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So You Don’t Trust the Media, Really? by Miguel A. Faria, MD

Does one need to be mugged, robbed or beaten to realize the leftist antics of the George Floyd rioters, and that the looting and cop killings need to stop? Do commercial enterprises need to be robbed, looted and burned for us to recognize the dangers of anarchy?

Does a woman have to be killed or raped for the American mind to open up and recognize that violence needs to be stopped by the police, and if they are not there, by the citizens’ own means? Or is it difficult to conceptualize the point if the police are constrained or unreasonably restrained by the Democrat mayors of the big cities — where most of the violence has taken place — then armed citizens will have no recourse but to protect their own businesses, homes and  families?

Recognizing what follows, the mainstream liberal media, the opinion cartel molders of the establishment (aka the Deep State), assert that police excesses cannot be stopped until America institutes draconian gun control laws! The evidence, logic, and explanation for this purported association are wanting, or more precisely bogus! But that is how the media are responding to the mayhem — when they aren’t praising the looters and decrying the police.

Moreover, the mainstream liberal media claim that the people are siding with the rioters, which they paint as “peaceful protestors.” Is this so? They also claim that this is bad news for Trump, as they, sometimes including “conservative” Fox News and even the social media (in this case Twitter), ban the conciliatory messages of the President. The truth is the media, which was supposed to be a watchdog for liberty and as a free press the guardian of the rights of citizens, have instead become a lapdog and protector, if not a militant arm, of the liberal Democrat Party!

Most troubling of all are the polls that have seen a gradual erosion of the President’s support by those in the middle, the “independent” voters. Trump’s conservative Republican base remains solid at least 44% from his peak at about 50% of the total electorate. We know that at least 10%, if not up to 30%, of respondents may be lying to the pollsters because of social desirability. That means that the respondents would say they will vote for Joe Biden for President and for example a Democrat Congressional candidate, such as Christy Smith in California, when in fact they intend to vote for Trump in 2020 and voted for Republican Mike Garcia in 2018!

The citizens say whatever they think the pollsters want them to say, either because it is politically correct to say so, or because they deliberately want to mislead the pollsters. We saw this firsthand in the 2016 election. Trump is president not Hillary Clinton, despite the media, the polls, and the pollsters!

Still it is very troubling to me that a large segment of citizens in the middle, the same fence sitters, and “independents, while claiming that they do not trust the media, are still indoctrinated by the opinion cartel molders — and they don’t seem to even know it. I refer to more than polls during election times. I refer to disturbing societal trends where those citizens regurgitate to their fellow citizens the fake news, biased reporting, and politically correct nonsense disseminated by the progressive (socialist) media, degenerate Hollywood, and even purportedly objective academia. Incredibly, it’s subtle brain washing in the gullible, misinformed, and miseducated.

Even in communist countries, as in Cuba and the former Soviet Union, the people knew that the massive agricultural surpluses, social equality, and better-than-expected industrial production quotas trumpeted by the government-controlled media were concocted statistics and political slogans. The people knew that the communist apparatchiks were more equal than others, lived a much better life, and that the nomenklatura could obtain goods and services not available to the ordinary citizen. Yet, here in America, many of those same citizens who give the liberal media such low respectability ratings, regurgitate on a frequent basis the same politically correct indoctrination and socialistic propaganda spitted out by the very media they claim to not believe or trust!

Do you want examples? Many Americans have bought into the story that most Catholic priests are pedophiles, or at least that clergymen have the highest pederasty rates among professions. The media propaganda has succeeded but it is not true. I submit that youth counselors and foster home personnel might be much higher, but try finding this out. If you dig through the sociological literature, all one finds relates to Catholic priests, but we know better from our local newspapers! So these studies are lacking, why?

Another example? Disgusting Hollywood has succeeded in painting fathers as malefactors. If they are not altogether absent from the scene or noncommunicative with family members, then they are depicted as abusive patriarchal or Christian fanatics, alcoholics, and molesters of daughters who cannot be trusted. Children, though, are portrayed as walking philosophers, who possess an abundance of common sense, much more than their parents. Suffice to say, Hollywood has helped create and foment family distrust and disharmony, illegitimacy, and single parenthood, which in turn results in high poverty rates and high criminality through youth gangs and street violence.

