Have we completely lost the idea of an independent, impartial News Media that can be trusted to speak truth to power, expose the misdeeds of Government, and hold politicians and those in authority accountable to act legally and ethically? That seems to be the case. As the News Media becomes more and more partisan and ceases to ask hard questions or actually report news, but instead seeks to promote their own biased opinions, something in America has died. Our ability to make informed decisions based on the truth of a situation has given way to language games and power plays - the chickens of postmodernism have come home to roost.
The debacle of the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya is case in point. The more liberal, mainstream Media represented by the major networks, newspapers, and accepted pundit class in America has shown a remarkable lack of curiosity over what happened, while Fox News and more conservative news outlets are investigating the story incessantly. Those on the Left claim that a focus on what happened in Benghazi is only conservative politicization of the event for the purposes of degrading President Obama's chances at reelection. Conservatives are saying that NOT reporting on the story is a dereliction of duty by the News Media as they are clearly in the tank for Obama. Who is right?
The problem is that it is really hard to know because one is stuck being affected by who is the most persuasive, who yells the loudest, and who exercises the most power in their argument. This is not how truth is promoted. Biases are reaffirmed and we become more and more divided as a people. There is no truth. It is just all opinion, conjecture, and grabs for power by those on each side. This is the type of slow cultivation of a people that eventually gives rise to tyranny and a dictator who through force of personality and persuasion can grasp for and wield enormous power over a docile people. The News Media actually should function as a check and balance against these types of power grabs, but when it fails or so taints itself that it cannot be trusted, it allows people who only want power to slide into leadership positions.
The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The Freedom of the Press is right there with the freedoms of religion and speech as fundamental to the functioning of the Republic. But, this freedom is being co-opted and neutralized from within as journalistic ethics give way to personal biases and political agendas. A desire for power has replaced a desire for truth and personal integrity. The vocation of the News Media has dissipated and been replaced by a cadre of political hucksters who seek to only get their preferred person in positions of power. There are some exceptions still, of course. But, they prove the rule.
From what can be gathered from many sources and reports that are filtering out, something really bad happened in Benghazi on September 11. We don't have the whole story, but it seems fairly obvious that major mistakes were made (or perhaps intentional decisions?) and then the truth was covered up in various ways. It appears that way, but we can't be sure because we cannot trust the reporting and huge swaths of the Media show no real interest in the story. But, it is easy for one to believe that if a Republican was in the White House and the same thing happened, the same Media showing no interest in this story now would make it their number one agenda to expose what really happened, all under the guise of seeking after the truth. Truth cannot be held captive to personal political bias. It must roam free and establish itself on its own merit apart from the whims of those who might or might not speak it. Truth must stand alone and be acknowledged by all with eyes to see and ears to hear.
Benghazi is a barometer of where we are as a nation - hopelessly divided, becoming smaller and smaller in our vision and scope, unmoved by the death of heroes, willing to bury a story that does not benefit our cause. The death of an ambassador and ex-Navy Seals will soon be forgotten by most, but the sacrifice of Truth on the altar of political expediency will continue to stain us and break us down. The Republic does not stand on our military or economic might. Rather, it stands on the will of a people who desire above all else to be free and who are willing to sacrifice their lives for that freedom. 4 brave Americans paid that sacrifice in Benghazi while sending out unanswered calls for help back to a country that they thought had their back. Now, we find out that not only did their Government leave them to die, but the Press that should hold that very Government accountable is also content to ignore what happened because it does not suit them.
This has been building for a long time, but one can see in Benghazi yet another example of the death of the Republic and the arising of the Empire.