Written by DML
The other day, while driving home from our new studio location, which is located two hours from where I live, I asked myself, “What the hell am I doing?”
Honestly, four hours in the car five days per week — it’s brutal. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, I work from home. Bottom line, I spend seven days per week trying to get the truth out to the masses. I think to myself, “It didn’t need to be like this.”
I’m caught, just like you are, in this mad world of asinine headlines that are based on biased ideology, instead of facts and figures that reveal what really is happening in America and around the world.
There have always been biased news outlets, and there have always been little news collectors who put out phony headlines in order to get clicks, but I don’t recall it ever being like this. Today, it’s really bad.
I don’t know if I blame it on the news editors, D.C., Trump himself, or the advent of someone like Trump, who is determined to break apart the establishment’s way of doing business. Perhaps it’s a combination of all four?
Whatever it is, whoever deserves the blame, the end result is a world obsessed with using the term “fake news.” Seriously, think about it, the term “fake news” has taken storm faster than a tornado erupts in the Midwest.
Of all the emails we receive here each day, and we receive a lot of email, the most common question is: “DML, is this fake or real?”
People are so confused because there are few news outlets that will tell it like it is. No longer do news outlets, like The New York Times, Fox, and CNN, tell you what you need to know. Rather, they tell you what they want you to know. And that, my friends, is dangerous.
So why drive the 4 hours? Why have a staff of 15 people, soon to be 20? It would be so much easier to just pen a few news stories myself each day, do an investigative piece once in a while, and make one or two films each year from the comfort of my home office. I could save money, time, and back pain by not traveling back and forth. Plus, there would be no dealing with hiring and firing people.
The answer is this: something inside me knows that just sitting back is an injustice to the American people. It slaps in the face the brave men and women who fight overseas. It disrespects the efforts of those men and women who gave their lives so that we can all enjoy the freedom of speech.
If we all just sit back, outlets like The New York Times will dictate the next president. USA Today will dictate the next law passed by Congress. Places like CNN and FOX will dictate what you see and what you do not see. That sort of thing is unacceptable to me.
According to The Hill, The New York Times will run its first-ever advertising during the Academy Awards this Sunday with a spot that appears to target the Trump administration titled “The Truth.”
President Trump often calls The New York Times a platform for “fake news.”
Although I defend almost all of the policies President Trump outlines as part of his agenda to make America great again, he too has blood on his hands when it comes to reporting and sharing misleading numbers and rumored-to-be true stories.
Trump wants to defend his ideology in the same way The New York Times wants to defend its own. Perhaps you disagree with me; perhaps you want to put all the blame on the liberal media. I think you’re being blind, politely speaking. Politics is a two-way street. Be honest with yourself. Think back over the course of time and think about all that’s been reported and not reported, correctly and incorrectly. It’s endless. Both sides are guilty of pushing biased information.
Strip away the few, phony, satire-driven websites and the fact is this: there is no such thing as “fake news.” There is biased news; there is news that misses all the facts; there are opinions that are mistaken for news. But, “fakes news” is merely a phrase.
I really wish the “fake news” term would die a fast death. It does nothing but confuse people. That’s one of the reasons why our new website—scheduled to launch next month—identifies news agencies, and how they tend to report news and facts from an ideological perspective.
The new website will also keep the president and his team accountable. We’ll keep all members of Congress from both sides of the aisle accountable. The media’s job is to tell the truth, report the news, and keep politicians mindful that they work for you. We plan to do our job really well.
Until the new DMLdaily website launches, The New York Times, Fox News, and everyone else in the media will try to position themselves as the most trusted place for news.
Here is the NY Times ad set to run on Sunday:
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