I was there for only 10 days, and I came away thinking O'Reilly was a good guy.
Now just imagine what years and years, 24/7 of the same, narrowly focused propaganda will do to even the brightest 90 year old?
You apparently don't believe that concentrated, narrowly focused long term exposure can alter one's perspective....no matter how bright the individual may be? Ok, we're done.
2008 election my mother who was in her eighties mentions she will vote for Obama, how she never thought she would live to see a black candidate etc. This is I'm my sister's car, with the 3 of us driving somewhere. Well they drop me at my place and after I'm gone, my sister lights into Mum, telling her she is throwing away her grandkids' future etc and all this crap. Mum called me later in tears she was so upset.
Last edited by ms maggie; 11-08-2012 at 07:52 PM.
Influenced. It happens.
We are ALL a product of our environment - ie, our friends, what we read, what we watch and where we live. People in their 80,s and 90's are even more vulnerable to the media, as their opportunities for encountering and learning about other points of view, narrows. This is true whether your parents are watching Fox or MSNBC. They live an insular life.
I'm wondering what "end product" conservative radio and Fox are supposed to have created when the GOP nominated a moderate centrist for president. If they had the power and influence that some fevered liberals are imagining, Romney would never have been the nominee. The fact is that the extreme far right people that the MSM likes to pretend represent rank and file Republicans are a tiny percentage of the total. Lets also remember that Romney still got 57 million votes.
But I suspect that the political pundits that analyze probabilities, surmised that Romney, compared to the other choices, stood the best chance to beat Obma. And let's face it - any party, any biased media, would rather have someone in the White House, who is closer to their political ideology, than someone from the other side. It always boils own to "the lesser of two evils". If the GOP had nominated someone with extreme views....Obama would have won without even having to air one political ad. Landslide.
I would tend to think that the Romney haters who posted/tweeted threats of outright rioting, death threats to candidate Romney and general mayhem upon the civilized sector of society [herein identified as non Obama supporters] bested the mild dissatisfaction aired on a talk show.
But of course since the disturbed Obama supporters again got their way, their very recent transgressions have dropped from your collective memory, no??
Obama supporters on Twitter threaten to riot if Romney wins election
Poll Watcher in Detroit Threatened With Gun, 911 Call Rejected
This is the end product
Of course, this begs the question, do dumb people watch Fox News or does watchng Fox News make people dumb? Chicken, egg, chicken, egg???? To be fair, MSNBC doesn't fare a whole lot better. Your comment re NYT, pretty sure that newspaper readers in general tend to be consumers of lots of different media moreso than people who get their news electronically.Thus, those who watched no news—answering questions by guessing or relying on existing knowledge—fared much better than those who watched the most popular 24-hour cable news network (i.e. Fox News).
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/study...#ixzz2CDWYO63n
People who got their news from NPR fared best, no surprise. Talk radio without bombast, imagine.
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