I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
One of the undeniable truths of life is that every news report you read, listen to, or watch is biased. And the bias is always intentional. However, it is not always done to deceive or mislead the consumer. If you are in broadcast media, you have a limited amount of time for each story. In traditional print media, you have a certain amount of space that is limited. In all of these cases, you must decide what information to include that will interest the consumer of the news. A reporter will draw upon his or her personal experience in making that determination. An individual success as a reporter and a company's success as reporting agency depends upon attracting news consumers. Which is why it amazes me that a huge percentage of the mainstream media reports the same information as their competitors on a regular basis. I also want to make it clear that not everyone in the news business engages in conscious, manipulative reporting so as to influence the consumer.
By now many of you are aware of the problems with absentee ballot applications being sent to Grant County residents who do not exist. AES, the company that contracts with the Secretary of State to provide a number of services for New Mexico elections, said that it was an imaging error that caused the glitch that we experienced. Really?
Many of us, with justification, have expressed serious concerns about voting by Mail and the potential for fraud. On the radio show I have done over a dozen stories in the past few weeks documenting the various ways that voting by mail is not secure. I have related at least two stories where individuals, both in the Democrat party, have manipulated results or manipulated the return or counting of ballots to favor their candidates. There are at least half a dozen stories of ballots being lost or misplaced by the United States Postal Service. And the most disturbing of these stories was a former Bernie Sanders campaign official who documented how he and his consulting group use a number of techniques, including ballot harvesting, to manipulate the outcome of elections.
Today is a day to remember what happened. To remember not only the people that lost their lives in that horrible terrorist attack, but you also remember the people that rushed to their aid. To also remember the demographic characteristics did not matter. To remember that the only thing anyone thought about was helping their fellow citizen. While I am still optimistic, I have to wonder that if that attack occurred today would we have the same response?
There is a lot of crazy going on in our world these days. I am not referring only to the riots or the economic lockdown but more to the pseudo-intellectual crap and the behavioral demands being made by many in the public spotlight.
I received an email this week from a public relations firm asking if I wanted to interview motivational speaker, Tachelle Lawson. To say she's a motivational speaker is just a small part of what her website says she does but the promoter said she specifically wanted to talk about those people who do not like professional athletes or celebrities promoting Black Lives Matter and similar causes. In her opinion, if we do not support BLM or these athletes, then we should not be watching them perform. I did go to her website and she does not expound upon that because she's promoting herself to corporations and other groups as a motivational speaker. But I would say the given the ratings for the NBA, we've already decided that we're not going to watch them.
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