LC’s Commentary

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The sky is falling

Are Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Network forms of mass communication? What best describes these communication outlets? The Commission on Freedom of the Press made the following observation. These instruments (press, radio and other means of mass communication) can spread lies faster and farther than our forefathers dreamed when they enshrined the freedom of the press in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Much of the accountability envisioned by those who amended the Constitution to allow Freedom of the Press had to too much faith in the goodness of those responsible for mass communication. They felt they would always be accountable to the public by meeting its communication needs. The never envisioned communication outlets becoming big business beholding to big business and owned by big businessmen. They never envisioned communication outlets acquiescing to special interest groups. Twenty four hour programming laced with outlandish propaganda never crossed their minds. Let us agree that Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Network are communication outlets and cut from the same mold, and their programming reflects the same thinking. Keep this in mind as you read what thinkers of old had to say about the press and mass communication.

Maxim Gorky Russian novelist, playwright (1868-1936). It is no exaggeration to say that the press in Europe and America busies itself assiduously and almost exclusively with the task of lowering the culture of its readers, a level already sufficiently low. Is he talking about Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) and Fox News Network (FNN)?

William Godwin English Novelist Philosopher (1756-1836). When truth stands in the mind unaccompanied by the evidence it depends, it cannot be properly be said to be apprehended at all.

Nelson Antrim Crawford. American Writer, editor, Author (1888) made the following observation; closely related to ignorance and inertia, but even more powerful in its influence against complete and impartial truth-telling by newspaper is fear. Fear is a characteristic not simply of newspapers; it is a characteristic of the American people.  It is not a physical fear; Americans have shown courage and endurance times without numbers. It is rather an intellectual and spiritual fear, based on nothing tangible, on nothing that affords a reasonable basis for fear. It takes most conspicuously the form of fear of and deference to the herd, the whole body of people within the nation.

Are these folks talking about Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) and Fox News Network (FNN)? There are certainly newspapers and other communication outlets that fit of what they speak. However, CTR and FNN stand far above the rest. Those who tune into these outlets are constantly fed a barrage of garbage designed to instill fear in them. Using fear as a tool, they helped the Bush Administration convince listeners that Saddam Hussein, President of the nation of Iraq had a stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction. They also convince listeners that these weapons were a threat to the United States. Hannity, Boortz, Beck, Cunningham, Levin and a whole host of other Conservative blowhards frequently spoke of mushroom clouds-a reminder of the clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The mere mention of mushroom clouds caused immeasurable fear in the minds of many people-especially those exposed to daily doses of Conservative fear-mongering.  Those of us old enough to remember the get under the desk drill we went through during the fifties as we prepared for a Russian nuclear attack.

CTR and FNN constantly talk about taking from the rich and giving to the poor. They call it wealth distribution. Never mind that statistics appears to show that wealth is flowing upwards and not downward, they have convinced their listeners/believers that wealth  is flowing out of the coffers of the rich and into the coffers of the poor. Only through fear have they managed to convince their audience that the wealthiest among us are losing ground and the poor are gaining ground.

CTR and FNN used the same tactic in an effort to convince their audience that the stock market was the place to invest social security money. Using fear tactics suggesting that social security was virtually broke and the stock market would better serve future social security recipients. They caused panic in the minds of many of their listeners. When the stock market took a dive, not one CTR or FNN loudmouth said one word about what would have happened to social security dollars had they been in the market.

Will someone please tell Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Network loyal listeners and believers that the sky is not falling.

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November 16, 2010 - Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Economic Empowerment, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Trickle up economics, wealth redistribution

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