# CAN WE TRUST THE MEDIA?

## CAN WE TRUST THEM WITH THE NEWS?

### LITTLE FIBS:

For some strange reason, the news media "believes" very wrong things about the calendar. They say that:

• All of the years with the same tens digit are in the same decade.
• All of the years with the same hundreds digit are in the same century.
• All of the years with the same thousands digit are in the same millennium.

They say it is simpler that way. It is simpler, but it is wrong. The rule is:

#### All decades, centuries, and millennia begin in a year with 1 in the rightmost digit, and end in a year with a 0 in the rightmost digit.

This is because Roman numerals were in use when the Gregorian Calendar was defined. There is no zero in Roman numerals. So the first decade contained the years 1 through 10. The first century contained the years 1 through 100. And the first millennium contained the years 1 through 1000.

So the first decade of the third millennium AD was 2001 through 2010.

All school textbooks have the correct division of decades, centuries, and millennia.

The news media may think it is simpler to do things their way, but they do not have the right to change the standard.

They also do not think out their lie. Which decade, century, or millennium is missing a year if we do it their way?

2. Lying about how they found out about information, by using the word "transpire" wrong

The word "transpire" means "to leak out." Information transpires when it becomes known. But events do not transpire when they happen. Someone must find out about the event before it can transpire. The information must leak out.

3. Lying about what the public speaker was standing on, by using the word "podium" wrong

The podium is a box the speaker stands on to rise above the crowd. It is NOT the stand in front of the speaker. That stand is a lectern, a stand, or a pulpit.

They have been calling the second full moon in a month a "blue moon." This is sometimes true, but sometimes not. The correct definitions are:

• Second Moon - The second full moon in the same month.
• Blue Moon - The second full moon in the same month, but ONLY if it causes 4 full moons in a quarter.
• Lost Moon - No full moon in February.
• Rare Moon - The combination of a second moon in January, a lost moon, and a second moon in March (that is also a blue moon).
5. Falsely claiming that tree-type tournaments are fair

Reporters like tree-type tournaments because they can follow the progress toward a spectacular finale. But the tree-type tournament is the most unfair form of a sports contest. The only fair tournament is a round robin tournament. But reporters hate round robin tournaments, because:

• There is no build to a climax. So there is no excitement to sell papers.
• Nobody knows which games are crucial at the time they are played.
• Reporters can't follow the progress of the various teams, because the standings can't be compared until the tournament ends.
• There are no meaningful statistics to report until the after tournament is over.

7. They say that government keeps secrets about UFOs, ghosts, Bigfoot, and other mysteries

They have absolutely no proof of this. They say these things because nobody can prove the government doesn't have such secrets.

Incredibly, they believe in this stuff, while also believing that most well-known religions are fake.

### BIGGER PREVARICATIONS:

1. Lying about daylight-saving time saving energy

Even though new evidence from a two year before and after study in Indiana in 2005-2006 showed that advancing the time an hour uses more electrical energy, the news media continue to spout the lie that daylight-saving time saves energy. By doing so, they cost everyone more money. Why do they continue to lie about this? Do too many of them want to play golf after work?

• When the study encompassed only two weeks before the time change and two weeks after the time change, it showed that energy was saved.
• Air conditioning totally changes the balance in the other direction. People use more power when they come home an hour earlier, because they have to turn on the air conditioner on more days in a year.
• Likewise, commuters driving home an hour earlier use air conditioning more days in a year. This uses more gasoline.
• In addition, the expanded dates of daylight time starting in 2007 caused drivers to need to defrost on more days, using more gasoline.
2. Falsely saying that Evolution is a scientific fact

Instead of just a theory, they pretend that Evolution is a fact. But if it is proved, why do they still call it just a theory? It's not even a hypothesis yet.

There is proof of the natural selection part of the theory. But the rest of the theory postulates that fortuitous mutations were the cause of all of the diversity in the biological world.