And yet, those 20 to 30% in the middle who decide elections, say they don’t trust the media and decry TV and movie violence coming out of Hollywood. Yet these same independent voters glorify these Hollywood celebrities and sport figures that the media love to sensationalize, frequently call “icons,” and whose lives they serialize! No wonder this celebrities make grand political statements that the media then pick up and amplify. 

Finally, the coronavirus “pandemic” is another example where the media propaganda has succeeded in conditioning us — this time to tyranny. We have allowed the big cities and the blue Democrat states to institute needless prolonged lockdowns and all types of authoritarian measures on the pretext of pandemic control. Statistics were inflated by orders of the CDC, the experts, to make the pandemic appear worse than it really is. We did not do so when the Swine flu pandemic ravaged the land in 2008 when Barack Obama was president, why? Connect the dots. Let’s just say there is a major election coming up in November and all previous attempts to remove Trump from office — i.e., Russia collusion and Ukraine quid pro quo accusations, the impeachment without conviction, the hope-for economic downturn due to COVID-19, George Floyd riots, etc. — have all failed. Stay tuned for whatever the Deep State has up its sleeve; it may be a long hot summer!

So you still don’t trust the media? This time I hope you really mean it!

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D., is Associate Editor in Chief in socioeconomics, politics, medicine, and world affairs of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He is the author of America, Guns, and Freedom: A Journey Into Politics and the Public Health & Gun Control Movements (2019)

This article was originally published on on June 24, 2020. It is reposted here for the enjoyment of our readers at

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8 thoughts on “So You Don’t Trust the Media, Really? by Miguel A. Faria, MD”

  1. Dr. Miguel A. Faria

    The media have had a defamation campaign against J. Edgar Hoover for a long time, and it has worked, even among conservatives. Why do you think that is? Because he was a patriot. One should give some pause as to what to believe in MSM publications, documentaries, academic interviews etc. I take a patriot, even if he self-promotes than a pragmatic rudderless individual or a modern liberal crusader any day. If the MSM, the popular culture, and academia supports something then good vigilant citizens should be skeptical. One of my rules comes from the Sanskrit proverb of the Arthashastra, a 4th century BC treatise on statecraft: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” A rule also wisely adopted at least temporarily by Romans, “Amicus meus, inimicus inimici mei”: “my friend, the enemy of my enemy.” And the mainstream media should follow in the same rule. If they are pushing for something, it is something that most likely needs to be investigated and probably opposed. Take for instance, George Soros is an enemy of freedom, so If Soros opposes something then good citizens generally should know that they should support the opposite.

  2. Dr. Miguel A. Faria

    Why do so many Republicans buckle under pressure? Blame the ignorant, the lukewarm, or independent electorate, who threaten to vote Democrat, because their little, susceptible minds are at the mercy of, and indoctrinated by, the opinion cartel molders of the progressive, liberal (socialist & globalist) media. These idiots in the middle decide elections! The cowardice of the GOP is a direct reflection of the fear of the PC electorate in the middle, who claim they don’t trust the media, but are in reality lead by their noses by the indoctrination of the MSM! These PC people in the middle have their representative in their cross-hairs, unless they vote moderate, do not support the mean-spirited GOP, reach across the aisle for consensus, deliver the goodies (wealth redistribution), etc.! So truly we have to blame our fellow “citizens”!

  3. Main stream media (MSM) and popular culture smears: J. Edgar Hoover was a transvestite and a homosexual! He was the worlds biggest blackmailer and had files on everyone, including the sexual life of all politicians to blackmail them! And so, my Facebook friends and posters say:

    D. Englet: Carrying on in the fine tradition [of being a transvestite and a homosexual] of J. Edgar Hoover…
    F. Jimenez: J. Edgar Hoover kept records of the sexual life of all politicians to blackmail them!
    J. Wright.II: J Edgar Hoover was the worlds biggest blackmail artist, he had something on everyone.

