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Forum Post: FOx and Friends producing brainwashed Sheeple

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 4, 2017, 9:37 a.m. EST by gsw (3324) from Woodbridge Township, NJ
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Eating away at the GOP intellectual core: Fox News A 2012 survey found that Americans who only watch Fox News are less informed than Americans who watch no news at all. At the time, 55% of Americans including 75% of Republicans reported watching Fox News. The network is powerful – a recent study found that Fox News might have enough influence to tip American elections – and on the whole it prioritizes ideological messaging over factual accuracy.

Trump’s attacks on the so-called “fake news” media have further eroded Republicans’ trust of news sources that lack a conservative bias. As David Roberts wrote for Vox:

The US is experiencing a deep epistemic breach, a split not just in what we value or want, but in who we trust, how we come to know things, and what we believe we know — what we believe exists, is true, has happened and is happening … the right has created its own parallel set of institutions, most notably its own media ecosystem … “conservative media is more partisan and more insular than the left.”

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Because so many conservatives rely on right-wing media sources for their news, it’s easy to misinform them through a constant stream of lies.

For example, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin promised that his department would produce an analysis showing that the tax cuts will pay for themselves. One economist in the department leaked to the New York Times that such an analysis doesn’t exist and Treasury staffers weren’t even asked to study the issue. It was a lie. Mnuchin also claimed the plan would only raise taxes on Americans who earn more than $1 million a year – the exact opposite of reality and another blatant lie. In fact, the entire Republican case for their tax plan was based on lies.

Similarly, climate denial is based on endless myths and misinformation – Skeptical Science has catalogued and debunked about 200 of them. And recent research showed that these myths are quite effective at misinforming their audience.

Republicans including Trump cited a list of 137 economists supporting tax reform, but further investigation showed the list is full of ghosts, office assistants, Koch employees, and many others who failed to mention they’re retired. The climate change equivalent is the Oregon Petition, whose signatories included Spice Girls and fictional characters among its fake experts.



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[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2460) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 years ago

Winner: One who takes from the community. They take by appropriating the profit of our labor. They take by creating something out of nothing in the FIRE sector. They use that funny money to buy goods the community [we the people] worked to produce.

Their wholly owned subsidiary politicians tax the working poor with the payroll tax that funds social security and Medicare. The rich pay very little into that trust fund. The cons borrow and spend that trust fund on the MIC and other scams of the rich. Then the policons give a tax cut to the rich and cut the pre-funded social security and Medicare that the tax on the poor paid for.

The policons and our rich masters care only about winning. The hoards they win threaten our survival with the surety of want and misery to come. Threats to my survival are evil to me. The rich and their hoards are evil to me.