Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

SUNDAY NEWS PROGRAMS…THE FEAR AND THE SPIN

January 25, 2017

I spent Sunday morning triple flipping. That’s what I call it when I take in the political lies and spin from three TV stations at once. I tend to change channels between CNN, FOX and one other. Often the third is MSNBC but depending on the time, it could be a broadcast station. This week it was Media Buzz on FOX, Meet the Press on NBC and Reliable Sources on CNN.

This week, the three stations listed above had quite a spread of topics. I was particularly interested in the discussion on CNN. Thus, I spent the majority of my morning viewing time with them. All the while triple flipping, however. They (CNN) spent the better part of the program (I estimate about 24 min. air time) talking about nothing other than honesty in the Trump administration. The panel discussed how they expected information would be shared with the press and the American people and how reliable it might be.

The gentle diatribe seemed to center around how they would interpret and interpolate what came to them in briefings and what they were able to glean otherwise through their (chuckle, chuckle) reliable sources. It sounded much like they were afraid that if they tried to spin too fast, too hard or too much they might actually but unwittingly and undesirably present the truth. Whoa, careful, careful!

Of the entire discussion, I heard not one utterance regarding the lack of credibility of information they received over the past 8 years. Not one word. Nobody brought up Fast and Furious. No one offered dialogue about “If you like your doctor…” or “…no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase”. My hearing deficit may have precluded me from hearing anything about the myriad scandals (within the “scandal free”administration), coverups and lies about them that these stations, and almost all others, ignored. But that might be because President Obama said in 2013,“This is the most transparent administration in history”.

Politiks is politiks! There will always be things happening within our government that may never be known until we’re all long gone. There will be leaks from and about virtually every event by almost every department. Some of those leaks will be for real and some will be purposefully misleading. It’s a matter of how we receive, and personally analyze what we receive, that can leave us with knowledge. Or, we can rely on the opinions of the powder-faced journalists, reporters and pundits to guide us through life.

For myself, I choose to see what happens. Prejudging what may occur and trying to alter the perception of what actually does occur to meet my preconceived allusions is too difficult.

The coming four years is unquestionably going to be different from the past eight years. It well might be a disaster, but I’m willing to see and judge it for myself…on what happens, not what is said about what might happen. If it all goes to pot, there’s always impeachment and removal from office. With Republicans in charge of the congress, and not afraid to be labeled racists, it could happen. President Trump could also make America great again.

I’ll be attentive and not at all hesitant to be critical of anything I see, read or hear coming from Washington, D.C.

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POLITICAL MARKETING BY JOSEPH GOEBBELS

January 18, 2016

In a junior college marketing class some years back, I learned “there is an implied credibility with repetition”. The wording is now indelibly etched on my memory bank. To paraphrase, the more you say something, the more believable it becomes. Thus, if you want your product to be known and respected, or even accepted, you must tell the same story over and over again.

Recently, I ran across a quote from Joseph Goebbels that stopped me in my tracks. He said, “If you repeat a lie many times, people are bound to start believing it”.

Whoa!

I have often compared politics to my own marketing education and experience. In fact, I have used the implied credibility phrase many times over in rants against the powers that be. I have done so not knowing that it originated with the Reich Minister of Propaganda under Adolf Hitler. The two phrasings say exactly the same thing. How you read and use the influential wording, and in what venue or context, means everything. Politics is the art of marketing, not governing as many believe.

Today, the political arena is about sales of humans and personalities. Political consultants are nothing more than directors of the carnival barker stage. They are marketers. Politicians will say anything to get your attention and your vote, meaning little of what they say.

I find this is true of both major political parties. Conservatives tend to have a bit more integrity, but just a bit more than liberals, yet much more than those who describe themselves as progressives.
Once a false credibility is achieved, the world is in the hands of the elected. Liberals of today don’t care if their #1 presidential candidate is a serial liar. The deceitful statement about a video repeated by the President and his propaganda machine was echoed so many times that the ignorant masses accepted it as truth. They simply looked the other way and resumed rallying. “There was no transmission of classified information”, though proven to be a lie means little to Hillary’s followers.

Liberals don’t care that their current president is a serial liar. They look for ways to reconcile what he has said and what he does. E.g. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. E.g. “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Whatever happened to the truthful cliché, “Actions speak louder than words”?  Liberals tend not to make a connection between the two. No matter what the identified final truth is, they will fight and defend the spoken words. They will follow the leader and the imagined crowd without regard for right or wrong; what is of benefit to the people or to their elected elite. Today’s progressive liberals are socialists. They want to be governed; to be told what to do, how to do it and when to do it. They want not to think for themselves.

To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole. Joseph Goebbels

Be cautious with your vote!