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If your news confuses you, change your news

This should be self evident. The purpose of news is to relay to the audience what is actually happening. If your news source confuses you on a routine basis it’s because it is relaying multiple versions of what is happening and it’s difficult to tell what the truth is. It turns out that we all must have the same general understanding of what the truth is in order to function as a nation.

Your news should make sense. It shouldn’t lead you through a maze or a complicated story. Truth is pretty straightforward even if there are different perspectives of the same thing. A consensus should form from diverse news sources. The information coming to you from Ukraine should match the information coming to you from the UN Security Council and should match subject matter experts and should match the news coming from Germany or Australia. Truthful news converges. Deceitful news confuses.

Deceitful news can make you not trust your lying eyes. It’s the patter of a carnival game. It’s a master of playwriting, moving its audience to euphoric highs or high agitation or bitterness or fury.

If that’s what your news is doing, then get better news. I just told you how.

Moving on…

DW News from Germany has an update on war crimes for English speakers. I watched the video from Ukraine that was played during the emergency UN Security Council meeting. It was as bad as anything you might see at an extermination camp. Bodies were lined up against a wall in a basement, cause of death, execution by gunshot to the head. One person was found stuffed into a well. Her death was merciful compared to the naked and burned bodies of young women lying on a pile of tires along the side of the road.

DW News shows the satellite images of Bucha from late February before the invasion and then one from March 9 well before Russian troops were forced out. These images show conclusively that the bodies were laying on the street for weeks before the Russians left. The images are consistent with first hand accounts from witnesses that their friends and family members were shot during the occupation and the bodies had to remain untouched anf unburied on the ground.

That reminds me of the play Antigone whose brothers were killed in war. Her uncle forbade her from burying them, which violated the sanctity of the body to the ancient Greeks. To not bury a body prevented the transmission of a soul to its final destination. So she secretly left the city one night to sprinkle earth on them and for that she was condemned to death.

All witnesses to atrocities must feel the same sense anguish to the affront to the dignity of humans gunned down and set alight who they can’t bury for fear for their own safety. But because the bodies were left on the street in mid March, we have definitive proof that they were there before the Ukrainian army recaptured the city.

That is how you unconfuse yourself. You immerse yourself in the news from all sources. Yes, it is exhausting. Yes, it takes time. But the truth will smack you in the face and clear up your confusion very quickly. When the stakes are this high, there is no excuse for lazy thinking and easy sound bites. If you go easy on Putin, you are going easy on a war criminal who knew full well the effect the images of bodies on the road would have on a war ravaged populace. Brace yourselves. The satellite images from Mariupol are going to be horrific beyond description.

Don’t side with the bad guys.

Here’s is the link from DW News. Pick it up at the 21:53 minute mark for the interview with Visual investigator Malachy Brown.

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I also listened to the Russian ambassador to the UN give a fabricated and fantastical account of how the bodies got there. Maybe he didn’t see the satellite images. Back home in Russia, the National news is whipping up fury against the Ukrainians. The analogous Fox News viewer really thinks that Ukraine is governed by Nazis and that nuking the country is too good for them.

They need to get a different news source.