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We Are The Problem
Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 04/03/2014 1:41:43 PM PDT by Kaslin

Progressives are awful people willing to exploit anything and anyone to advance their agenda. From the human props trotted out at every White House event to former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings mocking Andrew Breitbart’s death to push Obamacare, there’s no line they won’t cross, no lie they won’t tell, to force their government religion on people who simply want to be left alone.

Force is the cornerstone of the progressive philosophy. Hundreds of millions of people were slaughtered in the name of “progress” in the last century. Lynchings, forced sterilizations and “work” camps may have morphed into “anti-poverty programs,” speech codes and various marches for “rights,” but the goal remains unchanged – control.

Progressives have learned the lessons of the 20th century – public relations trumps all. You can do anything, no matter how despicable, as long as you couple it with flowery prose and staged visuals. Propaganda is king, and stated intentions supersede actual results. Progressives cheer Obamacare as a way to “help” people but ignore the millions harmed by it. They “meant well,” and meaning well is more important than the reality of harm.

Having the media on their side helps. They’re so far in the tank for the agenda they’d make the progressive propagandists of the last century, from the Soviet Union and Germany to China and Cuba, blush.

The media being as loyal as a Labrador is the world as it now exists. That Sheryl Attkisson was run out of CBS News for treating the Obama administration with the same skepticism with which her colleagues treated the Bush administration serves as a testament to the fact the “Fourth Estate” has become a “Fifth Column.”

Blame for what journalism has become lies firmly with its perpetrators, but this didn’t occur in a vacuum. That it was allowed to be co-opted by the left – along with the rest of pop culture – is not progressives’ fault. To assign blame for that, find the nearest reflective surface.

The metastasizing of the progressive philosophy, and the acceptance of lies as truth, is aided and steered by the George Soroses of the world, but it was and is funded by us.

With rare exception, conservatives have abandoned Hollywood, the media and academia, areas in which they were once major players. The empowerment of progressives in politics isn’t the cause of that shift, it is the result. And those institutions simply cannot survive without money from those they seek to defeat.

Every movie ticket or newspaper we buy, every second we spend on any given television network is another dollar going into the coffers of the forces pushing the agenda conservatives oppose. We are feeding the beast.

Dropping out of society is not an option. Living as Luddites and avoiding everything that feeds the progressive beast is impossible. But not all is lost. The beast is as dependent upon that money as any junkie is to heroin, and in that money is power.

No. 13 in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals is “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The extreme left does this regularly – “Bridgegate” is the worst thing to ever happen to human beings and is presented as such daily. Maybe it’s about time we play by their rules.

Progressives are easy to mobilize – they seek fulfillment, meaning and, in many cases, the justification for their existence in others. When you cede control of your life to external forces, you jump when they say jump. Conservatives are individuals, and they have jobs, so taking to the streets simply doesn’t happen on the right. Occupy Wall Street had a ready-made army of layabouts who saw no problem with building “rape-free tents.” Tea Party members have to work in the morning.

But there are things that can be done without ceasing to shower and casually accepting sexual assault. Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it, so to speak. People won’t stop going to movies, listening to music or consuming news. But if one target – or even part of one – were chosen, an impact could be made, and perhaps the beast might begin to correct itself.

NBC is the embodiment of the bastardization of news, entertainment and the progressive agenda, and Meet The Press is its crown jewel. Its ratings have been abysmal, sinking ever lower since David Gregory took the helm. But they’ve stuck with him and their four-or-five-to-one ratio of progressives to conservatives as guests. Last Sunday, after a week when a half-dozen elected Democrats were arrested across the country for everything from corruption and bribery to child pornography, Meet The Press covered traffic in New Jersey from September of last year. In short, it’s awful.

While its ratings are down (it comes in third of the four Sunday shows) it still rates. Why watch it? What do you miss by not watching it? What of any importance would you miss if you didn’t watch it? Anything newsworthy immediately will be posted on any number of websites. But it would hurt NBC. Even lower ratings would lower advertising rates, which would mean less money to sustain the progressive propaganda outfit known as NBC News (including MSNBC). It would send a message that would either force change back to honest journalism or kill Meet The Press. It doesn’t matter which outcome results, results would be the outcome.

Taking on the Progressive Media Complex whole cloth isn’t possible unless everyone immediately becomes Amish and unplugs. That won’t happen, nor should it. But conservatives should not continue to feed the beast that views them as the enemy, to fund its assault against everything we hold true. Meet The Press is an institution, and it’s a vulnerable target. It’s time to freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. This Sunday, and every Sunday for the month of April, turn off Meet The Press. Don’t DVR it, don’t watch it later, don’t let anyone in your house watch it. You won’t miss it, but you will send a message.

If you’re sick of having your beliefs attacked by self-proclaimed journalists who misinform and flat-out lie to the American people, stop feeding the beast. Dr. Frankenstein can complain about the monster all he wants, but he created it. And conservatives can complain about media bias till the cows come home, but we’re feeding it. And until that stops, nothing is going to change.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: leftwingmedia; progressives; teaparty

1 posted on 04/03/2014 1:41:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I have never watched Meet the Press and I don’t watch anything else on NBC or any other alphabet network either.
But are there really enough conservatives who still do watch MTP to make a difference if they stopped?


2 posted on 04/03/2014 1:51:21 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Wiser now

I used to watch Meet the Depresses as Rush calls it many years ago before our cable company added the Fox News Channel, but then I also watched 60 minutes, The Today Show and Good Morning America. Also CNN etc. Now I don’t watch any of the ABC channels


3 posted on 04/03/2014 1:57:15 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Democrats, liberals, progressives whatever. They support their own. We conservatives EAT our own and it has cost us.


