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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:04 PM

Not new, but still pertinent - 14 propaganda techniques used by Faux "news" to brainwash people

http://truth-out.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1964:fourteen-propaganda-techniques-fox-news-uses-to-brainwash-americans

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"1. Panic Mongering. This goes one step beyond simple fear mongering. With panic mongering, there is never a break from the fear. The idea is to terrify and terrorize the audience during every waking moment. From Muslims to swine flu to recession to homosexuals to immigrants to the rapture itself, the belief over at Fox seems to be that if your fight-or-flight reflexes aren't activated, you aren't alive. This of course raises the question: why terrorize your own audience? Because it is the fastest way to bypasses the rational brain. In other words, when people are afraid, they don't think rationally. And when they can't think rationally, they'll believe anything.

2. Character Assassination/Ad Hominem. Fox does not like to waste time debating the idea. Instead, they prefer a quicker route to dispensing with their opponents: go after the person's credibility, motives, intelligence, character, or, if necessary, sanity. No category of character assassination is off the table and no offense is beneath them. Fox and like-minded media figures also use ad hominem attacks not just against individuals, but entire categories of people in an effort to discredit the ideas of every person who is seen to fall into that category, e.g. "liberals," "hippies," "progressives" etc. This form of argument - if it can be called that - leaves no room for genuine debate over ideas, so by definition, it is undemocratic. Not to mention just plain crass.

3. Projection/Flipping. This one is frustrating for the viewer who is trying to actually follow the argument. It involves taking whatever underhanded tactic you're using and then accusing your opponent of doing it to you first. We see this frequently in the immigration discussion, where anti-racists are accused of racism, or in the climate change debate, where those who argue for human causes of the phenomenon are accused of not having science or facts on their side. It's often called upon when the media host finds themselves on the ropes in the debate.

4. Rewriting History. This is another way of saying that propagandists make the facts fit their worldview. The Downing Street Memos on the Iraq war were a classic example of this on a massive scale, but it happens daily and over smaller issues as well. A recent case in point is Palin's mangling of the Paul Revere ride, which Fox reporters have bent over backward to validate. Why lie about the historical facts, even when they can be demonstrated to be false? Well, because dogmatic minds actually find it easier to reject reality than to update their viewpoints. They will literally rewrite history if it serves their interests. And they'll often speak with such authority that the casual viewer will be tempted to question what they knew as fact."

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Reply Not new, but still pertinent - 14 propaganda techniques used by Faux "news" to brainwash people (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 OP
Mnemosyne Aug 2012 #1
BlueJazz Aug 2012 #2
Mnemosyne Aug 2012 #3
siligut Aug 2012 #4
silverweb Aug 2012 #5

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:18 PM

1. More pertinent than ever. Thank you, NRLib! nt

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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:23 PM

2. Pssst!...Fox news >

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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:26 PM

3. "Collective personality disorder"... "viewer feels almost as though they've been let into a secret

society".

It is fairly easy to spot these techniques on Faux, but too many don't look any further. Many channels promote US propaganda, it is just not as blatant as Faux.

I think it's an excellent article.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:27 PM

4. This should be taught in junior high-school

And retaught in high-school. Of course, Texas wants schools to stop teaching critical thinking skills, so maybe not.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:43 AM

5. Marvelous article.

Unfortunately, the people who need to see through Fox's (and others') deception most will never, ever read it.

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