Monday, October 15, 2012

Why I can’t watch Fox News

The Network for Church Monitoring has an article up call 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox “News” Uses to Brainwash Americans that manages to capture my frustration when trapped in a waiting room with Fox News. I question almost everything. It’s an old habit, but I cannot start to question Fox News content because I trip over their oafish manipulations. The one the bothers me the most is Projection/Flipping.

Projection/Flipping. This one is frustrating for the viewer who is trying to actually follow the argument. It involves taking whatever underhanded tactic you’re using and then accusing your opponent of doing it to you first. We see this frequently in the immigration discussion, where anti-racists are accused of racism, or in the climate change debate, where those who argue for human causes of the phenomenon are accused of not having science or facts on their side. It’s often called upon when the media host finds themselves on the ropes in the debate.

I find myself saying, “Wait. What?”

My total patronage of Fox News this year is no more than two hours. None of this was voluntary.

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