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The right wing media in the US has gotten me down lately- with their constatant hatred of the president, their spinning racism as legitimate criticism of obama. So I got thinking- what is the the aspect of the right wing media that angers you, the DK reader the most. Ive included some of the ones that get my blood boiling so vote for your most annoying. Sure Ill forget some, so if I leave out one of your "fave's" let me know.

The guy I got my screen name from -= Noam Chomsky- is  a great resource for info on the right -wing media
as is the organization Fairness and accuracy In Reporting.

Originally posted to Noamjunior on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 02:00 AM PST.


The aspect of the Right -wing Media I find Most Annoying is...

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  •  Dems don't stay on message. If they did, maybe (4+ / 0-)

    they could get public support of their projects and override the RW megaphone.

    The Rs never, ever discuss HCR without using the phrase "government takeover." Dems are all over the place.

    I'm still waiting to hear our guys/gals say at every chance they get how the R's are hypocrites for voting against the stimulus bill, but then asking for money for their pet projects indicating that they do create jobs.

    They don't have talking points that they stick with and repeat over and over again. There should be a daily list distributed to the Dems in the Senate and House. They need to repeat, repeat, repeat.

    They also can be steered off message very easily. I don't know if it's their ego or they're just hyper active and can't keep on a straight line in an interview.

    Oh well (sigh).

    Progressives will win when the country becomes Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 02:12:40 AM PST

    •  good points- didn't really think of that aspect (0+ / 0-)

      Maddow does a good job of staying on message. the problem with most dems is that they think everyone is as tuned into the news cycle as they are- so they dont repeat messages like you say they shoudld- which they should. For once I would like to see Colbert or stewart  play a bunch of clips from democrats (as opposed to gopers- which happens nearly every show) - where  all the democrats  say the same talking point

    •  silence the meat head (0+ / 0-)

      The democratic pundits don't know how to debate their point. Allowing republican pundits to get away with lies and non fact finding. Especially people like Joe the meat head scarbough. He hates Obama and comes with the most ridiculous talking points. When ever he is proven wrong. He starts another fake rant and contradicts himself every time. No one on that show holds him accountable,but Lawrence Odonnel

    •  That's the Fault of the Constitution Not th Media (0+ / 0-)

      Our system sets up fixed intervals of elections, declines to provide infrastructure and resources for campaigning, and creates a special freedom from regulation for corporations that engage in communication.

      In that kind of system almost everyone who'd campaign for elected office has to pay vast sums for message access to the people, those sums can only come from concentrated big money, and so once in office the reps must represent big money first and foremost.

      Any major party in this kind of system has to be conservative.

      The Democratic Party is the Compassionate Conservative party that of course represents big money, but also serves the people wherever big money doesn't object. But since big money is the societal opponent of the people, the Democrats or any peoples' party has to navigate the fine line between motivating enough people to win them elections but not so much or so highly motivated that they demand service that would impose on big money.

      So the Dems, as any top tier people's party must be, have to be milquetoast in their messaging and policy to stay in position to do a little for the people but not piss off the money.

      A number of major laws would need to change to turn this around, and probably parts of the Constitution and First Amendment.

      Otherwise this is how our country is designed to work.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 05:23:02 AM PST

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  •  i got nothing wrong (5+ / 0-)

    with the hisotry channel talking about military tech...

    while it's purpose may be bad - some of the technology is pretty damn cool to learn about...

    •  agreed- but much more to history (1+ / 0-)
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      than the stuff that kills people

    •  We call it the "Hitler" channel at my house. (4+ / 0-)

      Comes from their airing so many Hilter/Nazi shows that one Christmas Day we took bets before clicking on the History Channel and - ta da - sure enough there he was in his mustachioed glory lookin' out at us on Christmas Day.  Don't believe me, then just check them out in October; that's Haunted Hitler month :D

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 02:28:48 AM PST

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      •  but it also plays (1+ / 0-)
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        band of brothers - which was awesome....

        •  Oh yeah, I enjoy the History Channel (1+ / 0-)
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          and History International as well.  It's just that they seem fixated on Hitler...well maybe not as much now as they did several years back, but I promise you they do paranormal Hitler near Halloween.

