In this era of organized and effective propaganda 'News' media, controlled print newspapers, social media open to the world's influence and now, Artificial Intelligence algorithms creating convincing articles without Humans that could be used to fool people on a mass scale,... how do we Americans get the truth? The actual factual truth?
In 2011, the Brazilian government formed a National Truth Commission to investigate the lawless behavior of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985. In
1983 the Argentine government formed a similar commission to find the truth of what happened to tens of thousands of civilians who disappeared during their military coup and dictatorship from 1976 to 1983 resulting in a national awareness and realization of the dangers of a military dictatorship. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission of 1996 was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid.
Throughout modern history around the globe at various times and for various reasons citizens have demanded the truth and have pushed their government officials to form these truth commissions. Likewise, America and the current American consciousness are in desperate need of a National Truth Commission. A commission that will make citizens aware of media services proven to report actual factual information and those news and opinion services that lie and/or spin the facts. Perhaps, laws should be introduced and passed making news services accountable when falsehoods or misleading news information is released, promoted and/or published.
President Trump has called journalists and media establishments who call him out on his lies and incompetence, the “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”. Well, if he truly believes some journalists and news outlets to be blatantly untrue, than he should be in favor of, and should issue a presidential executive order for the creation of a National Truth Commission. A truth commission who’s duty would be to expose the news and opinion media outlets who report lies and misleading information so the American public could be correctly informed. Yet we all know this would never happen under this president, because we all know this president tells more untruths than even the most dishonest news outlets.
This is why we need a National Truth Commission.
In the coming months and years, it is our hope the next administration in 2020 will see the need and create a National Truth Commission of the United States of America. A group of dedicated officials, accountable to the people of the United States who can organize the daily information of existing non-partisan truth seekers and reporters such as Politifacts.com, The Pew Research Center, The Christian Science Monitor, Politico.com and other credible news services in a format that can be easily accessible and easy for the common American citizen to decipher and understand.
If this platform can be successfully organized, it would be preferred if it was operated by The National Truth Commission and then fact-checked, challenged and corrected directly by an organized group of proven truthful news services and the professionals from every given field for which a fact may need to be clarified.
Wish us luck…
The resources are already in place. Through technology, actual news outlets and true journalists, truth seekers and credible, organized fact-finding networks, not to mention the various highly experienced experts and professionals of all fields, the truth is findable! It can be sought, clarified and published on a daily basis to inform the public of the actual truth! If Americans have a reliable source they trust and can go, we will have an informed electorate and informed Americans will have the clarity to fix their shared social problems and injustices.
This Country Desperately Needs A
National Truth Commission, NOW!