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News media needs a fact checker

News media needs a fact checker

Since I take in a LOT of news across the spectrum, the current situation brought to mind a bit of poetry by Dr. Seuss.

“Oh, the jobs people work at! Out west near Hawtch-Hawtch there’s a Hawtch-Hawtcher bee watcher, his job is to watch. Is to keep both his eyes on the lazy town bee, a bee that is watched will work harder you see. So he watched and he watched, but in spite of his watch that bee didn’t work any harder not mawtch. So then somebody said “Our old bee-watching man just isn’t bee watching as hard as he can, he ought to be watched by another Hawtch-Hawtcher! The thing that we need is a bee-watcher-watcher!”. Well, the bee-watcher-watcher watched the bee-watcher. He didn’t watch well so another Hawtch-Hawtcher had to come in as a watch-watcher-watcher! And now all the Hawtchers who live in Hawtch-Hawtch are watching on watch watcher watchering watch, watch watching the watcher who’s watching that bee. You’re not a Hawtch-Watcher you’re lucky you see!”

In America, we think of the Fourth Estate – the news media – as our watcher over our busy bees in
government and politics.  If we watch them diligently and honestly, it is believed that our public servants will do a better job.  Probably true.

But what if the watchers are not watching diligently and honestly?  What if the watchers make excuses for the bees – or side with them?  What if the watchers are becoming the very people we think they are watching on our behalf?

In watching over our republic, we hope – and often believe – that the watchers in the press are giving us the facts in their daily reports.  Not only do they “report” but they have increasingly interpreted the facts.  And now they claim to check the facts.  The fact-checking function is nothing less than telling us what to think and believe.

Since there are no fact-checkers – watchers – watching the watchers, they gain a monopoly on information.  Like propagandists for despots, they use their unique powers to mold public opinion.  They can actually make us believe things that are not true by spinning the facts in their biased narrative centrifuge.

The news media has become so corrupted by their own partisan self-interest that we need to fact-check the fact-checkers.  We need to watch the watchers.

If you take the time to watch the watchers – and do your own fact checking – you will learn that a very high percentage of the so-called news is inaccurate at best – propaganda, at worst.

We could be kind and speak of errors and inaccuracies in the daily reporting, but the misinformation is so one-sided that one can only conclude that it is strategic and intentional.  In many cases, they spread false information and even lie.  Mendacious partisan narratives are crafted around selective or out-of-context reporting, tactical partisan spin and outright lies.

Unlike the people of Hawtch-Hawtch. We do not have institutional watchers to watch all those watchers – unless it is we the people.  We do not have any vast profession of people who will watch all the news and reveal every error and count every lie in their so-called newscasts.

Who is keeping a count of every inaccurate statement that comes from the lips of Mika Brzezinski, Larry O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, John Lemmon and Jim Acosta?  And yes, I singled out MSNBC and CNN folks because they are the most egregious in spreading false information and mendacious partisan political narratives – propaganda-as-news.  I know that because I – for one – have been watching all those major watchers for a very long time.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom Oakley

    Need to lose their jobs for being liar’s

    • Craig Michael Vandertie

      That will never happen unless you can execute those who are clearly guilty of crimes against humanity as in the perpetual total deceit because as long as those abominations are allowed to survive so will the lies being peddled.

  2. Craig Michael Vandertie

    They are loyal dedicated Marionettes for call them what you will The Fourth Estate, The Deepstate etc., nothing more than mouthpieces paid to promote those who adhere to and embrace the principles of which Communistcapitalistshariazionhasidism are based subhumans and their goal, their sole purpose is the enslave the human race so they can exist in godlike grandeur.

    As long as those deceit disseminating freaks can scrounge off the crumbs of their abominable masters and a far better life it provides them than the average person they will continue to lie to the Common Good.

  3. Hondo

    you left one of the worst scar’brow!