There is, however, a problem that we face:
No matter how much "news" you consume, you won't really know what's going on in the world.
We can't know, because 'the news' is half illusion, provided by government-dependent corporations that are paid to keep you watching and to keep you joined to the status quo.
Granted, they are quite good at providing pictures from disaster areas, but when it comes to explaining why the disaster happened, they mislead almost every time. Yes, some truth makes its way through the news machine, but most of it is wrapped in layers of manipulation. If, for example, you watch the news feeds all day, you'll find a good deal of truth, but you'll find it amongst a pile of half-truths. Do you really have enough time to analyze them all?
One Piece of Truth
The truth about public reporting comes out from time to time, but usually well after the fact. So, here's one piece of truth that's worth remembering:
For those who don't recall the 1970s, Daniel Ellsberg was a man who worked as an analyst at the RAND Corp., moved from there to the Pentagon, spent two years in Vietnam working for the State Department, and then went back to RAND. He is the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. These were the documents that revealed that three US presidential administrations had been plainly, knowingly, and openly lying to the public.
Here's what Ellsberg thought the New York Times was good for:
… to see what the rubes and the yokels are thinking about and what they think is going on and what they think the policy is….
Later, in 1998, he said this in an interview:
The public is lied to every day by the president, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can't handle the thought that the president lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn't stay in the government at that level….
And here's what Michael Deaver, a top aide to President Ronald Reagan, said about the press:
The media I've had a lot to do with is lazy. We fed them and they ate it every day.
That's the truth about news, my friends. The newspapers are where the yokels get informed, presidents flatly lie, and legislatures are massively corrupt. The TV stations recycle opinions from the leading newspapers. And Internet news sites primarily recycle TV and newspaper stories.
Yes, some truth does slide through, but it looks almost the same as the other stuff. The only places we get anything close to refined truth is on a few Internet sites… and many of them have a particular axe to grind.
And the Internet news sites that really dig through the pile (like Mike Krieger's) are in jeopardy. The Internet is being funneled into Google, Facebook, and a few other friends of the state. If things continue as they've been going, the independents will be cut off soon enough, under the guise of copyright or some such.
Sad to say, we shouldn't accept the news as true. In my personal experience, I've been close enough to a few news stories to know the truth, and the networks got it wrong every time.
This is what William Colby, former director of the CIA, is quoted as saying in Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don't Want You to See:
The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.
Now, since people have disputed that quotation, let's back it up: Please consider Operation Mockingbird.
Beginning in 1948, a CIA agent named Frank Wisner started gathering journalists and broadcasters… and started using them to 'inform' the public. The operation soon got so elaborate that other agents called it "Wisner's Wurlitzer." (Wurlitzer being the brand of organ that was played in churches.) In other words, Wisner played the media like a musical instrument.
While the real situation is more complex than this short description, rest assured that every major news organization in every major country is manipulated by intelligence groups. Where do you think they get all those "unnamed sources"?
If you were an intel operator, wouldn't you do precisely that? You'd be considered derelict not to. So, you can rely upon this fact. And see here for a minor example.
I could continue listing facts, but there's no real point. The crucial thing is to accept the truth:
The news is worked over before it reaches us.
We do know some facts, of course, and a generation from now we may learn nearly the whole truth about some of these events, but only if we wait and then go out of our way to find it.
The good news in all of this comes when we accept the facts and stop running our brains on bad information. Yes, it would be nice to know what's really going on, but we don't, and there isn't much we can do about it. So, it's time to stop treating the news seriously.
So long as the guv-megacorp-intel structure remains, it will enforce our ignorance. That's what such organizations do, by their very nature. To expect differently is like expecting a dog to sprout wings and fly.
But once we accept that fact, we stop being spun around by the talking heads and their handlers.
After that, we can find truth in books and in other serious publications.
So, I suggest that you start ignoring the news. Rather, use all that time and energy to start building the kind of world you'd like to live in.