Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Savaging Palin...the Hangover...

The mainstream media has achieved their at-all-costs goal of an Obama victory. So what of the unprecedented savagery unleashed upon the Republican VP pick? What does this bode for the future of journalism, or more importantly, the ability of the average Joe or Joanne to be reasonably well informed?

It does not bode well.'s Camille Paglia words it more eloquently than I could, and realise this is from a far-left website who hardly have a respectable thing to say about any conservative:

Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology -- contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.

I could not agree more. The sheer will of the mainstream to veil anything detrimental to the Democrat ticket meant all bets were off, all rulebooks thrown away (if indeed there were any). The lows to which they sunk to sink Palin are now going to be normal. That is frightening.

And then there's this survey, a further insight into the sheer power of the mass media over people's everyday perceptions. This is not intended as a slight on Obama supporters. I will be more than happy to stand corrected should BHO do a sterling job as POTUS. But that's not the point. The point is that this jealously guarded power of the main media cannot keep on like this without doing some serious social harm.

Before we dismiss this as an insignificant or biased snapshot of Obama voters, there was this Zogby poll:

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet.....

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey, a "comedian" Palin impersonator who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

I repeat: this is not to question the intelligence of Obama supporters. What this survey does is literally track the path of media indoctrination.

Get informed- turn off your TV.

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