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Taking advantage of the vulnerable

Take a few minutes and think about why (CTR) Conservative Talk Radio and (FNN) Fox news Network works. It shouldn’t take very long to figure it out.  I must confess-I spent countless hours trying to figure out why both outlets are so successful. Eventually, a light went off in my head.  I had been looking for answers in the wrong places. Just think for a moment-if you listen to CTR or view FNN for any length of time you will eventually arrive at the same conclusion I did. Talking heads on CTR and FNN figured out a long time ago that they did not have to be very smart to appeal to a large segment of those of the conservative persuasion.. They just had to be or appear to be a little better informed than most of their listeners. It reminds me of an adage we had in Alaska. It is said that if you and your friend, while hiking, encounter a bear, how fast should you run to save your life? Answer-just fast enough to outrun the other person.  This is exactly what takes place with CTR and FNN. The talking heads know they do not have to be very intelligent, just a few notches of supposedly intellect above their listeners, especially the loyal ones. Both outlets know that the majority of their listeners believe almost everything they hear on either outlet. Armed with the fact that most of their faithful followers do not bother to do any research to validate what they hear on either outlet, talking heads feel free to take liberties with this thing called truth.   Notice how all of them seem to have ready answers to extremely complicated questions?

Right Wing Talk Radio and Fox News Network talking heads realized a long time ago that there was a segment of society waiting to be fed misinformation, and garbage. Both outlets continue to be astounded at the number of people so easily led down the wrong path. They never in their wildest dreams imagined that there were so many suckers in the US. Someone said “There is one born every day.” Listening to CTR and FNN has convinced me that more than one is born every day.  It is said that you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. I think there are exceptions when it comes to CTR and FNN listeners. There are people listening today, who have been listening since CTR and FNN inceptions-listening and believing the same garbage for many years.  Some, indeed most of these folk have never taken the time to really examine and dissect the constant barrage of misinformation, lies and propaganda spewed out on CTR and FNN.

It would be heartless not to have some empathy and perhaps a little pity for people whose lives and livelihoods had been ruined by CTR and FNN propaganda.  It would be very easy for those of us who are routinely referred to as Liberals and socialists on CTR and FNN to rejoice when we see those of the Conservative persuasion lamenting about losing their jobs, homes and way of life. These same folks applauded when CTR and FNN jocks explained to them how US workers benefited when American companies moved their operations overseas.  They applauded when CTR and FNN jocks talked about the merits of allowing cheap labor to infiltrate the US labor market. Most to these folks felt their jobs were immune to takeover by foreign workers. Guess what? They were wrong and are now paying the cost. Despite mountains of information and data casting doubt and pointing out false assumptions in much of CTR and FNN logic, their loyal listeners continued to be guided-indeed make decisions based on what they were fed and continue to be fed on CTR and FNN. It is a pity and a shame that Conservative Talk Radio and Fox New Network have used their media outlets to prey on the vulnerable.


November 30, 2011 - Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Politics

1 Comment »

  1. I must add a new name to the Conservative Talking Machine. His Name is Matt Drudge He has been around for a while, but operating under my radar. Lo and behold, Hurricane Matthew came alive and blew his cover. This man is a raving maniac, and judging from his latest declaration, he is not fit to be broadcasting anything on public airways.

    Comment by lcthornton | October 10, 2016 | Reply

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