Politics and the Media

United States
May 26, 2010 6:38am CST
I was reading this article http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-3-reasons-obama-is-getting-a-free-pass-on-the-bp-oil-sp/19490663, about how Obama is getting a free ride about the oil spill down south compared to the abuse Bush took over Katrina. I found it interesting that one of the major reasons for the difference has nothing to do with how the American people feel (actually almost none of them do which should be setting off some bells for people) but where fueled by our government controlled media! I find it a more then a bit disturbing that people who sit at a desk and talk into a camera for a living have so much pull in the public opinion. Why are Americans not thinking for themselves? I know there are more examples of this and ask that all who have some list them. I DO NOT want any b.s. about giving Obama a break or how wrong he is as this is not what the topic of discussion is about so please leave that at the door, this is about the media brainwashing the public what you think about that.
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
26 May 10
well, I think one very big reason is people depend on the media to gather the facts. This is quicker, cheaper, easier than me going down to the Gulf to get the info or flying over to Iran.... Now a days with the internet, we have SO much info at our fingertips. But a lot of people are too lazy to really dig. I have been guilty of this as well. But since the beginning of the media (newspaper) people have depended on reporters to give them the correct info. I think we are finally realizing that the media is biased.
• United States
27 May 10
I think many have always known it is biased and just ignore the fact because it is easier.
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
28 May 10
lol that too
@knicnax (2233)
• Philippines
27 May 10
I guess this is a problem in all countries. I recently experienced this and it really pissed me off. Local elections just finished here in my country and I was one of the Poll Watchers (I am a church volunteer o PPCRV volunteer). We employed an automated voting system this year and I was oriented on how it works, w/c server it sends its results, etc. Anyway, my mum said that one of the local news channels are getting information from the PPCRV server. I told her that PPCRV doesnt have a servem but KBP does (KBP is a national organization of broadcasters). She wouldn't accept what I was saying, I told her that I was oriented and I saw the machine's transmittal screen stating that's it's sending info to the KBP server. She wouldnt believe me. She shouted at me and told me I wasn't credible. I was shocked, coming from my mother. She wouldn't accept that the news channel made a mistake. I guess sometimes people tend to be really stupid. It's because the media have already brainwashed people into believing that they are the absolute right. It's sad and it's sickening. some people really don't think.
• United States
27 May 10
Yes people can be very angry when their beliefs are questioned even with their own families.
@dboman (457)
• United States
26 May 10
I believe it comes with the mindset that was instilled in people by the government programs starting with FDR's new deal. Basically, the welfare state, government handouts, and government interference in our lives create what I call a "child" complex in many citizens. This causes them to essentially become sheep. The symptoms of this complex are: stop wanting to work, start to get lazy, start to feel "entitled" to things (like health care), unwilling and sometimes unable to make tough choices for themselves and quit thinking for themselves. The reason I call it a "child" complex is that these people begin to act like children with the government serving as the mother. This is why I believe people are so easily swayed by the media, and why they don't do their own research. That takes too much work, it's easier to just accept whatever sounds good (and makes people feel good) coming from someone who appears intelligent and speaks well. I am not the only one who believes along these lines, but I couldn't cite others because I have formed this theory based upon many sources. Iain McLeod was the first to coin the phrase "Nanny State" though. Briefly, though, I would point to Greece as an example of this. Despite the fact that the government HAD to cut back on benefits to public employees or the government would go into default, people RIOTED because the felt they were "entitled" to these benefits. Even at the cost of the entire country's economy.
• United States
27 May 10
I understand not wanting to lose something one already has but sometime what has to be done is what is best for all. In a country where everyone is happy about the "good" stuff they riot when it gets a little hard. Either one for all or one for one they can't have it both ways.
@qamarep (4448)
• Pakistan
26 May 10
they both are corrupting thing.. they both are inter connected.. if they both get together they can get us to do anythign
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
26 May 10
I don't agree with the notion that we have a "government controlled media". I believe we have a biased media...on both sides of the aisle...and that news is spun to reflect that. The only way that people can be brainwashed by them is if they do not get their information from multiple sources and, if they choose to only get the news from the outlets that reflect their personal views, they have already brainwashed themselves.