    Dr. Faria replies: You may be indoctrinated fellow conservatives — D.E., J.W.II, F.J. , etc. — and don’t even know it. You believe and have been indoctrinated by the MSM and the popular culture that you decry (although you might deny it). For example, even if J. Edgar Hoover (pic courtesy Wiki) was gay, which is a smear tactic to discredit conservatives created by the left and the MSM — he was a patriot, which the present leadership in the FBI, CIA, and the Democrats, are not!. 

    The left will try to smear anyone who fought for conservative values and the American way, and they consider a threat to their agenda. They will, like Stalin, revise and rewrite history. They have tried to discredit (and sometimes successfully) great figures of the 20th century who fought communism and their totalitarian agenda — e.g., Pope Pius XII, J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, Arthur Koestler (“Darkness at Noon”), David Horowitz, even Stefan Zweig (for not being a leftist Jew!) etc.

    And if Hoover kept records of politicians, including presidents, that was not only part of his job, but also necessary for his survival as a conservative and a patriot sworn to protect the nation from foreign and domestic enemies. When he tried to warn FDR of communist traitors and spies in his administration, FDR replied, “so what? Some of my best friends are communists”! With patriotic presidents, not to mention left-wing politicians like that, who doesn’t need protection from friends and foes alike?

    Have you, my friend, read any books about him by conservatives, or his own book, “Masters of Deceit,” or is everything you know about him learned and absorbed from the MSM? Think and cogitate deeply before you answer. And thank you for providing this dialogue to give me the opportunity for illuminating where the left have tarnished patriots and obscure reality! 😉😎

  4. A robust majority of the British public would like the constitutional monarchy system to continue in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, according to a recent YouGov poll. For the survey (1,727 adults polled), which coincides with the ascendancy of King Charles III, 64% of respondents supported the next era of the monarchy carrying on without any changes — more than three times of those opposing the institution (21%)… 84% of Britons 65 and older support the monarchy’s continuation, compared to just 40% of positive respondents from the 18-24 age demographic. —Newsmax

    Most of the British people have respect for traditional institutions that have served them well and know their history! On the other hand, many of our fellow “citizens” have no conception of their history, are ignorant “know-it-alls” with fatuous opinions formulated by hear-say, and consequently their attitudes change with the wind of fads, liking whatever is chic, dictated by the popular culture and media that they claim they do not trust! That is why Biden is President, the Democrats controlled Congress, and we are in the mess we are in! In Britain, conservatives have also a huge majority in Parliament, love their country and its traditions, and passed Brexit, leaving the globalist, socialist EU ro preserve their sovereignty, their culture, and institutions !— Dr. Miguel A. Faria. 😎

  5. According to the Guardian, “Not everyone is thrilled about Amy Coney Barrett’s upcoming book, including a couple hundred literary notables who’ve signed a scathing open letter to her publisher.

    The Guardian reports on the letter—titled “We Dissent” and signed by close to 250 “members of the writing, publishing, and broader literary community”—in which the signees ask that Penguin Random House renege on its deal to publish the Supreme Court justice’s tome. Although those who signed the letter note they believe in freedom of speech, they add, “We recognize that harm is done to a democracy not only in the form of censorship, but also in the form of assault on inalienable human rights.” And Barrett is guilty of such an assault, they say, due to her “yes” vote last June to overturn Roe v. Wade… 😖— Newser/ Guardian

    The illiberal Marxist academia, as an arm of the socialist Democrat Party, use Saul Alinsky’s tactics:
    1. Impugn the opposition with the tactics they themselves use — e.g., attack basic individual rights.
    2. Claim to support the opposite of what they believe and support — e.g., support freedom of speech.
    3. Do what they claim they are not doing — e.g., censorship of all those who disagree with their views. Like the medical politicians, they have lost all credibility, objectivity and personal honesty— Dr. Miguel Faria, America, Guns, and Freedom (2019), “Chapter 2, Gun Control and Expedient Medical Politics.”

