Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Bad news: Increasingly, news outlets pen headlines and content to anger readers

Fallen on tough economic times, morals easily take a backseat


Different from (and besides) spreading lies, more and more news seems written to anger and sadden readers. Drama sells, also when baseless. This way, the media play a prime role in raising aggression, erasing tolerance, dividing the population, and destroying unity. Anti-democrats just need to proclaim something outrageous, and reporters are already all over them.

The print media follow their US-inspired audio and video colleagues using their own distortion and manipulation tricks for decades already. They do not anger as much, but they scare their listeners and viewers by speaking as if struck by terror, trying to make us worried, frantic, and fixated. E. g. scares that are over already, but still republished as if ongoing. Or, when there is alarming and reassuring news, only to publish the former.

Another vile side effect of stoking fears is that many, overwhelmed, bury their heads in the sand and likely risks (climate change) get drowned out.


It’s always hard to distill facts and truth from the news, subtract the bias, manipulation, and lies, and neutralize toxic emotions like nationalism and competition. Now, we also must filter out false, negative emotions.

This is on top of the inability of most media to systematically, successfully deal with liars and con artists trying to make the news. And then we have media bosses distorting and twisting honest reports into fabricated ‘news.’

Scientists and entrepreneurs looking for cash and honor are presented by journalists without background knowledge asking no critical questions.

Especially distrust any news outlet boasting to tell you the truth.

One of the worst distortions may be by omission. Truth can become lies when historical background and overriding principles are missing, like who are the powerless, and who are the spoiled grouching about discomfort? Any report that reaffirms prejudices is toxic and could do better.


Today, honest consumers of the news and activists in urgent need of the facts spend so much more time and brain power to decipher what the real news is and watch out for so many more pitfalls in the media landscape.

If you’re generous, you could say news outlets try offering entertainment describing a range of scenarios that may happen the next day—texts that tomorrow will be obsolete. Read the news a day late, and you save time.

But it becomes unequivocally stealing our time when they clickbait us, or purposely ‘refresh’ pages and keep us waiting to fictively ‘raise’ visitors’ numbers and reading time and so, the amounts they charge advertisers.

Violent crime is milked ad nauseum. First, ‘Breaking!’ ‘A developing story.’ Then the police, bystanders, family, human rights organizations. Then the court case, plea, trial, conviction, penalty, analysis, and commemoration.

Special shame on outlets that omit the sources they steal news from.

We lose when we unthinkingly and always use just one news source and are naive. Liars are everywhere, and we have gotten brains for a reason.

To defund bad news, just enough people must refuse to follow it.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. 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He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. 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