Reality check for Fox propaganda system

Hard on the heels of a study from Farleigh Dickinson University that showed the effectiveness of Fox propaganda — “[T]here is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” i.e. “Fox News Makes People Stupid” — comes a useful reality check from MoveOn about the “GOP Air Force’s” attacks on the Occupy Movement:

MYTH #1: The congressional Super Committee failed because both sides refuse to compromise.

REALITY: The Super Committee failed because Republicans’ number one, non-negotiable priority is to protect millionaires and billionaires from paying even one more penny in taxes.1 Democrats repeatedly offered deep spending cuts (far deeper than most progressives would like) in exchange for raising taxes on the wealthy and closing corporate loopholes, only to be refused again and again.2 So even though the vast majority of Americans say they want to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits, and raise taxes on the rich and corporations,3 that won’t happen until Republicans put aside their extremist stance.

MYTH #2: Nobody knows what Occupy Wall Street is about.

REALITY: Occupy Wall Street may not have a formal list of demands, but anyone who’s been paying attention understands the core problems that occupiers are protesting–that corporations have far too much power in our political system, that Wall Street banks crashed our economy but were never held accountable, and that the richest 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans–156 million people–combined.4

MYTH #3: Occupiers should stop protesting and just get a job.

REALITY: As anybody who’s looked for a job in the last few years knows, there just aren’t jobs out there. That’s a big part of why occupiers are protesting. In September, there were four times as many unemployed people as job openings.5 And for those who are lucky enough to find a job, median wages today are lower than they were a decade ago.6

The list continues on the flip:

MYTH #4: Occupy Wall Street is intent on provoking violence, especially against banks and the police.

REALITY: Occupations across the country have committed themselves to nonviolent protest, in the greatest traditions of protest movements. Some of their protests have been met with acts of police violence–tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets7–but in many cases, protesters have reminded police that the police are part of the 99%, too.8 And in the few cases when people have shown up at occupations and committed acts of vandalism, other protesters have even repaired their acts of vandalism.9

MYTH #5: The biggest crisis facing our country is out of control government spending.

REALITY: The two biggest drivers of our deficit–by far–are the economic crash and the Bush tax cuts.10 We have millions of people out of work, corporations hoarding cash, and factories sitting idle. If we put all those people back to work–rebuilding infrastructure, educating our children, and researching new technologies–it’ll shrink the deficit and make our economy stronger for the long haul. And we can easily afford it if we make sure the rich–who are taking home a larger percentage of income than any time since 191711–pay their fair share.

Sources:
1. “No, ‘both sides’ aren’t equally to blame for supercommittee failure,” The Washington Post, November 21, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/no-both-sides-arent-equally-to-blame-for-supercommittee-failure/2011/11/21/gIQAj31ehN_blog.html

2. “Wonkbook: In supercommittee, Dems moved right and Republicans moved righter,” The Washington Post, November 22, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/wonkbook-which-party-gave-more-ground-in-the-supercommittee/2011/11/22/gIQAVugkkN_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein

3. “CNN Poll: What The Super Committee Produced Is…Exactly What We Don’t Want,” Talking Points Memo, November 21, 2011

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/cnn-poll-what-the-super-committee-produced-isexactly-what-we-dont-want.php

“Medicare, Social Security & The Deficit,” National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, September 2011

http://www.ncpssm.org/pdf/poll.pdf

4. “Michael Moore says 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined,” Politifact Wisconsin, March 10, 2011

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/mar/10/michael-moore/michael-moore-says-400-americans-have-more-wealth-/

5. “Fact: 4 job seekers per opening in U.S.,” CNN, September 12, 2011

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/12/fact-4-job-seekers-per-opening-in-u-s/

6. “Median household income,” Wikipedia, Accessed November 22, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_household_income#Median_household_income_and_the_US_economy

7. “Occupy movement: police reaction in pictures,” The Guardian, November 21, 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2011/nov/22/occupy-movement-police-brutality-pictures

8. “Occupy Demonstrators Mark Two Months of Protests,” NPR, November 17, 2011

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/17/142462305/occupy-demonstrators-mark-two-months-of-protests

9. “Occupy Oakland protesters assist in cleanup efforts,” News 10 ABC, November 3, 2011

http://www.news10.net/news/article/161383/2/Occupy-Oakland-protesters-assist-in-cleanup-efforts-

10. “Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 10, 2011

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3490

11. “Income Inequality Is At An All-Time High: STUDY,” The Huffington Post, September 14, 2009

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/14/income-inequality-is-at-a_n_259516.html



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6 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. You are getting warmer

    Not to give away the answer, but, well, to think of Foxcuckooland and “Occupy Televisionland” in the same sentence like this is definitely a step in the whight direction.

    Happy days.

  2. Fox News is the king of ratings

    I don’t switch to Fox. McDonald’s on 343 Cochituate plays only Fox News. Nobody pays attention. I enjoyed Vanilla Ice when to the extreme where he was taking it, but I object to all the ugly un-American yellow snake flags I see in my workplace, in Jamaica Plain, in Occupy Boston, and especially when my facebook contact Andi O’Toole swapped it in as her profile pic… Anyway, it’s official midnight. Happy Thanksgiving, USA

  3. Most of these myths are

    conventional wisdom now. That didn’t require too many raids from the “GOP airforce”.

    That’s because the GOP works hard to make both its issues and its candidates win, whereas the Democratic Party only works to make its candidates win. And the result is just what you saw here in the special election: Coakley runs on healthcare reform which should be popular but isn’t so she loses. In a state as Democratic as ours, anyone running, as Scott Brown did, on being the 41st vote against healthcare reform should have lost overwhelmingly.

    Unless the national party changes its ways, these myths are doomed to become “what everyone knows”. I’d be surprised if the Obama campaign committee can find the magic platitude to overcome so many losses in the propaganda war. “Win the Future” didn’t work. What’ll they try next?

  4. I stopped reading when I got to this line...

    …comes a useful reality check from MoveOn …

    • Shooting the messenger

      I guess you didn’t bother to note the sources offered beyond moveon.

      Really, John, how do you expect us to take you seriously when you won’t even READ material that challenges your opinions?

      Do you have any comment on the substance of the three myths?

    • Truth hurts

      But it is the only solution if you aspire to be a member of a reality-based community. If, however, surreality is your thing, there is a fine exemplar of that kind of thinking just one click away.

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