Right-Wing Media are Destroying Our Country

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Submitted by zk on May 12, 2017 - 6:41am

For a long time I've been saying that the right-wing media is destroying our country. This is what I'm talking about:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/poli...

Republican voters, being human and therefore credulous and gullible, believe whatever they hear on Fox Propaganda (and Breitbart and the rest of the right-wing media). They support republicans and con man don no matter what they do, because Fox Propaganda tells them republicans and con man don are doing a great job no matter what they do.

As I've said before, I don't think right-wing voters are more credulous than left-wing voters or anybody else. The difference is that there is a massive industry dedicated to right-wing propaganda.

Sure, the left has some propaganda available. But there are big differences between what's available on the left and what's available on the right. Mainly Fox Propaganda, but there is a lot more. Fox Propaganda is propaganda masquerading as real, hard, actual news. And it's the go-to "news" outlet of tens of millions of Americans. The left has nothing like that. Many conservatives will tell you that all of the mainstream media is left-wing propaganda. This is because they believe whatever they hear on Fox Propaganda, which has been peddling that idea since the day they come on the air. And now, you have Breitbart and a thousand other "news" websites, all of which create an alternate universe where a right winger can find all the sources he needs to validate what he's hearing on Fox Propaganda. Many of them have moved past Fox Propaganda and now have Breitbart and similarly virulent right-wing propaganda sites as their go-to "news" outlet. They never want or see a need to read the New York Times or the Washington Post. Why would they read actual news when they have available to them thousands of places that make them feel great about themselves and their ideas? Somewhere where everyone agrees with them?

So now we have a president with fascist tendencies, and a congress afraid to stand up to him, because it will hurt them with their base, because their base loves con man don, and they can's see con man don for what he is because they're watching Fox Propaganda, which is telling them how great he's doing. He's in the process of eliminating governmental checks on his power. There's a good chance he'll succeed, because nobody wants to stand up to him, because that would be an unpopular move with republican voters, who think he's doing a great job because they watch Fox Propaganda.

What happens when you have a fascist president with greatly reduced checks on his power? Unfortunately, I think we're about to find out. And we have right-wing media to thank.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on December 30, 2018 - 11:36am.

Yes, I agree that it’s faster to read.
I used not to watch much video news..... but casting Youtube to TV has changed my media habits. You can have background stuff playing.

I like to watch Council on Foreign Relations debates and talks by authors so I don’t have to read their books. Yuval Harriri is awesome. Yanis Varoufarkis is a great economist and has caused me to rethink the Euro crisis. On-demand TV has opened up a whole new world.

Media choice is a great benefit and a curse at the same time. The populists can find stuff that validate their views.

But overall, open media is wonderful, especially for people in developing countries who heretofore had no access. Imagine the child of an illiterate peasant learning about capitalism and becoming rich. Or learning about the admission process to US universities.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on January 14, 2019 - 3:03pm.

zk wrote:

One reason I avoid video news, whether it's msnbc or fox or cnn or any television (or other video) news is that it's just buckets of emotion being thrown at you. And those emotions are there, usually, in an attempt to manipulate. I despise it.

Bernie Sanders has a good explanation as to why people are persuaded to vote against their interests. They play on emotions.
https://youtu.be/oFklf_5h2nY

There is a lot of talk about an overlap between Trump voters and Bernie voters. I don’t believe it. Only moron Bernie supporters would switch to Trump.

The Washington post has an article about a study on ‘traditional masculinity which the right wing media has attacked. “Traditional men” are people most susceptible to manipulation by right wing media.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle...
How ‘traditional masculinity’ hurts the men who believe in it most

Submitted by flu on January 14, 2019 - 3:40pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:

(Hmmm. It's been a few days since I tried to stir things up by starting a right versus left slapfest thread about Texas and failed miserably... Now that people probably forgot about that, let me reply to this thread twice to see if I can stir shit up here with another left versus right slapfest..... I really hope some people on the far right get angry about what I am about to post, because that's what I count on when I post here. I've become chemically addicted to piggington.com's political ranting.

I am not having that much luck pissing people off at breibart.com or foxnews.com, but at least I haven't been banned here...again....)

Submitted by FlyerInHi on January 14, 2019 - 4:47pm.

Unlike you, Flu, I don’t use fake quote. We know where fake news comes from, don’t we?

Submitted by FlyerInHi on February 14, 2019 - 3:31pm.

zk, Tom Nichols a conservative and a professor at US Naval College has a book The Death of Expertise.

He argues that the deplorables (my word not his) are not legitimately agrieved because what they are agrieved about isn’t true. Our media and the right wing media in particular make people believe false stuff.

Nichols put the responsibilities upon the individual deplorables themselves (again my choice of words) and not as much upon external factors. That’s because if you correct the deplorable with true information, they will tell you they will believe whatever they believe anyway because that’s an important way of how their manage their own lives.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on April 5, 2019 - 2:10pm.

For you zk an interesting article on the role of evangelicals. The churches and the right wing media together gave us Trump.

Why do white evangelicals still staunchly support Donald Trump?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2...

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