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 02:36:54 AM PST

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          •  to be honest (1+ / 0-)
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            for people under a certain age - hitler was the last guy EVERYONE (ok 99%) of people in the world could agree to hate... and he lost...

            winners get to write history books, and we (americans for me) happen to like telling stories about things we won, namely WWII

          •  It bugs me that the RWer's make up (1+ / 0-)
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            crappy excuses for all and sundry. And the way they worship the quitta from Wasilla.  There's another one BTW.  Quitta from Wasilla.  Todd quit today.  He quit the Iron Dog race.  The NYT reported it and said it was because his partner was hurt.  The Anchorage Daily News reports it and it's because the handlebars on Palin's partner's snowmobile was broken.  And the competition is a bunch of kids.

            It's hilarious

            I expect the tighty righty media will make up some bullshit reason for T...odd quitting.  (Anyone remember Emily Lutella from SNL?)

            "Vancouver B.C. - the home of the 2010 Winter Owelympics, single payer health care, and single payer car insurance"

            by marigold on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 02:47:36 AM PST

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    •  They Also Do Biblical and Other Religous Prophcy, (0+ / 0-)

      ancient history dominated by Biblical history, search for Noah's Ark, threat of global cooling, physics of alien spaceship propulsion, problems of addiction to narcotics like marijuana, and most of their content rotates among the several "reality" content channels like Discovery and Nat Geo and to some degree Science that I think are all run by the same Montreal company.


      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 05:27:54 AM PST

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  •  I am very bothered by the lying (6+ / 0-)

    I think about those who only watch Fox news.  These people do not know they are being lied to- why should they?  

    And the fear mongering.  When will it stop?

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 03:27:37 AM PST

    •  I agree with you 100% but I am pretty sure (4+ / 0-)

      the lying will get much, much worse the closer we get to the 2010 elections and completely out of hand by 2012.

      The ugly has taken on a life of its own.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. -- Bertrand Russel

      by on2them on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 04:56:21 AM PST

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    •  it isn't just fox news (3+ / 0-)

      The unrefuted lying by pubs, teabaggers and conservatives goes on across the entire cablenet (networks too, although not as bad) spectrum. It shows up in ap items, especially those written by the washington bureau. The big newspapers like wapo and the NYT are also infected by the lying.  

      The problem is, they won't call a lie a lie. I have more problems with that than I do fox news, as the other outlets attract a lot more independents than fox does. fox viewers wouldn't care about the truth if it bit them in the ass. Independents might actually believe some of the bullshit if it's repeated often enough, and the other cablenets and print media ensure it gets repeated ad infinitum.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 05:49:30 AM PST

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      •  Lazy overpaid blow dried GOP stenographers (2+ / 0-)
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        Including David Gregory, Kyra Phillips, Wolf Blitzer (hack). These folks first of all don't report the news; they just read from the daily GOP fax blast. They wouldn't know a follow up question if it ran over them. They continue to repeat the same old memes.

        For instance, why are GOP puns allowed to get away wth calling the Tea Party "the voice of the American people" when polls show that they may be only 10-20% of the electorate? No one corrects them.

        James Baker was funny on Fareed Zakaria. While he was mouthing the same old meme that the country was divided, he corrected himself, acknowledging that Obama had one a substantive victory. But he didn't let that fact get in the way of his talking point.

        Also, the media continues to say that they can't discuss "complicated" issues because people won't pay attention. So they continue the same old misinformation.

        No wonder Obama us trying to leap over TM to get the word out. They are still taking their cues from Cheney and the RNC.

        Never underestimate the ability of the Right to over reach.

        by never forget 2000 on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 07:12:00 AM PST

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  •  Fox news has been the most damaging.... (2+ / 0-)
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    with their one-sided reporting of news. Fox makes no effort to discuss both sides of the issue.  It's been proven by Media Matters they get their talking points from the RNC.
    In my opinion, fox news is most effective with the senior citizens.  The retirement community has hours they can spend in front of the television and most are not computer savvy, so their main source of news is cable news...usually fox.  (I'm thinking of my own parents)

  •  Funny screen shot from a recent Fox News segment (1+ / 0-)
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    "If you give voters a choice between a Republican and a Republican, they'll pick the Republican every time." Harry S. Truman

    by machiado on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 05:25:14 AM PST

  •  Sorry Folks the Problem's the Constitution (0+ / 0-)

    The media are functioning the only way they can in our system. If that's a problem for the American people or for the world, tough, that's our system.

    Of course, it is a system and not Moses tablets, it can be changed. But first somebody has to think of a situation as a problem that can be changed.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 05:29:47 AM PST

    •  Didn't read about the FCC in the Constitution (0+ / 0-)

      WE had a system in place to stop foriegn money from buying our news and media- a system that was dismantled under Reagan

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