By Rich Kozlovich
What's referred to as "The Renaissance" in Western history was a period between the 14th and 17th centuries and is considered the "cultural gap" between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age. Much of the cultural problems we face now originate with that period due to their absorbing ancient Greek and Roman philosophical humanistic concepts in place of religion, such as, "Man is the measure of all things."
The Renaissance was to a large extent atheistic in its foundation, although most will probably disagree with me on this since many early humanists were churchmen, but I view that the same way I view Socialism.
Socialism is foundationally atheistic, but in America in the late 19th century and early 20th century atheism was unacceptable to American society. But socialism is - if nothing else - metamorphic. In order to fool the public they transformed themselves into the Progressive movement with religion as the binding force. They viewed socialism as the practical application of Christian ethic.
After WWII they metamorphically became "liberals" - co-opting what's known as "classical liberals" as a way to once again fool society. And the new binding force? Psychology! If you didn't agree with them you were crazy! Which is still their trump card....no pun intended. Only now they've added racism into this mix. If you don't agree with them you're not only crazy - you're a racist. Both of which is being challenged!
However, the Renaissance did make one amazingly important contribution to humanity that should be one of the most important events in human history. The movable printing press which created the first great information explosion.
From that point on no one had a lock on information, and in those days the most important information desired by Europeans was knowledge of the Holy Bible. From that point on European religion was no longer universal, and wars were fought over hundreds of years between Catholic and Protestant nations. There could be no bi-partisanship there because their views were fundamentally in opposition to each other, at least until the modern age. At this point it's hard to tell what exactly "Christian" religions teach and believe, since so many of them have adopted "liberal" positions on moral and cultural issues in order to be "popular". That's also being challenged!
Then came the second great "renaissance" event causing an information explosion far beyond anything the world had ever seen. An event so profound it's totally upsetting the worlds of journalism, government, politics, education, science and academia. The Internet! And Bloggers!
There was a lot of kickback from the media calling bloggers the Pajama Media, in an attempt to demean and discredit the value of their work. But one thing kept coming to the fore - the main stream media really was corrupt. The main stream media really has been a major force in keeping the public ignorant and compliant to the leftist infestations running all of the nation's institutions. They - and all these institutions - were now coming under attack by the Pajama Media - bloggers - and they deserved it!
So what is it that attracts people to blogs? It turns out nearly “80 percent read blogs because they offer news they can't find elsewhere. About 78 percent say blogs give them a better perspective, and about 66 percent say blogs provide them with news faster than other sites or media. The study found that blog readers are media hungry….”
Over 45 years ago I worked in the advertising department of a major metropolitan newspaper and it appeared to me the United Press International, Associated Press and Reuters seemed to control all of what appears in the newspaper - and for the most part - TV news, since it was nothing more than reporting - in a shortened form - what the print media was already saying. And I felt they were deliberately leaving much of what was going on in the world out of the news. My friends laughed at me - shaking their heads with a bit of arrogant scorn.
The natural function of the human mind is to find patterns, and life is all about patterns - and seeing those patterns. A quality that's sorely lacking in the world. Unfortunately - those who see them early and quickly aren't necessarily appreciated. I was right and it only took over thirty years for the rest of the world to catch up, but now it's generally accepted the traditional news media is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the left.
The amount of coverage by CNN is minuscule. Yet, this was a corrupt deal with an antagonistic foreign power that netted the Clintons 145 million dollars, and not only CNN, the main stream media doesn't feel this is a major story. Why? Because this story is just another vast right wing conspiracy theory. Not to the "free press" it isn't! To the free press it's corruption if not treason, and this story is so big and far reaching it may encompass former President Obama.
On October 20th, 2017 Chris Wallace criticized his Fox news associates - and everyone knows he primarily meant Sean Hannity - for attacking the media for their "complaining about “fake news” in response to reporting he doesn’t like, the network’s opinion hosts and commentators have parroted POTUS’s attacks and devoted segments to hammering other outlets.".... "As he puts it, whenever these media attacks are uttered on the air by an opinion host or commentator, that person should realize they are also essentially slamming Fox News reporters and journalists."
Well, so what? Are Sean Hannity and the others challenging the conventional wisdom of people like Wallace wrong or lying? No, they're not lying, nor are they wrong. If Fox reporters deserve to be challenged for their journalistic integrity then let it be done. The issue is corrupt journalism, not institutional or brand loyalty.
That was days ago and now this scandal has broken wide open - what's he think now? Probably much the same. He's not part of the solution - he's part of the problem - and Sean Hannity is being shown to be correct and he's going to be lauded as a hero as time goes by. Chris Wallace will either change or be a journalistic hack. I stopped watching him not too long after I stopped watching O'Reilly, and stopped reading George Will and Charles Krauthammer.
West ends his commentary saying:
"A journalistic awakening is upon us, and those still siding with CNN will soon find themselves lost in a cloud of alternative facts while the rest of the nation carries on to glory."