Actually, "fortuitous mutations" is not even a theory. It is a null hypothesis. The null hypothesis is the case where nothing special, other than random chance, is happening. Fortuitous mutations are random chance. So shouldn't it be called "The Null Hypothesis of Evolution"?

3. Lying about the toxicity of various chemicals, especially elements

They say that all compounds of certain elements are deadly. This is not true. Each compound has its own degree of toxicity. The elements contained in the compound can't be used to predict its toxicity. But they repeat the lies of the scaremongers who fear certain elements.

Each compound (not each element) must be individually rated for toxicity. Many of the compounds they cite are quite safe, unless they are in a fire. Maybe they use the National Fire Protection Association guides as the final authority on the toxicity of various substances. But those guides are intended for firefighters who have to make quick decisions, and who have to avoid the toxic products of a fire. And many reporters have a fear of "chemicals" without realizing that all substances are chemicals.

4. Lying about the necessity of various government programs

Reporters lie about the need for the following programs, saying that they are necessary when they are not:

• Having a professional sports team in town
• Facilities for professional sports
• performing arts centers
• convention centers
• Sports facilities for public schools
• Sports and recreation facilities for the general public to use
• Public school sports tournaments
• Public school programs for fine and performing arts
• Funding fine arts
• Funding performing arts
• Funding entertainment
• Fancy architecture for government buildings
• Beautification projects
• Walking and bicycle trails

Reporters want these luxuries for their own personal pleasure, not caring what they cost everyone else. But none of these are justifiable as necessary government projects that use tax revenue, because they are luxuries.

5. Falsely claiming that celebrities are important

The ONLY reason the following people are important is because news reporters make them important:

• Hollywood and TV actors and actresses
• Famous recording artists and musicians
• The Kennedys
• Sports figures
• Government officials
• Former government officials
• Royalty from other countries
• Anyone who produces works of art
• Perpetrators of infamous crimes

None of these people would be important if it weren't for the press. They should all be demoted in importance.

6. Falsely claiming conspiracies behind the Kennedy assassination and other tragedies

Even though science has proved otherwise, the press still brings up the following "theories" in various national events, including:

• Multiple gunman theories in both Kennedy Assassinations
• Absurdities to explain away the single bullet theory
• Multiple gunmen in the Martin Luther King assassination.
• Theories that the moon landings were faked
• Theories that the US government staged the 9/11 attacks.
• Multiple explosives in the Oklahoma City bombing.
7. Giving rewards for interviews

They give the people rewards or payments in order to get the interview. Then they lie about it.

### GRAND FALLACIES:

1. Lying about the cause of the Iraq War

The media constantly repeat the lie that says that President Bush wanted to start a war, so he lied about the weapons of mass destruction.

But we have known since Saddam Hussein was captured that Saddam caused the war. He did two things:

• He said on the 60 Minutes interview that he was going to "continue to provide financial support for Al Qaida."
• He faked a memo about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to catch a double agent. He caught the double agent, but not before the memo was leaked by that agent to US Intelligence. This explains how President Bush knew where to look for the WMD, and why he was so mad when the troops didn't find the weapons.

When he was captured, Saddam admitted that he created that memo, blaming it for causing the war.

The History Channel revealed this information shortly after Saddam was captured, and occasionally plays that footage again. But the mainstream media never reported this beyond the initial day Saddam was captured, and refuses to stop lying about President Bush starting the war. This shows a clear bias on the part of the news media as a whole.

The news media have continually spread the lie that human industries releasing carbon dioxide cause global warming. They do this, even though absolutely no scientific proof has been demonstrated. All they have to go on are testimonials given by politicians. Why don't they demand the proof that journalists are supposed to rely on? And why don't they notice the bad science?

