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How to discern news from narrative

A few days ago I suggested that its about time we began a critical assessment of our news sources. I make that recommendation because while our attention is elsewhere (the current distraction is global pandemic) significant changes are being made in Law that have far reaching implications for civil liberties and personal freedoms.

This morning, I read this article that focuses on the USA, but the principles are the same. To discern what’s real news these four strands should be followed: (1) where the money is going, (2) where the resources are going, (3) where the weapons are going, and (4) where the people are going.

An example could be: (1) the 2008 bailout saw banks benefit at the expense of the tax payer (e.g. social losses, private profit), (2) Iraq War to obtain control over oil (fictional narrative Weapons of Mass Destruction), (3) right now, the US military is taking up positions around China, (4) Nowhere – we’re all on lockdown (for which new laws have been passed).

The real news is not being reported.

As Caitlin says in her article: ‘Nearly everything that makes it to the top of the daily news churn is either propaganda distortion or distracting drivel, and either way you can safely ignore it. Just watch where the money is going, where the resources are going, where the weapons are going and where the people are going, and ignore all the narrative chatter.’

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