Hi (anonymous name here);
I truly believe this has been going on for a while. The whole idea that someone who is a media figure can speak for a whole movement of grassroots beginnings is a real scary idea. The fact that no matter what people do (And I include the bloggers, who according to the media themselves during the last election, turned the tide of people's opinion. Those of us who actually did the fact checking, voting record research, statements matching profiles, etc.)
I personally was feeding statistics I could find and the whole "John McCain's Houses" thing, the Keating 5 scandal, and the McCain Naval History / Jet Crash Record, and the "John McCain dumped his wife to marry someone he had an affair with" real stories to the Obama election campaign people and the media and NO ONE USED half of what I said, because, unfortunately, we decided to keep it a fair fight. I can tell you my high school football coach would have never done that. The good thing that resulted from it, though was that Obama's campaign people weren't found to be LYING about anything but McCain / Palin were telling at least 21 per day average. (That is an actual statistic collected by the fact checkers from Media Matters.)
I know you heard the whole Sarah Palin Mama Grizzlies thing, you know she tried to hijack the message and make it sound like Mama Grizzlies were Pro Life by saying they stated they were protective / defensive of their cubs.
Here is what they said about her message:
Everything she has said has been the opposite of either her personal actions or the facts in history like when she said John McCain has always been FOR regulation which even he admitted completely wrong. Fox News likes to show the tea baggers rallies but they don't show you this part:
I think the whole Ron Paul / Conservative Libertarian thing was part of the beginning of the end for liberals, if we allow it to continue. Ron Paul, per Wikipedia, has a more conservative voting record than any Republican in congress or for that matter ANY OTHER CONGRESSMAN. He is a conservative crackpot that thinks NO RULES would work in America as it is right now. The guys who broke or bent all the rules want to have NO RULES and that is scary because nut cases like Rand and Ron Paul want exactly that, on top of the stupidest non-working financial policies that I have ever seen. He wants to get rid of the I.R.S. and Federal Income Tax (Can you imagine if the individual states like for instance Florida was in charge of their own system?) and the Federal Reserve. I support these but it will take forever to implement them and that can't happen during a financial downturn. Here is some more of his politicizing rhetoric that has already been proven wrong by our troop return from Iraq first, then Afghanistan, and deployment INTO Pakistan.
This shows him talking out of his a** again accusing everyone else for what he and his Republican buddies instituted. He got owned in this video. The Muja Adim were NOT THE TALIBAN but he infers that since they were from Afghanistan, they were the same thing.
As Ron Paul himself pointed out earlier we were not attacked by Afghanistan or Iraq on 9/11, but on that day no one knew that, including Ron Paul. But he helped perpetuate the rumors that got us into Afghanistan in the first place. His voting record.
And the Wikipedia version of the truth by his critics:
Socialism B.S. screamed by the teabaggers:
Arizona and Alaska receive more federal money for roads, subsidies, etc. than half of the other states combined and John McCain lies and says he doesn't get "earmarks". He gets plenty of them but for his own agenda. So, guess where our No Earmarks Republican Candidates came from last election? Arizona and Alaska, of course. People are screaming about socialism when they don't realize EVERY road, street light, stop sign, etc. along with the police and fire departments are paid for by government. Intervention in our lives is something we have voted for and demanded and the teabaggers won't admit it. (I refuse to let them take over the tea party movement , gun control activists, that had nothing to do with this FAUX NEWS movement) and I believe the whole name change thing was also in the game plan, if you agree, call them what they were, the teabagger movement. They SAY they changed the name (It actually is a nickname for (the urban dictionary statement):
To insert one's hairy balls into the mouth of what is occasionally a member of the opposite sex, sometimes, if the person is gay, they will insert it into someone of the same sex.
Petey teabagged Veronica so bad, she choked and died on his peubic hair.
when Rachell Maddow and Ana Marie Cox exposed what that meant by snickering about it on the news. Now that you know what it meant, that makes this more understandable that a gay woman found so hilarious. When you listen to the statements it is pretty funny.
to the tea party movement because they didn't realize that was a really bad connotated message referring to homosexual reference to something most people knew, and that they were too out of touch to understand previous to signing off their name in public media representation. The interesting thing to me is that they are asking in this interview whether Republicans and the tea baggers are separating. That is a point that most Republican conservatives miss and another issue that Fox News is trying to camouflage. My main point in all of this is that FAUX NEWS, as Denise so appropriately nicknamed them, is trying to, as you put it, "muddy the waters", on everything. If they can't take over the message they will confuse it. As Aldous Huxley stated in the book, "Brave New World" which they used in the introduction for the movie version, "He who controls information, controls the world." And unfortunately that guy is the one Jon Stewart called a "2 legged basset hound". Rupert Murdoch, of course, the Tabloid King who is now half owned by the same Saudi (Muslim) Arab royal, Alwaleed bin Talal, who also was part of the whole "Bush Family Arab Connection".
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When it comes to Martin Luther King, like Al Sharpton said, if you are only middle aged (between forty and forty five), you don't even remember what happened because you weren't alive then. Those of us who were alive and old enough to remember (I was in grammar school) should all scream from the rooftops (extreme exaggeration statement) or the actual equivalent, go online to as many sites as possible, make ourselves known as having been a real American who really lived through the civil rights movement and demand an apology from Glen "the phony civil rights activist" Beck.
My own saying that all liberals in this environment should adopt:
"Preponderance of a lie doesn't make it the truth." I need a t-shirt with that on it and it should be worn by all liberals at the next pre-election ceremony.
Steve in Phoenix