Modern journalism's 'Ministry of Truth' determined to twist reality

Modern journalism's 'Ministry of Truth' determined to twist reality

Modern journalism's 'Ministry of Truth' determined to twist reality

The Associated Press continues to shed its journalistic credibility in the eyes of a once-trusting public, this time over the hot-button issue of mentally confused transgendered children and life-altering medical procedures.

Founded way back in 1846, the world’s largest wire service has been trusted for generations to provide reliably fair news even among liberal reporters and editors who have dominated its newsrooms around the world. But the AP took a hard left turn years ago, when its remaining employees willingly became stenographers for left-wing beliefs, which was demonstrated most recently in a story about transgender children.

In the article, the AP states that “opponents of gender-affirming care say there's no solid proof of purported benefits, cite widely discredited research and say children shouldn't make life-altering decisions they might regret."

In that one sentence, the bias is blatant since the AP refers to controversial medical procedures as “gender-affirming care.” That is the term transgender activists use in political speeches and write on protest posters but the AP adopted it as a normal, neutral description.

Christian apologist Alex McFarland tells AFN the public has learned any news story it reads claiming to share facts is not always factual about telling facts. He likens it to the “Ministry of Truth” in George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian novel, because what is purported to be “true” is often not true.

McFarland, Alex (Christian apologist) McFarland

Back in 2020, when the U.S. was embroiled in race riots, the AP announced it was updating its style guide to capitalize "Black" in light of racial problems after writing the word in lowercase as "black." 

The wire service said "white" would remain lowercase because "white supremacists" capitalize the term. A spokesman for AP went on to state that "white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices." 

Sometimes what is missing in a story tells a story, too. When House Republicans held a press conference in May to describe how Biden family members pocketed $10 million that passed through foreign shell companies, the AP story failed to mention the allegation was made at a formal Capitol Hill press conference attended by numerous lawmakers. The story also said there is no evidence of the allegations, when the lawmakers were flanked by placards that detailed the transfer of money. 

McFarland says an ideology is being “force fed” to the public by journalists but the public, he adds, is “absolutely right” to question what they are told.