“I want the truth!” “You can’t handle the truth!” A famous exchange between Lt. Daniel Kaffee (USN) and Col Nathan R. Jessup (USMC), in the movie A Few Good Men.
We have reached a point where opinion is broadcast as news, and we seemingly accept opinion from those we admire as the same thing as truth. I wonder, has it always been this way? Perhaps it has, but under the compression of instantaneous broadcast its dangers seem to be amplified.
I can only smile, a sly inner smile, at those broadcasters who’ve become so outraged they resort to hyperbole and condemnation for the very acts just a few short months ago they would have applauded and praised. The same holds true for those competing broadcasters who make no effort to question the actions of an administration who does the same thing they condemned the past administration for.
The only conclusion I can draw is “we can’t handle the truth.” We only support or condemn in this binary world we’ve allowed the political parties, and their media propaganda arms, to define for us.