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'Right wing' Pundits are Con-men?

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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Con men like Rush and Beck are one of the reasons the Republicans are in such dire straits today. Because they don’t care about winning elections. They care about separating rubes from their money. They’ve discovered there’s a fortune to be made by convincing a small portion of America under the illusion that they are always under attack from Mexicans, or ACORN, or Planned Parenthood, or gays, or takers, global warming hoaxers. It doesn’t matter. They don’t want a majority. They want a mailing list. A list of the kind of gullible Honey Boo Boos out there who think that there’s a war on Christmas, and that the socialist policies of our Kenyan president have been so disastrous that the end of our world is coming.

I’m not exaggerating. Go to any right wing website, and you’ll see ads for prepper bags, and water purifiers, and survival seeds, also known as seeds. And for years, Beck, Hannity, and other radio hosts endorsed Goldline. A company that sales gold coins to frightened old people for twice what they’re worth. Why not just hogtie your audience and steal their disability checks? After all, we are talking about people who spend actual money on a children’s book by a fat adulterer and a peroxide blonde from another dimension.

Glenn Beck has only 300,000 subscribers, so they’ll never be a majority, but it doesn’t matter. Maybe they can only vote once every two years, but they can buy the same book every three weeks. The exact same book over, and over, and over again. I don’t know being a Republican means having to have your faith recharged five times a day like Dick Cheney’s heart. Because there’s no comparable industry on the left devoted to separating liberals from their cash, unless you count Whole Foods.


The concepts of perpetual minority status and persecution are what keep the right wing media machine going. It doesn’t matter that the right controls the largest cable news network and dominates talk radio. The genius of Fox News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, etc. is that they have been able to sell themselves as the minority battling a mythic liberal media monolith when the reality is the exact opposite. They are each the top rated network and programs on their platforms.

Maher’s introduction of two contradictory explanations for why these rubes are getting suckered illustrates how the left is still baffled by the mechanics of right wing media. Bill Maher called the people who give the Becks and Limbaughs of the right wing world their money gullible, but he also suggested that they are being guided by a faith in their ideology.

When the behavior of consumers of far right media is examined, they behave more like true believers than gullible souls. They keep tuning in to Fox News, talk radio, and visiting right wing websites because they truly believe that they are in a battle for survival. They are like an end of days cult that has convinced itself that the presidency of Barack Obama is bringing about the demise of not just the republic, but of all society. (This is why they keep talking about their “way of life” being under attack.)

It is this devoted belief that allows them to argue that violent intruders could invade their home at any minute, so they must be allowed to buy as much weaponry as possible.

They really believe, and that is why they keep watching Fox, tuning in to Rush, buying the same redundant books that have been written by conservatives for the last 50, and getting their “news” from right wing websites.

Fox News, Beck, Limbaugh, and rest are tent revival preachers going 21st Century door to door making oodles of money by evangelizing conservatism’s “good word.” The problem is that these right wing political snake oil salesmen are one of the three most influential forces in the Republican Party. These people who have no interest in policy are shaping the policies and attitudes of elected Republicans. The few million people who get separated from their cash aren’t stupid. They are true believers who have been brainwashed by lies and conspiracies in order to be exploited for profit and gain.

Of course, the people who most need to hear Maher’s message have already determined that he is a dirty liberal socialist who is spreading Obama propaganda.

Some people will never learn.

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Thoughts?

 


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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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I am biased because my MIL is addicted to Fox News and calls us all the time to discuss with alarm what she hears. We don't watch Fox News (which she can't believe) and we keep telling her that and suggest that she stop watching all the time but she still calls to see if we're watching. So, at least in MY experience, this description of Fox News is accurate.
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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....

AlekD
by Gold Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I think we would all be better served by sticking to actual news stories and coming up with our own commentary, rather than relying on celebrities to tell us what our opinions are.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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I am not okay with any one being a racist or islamophobe.

I thought Bill Maher was a comedian-Has this changed?


[Edit] I am pointing this out because Liberals that do watch him understand he is a comedian. If he makes a jab at someone or something we don't think, "We must hate those people and repress them". If he says something scares him we don't say, "We need to fear that! Ban it! Stop it! Hate it!".

If he says something worthwhile we might look on it and reflect on it. But what we don't do is accept it wihout any critical thinking or without getting further information.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....



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by HRH of MJ on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:

  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....

He's not racist and hates ALL religions, bashes them all equally. One can like him and appreciate some of his points w/o agreeing with him on everything.

ETA- are you capable of refuting his points or only able to bash the source? I thought y'all claimed that was a Liberal tactic.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

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by HRH of MJ on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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Quoting AlekD:

I think we would all be better served by sticking to actual news stories and coming up with our own commentary, rather than relying on celebrities to tell us what our opinions are.

I agree that we should form our own opinions but when I read or hear something that makes sense to me, regardless of the source, I pay attention and add it to the info I already have to help me form my own conclusions.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM



Quoting Friday:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....

He's not racist and hates ALL religions, bashes them all equally. One can like him and appreciate some of his points w/o agreeing with him on everything.

ETA- are you capable of refuting his points or only able to bash the source? I thought y'all claimed that was a Liberal tactic.


No actually like many prominent Atheists he has said all religions are not alike.

Maher says there is something different about Islam, nothing that "there is no other religion that is asking for the death" of people who dare to criticize it.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting Friday:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....

He's not racist and hates ALL religions, bashes them all equally. One can like him and appreciate some of his points w/o agreeing with him on everything.

ETA- are you capable of refuting his points or only able to bash the source? I thought y'all claimed that was a Liberal tactic.


No actually like many prominent Atheists he has said all religions are not alike.

Maher says there is something different about Islam, nothing that "there is no other religion that is asking for the death" of people who dare to criticize it.

And? He's allowed to be ignorant on some things and his fans are allowed to disagree with him. I don't pretend he's perfect and disagree with him on a few issues but he tries to get opposing opinions for his show and doesn't shout over them like the right wing pundits I've seen/heard. Bill calls out both sides and even calls Ann Coulter a friend. He certainly isn't into fearmongering like many on the right.

Can't address the OP, huh? Must hit home since you have nothing except attacking the source.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting Friday:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....

He's not racist and hates ALL religions, bashes them all equally. One can like him and appreciate some of his points w/o agreeing with him on everything.

ETA- are you capable of refuting his points or only able to bash the source? I thought y'all claimed that was a Liberal tactic.


No actually like many prominent Atheists he has said all religions are not alike.

Maher says there is something different about Islam, nothing that "there is no other religion that is asking for the death" of people who dare to criticize it.

I knew I should have taken his name out of the article since some on the right get absolutely rabid over him. The way some on the left get over Rush.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting Friday:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

  It's interesting how libs are okay with Bill Maher being a racist islamophoba....

He's not racist and hates ALL religions, bashes them all equally. One can like him and appreciate some of his points w/o agreeing with him on everything.

ETA- are you capable of refuting his points or only able to bash the source? I thought y'all claimed that was a Liberal tactic.


No actually like many prominent Atheists he has said all religions are not alike.

Maher says there is something different about Islam, nothing that "there is no other religion that is asking for the death" of people who dare to criticize it.

And this is a perfect example of the point we are making. Liberals and people who listen to Bill Maher can hear him and think, "No-He is wrong in saying/doing that" and we keep our own belief system.

There are people who will hear Hannity, Glenn Beck or Rush and think, "He is absolutely right. Those people are a threat.".

Or in the case of this article, "He is right. I better buy survival seeds, gold bars, and survival gear".


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