How Do We Know What Truth Is?
By Bob Weir

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.” Photo by and courtesy of Netsky Rodriguez.

FLOWER MOUND, TX — September 8, 2021 — The meaning of truth has been debated by philosophers and religious scholars for thousands of years. Dictionaries define truth as that which is in accordance with reality. Among other definitions are, “that which can be verified or corroborated,” or “truth, unlike opinions, is not open to debate.” Yet, it seems like every news story must be carefully scrutinized and debated because people have come to realize the lack of objectivity in the media. It should come as no surprise that the so-called “mainstream media” is overwhelmingly liberal in their coverage. (Yes, I know they call themselves “progressives” these days, but that’s only because the term “liberal” became a pejorative after the disastrous Jimmy Carter presidency, which ushered in the conservatism of President Reagan.)

Nevertheless, the concept of truth should have nothing to do with political philosophy. The Constitution provided this great republic with a First Amendment, giving the press the power to rattle the cages of government when it violated the freedom which inspired the birth of this nation. In addition, the press was to be a watchdog against corruption in those hallowed halls on the Potomac. Does anyone believe that the media is doing its job in a fair and impartial manner? Even the least perceptive reader or viewer of the news can spot the subtle insertions of animosity by writers or media talking heads. Although this politically-motivated behavior has roots that precede the Tammany Hall days of Boss Tweed in the mid-1800s, it generally didn’t have a deleterious effect on our physical health.

Sadly, we’re now in an era in which truth or lies can determine whether we live or die. I’m referring to the pandemic and all the information associated with it. As sensible septuagenarians, my wife and I, when learning about a vaccine that would prevent Covid-19, made the decision to get the shots. There were some people, of all ages, that were expressing their doubts about injecting a serum into their bodies before it was FDA approved. While that thought also occurred to us, the aggressiveness of the disease, coupled with the traditional sluggishness of the FDA, helped us arrive at what we still believe was a judicious decision.

However, it wasn’t long before major news sources, with a jump start from social media, began putting a seed of doubt in our fertile imagination. “People who took the vaccine are dying,” and “Masks are causing respiratory problems for seniors” read some of the headlines. While the preceding statements were true, they represented merely a tiny fraction of the affected groups. Therefore, instead of articles declaring the vast number of vaccinated and mask-wearing folks that didn’t have a problem, the “if it bleeds, it leads” school of headline-grabbing editors opted for the bad news. Inasmuch as we’re all influenced by what we see and hear, it’s become increasingly more difficult to deal with conflicting information that strains our ability to discern the truth. With polar opposites in the major political parties, and news networks that contradict each other every day, how are we supposed to make prudent judgments on a variety of significant concerns?

Let’s be honest; we rely on the media to keep us up to date on topics of interest. We only know what they tell us and show us. There was a time in which we could do our own research, but that was when most of the reliable sources could be counted on to cut through the politics and give us something that hadn’t been tainted with the odious stench of radical posturing. Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become a tyrannical cabal, distributing left wing orthodoxy like drug cartels dispense meth and heroin. Those propaganda machines inject poison into our minds instead of our veins.

We can’t even trust our own eyes when we watch video clips, because they can, and often are, edited to provide only one side of an issue. Has truth become a challenge to journalism? A better question might be, how can you call yourself a journalist if you can’t overcome your propensity for partisan coverage? Perhaps I’m overstating the power of the media, but I think it’s fair to say that information is the force behind our motivations. When a video clip can trigger riots across the country in a matter of minutes it reveals the dangerous implications of distorted news. If we are to survive as a free and healthy nation, we must have truth in our reportage. Speaking truth to power takes courage, especially when it shines a light on what that power does in the dark.

