October 3, 2005

Conservative Media: Destroying America

It's no secret that Rupert Murdoch is evil. He has managed to offend both Democrats and Republicans. For the Democrats, he is the epitome of white male conservative idiocy (in their own words). For the Republicans, his shows on FOX push the borderline between Sesame Street and Paris Hilton's sex tape (not in their own words). It's no doubt that he's a menace to society overall. That's why him and his neocon media conglomerate machine must be stopped for the good of mankind before it wipes out the United States democracy.

To begin with, Fox News, or as Jon Stewart would put it, "finally, a news channel for middle aged white men." Now, I have no problem with the conservative media machine. Really, I don't. I don't mind the occasional Scarborough country since the only way to fight one of your enemies is to know what they're thinking. Furthermore, they occasionally make sense. Fox News, however, is just needlessly evil.

Here's the thing: News is not supposed to be biased. When one source declares its political alignment, it automatically shifts all others to the polar opposite a bit. Thus, although in normal circumstances MSNBC and CNN might be considered only moderately left at most (because of bipartisan shows ans Scarborough country), Fox News has created the notion of the liberal media. That's right: Fox News manufactured its own worst enemy.

It's a simple premise: once Fox News because the far right station, all other statiosn would appear farther left by default. It would be similar to putting 2 pieces of candy on a piece of taffy and then dragging one piece of candy to the right. The other piece will appear farther left even if it hasn't moved. The end impact is that Fox News created this country's so called Liberal Media.

Nobody needs a reminder that Fox News always points to this omnious source of information as part of society's ills. However, it fails to mention that the only reason the liberal media is so liberal is because Fox News made them that way. To all the conservatives who hate the liberal media: It wouldn't exist without Fox News. Thank them today.

Furthermore, how could this happen? How could the liberal media be created out of thin air thanks to Fox News? There had to be some source pervading Murdoch. This is where wild speculation comes in. I theorize that because the liberal media had to be created from some source, that source was likely the conservative media machine. This conservative machine exists unnoticed due to a few large factors: Fox News playing itself as the only conservative channel, and their focus on the self created liberal media instead of their own bias. What occurs as a result is a world where whenever a liberal brings up a complaint, it's "shrill wining." When a conservative brings up a complaint now, however, it's "a new and insightful look at the issues facing America."

Note to conservative media: You exist. Don't pretend like you don't actually are there. There's still only 52% of you.

7 comments:

  1. I don't think I can take you seriously anymore after reading this.

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  2. An honest question here: How can you be sure the liberal media was concocted by the conservative media and not the other way around?

    Have you traced the origins of these various media outlets, do you know which came first, which came later? Do you know who created, and shaped the editorial content of each organization and how they fit in to a historical context of journalism in America?

    How do you know you are an objective observer in this and not a victim? Perhaps the liberal media is destroying America and it's been so successful so far, that it's won you over and convinced you that the conservative media is the bad one.

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  3. Two things: Look at the MSNBC lineup. It contains its fair share of conservatives from Tucker Carlson to Pat Buchanan to Joe Scarborough.

    Furthermore, let's work off this assumption: MSNBC and CNN and all the other "liberal" media stations came first. They are biased to the left, however, the max bias is pretty moderate compared to what is assumed of "liberal media" today. Along comes FOX News in 1986 or so. Now, FOX News is unabashedly right. It's bordering on far right, it's way out of the moderate right zone. By the very nature of its existence, the centrist stance for news appears to have shifted to the right. However, MSNBC and CNN haven't shifted their stances, making them appear farther to the left.

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  4. Ah, but how long-term is your view? How about checking with your public library system and viewing some old newscasts from the '50s.
    The issue isn't really how long a certain news organization has been in place, but how long have they been liberal. If the mainstream media outlets shift left faster than the culture as a whole, it leaves a vacuum. So a new news media channel will be created to fill the void (which is what I contend happened). So in effect, the left media created the right media.
    Just find the results of any social surveys over the last couple of years and you'll find that the media is way far left of the culture. You just don't know it because your circle of friends has been raised liberal, your teachers at school are liberal, and the media you watch is liberal. So to you they all seem centered (because you all agree), making the right seem wacko.

