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A Lesson in How Republicans Use Propaganda

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We use our eyes to see the world, but language is what helps shape our perceptions of how we view the world.

Manipulating people through false messages.

Manipulating people through false messages.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than in politics.

And if you want to twist the way people think about their most immediate surroundings and how they are governed, the Republicans have adopted some tricks that would have made George Orwell’s Big Brother envious.

This can be done by manipulating language.  The Republicans are not above calling pollution “clean air” or  raising the minimum wage or taxing corporations “class warfare” or advising  the terminally ill about their options through “death panels.” Republicans have also demonized words, such as, “community organizer” and “welfare” as part of a code to stigmatize parts of the population.

And in this clip, it is all spelled out on FOX News, the unquestioning and main beneficiary of the Republican’s propaganda wars.

This is a video clip that should be mandatory viewing in any Journalism 101 class.

Come to think of it, the clip should also be viewed by journalism professionals, so they don’t get taken in by fast-talking politicians who just ignore any tough questions without even pausing to seriously respond.

Here is how do they do it courtesy of Jon Stewart.

 

 

 

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Chuck Epstein

Chuck Epstein

Chuck Epstein has managed marketing communications and public relations departments for major global financial institutions and participated in the launch of industry-changing financial products. He also has written by-lined articles for over 50 publications, five books and served as editor and publisher of nation’s first newsletter on the topic of using the PC for personal investing and trading. (“Investing Online, 1994-1999). He also is a marketing consultant, writer and speaker on topics related to investor protection and opportunities in the very dynamic cannabis industry.

He has held senior-level marketing, PR and communications positions at the New York Futures Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Lind-Waldock, Zacks Investment Research, Russell Investments and Principal Financial.

He has won national awards from the Mutual Fund Education Alliance (MFEA) and his web site, www.mutualfundreform.com, was named best small blog in 2009 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).

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