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Is Mass Media All Lies?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 0 Replies

Mat Tafibbi makes the point that US mass media has lost so much credibility that no one believes even the most horrendous political revelations. Extreme polarization as either bash Trump or bash…Continue

Tags: media distrust, impotence of polarized mainstream media

YouTube fosters Atheist trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 2 Replies

Different media foster or impair our capacity for reason, Marshall McLuhan said. It's plausible with regards to YouTube's effects on Atheism. Do you agree with Steve Shives who says,The most visible…Continue

Tags: bigotry, trolls, YouTube media effects

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 8, 2016 at 2:23pm

March 18th "The Brainwashing of my Dad" will be in select theaters. I hope it's available near me.

As filmmaker Jen Senko tried to understand the transformation of her father from a non-political, life-long Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic, she uncovered the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP; the Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 9, 2016 at 1:00pm

The media should be hounding climate denier politicians, the way they hounded Clinton about Monic Lewinsky.

... Republican denials of global warming don't put the issue in dispute any more than their refusal to accept arithmetic would make addition a debatable topic. A responsible press would treat these denials as the scandal they are.

Most people don't spend their days enmeshed in policy issues; they have jobs and lives. They rely on the media to let them know what is important.

The media have largely treated global warming as sort of a sidebar of interest to a narrow clientele, kind of like sailboat races.

How about a headline, ... "Speaker Ryan refuses to talk to scientists about crisis facing planet." [first paragraph out of order]

Treating Global Warming Denialism as a Scandal

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 3, 2016 at 10:15am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 30, 2015 at 1:32pm

I didn't know that Roger Ailes was the GOP propagandist before taking over as head of FOX news, but that explains why FOX performs as a right-wing extremist propaganda machine.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 30, 2015 at 11:49am

Click to enlarge:

FACT: The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is falling. FOX [Roger Ailes wearing FOX logo]: 'Illegals are overrunning America!!!' / FACT: Federal taxes are lower than they've been in 60 years. FOX: 'Obama is taxing us to death!' / FACT: America has never been richer. FOX: 'America is broke!' / FACT: The U.S. spends twice as much on health care but gets worse results than other developed nations. FOX: 'We have the best health care in the world!' / FACT: Wall Street crashed the economy in 2008. FOX: 'Shiftless lazy poor people did it!' / FACT: Roger Ailes [with arrow] was the GOP's top media strategist (i.e. party propagandist) before becoming head of Fox News. FOX: 'Bagley [cartoonist's signature] is a socialist!'

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