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Dumbing down is  the deliberate oversimplification of intellectual content within  education, literature, cinema, news, video games and culture in order to  relate to those unable to assimilate more sophisticated information. (from Wikipedia)
Media manipulation is a series of related techniques in which partisans create an image or argument that favours their particular interests. Such tactics may include the use of logical fallacies and propaganda techniques, and often involve the suppression of information or points of view by crowding them out, by inducing other people or groups of people to stop listening to certain arguments, or by simply diverting attention elsewhere. In Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes, Jacques Ellul writes that public opinion can only express itself through channels which are provided by the mass media of communication-without which there could be no propaganda.
Judge: trump Violates 1st Amendment by Blocking Twitter Users Over Views
(AP) 23 May 2018
"Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional," she wrote. More

Fox News Apologizes for Implying Eagles' Players Knelt During Anthem
Zach Ertz @ZERTZ_86 June5, 2018
This can’t be serious.... Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this... https://twitter.com/foxnews/status/1003845673073238016 … More

What's with this "trump ruins reputations" argle-bargle all of a sudden?
Murfster35   May 06, 2018
More and more media analysts are bemoaning the fact that His Lowness tarnishes the reputation of everybody he comes in contact with, their reputations just turn to dust like a vampire poked with an oak stake. More

trump starts the morning by proposing to throw the media out of the White House
Mark Sumner  Daily Kos Staff  May 09, 2018
It’s a very neat equation. Anything negative about Trump is automatically “Fake.” So rather than have Sarah Huckabee Sanders run out every day and face, you know, questions … wouldn’t it be simpler to just take away the media’s credentials? Except, of course, for Fox News and select alt-right websites. Free up some space for the Enquirer. More
Paul Jay: Threats facing Humanity, Russiagate & the Role of Independent Media
 March 16, 2018
In this interview with the senior editor and founder of The Real News Network, Paul Jay, acTVism examines the threats facing humanity today, Russiagate and what issues independent media outlets should be prioritizing More

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: 'Really sorry'
Mar.21.2018
A NY Times reporter who interviewed Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg's former mentor Roger McNamee join Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the CEO's response to reports the Trump campaign's digital firm, Cambridge Analytica, secretly harvested private user information. More

Fox's Shepard Smith: CNN is not 'fake news'
By Nikita Vladimirov - 02/24/17
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith defended CNN on Friday after the news organization was barred from spokesman Sean Spicer’s question-and-answer session at the White House. More

TAKE ACTION >> Our democracy relies on the free flow of information guaranteed by Net Neutrality.
 
Donald Trump's new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman wants to give big cable companies like Comcast and Verizon the power to censor what you can see and say online, or to charge you extra for using sites like Netflix, Youtube, and Facebook. We The People must fight back. More
Washington’s ‘governing elite’ think Americans are morons By Jeff Guo
“Many civil servants expressed utter contempt for the citizens they served,” they write in their book, “What Washington Gets Wrong.” “Further, we found a wide gulf between the life experiences of ordinary Americans and the denizens of official Washington. We were left deeply worried about the health and future of popular government in the United States.” More
“alt-right” defined for what it is!!
12/2/16 - Times joined the Associated Press with a memo to the newsroom flatly describing “alt-right” as “a racist, far-right fringe movement that embraces an ideology of white nationalism and is anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-feminist.” It said the term is appropriate to use — but not without defining it. More
That's it! I'm Done With MSNBC!!
By Brianm1968ca Sep 02, 2016
Down the line of primary season, the usual pundits spent way too much time tweeting hypothetical questions, playing the devil’s advocate and Hillary was always on the receiving end.   The amount of free passes given to Donald Trump on every network has been appalling. More

This literally made me think - Is Technology killing our humanity??
 
Yvonne Wade - I think this guy is absolutely right! I think it's time for us all to put down and finally start to interact with one another  again   More
Thank You, Al Franken, For Calling Out The Media
 By mattoqp Jul 26, 2016   
he media has let Trump get away with things they would slam Hillary for doing.  Over and over again, the news media has acted as if Trump isn't subject to the same rules as Hillary Clinton or any other political candidate.  More
Note to the Washington Post: Go to hell
 By Barbara Morrill Sunday Jul 31, 2016   
It’s also possible that the controversy could help Trump, at least among those considering supporting him, if voters begin to see it as another example of elite-driven political correctness by the media and political establishment. More
Elite-driven political correctness? Seriously? Go to hell.
Loathsome ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani spewing hate
Linda Stasi NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, July 9, 2016,
Instead of laying off their ugly rhetoric while too many families were trying to heal from last week’s horrific violence and death, has-been and should-be has-been right-wing politicians took to social media and TV to spew their hate and point their trigger fingers at those trying to heal the hate. More
Republican with a fat arrest record, Darrell Issa, says charge Hillary—or face government shutdown
By Leslie Salzillo (July 2016)
Rep. Darrell Issa's past includes arrests for weapons charges and auto theft, suspicions of arson, and accusations of intimidation with a gun, but you'd hardly know it from the media's recent coverage of the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. More
Can't Help But Wonder??
at how this TV commercial would play out if the teenager was black and the cop white?? Is it even within the realm of possiility that such a commercial could be aired  More
An email I received (from c-man)
It is long, but I think worth considering More

Humorous insight into Trump and how bizarre this moment in history is
Trump's Television Takeover
 
 In this week's #TheOKeefeBrief, Benjamin O'Keefe goes after one of Donald J. Trump's biggest supporters: The media More
Nader: The U.S. Political & Media System Is Designed to Obstruct, Silence Third-Party Candidates Democracy Now May 10, 2016
Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader talks about how the U.S. political system is designed to exclude third-party candidates from the debates and media More

You may be amazed at the number of gun incidents that national media never reports -
see "The only thing that stops a good guy with a gun" on the
Extremism/Guns/Terror page!
Dumbing down Dad: How media present husbands, fathers as useless By Sarah PetersenUpdated: April 3 2016
It's not hard to find. If you watch TV, then you've most likely witnessed the portrayal of the modern-day husband and father as lazy, incompetent and stupid. Just these three characteristics are sure to bring to mind one commercial or sitcom that personifies this type of man...More
 
“Chevy, Chevy, Chevy”  “They’re all Chevies!”
"That’s the dream to have WIFI in the car"-ash!

OMG, one can’t help being amazed at this video's sheer brilliance, but beware, you may experience moderate to severe heartburn! -->
 



 
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