Press Abuse – a Modern Day Tragedy

We currently live in a world where the media can print lies. This is a fact.

Investigative journalism is a dying art. It would seem that the majority of the mainstream media don’t bother to investigate or if they do, if it doesn’t match their pitch, the angle they are gunning for, or a story that will sell, it is quite acceptable to simply not put in the facts or present the truth of a story and manipulate what they do present so that their version gets told (and sold) – regardless of what the true story may be.

But the tragedy of it all is that it is lapped up. Consumers continue to scroll through online news feeds and buy the lies and papers. What is read is taken to be factual – it has to be, right? It comes from ‘reputable’ news sources. They wouldn’t lie that much, surely…

Many (if not all) of us know that the media doesn’t print the truth. Yet there is still something that it seems society is not quite ready to swallow – the depth of the corruption and lies. So even whilst knowing that things have been twisted (to say the very least), what the media tells us is still believed to some extent.

Take a recent case centred on Universal Medicine and some researchers. The ABC aired a story about Universal Medicine that sounded juicy, added in the words “alleged dangerous cult” amongst other top selling jargon, and away they went. It really doesn’t take much scratching of the surface to reveal the extent of a hyped up non-story involving a woman responsible for over 6 years of extensive trolling being sued in two different states for defamation, a man whose wife left him who has recently been exposed for allegedly ripping off his customers, and a journalist who was put to shame by some women he interviewed a few years back (the real story here is far more interesting than the printed story).

The agenda behind it all is quite obvious for anyone willing to see truth, and not to mention that it times nicely with the ABC’s program agenda of a soon to be released series on cults hot to follow.

But back to the tragedy – what they printed was lapped up and taken as fact. The power of the media is phenomenal – even with most knowing that it is quite possible it is not the truth.

The repercussions for some of the researchers have been quite extensive – all stemming from some made up lies and over-exaggerated claims that sound good when played with some dreary background music to incite the viewer.

Is this what we are willing to accept? Or is it time that we recognise the lies for what they are and instead of simply allowing them we say no. Saying no doesn’t need to be a big deal – no need to protest in the streets or become an activist. It’s really quite simple – just stop buying, viewing and consuming media that doesn’t stand for truth.

The media would rapidly be called back to responsibility and do the job that they are there to do – inform people of what is going on. Cut the rubbish journalism, the emotional incitement and come back to reporting.

We are the ones who demand the world we want to live in – and what we demand is supplied. We can at any time review what it is we are demanding.

By Nikki McKee – business owner, amazing woman and mother, Northern NSW

Related Reading:
Universal Medicine and the Media – Serge Benhayon TV
Learning from History: Speaking Up Against the Attacks on Serge Benhayon & Universal Medicine

609 thoughts on “Press Abuse – a Modern Day Tragedy

  1. Investigative journalism is a dying art that we have fostered by engaging and consuming, or saying nothing, which is the same or worse as standing silently. When we don’t stand up for the truth and ignore the lies, because it doesn’t affect us directly, we become clay that is easily moulded into whatever the forces require, that then becomes their solid, silent foundation.

  2. The lies that are continuously printed in the media, reported on the television is staggering we really cannot believe anything that is printed or said any more. So where do we turn to find out the truth of any situation? Well actually our bodies are very finely tuned to knowing what is a truth and what is a lie so I feel that if we were to allow our bodies to be our guide rather than our minds, we would be able to discern more easily and not get caught up in the web of deceit that they spin.

  3. I have seen celebrities being filmed aghast at the lies written about them and was certainly in the camp of it might be an exaggeration but it can’t all be false. Seeing their distress and the enormity of so many people ‘hating’ them (that we have a term to describe being hated on social media is a very sad state of affairs) I felt how awful it must be. To protect myself from just how awful we are capable of behaving towards another soul I actually used to think, oh well they asked for it because they wanted to be famous and this is a side-effect. Because they’ve chosen to be in the public eye is no excuse for treating our fellow man like this, especially those who did appear vulnerable to others’ opinion.

    Seeing how anyone associated with Universal Medicine is now coming under the most vile media attacks I wonder how many people are going to choose to protect themselves from the truth that something far greater than our usual understanding of the world is at play. I can see that it doesn’t make sense to attack a man whose soul purpose is to present a way of living that is in harmony with our true worth. He lives true well-being. What if there is far more to life than we’ve ever wanted to admit? That the forces of corruption and greed are trying to crush any authority that shows a way of living that is about equality and truth, not degradation and fear.

  4. As well, what about us as an individual vehicle of expression – when we speak, are we willing to be truth-full at all times, or do we entertain ourselves with gossips every now and then, filling our mind with random thoughts about ourselves and others, enabling un-truth to be and spread out?

  5. Just take the sub-heading of this article and ponder it for a while. ‘We currently live in a world where the media can print lies. This is a fact.’ And then consider what we perpetuate with our media and news every time we buy it, look at it, read it and re-circulate it in conversation. If we do realise the impact of this even in a small way we then get to realise the impact we can have by not doing all of the above, by being clear about the way we keep in touch with what is going on in the world and cutting through the lies.

