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  •  Yes, David Frim is correct ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... and the GOP followship has indeed been "fleeced and exploited and lied to by a "conservative entertainment complex."  But the real question is why?  Why does the "conservative entertainment complex" lie to and manipulate the GOP base?  Who is behind the "conservative entertainment complex"?  I think we know the answer.  The answer is that the people who pull the strings behind the scenes, folks like the Koch brothers, don't care about any of the issues near and dear to the hearts of the RW base.  The Kochs and their ilk don't give a damn about abortion.  They don't give a damn about gay marriage.  They don't give a damn about religion.  What they give a damn about is maintaining their enormous wealth and keeping control over the American economy.  If they have to invest billions to create a so-called "entertainment complex" to gin up fear and hatred among the right-wing base, many of whom prefer ignorance and denial to the facts, in order to prevent more progressive economic policies being enacted, then people like the Koch brothers are more than happy to do so.  These folks are sharks and absolutely without scruples in their effort to maintain and advance their power.  In order to ensure their interests prevail over all else, these guys will have their bought and paid for mouth pieces on Fox News, etc. say and do anything, to the point of poisoning the population with fear, hatred and racism.  That their actions further divide the fragile bounds holding America together is of no consequence to them, and the worst part of it is that the Republican rubes who fall for this malarkey can't see who is really behind the curtain manipulating them.

    Arthur Jensen, the tycoon played by Ned Beatty in the movie "Network" said it best,

    "You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. ... We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale."

    These Republican gluttons of priviledge are cold men ... They want a return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship -- Harry Truman

    by Laborguy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:22:10 AM PST

    •  ooops ... that's Frum, not Frim (1+ / 0-)
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      These Republican gluttons of priviledge are cold men ... They want a return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship -- Harry Truman

      by Laborguy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:28:05 AM PST

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    •  To me the question isnt why they do it, (3+ / 0-)
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      its why conservative americans allow them to? The fact is, rush and others are just telling conservatives what they want to hear. If conservatives didnt agree with Rush's crazy crap, they wouldn't listen. So we can blame the right wing media, but at the end of the day, who's fault is it for listening? Who's fault is it for having the view points they do, the ones that make them so susceptible to Rush's racist messages? As long as the Right holds those resentments, there will always be a Rush there ready to tell them what they want to hear.

      •  People are not born with a particular ... (5+ / 0-)

        ... ideology, whether its conservative or any other, but rather to a large extent absorb "pre-determined" ideas and concepts from external influences, including family, society in general and the media.  The ideas that conservatives want to hear are in fact ideas that they have first absorbed from someone else.  Clever propagandists and advertisers have long understood how to exploit vulnerabilities in human psychology in order to persuade and convince people of things that are demonstrably false.  Never underestimate the power of propaganda to move people to do things against their own self-interest, particularly if those people already have an inherent bias against education, science and critical thinking, which would describe many who make up the right-wing base.

        These Republican gluttons of priviledge are cold men ... They want a return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship -- Harry Truman

        by Laborguy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:09:25 PM PST

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      •  clear channel (0+ / 0-)

        Self-fulfilling prophecy.
        Keep rush and other goons on the air, then claim that that's all the listeners listen to.

        -- the people are the leaders

        by in on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 12:47:12 PM PST

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    •  Had to rec for the Network reference alone. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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