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14 Propaganda techniques Used By Fox News

These are the same techniques used by cults and whole regimes. Yes, I said it.

Most who read this article will not need to. But it is fascinating in light of the recent Jon Stewart appearance on Fox News Sunday. So many of these techniques were applied both during the interview and in its aftermath. And I know by reading comments on conservative think tanks that for the hive, they have worked.


Jul. 3rd, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
I want to tell my Fox-addicted Dad that Fox News is illegal in Canada because they lie so much, but I think it would just result in an ad hominem attack from him against Canada and all Canadians by extension... And I have a ton of Canadian friends and want to be able to speak of them without drama, so I shall sadly refrain :/

It makes me crazy because he is a genuinely good, kind person but spends like 10 hours per day letting these people pour brainwashing into his mind.

Also, I am conflicted when forced to watch with him. I like, for example, Glen Beck's emphasis on educating yourself and being informed. But I worry that's just a red herring to give his own view more credibility than they'd otherwise have and then disparage higher education as elitist...

P.S. These are pretty much the same tactics used by the Death Eaters and my quite-likely-clinically-sociopathic boss... I'm going to keep the list because it will help my mental health.

P.P.S. But the very best is when these techniques are use with respect to the Harry Potter novels. Or didn't you know that Harry Potter is part of an elitist, progressive agenda to corrupt our children with homosexuality and witchcraft? (now repeat x a million times) ;)
Jul. 3rd, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link. I've bookmarked it.
And DAMN, I wish we had laws like that here.

I've often thought I'd rather live in Canada. U.S. News drives me NUTS.

News in Germany was different, too. Really rather peaceful and boring to listen to, but they talked issues. (I watched the news as one method to learn to speak German. ;-) I do not watch news in the U.S, as you might have guessed from my first comment.) Maybe there's a similar law in Europe. Wouldn't surprise me.

Sorry to hear your Dad is similarly addicted. It makes me sad to think how peoples lives are filled up with lies and fear. There is almost nothing else they want to talk about.

My Mom has become paranoid. Fear is the only thing on her mind.

Her clamour to help me see the light has driven a wedge between us. I will not see this light, and she is frustrated beyond belief.

I'm sure sharing this with your Dad would not lead to anything constructive. And no, you don't want drama because of it leveled against your Canadian friends, or your contact with them... I understand keeping the peace.

I'm wondering if there are any stories out there about people who manage to break free of the brainwash. Sadly, I think that rarely happens.

I'm a pessimist, though.

The brainwash tactics are also the ones used by the SS in Nazi Germany. I think thats where JKR got her ideas for the Death Eaters.

This list is good for people like us. Indeed, I agree with you, and I'm bookmarking it for my own mental health.

And HAHAHA on your last P.P.S! Omgosh, I cracked up! ;-)

Jul. 4th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm all for free speech, but a law requiring shows that promote themselves as news to use actual facts would not be crossing a line, IMO.

When a commentary is being used, the word "commentary" should appear on the screen.

And Faux should say, "for entertainment purposes only." The Daily Show has more facts than anything on Faux Noise.
Jul. 4th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
I don't like to stand up and sound like a smug Canadian (God knows we have little to be smug about right now with Harper getting his majority government), but strong democracy needs to have these type of laws. It consistently amazes me when people object to simple common sense rules like "Don't promote hate and violence" and "Broadcast facts, please". If you don't have some simple ground rules like that you don't have debate, you have screaming.

Ultimately Fox News has been provoking waves of disgust (Bill O'Reilly screaming about how Canada let the 9/11 hijackers into the US while US fighter planes were bombing Canadian troops in Afghanistan with not even a simple "Oops, my bad!") and laughter (Glen Beck stating that 10% of the world's Muslim population are terrorists. With those type of odds? I shouldn't have made it to my seat on the plane ride over, let alone survived 2+ years).

With regard to blaming the HP novels as causing people to become satanic homosexual warlocks I wouldn't worry about it. After all didn't Sarah Palin say on the record after the Gifford shooting that its the individual who is responsible for their actions and not someone who just said something? :-)

Jul. 4th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
While I don't believe Sarah Palin and her ilk should be charged with a crime in relation to Gifford's shooting, they are culpable for giving the crazies fuel for their fire.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
My dad, a huge Faux fan, put up an article with commentary about how terrible Canada is because it doesn't allow free speech. I screen him from these kinds of posts when I put them on Facebook, because it really isn't worth the aggrivation and frustration.

I will no longer watch any Faux programming with him.

Glenn Beck has lost viewership. I think he got too crazy for all but the most paranoid and uneducated.

I saw a lot of parallels between what was happening in the Harry Potter books to what happened during the Nazi regime and what happens to gay people when put in the spin machine by right wing propagandists.


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