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”

 

 

Bob WeirHow Do We Know What Truth Is?
By Bob Weir

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  1. You didn’t print my article countering the first reply. Everything I wrote was fact. If you want to bring people together you got to accept facts not just words that meet an agenda without facts. Again it’s all about the messenger and the people who are spreading the information. You either believe what you want to because it fits “your” agenda or use the brain God gave you to figure out the truth. We live in the greatest country in the world in which people of all race and color can prosper. We are not perfect but which country is. When you consistently use racism as an excuse you are exposing yourself as a racist. Its easy now a days to throw something out there without facts and blame society. We were built on sacrifice, accountability and respect. Today we are controlled by weasels, Whiners, hypocrites and liar’s.We allow people to make excuses and not hold them accountable for their actions. It’s very easy to insult the intelligence level of Americans today. We became a thin skinned society who can’t handle the truth. Overcoming adversity and looking in the mirror only strengthens you as a person and builds character. We were built on overcoming our issues and not blaming others. Today in America a majority of politicians “ love” people who cause a diversion and don’t take responsibility. These individuals are controllable. We became a Government not for the people anymore but who can control the people. This is what happens when the intelligence level of our society accepts excuses and failures not accountability. Michael Starro

  2. “a symbol of social compliance” hardly…a mask protects the wearer and those around him from the irresponsible folks like you who want to turn a medical issue into a political one. First time in American history that a public health issue has been turned inside out. We have a long history of requiring vaccinations for every single school kid in order to go to school….The science is clear. With the Delta variant being far more transmissible than the original alpha variant and with asymptomic people being able to transmit the virus even though they themselves are not sick, it is imperative that inside a building or in contact with a crowd of people like at a football game or at a concert wearing a mask is the best way to protect yourself and to protect those around you, for example like children under 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccine protection. Vaccines are nothing new . We have used them successfully to protect against polio small pox, measles mumps rubella and on and on…But yet people like you equate wearing a mask with taking your country back…back from whom? the blacks the browns ? the jews? are you a 3 per center, an oath taker or a member of some other white supremicist organization? or are you just so partisan, so Trumpian that facts allude you. Those opinion hosts on Fox whose mantra you carry are making millions of dollars misleading their listeners…Hannity Carlson Pirro Waters, Levin Ingraham..all the same..Ever wonder why a FOx news advertisement carves a divide between their real news side and the opinion side which dominates their primetime line up…And here is the difference between Trump and Biden…between facts and science and nonsense…Trump campaigned on getting us out of forever wars..He signed an agreement with the Taliban that released 5000 prisoners many of whom were violent terrorists..He pledged to get out of Afganistan by May 1st..But his agreement only strengthened the terrorist group..He invited them to Camp David legitimizing them on the world stage…Joe Biden got us out period….And in six months to a year when the virus is eradicated because Joe Biden chose to mandate vaccines when governors of red states and people that live there refused to get vaccinated because of the garbage they were fed on Fox and other right wing media outlets interested only in the number of people they can con and the money they make as a result, and after a couple of trillion are spent on our crumbling infrastructure…Biden will be a hero….Trump will be relegated to the junk heap of history…and his rabid white supremicist followers will be forced to go back under the rock from which they came .

