Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Media

The media shapes public opinion and every move, every nuance, ever hand gesture is interpreted for us by the press, by the nightly news, by the biased cable network shows and by the satirical programs shown late at night when the children are asleep.

You can pretty much predict how a person will vote in an election by the news shows he/she watches. Unlike many though, I watch them all, or at least many and assorted. You’ve heard, no doubt, of the “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer” premise. That’s why I give Rush Limbaugh some begrudged attention during lunch. More times than not I must change the station before I lose my temper or more frankly, barf. This guy has to be the rudest, loudest, most disgusting voice on the radio. I’m truly amazed that anyone would openly admit to believing his pompous rhetoric, often lies, exaggerations, opinions as truth, let alone repeating it. I can pretty much tell who listens to this drivel. When discussing politics they use his words, not their own, hence, I suppose the term “dittoheads.”

The power of the media is truly remarkable. They hold the voters, or at least the majority of us, in the range of their microphones. I wonder how many bother to fact check what they’re hearing.
Why are Republicans so afraid of Limbaugh? Votes and/or support from their base I presume, yes, but is there some other underlying reason? That being said, I can’t help but wonder why anyone would cast a vote for a politician who doesn’t have the fortitude to stand by their beliefs.

To be continued…………….

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