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    The topic of media influence on our society has been mentioned by some in this website.  Chipper attributes much our ignorance to getting information from the main stream TV stations rather than intellectual internet sites.  I agree with him, and thought I would start a new thread on this topic.

    There are of course more than one source of right wing propaganda.  Fox News might claim the prize for viewership in the cable news market, but on the radio waves, the right wing, Clear Channel rules with over 1,000 stations providing a platform for right wing hate mongers like Rush Limbaugh to spew their lies and distortions across America.  Bill Mann wrote about it in Huffington Post last year: Here's Why the Right Wing Dominates Talk Radio Today.

    "Clear Channel, thanks to FCC deregulation, was allowed to gobble up over 1000 radio stations -- including 16 of the most powerful, (lower-case) clear-channel AM stations in major markets. Today, Clear Channel either owns or programs most of the nation's 58 strongest, 50,000-watt AM radio stations, liberally stocking them with right-wing talk shows."

    "Wherever Clear Channel owns a big AM radio station and other smaller ones, it always puts Premiere's Hannity, Rush, et al on its biggest signal. This puts liberal stations at a big disadvantage in virtually all large markets -- where the real radio money is."

    Mann wrote his article a year ago in May and at that time he noted that Clear Channel also owns the left wing talk, Radio Air America, but chose to put it on it's weaker signals. Well you won't find Radio Air America anywhere today.  It went out of business. I wonder how much Clear Channel had to do with that.

    Even so, one wonders why people like Rush Limbaugh can command such a wide listening audience, not only across America but also to our armed forces in military bases across the world.  Mann also hit on that topic in another article. Rush's audience is expanded because for many rural stations his programming is given away free or for next to nothing. That right...hate talk for free.

    As one who has traveled by car across America, I can attest to the fact that you cannot be out of range anywhere in America without having access to right wing radio talk.  And Rush Limbaugh is always available on a signal if you just turn the dial and listen. With that kind of coverage across rural America it is no wonder that on election day, the voting maps show pockets of blue around the big cities surrounded by seas of red depicting rural America.

    Of course it is not only right talk radio that contributes to this right leaning trend of rural America.  It is also Christian talk radio.  Sometimes I cannot distinguish between the two. This is what defines rural American today...a part of the populace that does not have the option of high speed broadband and relies on their only media sources available...Rush Limbaugh talk radio and the like.
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    You have described the situation in rural California. Total immersion in right wing propaganda with no alternative messages.

    This is a subject that greatly interests me. Unfortunately I'll be off line for a week or so.
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    Along this media theme is an article by Robert Parry in today's AlterNet, This Country Just Can't Deal with Reality Anymore.  Parry focuses on the antics of Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan among others. Some extracts:

    In the years that have followed – especially with the emergence of Fox News in the mid-to-late 1990s – the dominance of right-wing propaganda over non-ideological reality moved to the center of the American political process.

    As in the 1980s, much of the blame should fall on the mainstream news media. Rather than push for difficult truths, many journalists in the corporate media protected their careers by going with the flow or turned their attention to trivial and tabloid stories.

    After President Obama’s election in 2008, the Right again demonstrated its mastery of the disinformation techniques. Unlike the Left, the Right could roll out the heavy artillery of a multi-layered media apparatus that pounded the public with barrage after barrage of conspiracy theories.

    Falsehoods took on the color of truth simply by their endless retelling. For instance, the canard that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as his birth certificate shows, has gained credibility with large numbers of Americans including about half of Republicans, some polls show. Similarly, the Right has convinced tens of millions that Obama is a Muslim, though he is Christian.

    The Right’s media power has enabled the Republicans to portray Obama as some un-American “other,” while the GOP has little fear that its spreading of racist-tinged conspiracy theories will hurt the party’s election chances.

    It would seem that right wing media outlets have learned how to use the First Amendment to spread countless lies and disinformation about liberals and especially Obama with absolutely no accountability or sense of ethics for their actions.  I for one believe Fox News, Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and that whole crowd are un-American.  They will seek to destroy a country to get their politicians back in office. It's all about power and manipulation of the masses. It is fascism.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCIvJ3YT9xU
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    When does political news become "propaganda"?  When it doesn't agree with your political philosophy?  I would have to say that all political news is propaganda of some sort.  MSNBC and CNN are slanted to the left and Fox is obvioiusly slanted to the right.  I don't see that as a bad thing.  I like to listen to both sides.  God bless America and free speech.

