What is Backward News?
Backward news is news that asks all the wrong questions, and for all the wrong reasons. The correct questions should be; who, what, where, when, why and how, followed by some fact checking. But nobody does that any longer, even many of the so-called fact checkers. These days, all you get is a report on what someone said. Never mind if it is true or not. Never mind why they said it. Never mind what really, actually happened.
Why? Because everybody has an agenda- always did, always will. I believe news was always subjective, never truly objective or unbiased, unless it was the enemy of an entire nation that was being reported on. And that is still the case today. The only difference is, these days more people are aware of it than ever before. That’s why distrust in the media is at an all-time high (Gallop).
All News is Biased:
In this day and age, a lot of so-called news is anything but. While the left loves to criticize Fox News for its bias- and rightfully so, the fact is, all news is biased- there are no exceptions. (Now they know how we on the right feel when we watch anything but Fox.) People can’t help it, they are who they are, and they want to promote what they believe in.
Every day, reporters set out for a story they envision, and the good ones will get that story- the exact one they wanted- no matter what. Very few will truly follow the evidence wherever that leads.
Of course, most of us know by now that the vast majority of media reporters and news outlets are liberal. That’s no longer debatable, yet some pundits still try to act like Fox News is the only biased news out there. Anyone who thinks Fox is the only biased news is either ignorant or lying. That’s not my opinion, that’s true. (See links above.) And I understand why…
A Person’s Bias Comes From Their Worldview:
That’s really what it all comes down to- a person’s worldview will determine how they see any given situation or happenstance. Take the average reporter for example: They live in Washington DC, hang around with politicians, and gain clout through networking, attending parties, and patting the right people on the back. So, when they report a story, it is through those glasses that they see the world. (Not unlike the people in Hollywood.) It’s no wonder most of them have the same worldview.
To a guy like me (a Bible-believing Christian), the Holy Bible represents the ultimate Truth with a capital T. To me, the Bible is the infallible word of the living God (and I’ve spent some time trying to prove it wrong- it can’t be done).
I began with a basic belief that a god existed. I read about some bible flaws, and nervously investigated them all, initially afraid I found out that there was in fact no God. For weeks, I looked at all the so-called faults, and every one proved false. After a while, my Faith grew exponentially, and I came to the very firm conclusion that the Bible truly is infallible. Even now, after 2000+ years of scrutiny, it still can’t be proven wrong. So therefore it must really be the actual word of God. I challenge anyone to do the same.
So, according to my worldview, God says, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Then, I see the Occupy Wall Street crowd out there demanding other people’s money for themselves. To me, the OWS crowds are the greedy ones, and yet they are calling the rich people greedy. But it is they who are the ones coveting, and demanding things that they didn’t earn.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for taxing the rich above what working stiff’s pay. But it’s just wrong, and backward thinking to assume that one person’s good fortune belongs to someone else. If OWS really cared about feeding the poor, they would be donating to a food pantry. And if they really cared about justice, they’d be cops or lawyers.
I’m sorry for the digression there, but that’s my worldview. I’m sure yours is different. We all have our own worldview, and it’s based on our individual life’s circumstances; where we came from, what we’ve had to face, and where we plan on going.
But, at least my worldview is based on serious, open-minded, and honest investigation. While I was investigating the Bible, if I would have seen actual flaws that proved it wrong, I would have come to a completely different conclusion, and thus, have a different worldview today.
In conclusion, backward news is any reporting that doesn’t realize the Bible is infallible. That also falls under the category of liberal bias, as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure some conservatives would disagree with me, especially Reagan-conservatives. I love Ronald Reagan, but I’m not a Reagan-conservative, I’m a Christian conservative. And to me, Reagan is not God.
Bottom-line: Everybody is backward except me. Well, I am too, sometimes. But hey, nobody is perfect.