  6. In my younger years I lived in a part of the world where it was a known fact that the press was controlled by those in power. This was even more obvious when publications with opposing views would periodically be ransacked, closed down and the employees arrested or terrorised. The press in the Western world was enviously looked upon as the ultimate example of a free press and thus a free thinking society.

    Many years on, it is so disappointing to see all of this is just a cliché. What is being done with this ‘freedom’? Well, we have fabricated stories, we have accounts that are blatantly disrespectful and often diminishing of the person they are about, we have journalists who care more about being entertaining and being clever than conveying what is true and promote decency, we have a press system that is about profit over and above serving society.

    And what is perhaps even more significant than this lack of integrity, is that this seems to be the press that the public is actually content with.

  7. Investigative journalism has become trick photography! Have you never taken or seen a photo where you hold something like a building between your fingers or the Leaning Tower of Pisa where it looks like you are holding it from falling over or you pushing it over. All of these are illusions making you see something that is not real.

  8. Shout a word like ‘Cult’ and you get peoples attention, this is how the media works, and once they have got our attention then they can spin stories and lie, because the word ‘Cult’ already comes loaded with judgement from past newspaper reports. We as a society need to be more discerning rather than accept everything the papers write, we know the media is corrupt but we don’t question them enough.

  9. It is Christmas and that time when the press focuses its stories on helping others that are not as fortunate as others and filled with feel-good events. Why is it this just a one-day event?

    1. This is a great question – why IS the focus on helping others & ‘bringing a smile to someone’ or ‘not letting someone go hungry’. These articles and adverts are all designed to pour money into some pocket or another, and it is the public’s demand and behaviour that is capitalised on.
      So just like the rest of it, the lack of truth, love, care and accountability which we keep seeing in the press is a clear reflection of all of us as a society.
      Lets stop lying all round. Lets have the press stop lying by pretending that they are printing news when their focus is on printing what they think sells plus is agreeable to whoever is pulling the strings . And lets us the public stop lying by pretending we are outraged about being sold nonsense, when most of us are perfectly happy to go back and pay to receive more of the same on the following day.

  10. There is such a lack of care for others in the world, we act as if our actions don’t have far reaching consequences for others, and the media is a perfect example of this.

  11. “just stop buying, viewing and consuming media that doesn’t stand for truth.” When we are addicted to the consumption of media (like with any other substance) it’s not always easy just to stop. Seeing that we are addicted to the drama, taking sides, voicing ones opinion is the first step followed closely by reflecting on what we are consuming and why.

  12. It is more time efficient to think that everyone is going to tell the truth than have to discern who is telling the truth and who is not. But that is sheer laziness and irresponsibility.

  13. Reading the newspapers or watching the tv can be like a sugar addiction – they wrap you in comfort then stimulate you and with the adverts or the cliffhanger dramas leave you wanting more. There is a constant barrage – louder when the adverts come on – telling you what you want and need and if not doing so directly manipulating the mind and emotions….and we think we can watch this and not get affected.

  14. Yes it feels to me like as a human race we need to come back to communicating with each other without a self-interested agenda or projection of life and come back to honest observation and response based on what is really needed for all to prosper and thrive.

    1. We would certainly learn much more from each other if we made relationships about communication with no games. Our level of intelligence (as in how smart we are) has no bearing on the quality of our communication.

      1. I would say that our intelligence does have a bearing on the quality of our communication. Our hearts have a deep wisdom that is open and equal and humble and deeply loving and honouring of others, where as our heads can be cold, hard, cruel and selfish if not connected to our hearts and love.

    2. Yes Andrew and not be afraid of exploring the choices we have made that have fed the system of lies so that we are then clear and aware of what steps to take to bring about change and make difference choices.

  15. It is a huge tragedy when lies are being sold and people buy into this and truth is being attacked and hidden from society under the disguise of reporting.

  16. It is a modern tragedy, and whats worse is that the people continue to supply the demand, society still want to read lies and until that changes we will not see anything new.

    1. The run-up to Christmas travel was interrupted for thousands at the UK’s second largest airport with drones being flown above the airport. The cancelled fights have cost millions. Two people were arrested and questioned. The press then vilified the two by doing a public autopsy of their life. Only to be fully released with no charges after two days. The couple held a press conference decrying the actions the press have done to them, in their attempt to nail a tail to the donkey, trying to blame someone.

  17. I am sure if the facts of what really is going on in this world were printed majority would either react by questioning their truth, or retaliate in some way as I am sure few can truly take the raw and absolute facts without the watering down of emotional hype and gossip.

  18. The trouble is we choose to take one small bit of information and then run with it believing it to be true but isn’t that how we are with other areas of life. How often do we say to anyone ‘Hold on a minute, is that even true?’ Or even consider that there may be another side to the story, or that only half-truths are being put forward. If we were taught from young not to just accept something because it’s been said without discerning where the information came from in the first place we probably wouldn’t be in this situation where half-truths are taken as gospel and people can sprout any nonsense they want.