    1. Wrong not “Social Compliance”, “Socialist Compliance” these lunatics are walking around with NOBODY nearby and even driving in cars ALONE wearing useless cloth masks that cause more harm than good as far as breathing back in germs and carbon dioxide. They are doing more harm than good for children and the China virus 🦠 which is virtually harmless to children and healthy adults is being used to stifle their social and scholastic development. The level of incompetence and corruption on the local, state and federal level with DeBlasio, Cuomo and Fauci in relation to the China 🇨🇳 virus is absolutely sickening. Demanding that children get vaccinated despite the fact we have no idea what the long term effects would be is nothing short of child abuse. I have maybe three decades left of life so I took a chance on the Trump Warp Speed vaccine. Everyone I know from my age up who have had the China 🇨🇳 virus are fine. It’s absolutely amazing how YOU bring race religion etc into this because that’s what you white liberals do. Remember just because you don’t hate Islamists it doesn’t mean that they don’t have you. I’ve never met a bizarre costumed “white supremacist” and I don’t know what an “oath taker “or a “3%er”is. I don’t watch the partisan lunatics on FOX MSNBC or CNN. I’m a registered Conservative party member and can’t stand to listen to ignorant uneducated neocons like Sean Hannity and his ilk. I was very, very close friends with liberal attorney journalist Richard Blassberg author of the “Jeanine Machine” and worked almost two decades pro Bono with very conservative cops and very liberal attorneys and journalists exposing the wrongful convictions of Jeanine Pirro because of what she did to my coworker below and others. I also worked very hard for incorruptible democrat Tony Castro in an attempt to oust Pirro and current corrupt NYS chief judge Janet DiFiore from the Westchester DA position where they sent and kept countless factually innocent wrongfully convicted people to and in prison. It’s amazing how you blame Trump for Biden’s obvious incompetence and or corruption in Afghanistan. These 7th century Islamist savages don’t fear Biden but they feared Trump and a Russian friend told me all they do on Russian TV is make fun of Biden but Trump is respected as opposed to the cognitively challenged Joe Biden and his morally/legally compromised son Hunter. Obama tried and failed to deal with infrastructure through taxes as Biden will as well because of the usual socialist government bureaucracy as opposed to private sector capitalism incentives. White liberals treat blacks like children needing their insightful intervention and are amused and dismayed at the same time by their cute religiosity. “White Supremacists” didn’t burn down every major city last summer and they aren’t responsible for the National crime wave or the black on black bloodbaths in cities like Chicago. I had high hopes for Obama even though I didn’t vote for him hoping he would bring us together and help his own in Chicago but instead he turned everyone against each other according to race class and gender just as Biden’s handlers are as is proscribed in the communist manifesto. Trump didn’t capitulate to the Shiite Iranians like Obama did or the Sunni Taliban like Biden is. Withdrawal of our troops out of Afghanistan before every American and American ally is out and leaving behind billions of dollars in weapons and infrastructure to be used against us so that the Chinese can take control of the opium and lithium/rare earth minerals is nothing short of treason. There are two types of people in the world, people who do things like me and people who talk about things like you. But fear not my friends still on the NYPD have assured me that they are doing the absolute bare minimum as they wait for retirement or transfer to another agency.

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    2. Your words are filled with anger and hatred. And, much like the article states, you’re distorting history in order to satisfy your hostility toward the country that feeds, clothes and houses your worthless butt! If you really believe that Biden is good for our nation, you’ve evidently been systematically brainwashed by the fake news media. That’s very sad because there may be no hope for you.

  3. I love the self righteous self loathing effeminate male and masculine female white liberals wandering around Manhattan with their ridiculous masks as a symbol of socialist compliance. You’re labeled a racist if you call a virus 🦠 from Wuhan China 🇨🇳 the Chinese Wuhan virus. We’re dealing with a woke neurotic group think that finds everything is “scary” except what they should actually find “scary” like their shocking ignorance that their bail reform would result in an unsustainable rise in violent crime. The botched Afghanistan surrender is even more bizarre and shameful as we negotiate with 7th century Islamist Savages for the release of American hostages on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the woke democrats are shocked that the Taliban doesn’t have women or ethnic minorities in their government. We’ve learned nothing since Jimmy Carter’s Iranian “intervention” and both political parties have been guilty of useless expensive and deadly Middle East interventions and show a complete lack of understanding of the history of Islam when we remove secular dictators in the region. Ten years ago on 770 or 970 am talk radio on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 some new age self help corporate guru “Amelia” decided to have a woman from the Council on American Islamic Relations “CAIR” on complaining about the mistreatment of Muslims. Problem being this talk radio buff is a retired NYPD detective with 3-2/2 decades of experience and two masters degrees understands the real history of Islam in relation to the two preceding Abrahamic monotheistic religions. This deteriorated into a shouting match between the three of us and the “CAIR” woman stormed out of the studio. Minutes later an Egyptian Coptic Christian called into Amelia and elaborated on how 7th century Islamist throw backs treat Christians in the Middle East. After that Saturday Amelia who had been a regular radio show host for several years was never heard from again. Heterosexual Judeo-Christian Americans it’s Time to grow a pair and fight back and take your country back.

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