Stop falling for media Soundbites!

I wasn’t on the Ched Evans jury, wasn’t party to the actual police incident logs in Ferguson, I wasn’t alive when Jimmy Saville started his abuse nor does George Osborne share his figures on the deficit with me personally. The only information I have on the horrific Charlie Hebdo attack is from the left wing Guardian and noideawhatwingbutclearkybiasedinsomewaywing Sky News. I can’t possibly then be expected to make a factual statement on any of these issues. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion. If something truly shocking or a big news story breaks then of course you are going to have your two pence worth to stick in. But is it really your two pence? Or have you been force-fed it by media that either has its own agenda to sell or worse just wants to scaremonger to get a reaction and sell more advertising. Here are some recent snippets from Sky News Facebook:

“All police are racist and should be in prison” – firstly who would protect us if every single police officer was in prison? Secondly do you know the thoughts of every single police officer around the World to make this grand statement? Racism exists in the police as it does in every industry, sad but true. If you stopped and thought for a second you would see that the police injure and kill many criminals each year as part of their job. Some of those are probably a bit dubious and some avoidable but equally there is an awful lot of dangerous people off the street thanks to the hard work and at significant risk to the police. If you read beyond the Sky headline “black man killed by police” you would also notice that many white men are killed by the police but these headlines are simply ” man killed by police”. No need for the media to add a race element here!

“All Muslims are terrorists” – nowhere in Muslim books or teaching are the words go and kill Westerners. Those who commit such atrocities hide behind a religion whilst the media love to throw the word Muslim into a news story. It’s the same as the stories of homophobia. A guest house kicking out gays is likely to attract greater media interest if the headline is “Christian guest house owners kick out gays” . Again nowhere in Christian teaching does it say gay couples are not permitted in Christian run guest houses. The bigots are just using religion to hide the fact they are prejudiced. Add a race, skin colour, religion or the word immigrant and you are adding a stick for lemmings on Facebook to beat people with!

“All Liverpool fans are deluded thinking they are ever going to be great again, win the league and have success in Europe” – ok, guys you got something right!

Stop claiming to know everything about everything because you read an article in the Daily Mail or saw a one sentence Facebook post on a subject! Be subjective, remember the context it has been written in and don’t be a lemming, don’t just accept it and add some uneducated comment below! You don’t need a degree to think! You have a brain, use it! Don’t be hoodwinked by the media into what YOU actually think?!?!

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