  19. Yes I can see how we all have a responsibility here to say no to lies or anything that does not feel true in our lives if we are to change the demand that is creating the world we currently live in.

  20. The selling of emotions which allows consumers to take sides, have favourites but it also leads us to the biggest let downs, when our favourite personalities are not what we think they are. But we devour the emotions now sold as news as if we can’t get enough.

  21. It seems that we have fostered a culture of ‘I’m alright Jack’ as long as we are not personally targeted by the media then we are happy to stand by and allow the lies to go on and bully others, for money.

  22. I have witnessed a media frenzy that should never have happened yet it did, so to me this has been a huge stop moment to look at what is happening in the world and in our own lives that allow the press to hound and tear people apart because it is their right to do so. My eyes have been opened for me over the last month or so, and I can choose to stay blind, or stay open to seeing the depth of corruption that is allowed to prevail across the world. I know it is not about fighting for justice because this is equally corrupt, but to see that if there is any part of my life that endorses corruption or sits back and allows it to happen and is therefore contributing to the lies and deceit that the media are so great at publishing.

  23. When we are not willing to honor the truth in any aspect in our lives, we then willingly allow lies to be the standard that represent our choices keeping us confirmed and justified in the comforts of our what have chosen. The way of the media today simply reflects where we are at as a humanity and the way in which we embrace responsibility or more truthfully said, resist it.

  24. There is nothing anybody can do or say to prove the media wrong, if speaking in defence especially we give the media free rain to take our words and do whatever they wish with them. The truth eventually comes out.

  25. It is a fact that the media print lies, but perhaps our greatest challenge in this area is that once something is printed, especially by a so called reputable media organisation, we think it is real. But the facts tell us it is not.

    1. Great point Heather and very telling of what we are choosing in that ‘we think it is real’ yet we surely know what it would mean if we allowed ourselves to honor the truth and the responsibility this then calls for. This is challenges us greatly.

  26. Just twist what they hear, to spew out what will sell. Then someone else cut and paste this onto the next journo and the next. Its a disgusting setup that has alot to answer for… but then we also have to look at why. Its becuase that is what sells, and ultimately what people are demanding.

    1. It is astounding that you can take one small fact; say you were seen walking past something controversial and then make-up the before and after to link to that place. And, we swallow the story as truth.

  27. Investigations do not lead necessarily to truth but to plausible narratives of truth. In some contexts (e.g., academia), it is accepted that this is ok because if it is not true, sooner or later this will be known. So, it is not so much that what matters is what is written, but the process that led to it and the fact that everything is able to be challenged. This last bit is not true in many other settings and sectors (e.g., the press). In the case of the press, what they write is also a plausible narrative of something, but the whole thing leading to the piece of news is obscure as a closed night and is not subject to challenges. So, they can get away with murder.

  28. What little faith I had in the media is now totally gone, this includes the BBC. There is no truth and integrity in any of it so I’m adopting a cry wolf stance, they lie too often and so I unless I know it to be true personally I won’t believe it till I do. We need to just stop buying into it totally so it ceases to exist until the integrity comes back and the sensationalism becomes extinct. It really does make me sick what these journalists and paparazzi are allowed to get away with. But I suppose in the end nobody ever really gets away with anything, with out trying to sound too judgemental I wouldn’t want their karma.

  29. The media paints the picture we are wanting. I have watched as the media release something. And then everyone stirs it up because they like the gossip. Until we want to hear the truth, it will not be printed.

  30. We have been shown very recently in Australia how media commentators use their positions and their influence to push their own agenda’s. So much so that it influences political opinion and debate and even outcomes. Abuse has many faces.

    1. Yes Jennifer – abuse certainly has many faces that are filled with the energy of rage, frustration, calculation, jealousy and many more. All the faces of evil – a total setup to keep us as far away for the re-union with our Soul as possible.

  31. We have to look at what the news has become – it’s actually devastating to see that we do not have a world that reports the truth of what is going on – and therefore our way of keeping in touch with what is going on is tainted with opinions not facts.

  32. Truth and facts don’t appear to matter these days when it gets in the way of a gossip, or smearing another’s credibility.

    1. It is a very sad state of affairs when a majority of people opt for gossip and dismiss the truth and pay for this in the form news. I reckon it would be more honest to call this daily gossip instead of daily news, but then again if our media is willing to be this honest then I guess we would not be having this conversation. 

  33. Today I’ve had a lot of thoughts in my head that weren’t loving or true. These lies inside me made me ponder – is it any wonder that our media is full of junk and twisted untruth when we live with this internal corruption?

    1. great pondering Jospeh, if you are not willing to face the fact that we have internal corruption we will seek it to be confirmed outside of us and hence we are demeaning for a corrupt media to not expose the corruption we have allowed.

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