In my most recent article, I put to you the facts about the media control of our society using a form of lying without lies. Today, I want to provide a clear example of how this is accomplished. Any example I raise will, of course, be a controversial topic, so I'm not arguing the issue here. I'm only presenting the issue as an example of a political position held by the media across the board and how easy it is to spot it. That doesn't make it any easier to defeat because most people don't bother to look up the information for themselves. That's the point. We are dependent on the information industry to inform us, but they have chosen to abuse their positions and influence us.
Over at the gunlaws.com an article placing the blame for disinformation squarely on the shoulders of media and journalists provides that clear and damning case against the information industry. This specific example demonstrates how the industry is preventing the national discourse from addressing the real problems causing death and loss of property and wealth in our society. They know they are causing death and destruction and use the same death and destruction to rile us up and demand action by our politicians for their own agenda.
The ugly underbelly of the anti-gun-rights position
How "The Bad Part of Town" and failed social policies
are used for sinister attacks on the right to keep and bear arms.
While anti-rights activists speak emotionally about
"gun violence""gun deaths" "human tragedy" and saving lives,
what they refuse to say is this—
Homicide in America has demographic, geographic, social and economic factors
which, if acknowledged and openly discussed, would transform the debate,
and place blame where it really belongs:
on the causes and people that fuel the violence we hear about
(but rarely actually see for ourselves, except on TV "news") .
The real blame is hidden, because the truth is so painful.
Crime is not spread across the streets of America.
Crime, and crime using guns, happens in isolated areas
for well known reasons the media and politicians hide from you.
But, it's useful to blame guns instead of criminals,
and blame guns instead of politicians and social policies,
and blame guns instead of festering pesthole neighborhoods,
in the effort to disarm the public and transfer power
to the government and away from the people.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Thank you, Baltimore Sun newspaper,
for posting the interactive maps
that define the problem clearly—at last
(blue is choking, green is blunt force, red is shooting,
black is stabbing, white is undetermined) :
BALTIMORE: All homicide victims, 2007
BALTIMORE: Black homicide victims, 2007
BALTIMORE: White homicide victims, 2007
Try the maps yourself:
The "gun problem" is not about guns.
It's about people, select groups of people.
This isn't a stereotype, it's a fact.
These Baltimore Sun maps show a terrible problem
but do not clarify who the murderers are.
Police have those maps.
Blame the newspaper for letting the dirty little secret out—
it’s not a gun or murder problem, it’s a demographic problem.
Is "demographic" a code word for "the bad part of town"?
Public Enemy Number One Defined:
Many of these aren't "gun deaths" at all, they are "war deaths."
It's the endless fruitlesss government-run War On Some Drugs.
It's a declared war. Combatants in the war are killing each other.
End the war, declare a truce, call for an armistice—
Watch a large part of the "gun problem" fade away.
But that would hurt the effort to disarm the public,
so don't expect it to happen any time soon.
Thank you Chicago Tribune for doing the same thing:
CHICAGO MURDERS BY AREA, 2008
Chicago Tribune Data and Map
Public Enemy Number One Officially Identified:
In a story almost without precedent, CBS identified Chicago’s high murder rate as almost totally gang related and geographically isolated. In modern America, that identifies these as war deaths in the War on Some Drugs, and not “gun deaths” as the media likes to frame the argument (to vilify firearms and create public fear).
With surprising candor, CBS announced, “Gang and gun violence continue to be the dominating threat on our streets," according to a police e-mail to CBS. "Up to 60 percent of the shootings are gang related. More than 90 percent of the offenders have criminal histories and up to 80 percent of the victims have criminal histories."
It’s unclear how the police concluded that only 60% of these crimes are gang related, when 90% of the shooters have criminal records and 80% of the victims do too. It’s also a fairly typical police distortion to suggest gun violence is the dominant threat “on our streets” when these gangland rubouts happen on their streets (see map), and normal citizens who have fled the crime-ridden war zones only get to see it on the "news" from the “bad” neighborhoods. Just look at those maps. CBS compares Chicago’s rubout rate to the wars against islamofascists in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is just bad reporting.
And about that "War on Some Drugs"
Next time you get the chance, ask your elected leaders:
With regard to the war on drugs, is the war succeeding? When could it be declared a success, the expense of waging it cease, and the tax-based infrastructure surrounding it be decreased or dismantled? If it can't be declared a success, when might it be declared a failure and brought to a close? How do you respond to critics who say the war on some drugs is really just a federal-agent jobs program that provides price supports for the cartels? For more real questions the "news" media fails to ask, check out The Liberty Poll.