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    Here is some right wing propaganda.  


    By on 9.24.10 @ 6:08AM

    Isaac Hayes wasn't always happy to share the same name as a singer famed for "Shaft" and other 1970s soul classics.

    "All of my life, I've had to deal with that," say Hayes. "I didn't appreciate it as a kid, but now, I think my Mom and Dad were geniuses.… It helps break the ice."

    Breaking the ice is important for Hayes in his campaign in the 2nd District of Illinois, where he is perhaps the GOP's longest of long-shot candidates for Congress this year. Encompassing the southside suburbs of Chicago near the border with Indiana, the district's electorate is so heavily Democratic that two years ago, 90 percent voted for President Obama. The 2nd District hasn't elected a Republican to Congress in 60 years.

    Why, then, did the Republican challenger find himself with a crowded schedule of media interviews this week? The explanation involves the incumbent Democrat, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Son of the famed civil-rights activist, Jackson Jr. was among numerous Illinois Democrats who coveted the Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected to the White House. According to testimony at the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, at a meeting in October 2008, businessman Raghuveer Nayak offered Blagojevich $6 million to appoint Jackson to the Senate. The appointment eventually went to former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris, and the scandal over the "auction" of Obama's seat was enough to get Blagojevich impeached by the state legislature and indicted on federal corruption charges. ("Blago" was convicted on one minor count last month, although the jury deadlocked on most of the charges and the prosecutor is now seeking a retrial.)

    Of course, even the most flagrant corruption could not usually be expected to hinder a Democrat's re-election in Chicago, and even the shadow of a continuing federal investigation did nothing to damage Jackson's prospects for an easy return to Congress. And then came the bombshell -- a blonde bombshell.

    Giovana Huidobro is a hostess at Ozio, a trendy D.C. cocktail bar where Jackson sometimes held fund-raising events. A former bikini model, Huidobro was also evidently the mistress of the married congressman. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday that Jackson's patron Nayak paid for Huidobro to make at least two trips to Chicago at Jackson's request. Jackson has not denied the affair, reportedly describing Huidobro as a "social acquaintance."

    A little bribery and a little adultery might be par for the course among Democrats in notoriously corrupt Chicago, but the blondeness of Jackson's mistress struck some of his former admirers as a betrayal of the congressman's identity-politics bargain with the city's black community.

    "Once again, a high-profile, married black professional has been caught dallying with a white woman he plucked from the ranks of restaurant hostesses," Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell wrote, comparing Jackson to Tiger Woods and calling the revelation "the kind of thing that gives a black woman a migraine." Jackson "has campaigned as a pro-black politician," Mitchell wrote, and should know "the self-esteem issues that black women have had to deal with when it comes to black men dating white women."

    In the 2nd District, where more than 60 percent of residents are black, could the kind of resentments expressed by Mitchell be enough to cause some previously loyal Democrats to consider voting Republican? As Mitchell wrote in her Thursday column, Hayes "until now…might as well have been a ghost candidate," but the disclosure of Jackson's extramarital dalliance has made the prospect of a GOP upset slightly less supernatural.

    A member of the ministry team at the 20,000-member Apostolic Church of God in the southside Woodlawn community where he grew up, Hayes has campaigned vigorously since declaring his candidacy in August 2009. The Blagojevich trial showed that Jackson "directly in the midst of the conspiracy," Hayes says. "I felt we needed somebody who would bring back ethics and integrity to Congress."

    He cites the failing schools and economic woes of the 2nd District -- where many neighborhoods don't have gas stations or grocery stores -- as demonstrating the need for new policies. And Hayes, whose website address is Isaac4Honesty.com, says voters are "fed up" with corruption in both parties.

    "People are ready for change," he says, noting the election of Republican Rep. Joseph Cao to replace corrupt Democrat William Jefferson in New Orleans, as well as Sen. Scott Brown's January victory in Massachusetts. "It's possible in this climate."