We have proof from astronomers that the sun is getting hotter. Other bodies in the solar system are also showing global warming. Yet the media continue to spout the fallacies emitted by the liberals. And they continue to ignore the bad science these "Concerned Scientists" emit, including:

• Ice core studies that ignore the fact that ice is not a hermetic seal to carbon dioxide.
• An "expert" who says that the melting of floating ice would raise the sea level, contrary to the laws of floating bodies.
• Temperature studies over three centuries with a deviation result smaller than the accuracy of the instruments available at the beginning of the study period.
• Temperature studies that ignore the change in the definition of the Fahrenheit degree in 1901 to be an exact conversion to and from the Celsius degree.
• Temperature studies that fail to account for the weather bureau's use of instruments at airports, which are increasingly being paved.
• Rejecting the result astronomers found showing that the sun is getting hotter.

If these "Concerned Scientists" have proof that carbon dioxide is causing global warming, why don't they produce it?

3. Lying about government health care

The news media continuously say that government-run health care is better. Better for whom?

They say that there are no serious drawbacks to the health care reform bills, and that people can keep their private insurance if they want to. LIES!!! If the bills pass, there won't be any private insurance companies left. The following requirements will drive the private companies out of business:

• Cover all pre-existing conditions
• Out of pocket expenses and co-pays are prohibited
• Cover routine care fully
• Dropping coverage when the limit is reached is prohibited
• No spending caps

These will also drive the costs of health care up, because they remove the last parts of supply and demand pricing from health care. Providers can charge as much as they want under this plan. No wonder the AMA likes it.

Every reporter on TV is excited that "we will soon get this." Maybe reporters don't get good health plans from their employers.

4. Lying about hydrogen being an energy source

They say that hydrogen is an energy source. But there is no source of free hydrogen on the earth.

It takes more energy to extract the hydrogen than the amount of energy produced when the hydrogen is burned. And a hydrogen car is also a fire hazard after a crash.

5. Lying about the cause of homosexuality

Newsmen constantly spout the liberal contention that homosexuality is hereditary. They do this, even though the bad science behind the reports they quote was refuted.

For some reason, newsmen want homosexuality to be hereditary. They want homosexuals to have special rights. But they don't seem to realize that, if homosexuality is hereditary, it disproves Evolution.

6. Falsely claiming that the Plurality Election System is fair

Reporters like Plurality Elections because they are easier to report on and predict. Fair elections don't divide the population into percentages, so the reporters can't do statistics on them.

7. False claims that bigger government is better

Journalists claim that government is good, and ignore the disadvantages of big government:

• They see government as the only power that can solve social problems.
• They say that government has special powers, knowledge, and abilities.
• They claim that election to office somehow endows politicians with special abilities and knowledge.
• They say politicians have special knowledge about the economy.
• They say that elected officials know best how to properly control vehicle traffic.

How do politicians get any of these special powers? Government is made up of people, so government has the innate fallibility of people. The multiplicity of people makes it more fallible, not less. Government officials have no super powers.

Elected officials usually don't have degrees in economics or traffic engineering. So where did the special knowledge the media claim politicians have come from? Reporters won't say.

8. Falsely saying that tax increases won't hurt the people

Almost all journalists favor raising taxes. They proclaim the benefits government can give them from higher revenues, but they hide how higher taxes hurt the working class.

They say that business will pay most of the tax increases. They won't say that this will raise product prices, making workers take the burden of higher taxes.

They want the benefits of the government programs. They don't care that people lose their houses because higher taxes make them unable to pay their mortgage payments. They also don't care that the economy will fail if government raises taxes any more.

9. Falsely claiming that they care about the people

They reveal the truth about their priorities when they do these things:

• When a factory closes or a business goes bankrupt, the media worry more that government will lose tax revenue than they worry about workers losing jobs and homes, or not being able to feed their kids.
• When a fire burns down a building, reporters think of the loss of property tax base, not the jobs that were lost.
• When gasoline prices climb, reporters fear that government won't be able to do its job more than they worry about what happens to people. They worry about such luxury services as parks, sports, and the arts, instead of how ordinary people are hurt.

This behavior shows their lies. They care about government, not people.