Monday, April 19, 2010
Research shows that 78% of Americans don't trust Central Government: A Look into the Game of Spin Control
by Mark Baker
This morning's MSNBC lead story is a feature by AP Reporter Liz Sidoti titled "Poll: 78% don't trust Big Government. Sidoti's article is based on the results of poll research released yesterday by the respected Pew Research Center. The results of the research don't paint a pretty picture for Obama and the rest of 'Team Thug,' as Sidoti writes:
"The poll released Sunday illustrates the ominous situation facing President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall's elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work."
Imagine my surprise then (NOT), that these research results didn't show-up as a 'Lead Feature' on any of the old 'Big Three' TV News Networks, ABC, CBS, or NBC, although FOX did feature it. Keep in mind that major Poll Research doesn't develop in a perfect vacuum and as such, there findings are generally known by professional news-people before the general public. This 'cushion period' allows time for the wire-service reporters to write articles to 'package' the info in. Generally speaking, these releases are fairly straightforward in nature due to the fact that the research stands for itself.
By now, most everybody's heard of term, 'Spin.' Broadly speaking, Spin is ones attempt to re-paint, or manipulate a piece of information (be it 'hot-off-the-presses, or historical in nature), to best serve one's agenda or interests, or in many cases, to 'control damage' that result from the data's public release.
Two of the most common means to 'Spin' news or data, is to 'Wring-In,' or 'Wring-Out' false or weak arguments either for or against the original premise of the subject or material in question. Without exception, one of the best examples of obviously nefarious wringing-in and wringing-out Spin Control regards the left's relentless campaign to misinterpret the meaning of our Constitution's Second Amendment.
Try as they will to spin -and frighteningly enough, to some extent successfully twist the writers intent or meaning-of it, inasmuch as far too many otherwise intelligent people have been fooled into viewing the 'militia' verbage as ambiguous where in fact it is not. The debate is over whether that amendment protects private, individual ownership of firearms or whether it means something else. Typically, people who favor gun ownership take the first position, as do many legal scholars who study the Constitution on an objective basis that concentrates on division and assignment of rights and responsibilities between 'The People,' 'The State,' and 'The Central Government.' Opponents of gun ownership on the other-hand, subjectively argue that the amendment protects only the right of the states to form militias or National Guard units.
I've digressed here from the original topic only to share a well-known example of 'Spin' by those who wish to ignore or undermine our Constitution in pursuit of their own objectives. NOTE: I will offer more background on the 2nd Amendment battle in a future post.
Back to the Pew Research findings -78% of Americans don't trust Washington- and what we can learn regarding the manner its' findings are being (or NOT being) shared in the media.
I find it very interesting (and revealing) to consider that while all four major private media outlets (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) ALL posted the Pew Research Findings on their internet news links, but from what I've seen, only FOX has released it in BOTH their internet and TV outlets? The burning question that should be asked of the other three is WHY? I offer as consideration, the possibility that their motives are based on the difference between the 'Audience Demographics' of the two mediums, Internet vs. traditional TV. I would speculate that perhaps the reason is based on institutional racism and audience control* (*which I'll expand on later in this post).
While Fox and MSNBC, to their credit, feature the Pew Research findings very prominently in their internet feeds today, CBS and ABC do not:
CBS buried the story under 'Additional Political News (requiring an additional click) whereas one on their site would first be 'informed' about the Iceland Volcano, the American Country Music Awards and even a demented 'Thong & Panty Theif' busted at Michigan State University.
ABC meanwhile, leads with a worthy piece on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, but nowhere can one see the Pew Research findings -although if you scroll down to their 'Politics' area, you'll find a lead featuring Obama and Barbara Boxer in a loving embrace, as well as links to stories on 'Senate nearing a Bi-Partisan Climate Bill', 'Obama taking Financial Reform on the Road', 'Clinton on Rush...', AND an apologist link titled, 'Clinton: I was Wrong to Listen to Wrong Advice Against Regulating Derivatives.' I'm not lying, check it for yourself on the ABC News website right now (in their 'Politics' section which can be found right after their 'Recipes' Section).
'Institutional Racism' & Audience Control: As I mentioned earlier, I personally feel that the various media outlets cynically make their 'news-dissemination' decisions based upon either maximizing, or minimizing the 'impact' of the information on their target demographic audience. They realize that on average, people get the bulk of their information from different sources based on differing demographic factors. They also realize that the factors that make-up these demographic differences are fluid in nature, and thus 'adjust the feeder-spouts' occasionally so as to control not only what their target audience gets to feed on from their plate, but also how it's prepared for them (to ensure better control the digestion perhaps?).
I view their desired 'control' over any demographic group as being Institutionally Racest in nature in that they desire to see certain 'approved behaviors' practiced by those within their 'control groups.' Rewards (often in the form of legitimacy, or additional wide-coverage) are sprinkled upon those who do and say as they are supposed to; examples being: Maxine Waters, John Conyers, Charlie Rangle, and Jocelyn Elders, etc., while those within the demographic who 'dare to deviate from the accepted dogma of the controllers, are demonized and attacked as 'Uncle Toms,' or worse; examples being: Alan Keyes, JC Watts, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.
For example, in 2000, research indicated that less than 50% of Black and Hispanic Americans had daily access to the internet, so the 'Big Three' (CBS, NBC and ABC) were relatively comfortable in knowing they could by and large control the 'news' that that demographic population received through their traditional TV medium.
However, as I've stated, demographics are constantly changing due to many forces, and by 2003, a research study by Grumwald & Associates showed a 314% increase from 2000 figures in internet access by young black American students, and lesser but still significant increases by other minorities. Thus 'control' of these demographic groups were allowed to be exposed-to became a a much harder game to play.
While I've emphasized the white-liberal-elite control over willing-black-liberal-followers thus far, that by no means that the Big-Government/Big-Media cabal doesn't also target every other ethnic group and race, for it's an 'Equal Opportunity Oppressor' in function and design. When it says to you: "It rubs the lotion on its skin." You better be rubbing or look out! If you're white and respond with "No thanks," you can expect to be called all sorts of names and such. However, if you are Black or Hispanic and DARE to not march in lockstep fashion, you can expect to be attacked relentlessly at every side without ceasing.
Like an onion, the truth makes itself known after one takes time to peel-back a few layers. If you want a clear (albeit sad and disgusting) example of institutional racism, look no further than 'Planned Parenthood,' and its founder, Margaret Sanger, a venerable bastion of liberal (eg. Socialist) admiration and unquestioned support:
This 'Game,' or attempted control goes on every day. Few people today remain naive enough to believe that news-outlets, be they from the left or right of the political spectrum are unbiased. Be they the major electronic players, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, or PBS, or the major print players such as Time, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, etc., they all play the numbers and adjust accordingly, in their attempt to control what you get to see and how you interpret it. This is why many and an ever-growing number of Freedom-loving, Constitutionalist Americans of all races, and socio-economic classes are comming to view the Blog World as the last true (or 'New-Born') Free Press in America.
Not only does the viral expansion of the internet and it's affiliated 'Blogasphere' serve to protect and defend the premise of Free Thought here in America, but causes tyrants to quiver in fear the world over as they feel the loosing of their death-grip upon the Free Thought of Free People.
In closing, I'd like to share the thoughts of one of my hero's, Thomas Jefferson:
"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491
"The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
"The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper." --Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632
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