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Is Fox News mislabeling party affiliations of politicians on-air for three reasons?
(1) Their first mislabelings were for Foley, apparently trying to confuse the issue of which party was involved in the scandal, and thereby dilute its impact.
(2) Their next mislabelings seemed to be for the purpose of making it appear Democrats rather than Republicans were taking a beating in the polls; again, this helps further confusion regarding both the scandal and shifts in public mood against Republicans.
(3) Mislabeling adds to the general confusion and uncertainty among the public on election issues. Such confusion and uncertainty have been the preferred tools of Republican party leaders over many election cycles now. For it discourages many Democratic and Independent voters from showing up at the polls at all, and successfully tricks others into voting Republican.
But donít such media tricks endanger the voting consistency of Republican voters too? No. It has no effect on the core Republican vote. Because nothing does. Hard core Republican voters aren't affected by such media shenanigans, simply because their minds are closed, and automatically reject any information which challenges their beliefs and lock-step devotion to following orders.1
-- FoxNews Does It Again: Beltway Boys Min. 23: Corker (D-TN)!! Screenshot
-- Fox News mislabels party affiliations AGAIN
-- Bill O'Reilly labels Rep. Foley a Democrat
-- INCREDIBLE! FOX 'NEWS' LABELS FOLEY AS DEM DURING O'REILLY FACTOR!
-- On Fox, Kristol blamed "voters in Florida" for Foley debacle: "[M]aybe they should have known better"
-- Religious Right Strangely Silent About Foley
-- Democrats Have Intensity, but G.O.P. Has Its Machine
-- Book: Bush Aides Called Evangelicals 'Nuts'
"It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power."
-- Tucker Carlson on Chris Matthews Show
-- Tucker to Evangelicals: Chumps
"Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism"
-- Challenging the Culture of Obedience
1. But this isn't only true of the American Republican rank and file: most all nations may harbor a minority of 20-30% at minimum who want (or feel they need) a totalitarian society. How do you think leaders like Hitler ever get their foot in the door in the first place? It's with the help of folks like these. So just as every human being is never any further than one heart beat away from death, no country is ever further than one election from totalitarianism. America's founding fathers tried to protect us from such a fate by dividing government power into three different branches, and restricting the government's power over the media. Alas, they gave us no protection from what could happen if the same party controlled all three branches at once, plus the media-- other than the next election. But what if those in power rig the next election? Or call it off entirely? Or the same business interests control all of government and the media too? That's how nations both great and small meet with calamity.
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