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The Lost Headline — Opinion

A fair and free press is a two-way street.

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Traditionally it would appear that the media would chase down controversy and conflict to attract readership, viewership and listenership. However, in this current cultural environment, the media’s reward must be something other than free enterprise, subscribers, and earned revenue.

It causes one to wonder, why? What paradigm shift has taken place that has diverted the media’s natural instincts and interest to investigate the biggest controversy in our nation’s history. It’s counter intuitive and counter anything empirically historical. Has there been a sell-out by our media that has blinded them to their purpose and reason to exist Raison d’être?

That reason has been institutionalized by our constitution and first amendment right which isn’t just for the media or publication, but is also for the people, the consumers of said media and publication. It is the media’s duty and obligation to serve the people to this purposeful end.

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So meanwhile, the media finds themselves ignoring a most powerful and compelling headline that would earn more money, more readership, attention, subscribers and dare I say more credibility and trust.

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The headline, “What If America Just Experienced The Largest Voter Fraud In Its History?” Would the investigation possibly go a long way in uniting our country? Would it begin to possibly heal some of our most critical institutions? Would the media begin to matter again? Not to mention all the other mutual benefits I pointed out previously.

But we’ll never know, if the media continues to ignore the biggest Headline ever. Headlines like this reinforce the importance of a free and fair press. It helps frame the historical significance of a moment or moments like World Wars, Vietnam, a Presidential assassination, cultural contributions, entertainment, lives of significance, etc. Moments that cause us to celebrate or to pause and consider its importance and needed course corrections in the lives of our citizens, our country and the world.

I am frankly dumfounded at the media’s purposeful MIA response to this critical time in the lives of the people and the life of our country. There was a time when our media was hungry for controversy like this. It was in their DNA to sniff this out and report on it.

Have they gotten so fat and happy and prejudiced to be blinded to the obvious? Like Americans who just want a job and be productive, I believe there are many media professionals biting at the bit to get back to work and do right for themselves reporting on the things that really matter. Those things that transcend politics and personal prejudices. This is truly the space regardless of color, creed, political or religious beliefs where we can all grow and be better for it.

A fair and free press is a two-way street that is symbiotic by design and necessity for the good of all concerned. Let’s see if there’s any media left who will pick up on the greatest Headline in our history?

Bill Martinez is a former Marine, major market broadcaster, an award-winning marketing and broadcast journalist and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Bill Martinez Live. Find out more at billmartinezlive.com

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Hunter Biden’s Art Dealer Had Grand Chinese Ambitions in 2015

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has been heavily criticized in recent weeks, as he begins to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of art to anonymous buyers around the world. As one can imagine, the idea that such vast amounts of money are pouring into the First Family without any transparency has led to concerns about foreign interests gaining a foothold in the White House via untraceable transactions. New reporting regarding Hunter Biden’s art dealer is now exacerbating those worries. The art dealer representing the president’s son has longstanding ties to China and said in 2015 that he wanted to be the art world’s “lead guy in China.” Georges Berges, who is representing Hunter Biden as he ventures into the art world, has talked about his business dealings in China in the past, but his reported ties could pose an ethics issue as he sells Biden’s art to anonymous buyers. Here is where it gets wild: Berges said in a 2015 interview with Resident that he wanted to be the art world’s leader in China. “My plan is to be the lead guy in China; the lead collector and art dealer discovering and nurturing talent from that region,” Berges said. “I plan to find and discover and bring to the rest of the world those I consider China’s next generation of modern artists.” He also said that that he believes “China’s economy is transforming the global economy and everything is changing because of a rising China,” and that he was fascinated by “cultural impact” China is “having on the world.” “Cultural power is real power. That is the reason America continues to be the capital of the world, because of its influence on culture for generations and on an unrivaled global level,” Berges also said. “And I…

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US Pop Star Offers to Pay Fines For Olympic Team Protesting Skimpy Outfits

The IOC wants the women to remain scantily clad, and this is undoubtedly on account of their incessant greed.

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The Olympics may have built themselves as some sort of prestigious and untouchable global event in years past, but the last few decades have revealed just what a shady cash-grab the games have become. It all began in the 90’s when the financially-struggling Winter Olympics added snowboarding to the games, in a move that was blatantly meant to generate ad revenue from the emerging sport and its fans.  In this quest to cash in, the International Olympic Committee refused to allow any actual snowboarding organizations participate in the operations, which drove several of the world’s best to boycott.  This, in turn, completely ruined the concept that the gold medalists were truly the best in the world, and exposed the IOC as nothing more than a marketing firm. Now, in 2021, a number of female athletes are complaining that they are being forced to wear skimpier clothes than their male counterparts, (often in the same discipline), to which the IOC responded with a “be quiet and play” sort of attitude. Again, the skimpier outfits equate to more ratings, so Olympic organizers are refusing to make accommodations. This has led US pop star Pink to step up.  US pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team, after they wore shorts like their male counterparts instead of bikini bottoms. The team was fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships last week. “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their uniform,” tweeted the singer on Sunday. “Good on ya, ladies,” she added. “I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.” In doing so, the Olympics will get their coveted cash and these female athletes will be able to perform…

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