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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Middle East: Are Americans only hearing one side of the story?

There are two sides to every story. Is it possible that Americans are given access to only one side of the story involving struggles in the middle East? I wonder if we knew the whole story our perspective might change to one reflecting more balance. I wonder if it is our business at all - except that it seems wrong to stand by while people slaughter each other when one has the power to stop it. But are we doing that?

Can Americans form a reasoned opinion based on the information presented to the American public through normal media outlets? The American federal government ignores President George Washington’s warning stated in his 1796 Farewell Address : to stay out of foreign entanglements - Why? Are they wiser than he? Here’s a sample:

"Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?"

Is it possible that one side of this bloodbath has gotten the upper hand when it comes to influence in American government ? Is it possible that some American "public servants" might have stronger allegiances OUTSIDE the U.S.?

Is it possible that movies and television impress Americans with an unbalanced perspective? Would an unbalanced perspective allow Americans to form opinions that will result in justice for all? Do negative consequences result from ill-informed public decisions?
(Click here) - to see for yourself who is behind the curtain. Is it possible, intentionally or unintentionally that the biases of these people will become manifest in the final product?

Is it possible that the news we watch doesn’t give us both sides of the story and could use a little more balance? Is it possible that news anchors and news owners either consciously or unconsciously bias the news we take for granted as the whole truth?

Is it possible that we Americans are only hearing one side of the story?

American’s Journey