    That belief that anything is possible for GOP candidates this year may explain why Hayes will be appearing with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at an Oct. 15 "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour" rally in the 2nd District. Hayes declined to comment on Jackson's adultery, but admitted that the people he's talked to in the community "are certainly interested" in the latest scandal. "Many people are very disappointed," Hayes said.

    The blonde bombshell scandal that hit Jackson this week was one of those unanticipated events that have made 2010 such an unpredictable year in politics. No one would dare predict a Republican victory in the 2nd District, but some are certainly praying for it and, as a Pentecostal minister, Hayes believes in the power of prayer.

    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/09/24/winds-of-change-in-the-windy-c

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    Well...alias...we might disagree on a few things, judging by the nature of your involvement here...but we can get to that later,
    ...I say good riddance to JJ, Jr.  and it would probably be a good idea if his dad, just stuck to foreign policy, you know...getting hostages released and such, which he is good at, instead of speaking out on domestic issues.

    One of my proudest days as a supporter of Barack Obama,  was when the Jackson, Sr. , over a live mike on Fox News,  threatened to "cut (Obama's) nuts off"...for "talking down to black people" and later used the n-word in that same taped discussion.    

    The fact that the old racial politicians of the past were not thrilled by Obama's call to personal responsibility, that they were jealous of his ascension, that his words condemning black fathers, stirred so many of them to question his  blackness.....all this demonstrated, quite clearly, that Obama was a break from all the obnoxious mouthpeices of discontent that seem to personify the nature in which White Americans percieve black activisim.  

    But the Jeremy Wright controversy undermined Obama's Only-Nixon-could-go-to-China-speech, in regards to black fathers...
    Now....whatever you might think about Obama for his association with Wright, he is the only black leader to have spoken out, so prominently, with such a broad critique of the black community.  
    So, I feel a lot of the negative vibrations of him being a "black politician"- in the spirit of Jesse Jackson and his mooky son, or Al Sharpton, and his bombastic, Don King-like linguistic foils....are totally misplaced.
    During the campaign, the president said things that white people have wanted to say for years...he demonstrated profound understanding of our great divide....and did so without any falsely placed anger or lofty b.s.  His message to black men was clear: stop running out on your kids!
    (Obama's Father's Day Speech, 2008) 
    "Change comes from you!"- Obama
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    Carlitos Wrote: Well...alias...we might disagree on a few things, judging by the nature of your involvement here...but we can get to that later,
    ...I say good riddance to JJ, Jr.  and it would probably be a good idea if his dad, just stuck to foreign policy, you know...getting hostages released and such, which he is good at, instead of speaking out on domestic issues.

    One of my proudest days as a supporter of Barack Obama,  was when the Jackson, Sr. , over a live mike on Fox News,  threatened to "cut (Obama's) nuts off"...for "talking down to black people" and later used the n-word in that same taped discussion.    

    The fact that the old racial politicians of the past were not thrilled by Obama's call to personal responsibility, that they were jealous of his ascension, that his words condemning black fathers, stirred so many of them to question his  blackness.....all this demonstrated, quite clearly, that Obama was a break from all the obnoxious mouthpeices of discontent that seem to personify the nature in which White Americans percieve black activisim.  

    But the Jeremy Wright controversy undermined Obama's Only-Nixon-could-go-to-China-speech, in regards to black fathers...
    Now....whatever you might think about Obama for his association with Wright, he is the only black leader to have spoken out, so prominently, with such a broad critique of the black community.  
    So, I feel a lot of the negative vibrations of him being a "black politician"- in the spirit of Jesse Jackson and his mooky son, or Al Sharpton, and his bombastic, Don King-like linguistic foils....are totally misplaced.
    During the campaign, the president said things that white people have wanted to say for years...he demonstrated profound understanding of our great divide....and did so without any falsely placed anger or lofty b.s.  His message to black men was clear: stop running out on your kids!
    (Obama's Father's Day Speech, 2008) 
    "Change comes from you!"- Obama


    Why do so many democrats call others "racist" and "haters" and "Islamophobes" for simply disagreeing with your President?
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    Look, some of the people who disagree with the president...LIKE RUSH LIMBAUGH... are racist, hateful, meanspirited bigots. period.  But I know  all the good things that 'real' conservatives still are......and I personally do not think that everyone who disagrees with the president is a racist.  As you may know...from time to time....LIBERALS DISAGREE W/ THE PRESIDENT...and let me let you in on a little secret... a lot of LIBERALS can be meanspiritied, hateful, and bigoted, too- see the Jesse Jackson, Sr. video.

