The Effect of 24 Hour News Channels
In the pot calling the kettle black department, erstwhile Democratic Socialist candidate Howard Dean picked up where Bill Maher and Michael Moore left off last week.
Both Moore and Maher, on Maher’s weekly rant show, accused Republicans of treason for opposing the president’s agenda.
When the Democrats were the minority while Bush was president, they voted against everything the Republicans wanted, because they were the party of opposition. It was normal, and it was expected. Those on the right accused the left of suffering from BDS, Bush Derangement Syndrome, because Bush made them “batshit crazy” according to the likes of Michele Malkin and her allies. They would rant on about how the left hates this country.
Once the Democrats got into power, though, suddenly it was the Republicans who were evil because they voted against everything the Democrats wanted. The Democrats painted the Republicans as “the party of no”.
Once Obama took office, and the Republicans continued to oppose his agenda, the right started to call the Democrats traitors and accusing them of treason. In turn, the Democrats started accusing the right of suffering from ODS, Obama Derangement Syndrome.
Move forward to last week, where Moore and Maher accused the right of hating the country and being traitors for opposing the president’s agenda.
According to Maher, obstruction is treason. According to Moore, those on the right hate this country.
By Maher’s logic, if one party wanted to make a law that outlawed the other party, then the other party trying to obstruct that bill is treason. Really?
This is the idiocy of the talking heads. This country was not founded on the idea of just falling in line with the government and allowing them to do whatever they want to do. Keep in mind that King George III and Parliament tried this, and the citizens revolted.
Do you see the similarities here? One side accuses the other of hating the country and being traitors, and soon the other side starts hurling the same accusations, and pretty soon everyone is slinging mud.
Enter Howard Dean.
“Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and some guy from Utah are holding up the budget because they’re right-wing nut jobs who don’t care — fundamentally don’t care about the country. What they care about is their own political career and that is what is wrong with this country today.”
Why are they holding it up? Because they don’t want to raise the debt ceiling. That’s the point of contention. The debt ceiling is essentially a cap on spending, but it is a moving target. Congress spends money willy-nilly in order to pay for projects that were promised to certain members of Congress to get their support for a pet bill. They call this back room dealing.
The rest of us call it bribery.
That’s what it is when you get right down to brass tacks.
Just because it has been done before does not make it right, and does mean it should continue.
We still have to ask why this country has become so partisan, so divided?
There are a lot of ideas, but I believe that it was one thing. The 24 hour news cycle.
Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.
You have MSNBC representing the far left, and Fox News representing the far right, though in recent years they have been sliding to the left. You have CNN and all the broadcast news shows somewhere in between.
But 24 hours is long time to cover the news, so in order to fill the time, the evening, which is the time that most people are home to watch the news, are filled with opinion shows.
Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Piers Morgan, Ed Schultz just to name a few. MSNBC has an opinion show on first thing in the morning (Morning Joe) disguised as a news program. Only CNN seems to run anything even closely resembling a news program during those time slots.
Don’t forget Bill Maher on HBO, and John Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.
On the radio, these same personalities, along with Rush Limbaugh, continue to tell you what to think.
What’s funny is that right wingers tend to listen to these people and are very rabid in their support. They agree with 99%+ of what the disembodied voices have to say, then accuse everyone else of being sheep.
There’s a surprise waiting for you at the bottom of the cereal box.
None of these people care about you. They care about their own bottom line.
They talk, you listen, then they sell you their latest book.
“Hi, Mark! I just wanted to call and tell you that I bought a copy of your book for myself, and five autographed copies of it for my family and friends!”
Bill O’Reilly likes to say that he is looking out for you, when in reality, he is looking for you to line his pockets with your hard earned money.
The same goes for Hannity, Maddow, Matthews, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Elder, Levin, Michelle Malkin and Greg Gutfeld.
Sarah Palin. Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton.
It seems you have to have written a book to be president these days.
Have you ever noticed how they pimp their books on their shows?
Because they want your money while they pretend they care about you.
I think Mark Levin has to be the worst, with his nasally voice and feigned outrage.
Always ask yourself, as you listen to their programs, what their true agenda is.
We are bombarded constantly, from the 24 hour news stations, radio programs to political dramas (ABC’s Scandal, NBCs the West Wing, Netflix’s House of Cards, HBOs the Newsroom).
TV and radio constantly shape the way we think, bombarding us with the thoughts and ideas of those who write them. There was a big television in the book 1984 that was controlled by the Ingsoc Party.
Are we really that far away from Orwell’s vision?