"Fair and balanced"?
http://www.good.is/post/classy-fox-eras … int-speech
From the master:
The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses' attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision.
All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be extended in this direction.
The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be. And this is the best proof of the soundness or unsoundness of a propaganda campaign, and not success pleasing a few scholars or young aesthetes.
The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses. The fact that our bright boys do not understand this merely shows how mentally lazy and conceited they are.
Once understood how necessary it is for propaganda in be adjusted to the broad mass, the following rule results:
It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance.
The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.
Thus we see that propaganda must follow a simple line and correspondingly the basic tactics must be psychologically sound.
What, for example, would we say about a poster that was supposed to advertise a new soap and that described other soaps as 'good'?
We would only shake our heads.
Exactly the same applies to political advertising.
The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.
Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf
Propaganda... but who is really the one that wants to control the message. Yesterday was the first press conference Obama held in almost a year. He's staged interviews with select reporters which were fed the questions ahead of time. The WH press corps has been complaining about access, even those that have reported favorable on this administration have been shut out in favor of others that have chosen to write favorable books on the president. Then too, there is this:
And you want to criticize Fox News? The very purpose of the press is to question authority, to provide a generous degree of skepticism. It seems Fox is the only news source to live up to the function of the free press. Do you really want to put your faith into MSNBC, who manages to report upon Fox's editing, if they did indeed intentionally edit, not that anyone would have noticed, rather than on the words of the President? It would appear to me that MSNBC is nothing more than a mouthpiece for this administration and as such lacks any credibility in it's reporting and this is evidenced by the ratings.
Lee - Obama did not and does not 'feed' questions to journalists. That's a classic example of propaganda and you don't have to look further than the name of yur source to see it's a propaganda source.
President Obama did an interview with FOX on March 17, the infamous interview where Brett Baier repeatedly interrupted President Obama. But you want to suggest the interviews are staged events? Even a wingnut with a faullty memory can see how flawed your argument is.
I don't know why you find it hard to believe that Obama and the WH press staff are directly involved in controlling information. All presidents have done this, however Obama promised to be different.
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm? … 8f74c77116
I saw the interview with Baier and Obama dominated with dialog to run out the clock and avoid answering questions. It was a useless interview that provided nothing of substance, which of course was the intent, while at the same time attempting to cast the president as being accessible.
Can you honestly say I am wrong?
"The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so." Josh Billings
Fox is using its franchise on the public air waves to disseminate lies, misinformation and propaganda for the Republican Party. MSNBC is partisan but for the most part quite truthful.
that's just sick. I never watch it any longer after I found out how they operate. they are hardly 'fair and balanced' they're always ranting and shrilling about everything.
there are numerous videos and articles that can be found with a google search, is fox news fair and balanced. they lost me years ago with their monsanto cover up.
edit; the purpose of news journalism is to report accurate information to allow viewers their own opinions.
That's good! Perhaps you can send that link to MSNBC.
fox is better then cnn, i've noticed them slip a liitle latly.
Have you noticed any cases of CNN falsifying the audio in a clip to create a deceptive impression?
I like what the 1st commenter said:
"Dunno whether to laugh or cry when I see the massively destructive impact on the globe that the conservative "freedom/american way" loving (ie the dangerous warmongering big business and power-group sycophantic rednecks) have. I have long since given up watching Fox News and written them off as dangerous apologists for the aforementioned Republican loonies. Why would anyone bother watching them. Unfortunately, apparently a lot of you yanks do, as Fox and their ilk rewrite whatever history they can brazenly get away with. Every decade, as I get older, and hopefully wiser, I dislike the USA more, and am really pleased I do not live there. "Land of the free". What bullshit! Go look around and see how much abject poverty is in your borders. Free? - so 95% can be economic slaves to your own military and corporate power-mongers?"
Although I dont' like the redneck label,the "dangerous warmongering big business" part I completely agree with!!
Fox news=CIA psy-op. IMO
Beginning with Russssshhhhhhh in 1990/91.
Did you know he owns 5 mansions and a garage full of Maybach cars?
Kind of "elite", don't you think? Even Savage calls him "the Golfer".
And soon Beckles fake tears will be made of gold.
"I'm laughing straight to the bank with this. Ha ha hahahaha."
So you agree with this:
I do hope you don't live in America then and if you do, I do hope you can find a place to live more suited to you and know that I will not miss you when you're gone.
Did they really base that whole article off a YouTube clip? What is the media coming to. I will never get that 5 minutes of my life back. No wonder you people like the Communist News Network.
"Beck is a skid mark on the underwear of humanity, nuff said."
"I'll bet Beck fantasizes about Palin when he says "plug the hole."
"plug the hole" is a reference to Beckles the evil clown making fun of Malia Obama.
Yes, you see, even though he was on Faux with Palin saying peoples' families should be left out of the insult-a-thons, he was right into it just hours later on his radio show. Interesting how that works huh?
Tv to radio, to radio to tv...they get you EVERYWHERE!
Anyway, he was stupid enough to say "When Clinton is president,. you don't attack Chelsea...err, TOO LATE! Your hero Russsshhhhhhh already did....compared her to a dog. Just when she was in that awkward tween stage and you know how that is for girls. But did Russssshhhhh care? NO.
Who attacked Barbara and Jenna? Only when they were drunk maybe, but not for how they looked.
These clowns on Faux are just that...clowns. Aks them--they'll tell you....we're not reporters, we're opinionators.
But just who gives them their opinion is what I want to know. Since they all have the same one.
You can't blame that guy for disliking the USA....we act like our sh*t don't stink....always telling everybody else how to live when we can't even get our own house in order.
Why don't you address his claim: "Free? - so 95% can be economic slaves to your own military and corporate power-mongers?"
And BTW...I've NEVER seen so much dislike for America than that which comes from you people on the right since Obama got elected!
That is the real truth about it...it's incredible how much you dislike America now that we have a democratic president.
So maybe you should leave?
Come back in another 6 years. hahahaha
If I'm not mistaken the presidential term is 4 not 6 years.
Yes Ralph... add the two left, and then 4.
He won't make another 6 years in there, cause he won't be re-elected.
You know Ralph... somewhere in Kenya a village is missing it's idiot.
And it is only fair we return him.
You know I try to do it right.
I watch all the major media outlets and scour the inter-web.
I try for all sides, and any miscellaneous bits and pieces.
I don't like the right, nor the left.
I am and always will be an independent.
Matter of fact I am fit to be tied over that shit-head Charlie Crist in my state changing parties. That irratates me to no end Ralph. When one of them shit-bags jumps into the indy party because they are a looser.
I live in Florida and I expect to vote for Charlie in the general election. The Republican is a disgusting teabagger who got caught with his hand in the GOP cookie jar - the GOP credit card scandal. The democrat has no name recognition - if the polls hold up it will come to to a choice between Crist, whose a pragmatic centrist and Rubio the teabagger. If my guess holds up, a lot of democrats will go with Crist for the privilege of defeating Rubio.
Yes--the Baggers come out swinging and insulting and blaming the dems and Obama for everything under the sun while giving Republicans a pass..........
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on." --- George W. Bush
Congratulations. You've been concentrated on!!
I will say this: This is the TP movement (lol) crowd, not the original Tea-Baggers....but they adopted the Faux Fonies...now they're stuck with them!
(Palin investigated, Limbutt a drug addict, Beck certifiable, Armey a pig at the gvt trough, Bachmann another pig at the trough, and the majority of Baggers are retired seniors...can anyone say gvt program?)
You should kick the bums out and get back to your roots!
Neo-CONS only want money.....can't you see that yet??????
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