    I had customers...conservative Republicans..who came up to me after the election, knowing that I supported Obama...as the rules between politics, alcohol, and conservation are often broken at work, and across the worker-customer line...and they told me, that Obama was their President, their Commander-in-Chief, and they were ready to punch anyone in the face who says differently.  That's American, and I will always remember that.
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    Rush Limbaugh is a private citizen.  He can say whatever he wants.  Now back to my question.......Is this racist?

    http://www.examiner.com/immigration-reform-in-national/listen-to-open-borders-congresswoman-spew-racist-remarks-about-republican-opponent

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    Of course, that broad is nuts.....
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    That is a classic example of media bias.  If that would have been a conservative it would be all over CNN and MSNBC.  The Democratic party and the mainstream media are corrupt.  The democrats are silent on their health care in their campaigns.  You would think that such a big success like national health care would be the main topic during this campaign season with Democrats bragging continually, yet, what we see are personal attacks like those on Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, etc.  Why aren't any Democrats speaking on the issues and bragging about their vote for national health care?  Any thoughts?

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    I read about the Sanchez thing on the Huffington Post a while ago.  I'm sorry it wasn't picked up for the 5' oclock lamestream news, as a major event for the entire country to hear about.  The Left Wing Media conspiracy died when the NYT and the Washington Post both ran with what George Bush and others were saying about Iraq's WMD as gospel, helping to deliver Democratic support for the Iraq War. 


    Now...as far as healthcare is concerned....
    Obama and his administration are still constantly talking about healthcare reform.   A few Blue Dogs are running to the right on Obamacare, but the mood of the country is install and improve, not repeal and replace.  There is no real mandate.  There will be a tax incentive for getting insurance on state exchanges, where insurance companies will bid down for your dollar, and they will be held to account for the real harm to liberty caused by their previously unregulated business practices.  It's a free market solution coming to you in 2014, unless your state opts out and develops it's own plan, consistent with federal law in regards to pre-existing conditions and other consumer rights reforms.
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    Then why don't they campaign on that?  They're silent.  I live in Washington state and Patty Murray hasn't said a word about it.  Why would they pass something that is so inefficient?  Obama lied to us.  He told us we could keep our own doctor.  Lie.  He said insurance rates would not go up.  Lie.  He said the deficit would be reduced by this legislation.  Lie.  Your president is a liar and he is corrupt and incompetent.

    Oh, by the way.  Here are what democrats said about WMDs even before the invasion of Iraq.

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
    --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
    --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
    --Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
    --Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
    Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
    -- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
    -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
    -- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    "There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
    Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
    -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

    "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them."
    -- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

    "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
    -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
    -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
    -- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

    "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
    -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

    "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
    -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

    "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
    -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

    "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do"
    -- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

    "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
    -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
    -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

    "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."
    -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
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    So what does that mean?  Does it mean that those Demos were repeating doctored intelligence cooked by the Bush administration?
    Does it mean that presidential candidates know that the typical American voter is swayed by emotional appeals and not logic and facts?
    That the way to steer votes is to frighten the easily cowed public?

    Or does it mean that too many politicians go along so they won't be labled America Haters by the non-thinking right?

    All of us who protested the wars in the streets of our cities knew this was BS. I'm sure all those you mentioned knew it too. I guess they went along with the war line so the campaign contributions would keep rolling in.

    I hate it when Bill Clinton is quoted as if he was typical of the Democratic party. Even though he had a D after his name, when you look at his accomplishments he was the best Republican president since Ike.

    What did Obama lie about? Who says you can't keep your own doctor? I can keep mine. Nor are my insurance rates going up.