How Much Should We Believe? Does Each Story Have an Element of Truth or is it All One Big ConJob?

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by Mark Angelides

If one remains open to the possibility that the public is being fed lies, it begs the question of how much we can believe, and if there are any 100% reliable sources. In the US, news agencies like CNN are considered “trustworthy”; most readers here will consider this laughable, but there are still many (despite the recent Project Veritas videos) who think this is Real News. In the UK there is the BBC, who are massively biased and anti-English. So what’s the answer?
It is easy to fall into feedback loops from Social Media. If you check out the people on your Twitter feed (assuming you use this and not the fast growing Gab.ai), it is likely that many of the people there have similar opinions to yourself. So we just get information that we know we’ll react either positively or “righteously negatively” to.
And then we have the news sites that we look at. Once again, it is likely that the majority of sites we visit have fairly similar political leanings to our own (I try to branch out but get swiftly furious as I read each article). Each site has a readership that it seeks to engage and “keep”, so the writers end up writing with the audience in mind. But how much of it is actually informing us about what really happens in the world?
The other issue is how much of the information that filters through to us is complete fabrication? There are thousands of articles from one end of the spectrum saying that Islamic terrorism is a “part of everyday life, and very probably a result of our own foreign policy”, to the other proclaiming that “Muslims want to take over your country and kill you”. Almost nowhere is the opinion that the whole thing is likely just a conjob being played on everyone as part of a larger struggle for power by those who see themselves as “beyond nation states”.
It is easy to mock people who buy into a certain narrative, but we should remember that any “truths” we feel we have found are probably the result of turning our backs on the fairytale presented to us. Until ALL people are awake to the likelihood that our governments are not run by the people we think they are, and in all likelihood probably hate us, then there will continue to be a propaganda push for the minds of the people.
Where do you get your information? What mental filters do you use to separate the absurd from the likely? Please share your suggestions in the comments section below and maybe we can help each other pull the curtain back.
* (I personally try to get my information from a range of sources both mainstream and “kooky”. I tend to find the kooky stuff a little less infuriating. As I read the information and find myself nodding along, I often stop and ask myself: “When did I become THIS guy?” I am very fortunate to have a loving wife who considers David Icke to be a more reliable source than the MSM.)

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5 thoughts on “How Much Should We Believe? Does Each Story Have an Element of Truth or is it All One Big ConJob?

  1. There’s a lot of conjobs out there with little to no truth attached – from 9/11 being the work of 19 terrorists with nothing but boxcutters to Iraq’s WMDs to Trump’s Russia collusion to Assad gassing his own people, we see them on the corporate media over and over again.
    Social media is full of it as well, whether it is people intentionally spreading propaganda to further their own agenda (“I hate Republicans, let’s see how many people will believe me that Trump actually has a picture of Hitler on his nightstand and prays to it every day!”, “I hate Democrats, let’s see how many people will believe me that Obama literally eats kittens for breakfast, puppies for lunch and babies for dinner!”), or people simply forwarding propaganda that they’ve been tricked into believing (Probably most versions of “There’s an evil Muslim terrorist hiding behind every tree! Be very very scared!” or “The evil Russians are out to destroy the world!!” fall into this category).
    I get most of my news from sites that make at least some effort of verifying what they’re reporting, such as http://whatreallyhappened.com/, http://presstv.ir/, http://rt.com/, http://sputniknews.com/, http://globalresearch.ca/, http://counterpunch.org/, http://truthout.org/ – and also http://alternet.org/ to get a completely different view on things (and incidentally more overlap than you’d expect if you look at alternet’s comments rather than their hopelessly Clintonist “reporting”).
    Of course none of those sources can be trusted 100% – of course RT and Sputnik will always lean towards the Russian side (which just happens to be closer to the truth right now), PressTV won’t say much bad about Iran, and all of them will make genuine mistakes at times.
    I apply filters of “does it make sense?” (this is where e.g. any reporting of Assad gassing his own people would have to fall out), “is it too one-sided?” (which is where both “evil Muslims are trying to take over the world, every refugee is in fact part of a terrorist army” and “all refugees are good people who need our help, we can’t turn any of them down” narratives fall out), “does it make too many generalizations?” (anything that relies on an assumption like “ALL Muslims are terrorists”, “ALL blacks depend on welfare”, … which is about as true as “All Americans eat only hamburgers”), “does it fit with what others are reporting?” (if one site says “Trump is Russia’s puppet” and another says “Trump wants to nuke Russia”, at least one is wrong…), and of course plain old common sense to take an educated guess of what is fake.

    • Good sites. I have learned more history in the last ten years on the internet than the rest of my life. I’m getting to like Hitler. Alternative media has saved the world.

  2. Believe anything the fake stream media have to tell you, at your own peril! They have proven beyond any doubt that they are pathological lying psychopaths!

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