Wednesday, May 27, 2020

True Confessions By The Press

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Yesterday, on the radio, I mentioned the piece in the Wall Street Journal by former CBS News president Van Gordon Sauter lamenting how the press has passed the tipping point from "leaning left" to "far-left" advocacy.

Now, Sue Ellen Browder, after writing for Cosmopolitan Magazine for 20 years, admits she was not telling the truth. And she explains how the propaganda works.

Be informed.

In the Wall Street Journal, yesterday, former CBS News president Van Gordon Sauter says: "News organizations that claim to be neutral have long been creeping leftward, and their loathing of Trump has accelerated the pace."

"There's probably no way to seal the gap between the media and a large segment of the public" he says, "The media likes what it's doing. Admires it, Celebrates it. There is no personal, professional or financial reason to change. If anything, the gap will expand. Ultimately, the media finds the 'deplorables' deplorable."

The far-left Politico news organization admitted yesterday that "Democrats are dreading the idea of a fast economic boom as America reopens. Their headline read "The general election scenario that Democrats are dreading."

Politico shares their dread. And along with the other media outfits will feed America so-called "news" that will attempt to stifle all efforts to recover from the Wuhan virus, until after the November election.

But it isn't only the so-called "news" people who are lying to the American public.

Sue Ellen Browder, who wrote for Cosmopolitan Magazine, is now admitting she lied to her readers for 20 years.

"The goal of my writing."

Browder was writing fake news before "fake news" was ever a thing. Except she prefers not to call it that ---not because she's embarrassed to admit she wrote fake news (however she's not proud of it either) but because she thinks the term, "fake news," is too vague to understand.

She says the goal of her writing was "to sell women on the idea that sexual liberation is the path to the single woman's personal fulfillment."

She tells her story of what led her to become an activist journalist.

She says before coming to Cosmopolitan she wrote for a small daily newspaper, the South Bay Daily Breeze, just outside Los Angles. When she and her husband got unexpectedly pregnant, they were far more excited about it than her bosses.

They told her she could work five months into her pregnancy, then she would quit.

She explains at some length in her book, "Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women's Movement," the process of how she became an activist writer.

She notes that she got caught in the throes of the feminist movement "fighting for equal opportunity" in the workplace, etc., and the sexual revolution of the 60s "fighting for all kinds of sexual freedoms."

She reveals how she was victimized by her own doing. How she chose the wrong path.

And she exposes the hypocrisy of the press and entertainment business.

How the media uses propaganda to persuade and deceive.

Browder says, "Propaganda is very sophisticated. It's half-truth, selected truth, and truth out of context."

She says,  "Propaganda is used not to sell just products, it's also used to sell ideas."

Browder says, for example:
"By planting salacious stories about women having extravagant affairs in places such as Cleveland and Des Moines, the magazine spread its mores throughout the country and throughout the culture by pretending that they were much more widespread than they actually were."

She says,
"One of the COSMO mores was the idea that abortion was a woman's 'right' years before the Supreme Court rules it a constitutionally protected right." She explains how a small group of feminists inserted abortion into the agenda of the women's movement, and how many pro-life feminists were disgusted, but from that point on the narrative was set: "Essentially all women want this. And that's how propaganda works," she notes.

Browder tells how while she was married and living a traditional lifestyle quite different from what she was espousing in Cosmopolitan, she too, was corrupted by its influence---and how at one point, the ideas from those pages seeped into the most personal decision she and her husband ever made.

The confession.

At 27 years old she was happily married, with two children at home. When she became pregnant with a third, she and her husband decided to get an abortion. It was 1974, the year after Roe v Wade.

Ironically, she had an abortion in the same hospital where she previously gave birth.

She says, "I did not realize what a traumatic experience that would be later in my life, how much it would haunt me."

"When you start betraying truth," she says, "it will come back to haunt you. It will get you in the end. And that's why even though I knew we were making up stories, I got sucked in and thought abortion would be okay."

After all, the state says it's okay---a "woman's right."

She says she has converted to Catholicism to help heal her from her abortion.

But abortion isn't the only thing from which she has sought forgiveness.

She says, "I think I---I was certainly a part of the evil empire, if you will." And, "What I would like...for young women today [is] to tell them the truth so they could see how my generation got it wrong, why we got it wrong, and how they can do better..."

She's reflective, and repentant on the damage she's done with her writing---and the damage such magazines and websites continue to do.

She says, yes, "women are liberated, aren't we? We can go to college, be doctors, lawyers, engineers. We can do all this stuff. We can make all this money."

"But," she says, looking at the iPhone on her kitchen table, "how liberated are we if our girls have got that in their pockets before they can even think?"

The truth.

Proverbs 14: 12-15:

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Even in laughter, the heart may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief.
The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.
The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.

God's Word, not the media, is a lamp to our feet---a light to show us the way.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.