We don't watch the news around here

© 2018 Jim Spence -  A couple of years ago we had relatives in for a visit. I returned from a late afternoon meeting during their visit and after exchanging a few pleasantries, I turned on a ball game. It wasn’t an interesting match-up and I said so. One of our visitors agreed and suggested we turn on the “news.”
I smiled and informed him that, “We don’t watch the news around here.” I quickly allowed as how if he wanted to turn on the news that would be fine with me because I had a few chores to do anyway. He seemed startled that someone in my profession did not “watch” the news. Sensing that he was puzzled, I let him know that I read the Wall Street Journal and also checked on a daily basis several fact-oriented financial news websites. The conversation ended there, the news went on the TV, and I went to my home office to do some work.
Long ago I realized that what most people refer to as the “news programs” are actually well-orchestrated propaganda presentations, specifically designed to promote false narratives and phony themes. Accordingly, I have not missed what so-called “news producers” deem to be lead stories that are spoon fed to the masses. While I continue to remain relatively well-informed……an awareness of the fake mission of most news organizations, has made it much more difficult than ever for media outlets to persuade me to swallow a growing variety of false narratives.
Unfortunately, there is only so much control one can enforce on life. Pop culture slops over into my world despite the insulation I have installed. I still encounter the steady drumbeat of false narratives every day. However, if like so many Americans, I actually bought into the false themes being peddled every single day, I would be inclined to conclude that half of our nation is composed of raging anti-immigrant racists. Reality suggests otherwise.
Recently, I made a trip to the east coast for a family wedding. I had significant layovers in both Dallas on the way there and in San Antonio on the way back. When I travel, I like to read books and “people watch.” I make note of what the young people are wearing and what foods people are buying. I look at the top books for sale in the airport books shops to get a sense of what is selling. I also pay attention to people working in and around the airports, including those providing good service and those who really are not committed to excellence where customer service is concerned.
America truly is a melting pot. If you step back and observe, you will quickly see a fascinating mosaic of American life during travels to heavy population metro areas.
I get no sense of the “two Americas” trumpeted by the news program manipulators. When you get out and about, what you encounter are Asians, Hispanics, blacks, whites, and countless people of mixed races all getting along with each other just fine. People from all sorts of backgrounds are working to serve their customers or travelling as paying customers. Almost 100% of the time, the people providing customer service or travelling are polite and reasonably attentive to the tasks at hand. Again, members of all racial and ethnic groups are represented as both workers and customers.
On my latest trip, which was not unlike any other trip I have made in my entire adult life, there were absolutely no signs of racial tensions among passengers or workers. This pleasant tranquility was also true at the ballparks, restaurants, and hotels I went to.
Here is the point. There is absolutely no question that there are fewer racist nut jobs out there in America than ever before. Like virtually all other business people, at our company, we would never tolerate indications of racism on the part of any employee. We would not hire any knee taking NFL player or Roseanne Barr.
Still, and quite naturally, in a nation where 350 million people live, there have always been, and will always be a few idiots misbehaving. However, the narratives promoted by Democrats who dominate “news,” that racism is still a pervasive problem in America, simply does not gibe with most people's experiences.
What is the motive behind those dedicated to magnifying the deeds of the idiots? The answer is simple. They want more big government socialism. And they will try to sell anyone who will listen on the idea that more socialism is needed to completely rid society of the small sliver of idiots in the general population that embrace racism or any other stupid idea.
The following is a much better narrative. However, it doesn’t seem to catch on despite the fact it is the truth: "There is more upward mobility in America than in any other country in the world. Any Asian, Hispanic, black, white, or mixed race person can accomplish great things in our country. All he or she need to do is develop marketable skills. Opportunities for great things abound for all who do this. And for others with less ability, drive, and ambition, there are still decent jobs to be had serving others."
No, I don’t watch television news. I prefer to be well-informed instead of allowing myself to be programmed like a robot.