2016 was a terrible year for mainstream journalism in the USA. They were all so keen on a Hillary Clinton victory in the election that it completely distorted their reporting. They were hopelessly out of touch with a large number of voters. They were so out of touch, they could not see that it was even possible she could lose.
Having predicted an enormous win for Clinton, instead of the enormous loss in the Electoral College she eventually had, they then concocted the idea of ‘Fake News,’ blaming alleged ‘fake stories’ on Facebook for her loss. I have to say, I don’t recall seeing much in the way of Trump propaganda on Facebook. There was quite a bit on Twitter, which is the only way I knew he stood a chance of victory. It was much more than a chance, in the end.
Now they are blaming Russian ‘hacking’ of the election, for her loss. It’s a good thing they are so out of touch with reality. I hope it means the liberals won’t win another election for a long time.
So, now any time an issue pops up which is unpopular among the unthinking journalists, we hear the refrain ‘Fake news!’ More on this later. It’s not just a problem in the USA. Unthinking journalists are a problem in a number of English speaking countries.
There are some journalists I trust, however. Many are conservative, as you might expect, because yes, I am going to empathise with those who see things similarly to me, but not all are.
Andrew Bolt, in Australia, is someone I think must be quite trustworthy. I have only read him a little up until now, but may read him more regularly, in my search for good journalists. He had been part of the witch hunt against Cardinal George Pell back in February, but later expressed regret at doing so. It’s possible that the Cardinal has committed a crime, or acted immorally, but so far he has not been charged with criminal offenses, and there has been plenty of media scrutiny, as well as interviews by Victoria Police. For my part, I’m inclined to think he is innocent of any crime, and certainly, the law obliges me to consider him innocent until proven guilty. The point here, is that Bolt looked at the actual facts, and decided there was not enough to continue participation in the witch hunt. The best thing about Bolt is that he’s hated by all the right people.
Anyone who knows me knows that Peter Hitchens is my favourite living journalist (GK Chesterton is my absolute favourite).
This is the first piece of his writing that I ever read, and it’s still quite moving, although I read the original article in 2010, not 2011.
This is his memorial to his famous, atheist brother, Christopher.
And this is an interesting piece on brave reporters (and other things). His views are often unpopular, and held on principal, not merely for the sake of being “contrarian,” which he is often accused of. Like Bolt, he is hated by all the right people, and even styles himself as The Hated Peter Hitchens. PH has often caused me to rethink a position, or to care more about an issue than previously. I care more now than previously about liberty, the rule of law, opposition to the legalisation of cannabis/marijuana, English grammar schools (!), the merits of the first past the post system, the merits of constitutional monarchy, the virtues of the imperial measurement system, the evils of the metric system, the evils of daylight savings, the evils of banal scripture translation (= “Rocky Horror” translations) and the evils of the motorcar. I appreciate poetry, cinema, and architecture more than before, and the use of the word “till” instead of ’til. Also trains. I appreciate his writing on pro-life issues, marriage and family life, religion, and unpopular positions such as the death penalty and gun ownership. Reading his blog is an education in itself, and I usually learn something new with every posting. He churns out about one post a day, which I consider to be prodigious. I disagree with him, of course, about the Reformation (he is an Anglican).
This young man is David Seaman. He is currently a freelance journalist, after having written for Huffington Post until fairly recently. David describes himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He favours the legalisation of cannabis/marijuana, which I completely disagree with. However, I began to follow him on Twitter, and then followed him over to Gab (gab.ai), and also on YouTube due to his research into the alleged Washington DC Satanic paedophile ring. I believe there is plenty of evidence on Instagram and in the Wikileaks documents, which points to such a horrible thing. I have seen enough of this evidence with my own eyes, to believe that it is highly probable. At any rate, I haven’t heard any other rational explanation for these very disturbing images. David’s continuing investigation of this matter is honest and brave. I believe he is putting his life on the line here. I dislike swearing in public discourse, and he sometimes engages in that, but given the topic, I don’t exactly blame David for this fault.
This lovely lady is Miss Hilary White. Miss White, as she prefers to be known, is a writer I have read for about 12 years. She has written her blog Orwell’s Picnic for at least that long. She is a traditional Catholic, and has been telling us for years that “Novusordoism isn’t Catholicism.” She has been blogging bravely at What is Up With Francischurch for the last couple of years. Her latest is here.
She is a passionate defender of The Real and the Law of Non-contradition, so desperately needed in our time.
If you don’t know anything about the history of philosophy for the last 250 years, you will not be able to understand what is going on in the Catholic Church right now.
If you can’t make head of tails of this, it’s time to start doing the background reading. Fortunately for all of us, the world’s greatest libraries have been brought into our homes. I’ve linked above several of the key names and terms to the relevant articles in the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia. From there, there is all the information and connections you could possibly need available online, including one of my favourite books of all time, and perhaps the most useful 20 bucks I ever spent; The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.
The trouble with honest journalists is that you sometimes want to smack them in the head for the things they say which annoy you, but it’s a small price to pay for real information. These people do real research, think for themselves, and report what they find, regardless of any unpleasant consequences. I’m very grateful for them.