Thoughtlets .viii.

Stand in one room while the television is on in the other. Now see if you can distinguish the voices of Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) and Tucker Carlson (Fox News). I can’t. Notice that it’s not just their voices that are similar, it’s their style. Each sounds like a pouty prepubescent child who, in a jealous fit of high dudgeon, tattles on the teacher’s pet, Becky Merkelstein. You wouldn’t think Becky is so great if you saw her stick her tongue out at the crippled boy! This grade school tactic has a purpose. Maddow and Carlson are not simply delivering a political commentary, they’re telling you how you should feel about it, namely angry.



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  1. I like your Thoughtlets – excellent idea for a blog!

    It seems to me that most of what is delivered as ‘news’ now is actually a biased opinion. I’ve read that this is called ‘Accountability Journalism’, and came about in 2008 when Associated Press Bureau Chief, Ron Fournier, said he believed that the conventional press model – where both sides of an argument are entitled to equal weight – was no longer needed in journalism. In it’s place, he gave free reign to first-person emotive language in news reporting.
    Scott Adams believes that the public, if they consume news from only one bias, are being assigned their opinions, rather than forming them. If you factor in the bias built into social media and search engines, then humans are being controlled, to a degree, by AI.

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