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  5. I would contend that the majority media outlets have drifted increasingly liberal (I include newspapers and talkshows in this) and that there has been a large group of the public that have observed this. It was just not so publicly known or commented upon until the conservative outlets, like FOX News, came on the scene. FOX did not created the conservative position, it merely reflected one that already existed. If there was no audience for it, it would not be successful. Liberlism is that thing which has been slowly pulling the taffy for the last several decades, almost so slowly that it has gone unnoticed. The conservatives are simply putting new "candy" back on the original site.

    Jeff is right that you probably only view the other media as mainstream because you are immersed in the liberal culture. You don't truly understand the concept of "wet" because you're like a fish that has been raised in the water and you think the land is an abomination.

    You have used the term "evil" here. Tell me, do you think that such things as "good" and "evil" truly exist in this cosmos, or are you merely expressing your preferences here?

    (BTW, I'm not proposing that FOX is the ideal expression of the conservative position. They do have a few good shows on, but it is at least an alternative. And I'm not implying that some of the other channels do not have some decent shows on. In fact, I think there has been a bit of softening in some liberal quarters simply because of the realization that they were talking past such a large market group.)

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  6. "You just don't know it because your circle of friends has been raised liberal, your teachers at school are liberal, and the media you watch is liberal."

    Wrong, wrong, and wrong. First, you shouldn't be making assumptions about people, since I'm acquainted with several people who are very, very conservative. The reason I don't think that it's a good position is because nobody can successfully defend the conservative position to me. Secondly, one of my most influential teachers (the only one that actually talks about politics) is extremely conservative. Finally, I read Slashdot, the Christian Science Monitor, and the occasional other newspaper. I rarely watch network news because it sucks, catch the BBC when I can, and dislike both sides because neither bothers to plan out anything for America.

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    Just find the results of any social surveys over the last couple of years and you'll find that the media is way far left of the culture."

    Social surveys my ass. Methods for polling have changed a lot from the past, and polls are inaccurate anyway. After all, one poll actually said 90% of Americans don't think about sex a lot.

    "So a new news media channel will be created to fill the void (which is what I contend happened)."

    You're acting as if news media channels were elements in chemistry. They're not. They're new stations designed by companies to draw in profits. FOX News didn't come into existence because conservatives were calling for it. It came into existence because someone (Rupert Murdoch) wanted to make money. Furthermore, even if what you say is true, it doesn't change the fact that the conservative media HAS caused a shift in the centrist view. Even if it's from moderate left to what you deem as centrist or what I deem as weak right, it's still a shift.

    "I would contend that the majority media outlets have drifted increasingly liberal (I include newspapers and talkshows in this) and that there has been a large group of the public that have observed this."

    So that's why FOX News exists, Rush Limbaugh is actually listened to, and Howard Stern was driven off the air onto satellite? No, it's pretty clear that the media is getting more conservative.

    "Liberlism is that thing which has been slowly pulling the taffy for the last several decades, almost so slowly that it has gone unnoticed. The conservatives are simply putting new "candy" back on the original site."

    This was most likely because conservatism gave us the Depression prior to liberalism and Richard Nixon afterwards. Furthermore, saying that "liberalism" has been pulling the taffy ignores the conservative growth in the last 3 decades (See Richard Nixon).

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    Jeff is right that you probably only view the other media as mainstream because you are immersed in the liberal culture. You don't truly understand the concept of "wet" because you're like a fish that has been raised in the water and you think the land is an abomination."

    Once again, you're making assumptions that I'm absorbed in liberal culture. And while I might think that land is an abomination, it's probably because I would "die" on land. Even more so, it would be like saying that you're a conservative goldfish: you have no idea what you did ten seconds ago, but you're determined to keep doing whatever you're doing.

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    You have used the term "evil" here. Tell me, do you think that such things as "good" and "evil" truly exist in this cosmos, or are you merely expressing your preferences here?
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    They exist.

    "BTW, I'm not proposing that FOX is the ideal expression of the conservative position. "

    Funny, your words would disagree with you.

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  7. I love how much spam you get and ye, I made a vow not to talk to you since you don't speak on a logical level. it's all personal with just a bunch of made up facts.

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