"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." - Carl Sagan
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Categories Media Bias Media Gotcha Distorts National Security Challenges
“Determining actionable intelligence, assessing threats (current and emerging), implementing lines of operation to counter threats and forestalling damaging surprise (a process that includes accounting for enemy deception operations) are persistent national security challenges every presidential administration, from George Washington's to Barack Obama's, has confronted. ...

... You can bet your life the next president will confront these challenges, as well. In fact, you do bet your life. Sept. 11's damaging surprise demonstrated America has violent enemies. Because intelligence gathering and analysis are imprecise arts, assessing a threat and organizing resources to counter it are imperfect endeavors.

Betting your life is a good reason to demand more from media than "knowing what we know now" gotcha questions regarding past national security decisions.

The worst gotchas are framed to elicit a simplistic answer that reinforces or advances a political narrative. To do this, the talking head must either drastically simplify the past (a relatively benign act) or erase the inconvenient past (a deceitful act).”

Freedom of the press was a cornerstone for our Nation's Founders --- they believed a free press was necessary in order for people to remain free. Unfortunately, our Founders didn't imagine a free press, that is so free with the truth and so hard to engage in honesty. Truly, mainstream media in America today is the fifth column -


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