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  •  What makes it worse... (1+ / 0-)
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    CanisMaximus that there is a whole information/entertainment complex that pretty much encourages and promotes the paranoid, nutty conspiracy theories on the right.

    So while some kooky ideas can occasionally pop up on the left, they don't get nurtured and promoted in the same way as happens on the right.  As an example, conspiracy theorists who insisted that the 2004 election was stolen by Bush were banned from Daily Kos.  In contrast, nutters on the right who embrace a multitude of conspiracy theories (birtherism, Obama as a secret Muslim, Obama as a hard core Marxist, etc, etc, etc) seem to receive encouragement instead of censure...and can even find major media figures who share their nutty ideas.

    In the end, the right wing media seems to be a parasite on the conservative movement -- making profits by promoting beliefs that are ultimately quite harmful to conservatism.  I'm glad that there really doesn't seem to be any sort of left wing equivalent (despite the conservative blather about left wing media).

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:07:50 PM PST

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    •  Exactly right.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and you can see it in their mail-outs. They are full of oblique language that pushes the fear button without there being anything TO fear.

      John Bolton had one out recently, shilling for some "conservative" organization that "pledges to take the fight to Washington" etc.... if you "will only pledge a gift of Eight jillion dol.... maybe your last twenty will do. You don't need food this week, Parasite."

      Maybe that's not what he really said, (but I can see him saying it ) but you get my drift here: You can infer a lot of things without saying them.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:31:08 PM PST

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    •  It is also a matter of how they phrase and build (1+ / 0-)
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      their message.  If you ever take the time to pay attention to what they are saying, not the message, but how they are saying it you will notice something interesting.  Yes, I know it is difficult to give them more than a few seconds without vomiting but try it sometime.

      They will talk in a tone and manner to make it sound like they are having a personal conversation with just you.  They will talk about how "everybody knows" whatever issue is at hand for them, to make it sound like somehow you are excluded and missing out on some vital secret that is obvious to the world.  Then they will cinch it by creating an either, or paradigm where your choices are to join them in their crusade or become one of the enemy.   It is a psychological game and unfortunately it is effective with obvious results.

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