Reality is not always what it seems

Dennis Warden

Americans are in love with reality TV shows. For the last two months Pilgrim Media Group has been filming a reality TV show in Belle and Owensville. 

In case you haven’t heard about it, this is a demolition derby contest between the Belle Boys and the Outsiders. The show, which will be titled “Heavy Hitters,” has held five of six demolition derby events with the last one scheduled for this Saturday at the Owensville fair grounds.

Now lets face it — a lot of what is seen on reality TV is choreographed. In essence is not totally real.

I’m not inferring that the winner, in this instance, was chosen in advance. But, I believe that much of the conflict and off site filming has been staged. This is done to make a better story and to keep the viewers coming back for each episode. 

This is all fine, when you know, if even in the back of your mind, that this is going on. Then we take it with a grain of salt knowing that what is presented as reality TV is not totally real. It is entertainment.

Last week Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were confronted in the halls of the senate by women protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

At least one of the two ladies is employed by the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy, a liberal organization. Records show the group has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros.

The one scene of the two women confronting Flake in an elevator received huge ratings on TV newscasts. It was reported as two sexual assault victims who happened upon the senator by accident. 

This was no accident. Most likely this was coordinated and choreographed.

Over the weekend on the Sunday TV news programs, Ana Maria Archila, who confronted Flake, denied that she was a paid protestor even though she is a co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy.

I’m sure, technically she was not on the clock. Then again I doubt she is ever off the clock. I would bet her’s is a salaried position.

This is not so much fake news as it is manufactured news. Manufactured and choreographed to change and mold public opinion. To change both your’s and my opinion.

Video of McConnell being confronted was posted on Twitter after being shot by Ady Barkan, a Center for Popular Democracy staffer.

This is all done with money. Millions of dollars have been spent by Soros alone to affect public opinion since Trump won the presidential election in 2016.

Soros can spend his money any way he wants. But this is a form of dark money in politics. Dark money refers to political spending meant to influence the decision of a voter, where the donor is not disclosed and the source of the money is unknown.

Senator Claire McCaskill said in a news release that she was voting against Kavanaugh’s nomination because of his record on dark money. I wonder if she will stand up and denounce paid protestors?

One TV commentator I heard over the weekend suggested that anyone protesting and confronting our representatives simply display a name tag saying who they represented.

This is the same thing that’s done with political advertising. At the end we are told who paid for it. In the same way, if a protestor is employed by a political organization trying to influence government then I think we have the right to know who is paying them.

This is especially true inside government buildings. Otherwise, how are we to believe that what we are witnessing on the news is real and not manufactured?

In the spring of 2016 I traveled to Washington,  D.C., with the Press Association to lobby Missouri’s representatives and senators. There was no doubt who we were, we wore name tags identifying us and what organization we represented.

Until you see name badges on protestors remember, what you are witnessing may be staged and choreographed to influence your opinion.