LC’s Commentary

Listen To The Voice of Reason

Try thinking for yourself for a change

Thomas Cooper: 1759-1839 American educator, scientist, and political economist penned the following: A strong suspicion prevails that the human intellect has been kept in fetters by men who have boldly assumed superior wisdom, that their dictates might pass without inquiry-men who professedly deal in concealment, darkness, mystery and who fatten on human ignorance.  What he said resonates loudly today.  Listen to the chatter emanating out of Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) and Fox News Network (FNN). Thomas Cooper made this observation long ago. I wonder how he would word it today, if exposed to the propagandized rhetoric flowing out of above-mentioned media outlets. Are Limbaugh, Boortz, Hannity, Beck, Savage, Levin, Cunningham, Ingram and other unnamed blowhards, the kind of people of who he speaks? Would he say without any hesitation” These folks feed, and get rich by taking advantage of human ignorance. “  People often call CTR program and give the commentators all kind of lavish praises.  They express their gratitude for the knowledge gleaned from Talk Radio and Fox News Channel.

Henry Ward Beecher, American Clergy-writer coined the following: whatever is almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.  He also said: precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.

CTR and FNN strive on half and almost truths. Their rhetoric has the same characteristic as Non-alcoholic beer. Non-alcoholic beer smells like regular beer, looks like real beer and cost about the same. However, it is in reality, a weaken version of real beer. Its alcoholic content is minimal. Listen closely to CTR and FNN content. There is something missing in most of their programming-namely, the whole truth-Truth this nation and the world needs badly. Slanted truth and outright misinformation are the last things we need-especially when this nation tries to solve so many monumental problems. 

We are fighting two wars, providing military protection for untold nations, dealing with the oil well problem, trying to solve the Mexican Border/illegal immigrant problem, Recession problem, national debt problem, social security and Medicare problem, unemployment problem and a whole host of lesser problems. It is time these outlets (CTR &FNN) make some genuine effort to help solve problems and not doing everything in their power to overtly and covertly exacerbate problems.  James Fenimore Cooper: 1789-1851 American Novelist penned the following: the press is equally capable of being made the instrument of elevating man to the highest point of which his faculties admit, or of depressing him to the lowest.

It is all about ratings, listenership and income for CTR &FNN. Take a moment and look at the readership of the Voelkisher Beobachter Newspaper when the Third Reich controlled Germany. It eventually had a large following, as does CTR & FNN. Question remains-does a large following indicate quality of product?  The Voelkisher Beobachter Newspaper was a tremendous success as is CTR & FNN. Saddam Hussein had a huge following. Simply put, just because many people are listening and adhering to the philosophy expressed on these outlets does not mean what they purvey is sound and good for this nation.

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July 9, 2010 - Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Respecting learning Institutions

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