story involved a professor with ties to Hamas promoted as a bridge builder when in reality he taught his students to hate Israel. Once again, neither publisher was held to much account.

Finally this week, we dive into the topic of digital vaccine passports with longtime friend of the show Pat Wood (citizensforfreespeech.org), Executive Director of Citizens for Free Speech and Editor of Technocracy News. He examines the globalist plan to track every human being on earth, using governments and private companies and organizations to get it done. This plan has been in place for decades and with technology finally in place, the globalists are on the cusp of realizing their dream. John notes that this dream looks suspiciously like one written in the Book of Revelation.

We all know that the mainstream media has devolved into a propaganda machine for the Left. They have now been exposed promoting anti-Israel 'news.' Joining us today from Israel is Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of CAMERA's Israel office. She gives examples of media malfeasance, including the promotion of Israel as aggressor against Gaza when Gaza was the attacker first; and a feature of a professor with ties to Hamas as being a bridge builder when, if you listen to his lectures in Arabic, he is the exact opposite, teaching his students to hate Israel. She and John also discuss the state of journalism today.

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.

In observing the law, there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. In this week's boralogue, John observes that in order to keep society intact, we must observe both aspects of the law. Some laws, though, have been corrupted such as civil asset forfeiture, environmental law, and yes even impeachment. Freedoms associated with these laws are threatened because, even though the letter of the law is observed, the spirit of the law is ignored.

An often taboo subject not often covered in the media or in politics is that of sex trafficking. Deanna Lynn (www.refugeforwomen.org), author and Affiliate of Refuge for Women, joins us to recount her experience of being lured into the sex trade, how she managed to escape from and rise above it, and how she helps others who have gone through similar experiences.

The anthem kneeling controversy has somewhat died down, but in its heyday many people who spoke out against the protestors were vilified in the media. Pastor Ronnie Mitchem (www.victoryandpraise.com), Founder and Pastor of Victory & Praise Worship Center in Texas, shares his experience after he kicked two players – both Africa-American – off his football team for kneeling during the anthem.

John and Producer Steve take a 30,000-foot view of impeachment, leftist narratives surrounding it, and predictions of where it goes from here. Then, John closes out the show with Tamar Sternthal (www.camera.org), Director of the Israel office of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, who discusses instances of anti-Semitism in England and the U.S. and the media's role in it.

John's quote of the week:
"The spirit of the law says that we understand why that law was created. And while we can get around the letter of the law, as a moral people we are self-disciplined and won't do that. Why? Because we understand that we must observe the spirit of the law in addition to the letter of the law in order to keep the whole system intact."

In this week's Extras segment, we play a double feature: first we have John's boralogue from our 2017 Christmas episode. Following that, we play an interview from Christmas 2003 with Dr. Ted Byfield on understanding our Christian history and our current worldview.