  6. When the media became part of the ruling elite of the deep state, they switched their role and became supervillains of speech suppression and the enforcement of tyranny! Liberal Propaganda, lies, CENSORSHIP, mendacity, PC Misinformation & Disinformation… All of this is happening with collusion among the MSM and academia, and the socialist Democrats — and the duping of a gullible, submissive, and government dependent public. The role of the media is essential as one of the 5 ingredients for the inception of tyranny… we have also seen that even in free countries the press, of its own volition purely and by sharing political ideology with a political faction, can become a willing tool, a propaganda organ of the opposition to the legal government in power or vice versa. In fact this is happening in the U.S. as I write these words. Simply we are becoming a third-world country with a submissive, controlled population both indoctrinated by the media and censored by the political establishment! — Dr. Miguel A. Faria, America, Guns, and Freedom (2019), Chapter 21, “Gun Control and the Hallmarks of Tyranny.”

  7. Thus. I try to follow Goethe’s dictum that truth can’t be repeated often enough to shine the light of truth in what is hidden in the recesses of those purveyors of mendacity and to counteract the never-ending stream of deliberate lies and obfuscations coming from the left. “Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side.”—– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  8. Why do so many Republicans buckle under pressure? Blame the ignorant, the lukewarm, or independent electorate, who threaten to vote Democrat, because their little, susceptible minds are at the mercy of, and indoctrinated by, the opinion cartel molders of the progressive, liberal (socialist & globalist) media. These idiots in the middle decide elections! The cowardice of the GOP is a direct reflection of the fear of the PC electorate in the middle, who claim they don’t trust the media, but are in reality lead by their noses by the indoctrination of the MSM! These PC people in the middle have their representative in their cross-hairs, unless they vote moderate, do not support the mean-spirited GOP, reach across the aisle for consensus, deliver the goodies (wealth redistribution), etc.! So truly we have to blame our fellow “citizens”!

    For those who claim that there is no difference in the Political Parties, which when discussed in political circles, plays into the hands of the socialist Democrats. And at the risk of losing FB friends, as with denouncing Putin, here is my answer: There is a huge difference between the parties on every issue: Corruption galore in the Democrat (socialist) Party; wealth redistribution; control of peoples’ lives; liberty vs servitude to the mighty State; gun control; hatred of Christianity; hatred of tradition and traditional institutions, including the Constitution (the “living document” which is of course the complete opposite); use of deception, lies and disinformation, etc. . Of course you know all of this!

    I have also heard, “the GOP “don’t standup to their principles. I agree with the Republican platform, but they don’t stand up when it counts.” I reply: That Republicans fear the electorate, once informed citizens now a duped populace easily incited by the liberal media, the deteriorated public school system, the degenerate popular culture, and Marxist higher academia, “Plato’s guardians” — all part and parcel of the establishments of the left, and all of them support the Democrat (socialist) Party, which, does not have to kowtow to them and, of course, makes them formidable and fearless!

    The GOP, on the other hand, is frankly intimidated, as they should be to some extent, because the stupid and fickle electorate can go one way or the other based on PC indoctrination and disinformation. A Republic was founded for an honest, informed and vigilant electorate. Even this has been eroded by the public school system and media propaganda. Yes we need to get rid of RINOs who are indeed traitors, but not rank and file Republicans with whom we may disagree from time to time because we don’t agree with them on every issue; after all they had to respond to THEIR constituents in the various states, which vary in conservative intensity.
    While ALL DEMOCRATS today are socialists because there is no pressure on them from the establishment (swamp). The two-party system in America is here to stay, whether we like it or not, as Americans have demonstrated over the last two centuries. Parties may replace each other but always end up with two opposing principal political parties. And frankly, I prefer it to the Parliamentary system (social democracy) of Europe. I think I have said enough. This should entitle me for a free ticket to the GOP convention in 2024 to elect either Trump or DeSantis! —Dr. Miguel A. Faria, October 2022.

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