Political Correctness is the problem; the Signal is the answer

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“You can’t stop the signal, Mal.”

There’s a problem that’s been brewing since long before I was born. A problem that today we call “Political Correctness”.

Just because something is “Politically Correct” doesn’t mean it’s correct at all. In most cases, if something is “Politically Correct” it’s a lie.

Let me say that again

Anything that is “Politically Correct” is a lie.

Take, for example, a recent story run by MSNBC. In this story a well-dressed man in a white shirt is filmed (from the shoulders down) wearing a pistol in a holster on his left hip and a rifle slung over his right shoulder. The media was covering a town-hall meeting. The man was approached by law enforcement and found to be doing nothing illegal. The let him remain with the admonition to say out of the “secure bubble”. Fair enough. He was a law-abiding civilian and assured his compliance.

Here’s where MSNBC outright lied

Yes, I realize those are strong words, but they’re accurate.

In a story run at 10:45am on August 18th 2009, an MSNBC reporter says about this story:

“Also there are questions whether this has racial overtones. I mean here you have a man of color in the Presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists or to their legs.”

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The problem?

Well, I’m not a racist, but I’m fairly certain that guy isn’t a “white person”. How can a black man showing up with a gun (which was perfectly legal) have “racial overtones” because we have a “man of color in the Presidency”?!

But there is the problem, MSNBC never showed anyone that it was a black man with a gun (why should it matter?), they had an agenda and wanted to paint this not as a free man exercising an Individual Right, rather as a stereotypical “right-wing conservative gun-toting nut-case”.

Only he wasn’t that at all.

But admitting that would defeat their agenda. You see, a black man that brings a gun (legally) to a rally doesn’t fit into their divisive agenda. They have to lie to make this story into something “newsworthy”.

Who was this black man exercising his rights? We don’t know, the media never reported his name, nor much of his message. MSNBC didn’t even want us to know his skin color (again, why does color matter?).

The solution?

You and I. Yes, you and I are the solution.

You see, big media is quickly becoming irrelevant. Services like Twitter and Facebook are enabling regular people like you and me to publish our blogs and podcasts to the world – and much faster than they can.

They’re not ignorant to these facts, which is why they’re quick to dismiss us as disjointed, amateur, inaccurate, or just as “noise”.

But that’s all a “signal” is: organized “noise”. If you are listening, and know what to look for, you’ll find the signal in the noise – no matter how hard they try to block it, dismiss it, or diminutize it.

And like “Mister Universe” says in the movie Serenity: “You can’t stop the signal, Mal.”

Post Scripts

  1. If you’ve got 13 minutes to spare, or care at all about the how the mainstream media cannot be trusted, check out the video on this page (after the commercial intro): http://bit.ly/3P4c7L
  2. To the man in the video: Well done. Well played. If you happen to stumble across this “noise” and ever find yourself in Utah, drop me a line, I’d like to buy you dinner. I hope you’ll still have your sidearm on your hip, and me with mine, and we’ll have a polite meal and conversation. Even though we both have guns. Even though our skin isn’t the same color.

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