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Watching man on the street interviews of Republicans on MSNBC. (Original Post) Cousin Dupree Apr 2019 OP
Nobody ever went broke betting on the public's stupidity. Funtatlaguy Apr 2019 #1
The media feeds their brains SHRED Apr 2019 #2
They simply think everything to do with Trump ScratchCat Apr 2019 #3
the Binary choices go beyond Trump. maxsolomon Apr 2019 #10
You are correct. Caliman73 Apr 2019 #12
It's in human nature to be binary, as you note maxsolomon Apr 2019 #13
Did you ever watch the kids movie The Croods? Caliman73 Apr 2019 #17
Not very bright?? They're fucking stupid! It's that simple. DontBooVote Apr 2019 #4
Want to be appalled? maxsolomon Apr 2019 #15
That was beyond belief. nt UniteFightBack Apr 2019 #18
"Not very bright " was sarcastic. Ok, they're fucking stupid! That's what I really meant! Cousin Dupree Apr 2019 #16
Who was the comedian that had that line about... bearsfootball516 Apr 2019 #5
George Carlin? spooky3 Apr 2019 #6
I think so! bearsfootball516 Apr 2019 #7
George Carlin Blecht Apr 2019 #8
I hate these because it's just anecdotes from people who want to talk to reporters. hedda_foil Apr 2019 #9
Flibberdigibbets. maxsolomon Apr 2019 #11
They need to get busy informing the public. eShirl Apr 2019 #14


(28,136 posts)
2. The media feeds their brains
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:45 AM
Apr 2019

And then they regurgitate it back to the media thinking they are somehow having an original thought.

It's an incestuous relationship.


(1,833 posts)
3. They simply think everything to do with Trump
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:46 AM
Apr 2019

is a binary choice. To them, to admit Trump is wrong would be an admission that Democrats or Liberals or Hillary Clinton are "right". That can not be in their fantasy world, because their side is the "good guys" and everyone else is the "bad guys". It would take Hannity or Limbaugh or someone to tell them to turn on Trump before they do(and I mean the cultists, not the run-of-the-mill GOPers who held their know and voted for him because of Hillary).


(32,170 posts)
10. the Binary choices go beyond Trump.
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:45 AM
Apr 2019

EVERYTHING is a binary choice in America, particularly to Conservatives.

Happy Holidays? YOU HATE JESUS!
License Military-Style Semi-Automatic weapons? YOU HATE AMERICA!



(11,399 posts)
12. You are correct.
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:59 AM
Apr 2019

People who tend toward conservative political ideals are often binary thinkers. They have a personal sense of "right and wrong" that is almost trapped in a child like developmental state.

When speaking with children at around 5 to 8 years old and offering them the scenario about a person "stealing" medications to prevent their child from dying, the children will almost always say that stealing is wrong and is the problem within the story, not acknowledging that there may be moral, ethical, and even legal prerogatives that supersede the theft. Conservatives have a similar reaction although as a adults their responses are not quite as simplistic and would be something like, "Well he could have gone to a charity and gotten help", but still fall along the lines that the answer is simple.

When listening to mainstream media and especially more liberal leaning media, we often hear about the complexity of a situation. As infuriating as CNN and MSNBC can be for inviting and letting conservatives try to spin a situation, they do so for a couple of reasons. One, is to not appear biased to one point of view. Two, to show that there is complexity in the way people are processing a situation. Nuance is often mistaken for weakness when we are tired of hearing the conservatives lying or spinning their message. Conservative media is much more simplistic. They tell their listeners exactly who is to blame and feed into their childlike idea of "right and wrong" even though conservative media is almost always wrong or blatantly lying.

The mindset, in my opinion precedes the media and the media only perpetuates the mindset.


(32,170 posts)
13. It's in human nature to be binary, as you note
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:05 PM
Apr 2019

Maturity, education, empathy cloud and grey the on/off, right/wrong impulses we all harbor.

Conservatives (and Authoritarians of every stripe) weaponize this impulse. Countering oversimplification is a constant battle.


(11,399 posts)
17. Did you ever watch the kids movie The Croods?
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:14 PM
Apr 2019

The dad character at the beginning of the story, is the epitome of a conservative thinker.


(32,170 posts)
15. Want to be appalled?
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:07 PM
Apr 2019

Jimmy Kimmel's staff asking people on the street in LA to simply identify a country on a map of the globe:


(6,361 posts)
5. Who was the comedian that had that line about...
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:03 AM
Apr 2019

Imagine how stupid you think the American public is, then realize that half of them are actually more stupid than that?


(16,311 posts)
9. I hate these because it's just anecdotes from people who want to talk to reporters.
Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:22 AM
Apr 2019

Polls aren't always the best but they're far more representative than this nonsense.

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