And as the title of this will irritate many Republicans, these haters should know that I am, and have always been, a Republican party member and I am an American First. I will never be anything other than a republican. But being a republican does not mean blind obedience to those that have usurped my party and its principals for their own myopic and hate filled purposes. When we emulate a person who has consistently showed her ignorance of reality like Sarah Palin, then you have shown yourselves to be equivalent to be her and other republican “idols” like her. The fear and hate and lies and distortions of truth propagated by my republican party makes me sick to my stomach and angry that narrow minded bigots have taken over what was at one time a party to be proud of.
Desperate to protect their “real” base – Republicans have resurrected the “southern strategy” Wallace and Reagan used to win votes by encouraging and exploiting racial fear among disillusioned, disenfranchised, and uneducated conservatives too deluded by chicanery to grasp the complexity of the grand deception being perpetrated. With uncorroborated assertions, Wallace linked states’ rights to segregation, Reagan linked entitlement programs to fictitious “welfare queens” using food stamps to buy Cadillacs, and Bush 41 linked Willie Horton to minority vengeance against Whites.
By polarizing America, the appeal of the Republican anti-Obama campaign has been partially successful, especially within the ranks of the misinformed and undereducated. If there is any doubt that Republicans are fomenting racial hatred, just watch Fox News – the official Republican propaganda machine. According to O’Reilly – usually explained in shrouded lingo and hyperbole imbued with Jim Crow era code words, the path to the White House is linked to instilling fear that under Obama, its payback time: people of color are coming to take what’s yours, whether it’s ACORN, Van Jones, or Shirley Sherrod. Fox News is obsessed with making decent people feel afraid of minorities, as if minorities are not real Americans. Republicans like Mitt, Michele, Hannity, Rick, and Rush have incited fear and hatred by portraying President Obama as someone who is “not one of us.” This time around, Muslim Americans are the bogeymen. Next time, will it be you?
World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.
In eight of the nine questions below, Fox News placed first in the percentage of those who were misinformed (they placed second in the question on TARP). That’s a pretty high batting average for journalistic fraud.
Here is a list of what Fox News viewers believe that just aint so:
91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
38 percent believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
63 percent believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)
The conclusion is inescapable. Fox News is deliberately misinforming its viewers and it is doing so for a reason. Every issue above is one in which the Republican Party had a vested interest. The GOP benefited from the ignorance that Fox News helped to proliferate.
This study coroborates other studies completed by PIPA, NBC/Wall Street Journal and more.