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144. How To See Through The Media’s Lies

We recently looked at how much faster lies spread than the truth. But, I want to dive deeper to see how we’re being lied to and help you identify lies in headlines, articles, and assertions being put forward regularly. And so, this episode will help you spot the media’s lies, and will show you how to counteract them.

Destructiveness of the Media’s Lies

I think all of these little lies add up and make it difficult to trust any authority. But, if we sharpen our minds and are aware of the deception being presented, we can see the lies. Also, this tangled web is artfully articulated in Empire of Lies, which I reviewed last episode. The mainstream media’s lies are just like this tangled web Andrew Klavan describes.

“There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”

Mark Twain

Here are some of the ways the media lies to us:

  • Outright Lies – This what you need to know section doesn’t answer the question being posed by those who question her legitimacy
  • Lies of omission – This story is omitted, despite it’s far more heinous nature than that of Michael Brown, George Floyd, or Trayvon Martin.
  • Lying through emphasis – They emphasize the Proud Boys’ background while saying the “Anti-fascists” are counter protesters. The so-called counter-protesters are the ones running into the video to start a fight.
  • The lie of “changing their mind” – 6 years ago, Jake Tapper criticized the USPS for its inefficiency and inability to serve him. Will he change like the media did on war in the Middle East or “caging children” depending on who’s in power?
  • Expert assurances – “Experts say” is a common phrase. But who are these experts? All too often they’re not experts in the field or are simply Left-leaning PhD holders.

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211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky Conversation of Our Generation

In Dostoevsky's Nasty Story, we follow the dreadful evening of a prideful bureaucrat. The story follows Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky, as he decides to crash his subordinate's wedding reception. His reason for doing so, whether he admits it or not, is his pride. And, that's what I want to discuss today: how elitism leads people to pride and a disdain for "common people." What is Elitism? Basically, elitism is the idea that a group of wealthy, powerful people deserve their wealth and power. Even if the elites are born into it, they still feel deserving. And, if they're deserving, then the common people they look down on did something to be undeserving. So, it turns out to create a sort of social, political, and financial caste system. The problem is, the self-proclaimed elites aren't always deserving of the praise they seek. So, it can go wrong for them. Humbling the Elites In the past, I've reviewed Dostoevsky's work, and discussed the neuroticism of his characters. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is no exception. Throughout this story, he has this inner dialogue where he'll be held up as a hero of the people. But, the story doesn't go the way he planned it. In the end, he is humbled terribly and it shows that the higher one holds himself up, the further he can fall. Pralinsky's elitist attitude blinded him from reality just as our elites are today. If you want to read it, you can find it for free here. For more book reviews and discussions like these, check out my library. For more on this, click here for the full episode and show notes to Elitism and Prideful Disdain. Subscribe to my podcast, wherever you listen, here>> — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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