4 posted on 04/03/2014 2:00:39 PM PDT by IC Ken
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To: IC Ken
Unapologetic conservatives win in landslides.

It seems the GOP has forgotten that.

5 posted on 04/03/2014 2:03:29 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

ding ding ding ding!!! winner winner winner winner...

post of the day award!!!


6 posted on 04/03/2014 2:09:27 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: skeeter

Unapologetic conservatives win in landslides.

It seems the GOP has forgotten that.

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They remember.

They remember, and whisper together in conclave to make sure it NEVER happens again.


7 posted on 04/03/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Kaslin; All

Social Justice being the rallying cry for the low information voters, who do not look beyond the prepared slop coming from their choice of news/information sources...

We will never beat that entrenched nonsense until this country implodes on itself...

It is a little too late to try and convince anyone even near that fence to see the destructive nature of liberalism that leads to socialism, that leads to enslavement and loss of our liberties and freedoms, if those very values are not taught and encouraged at an early age...

It may take a few generations to get back to that point, yet it may be too late...

It has been bred out of our youth, and there is really no way to recover or convince anyone of that indoctrination how destructive this path is...

It will be a wake up call one day when the bank comes to collect on this bill...


8 posted on 04/03/2014 2:15:06 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Psalm 144

I believe it.


9 posted on 04/03/2014 2:15:25 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

Derek Hunter makes good points... it’s a start. Maybe he could look into the Alliance for Audited Media...( the old Audit Bureau of Circulation) Are newspaper numbers staying high because of new ways of counting? Are numbers honestly reflecting the loss of conservative readers? Or is everything ‘fine’... Maybe - maybe not - just curious....


10 posted on 04/03/2014 2:29:00 PM PDT by GOPJ (For your psycho gunman, a military base is basically a grade-school in uniform. - Mark Steyn)
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To: Kaslin

Izz at Pajama Boy on the right in that picture?


11 posted on 04/03/2014 3:27:05 PM PDT by Old Yeller (In Latin, the word sinister means left. Which is appropriate for left-wingers.)
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To: IC Ken

I have been complaining about this for a long time


12 posted on 04/03/2014 3:31:44 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

As others have already commented, I too have long ago abandoned Network TV. Of concern to me however is the Web. I get most of my info nowadays via the Web. And to keep tabs on the “enemy”, I regularly visit web pages of media and “news” organizations I abhor! I feel that if I don’t keep an eye on them, I will never be informed and ready to act. Problem is, every “hit” on a web page brings them REVENUE! Don’t know if anyone else notices the same thing, but more and more web pages either include or are entirely VIDEO feeds, of course, with Ad’s preceding the video. I suspect this brings them even more revenues than a regular web page “hit”. Anyone have any comments on this? Am I financially rewarding the enemy every time I visit their web page?


13 posted on 04/03/2014 3:38:15 PM PDT by NYAmerican
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To: Kaslin

Every movie ticket or newspaper we buy, every second we spend on any given television network is another dollar going into the coffers of the forces pushing the agenda conservatives oppose. We are feeding the beast.

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Yup!


14 posted on 04/03/2014 3:44:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Old Yeller

Rachel Madcow sure looks like him doesn’t she?


15 posted on 04/03/2014 3:45:11 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: GOPJ

Newspapers are tanking for two reasons.

1) A guy named Craig Newmark completely demolished their highly profitable classified advertising business.

2) Nobody under the age of 30 (35?) even looks at them. If my grandkids didn’t see the WSJ at our house, they’d have no idea what a “newspaper” is.


16 posted on 04/03/2014 3:51:45 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Kaslin
Taking on the Progressive Media Complex whole cloth isn’t possible unless everyone immediately becomes Amish and unplugs. That won’t happen, nor should it.

Why not? I turned off the TV for the last time in 1999.

....This Sunday, and every Sunday for the month of April, turn off Meet The Press. Don’t DVR it, don’t watch it later, don’t let anyone in your house watch it. You won’t miss it, but you will send a message.

That is completely ridiculous. MSNBC gets paid by cable providers regardless of how much it is watched and many advertisers are willing to spend money propping up a propaganda network which servers their interests. The whole beast needs to be cut including the Federal government, their Chicomm allies, the Fed, the big banks, and large corporate sponsors of the networks.

At least start by consuming like a conservative. That means no cable TV, just download only what you need to watch.

17 posted on 04/03/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT by palmer (There's someone in my lead but it's not me)
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To: NYAmerican
...more and more web pages either include or are entirely VIDEO feeds, of course, with Ad’s preceding the video. I suspect this brings them even more revenues than a regular web page “hit”. Anyone have any comments on this?

I use Opera, and also FireFox for when I want to download a vid, and they both have add-ons that can help with this. Ghostery, AdBlocker, and AdBlockerPlus are available for both browsers and quite effective at stopping annoying ads and popups.

NoScript is as well, but only offered on FireFox. Give them a try! Makes quite a difference, I must say.

18 posted on 04/03/2014 4:47:20 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

Thank you! I will look into all of your suggestions, some great info!


19 posted on 04/03/2014 5:25:48 PM PDT by NYAmerican
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To: NYAmerican
Welcome, mate. I think you will find that it also makes browsing easier, since the webpages load so very much faster without having to load all those ads and annoying popups on certain webpages.

For a page you frequently visit, if there is an embedded ad such as "Joe's Heating -best prices" for example, one of the addons allows you to right click on it and select: Block An Ad On This Page.

Just be careful not to allow a too aggressive setting, as this can block some webpages entirely that require an ad be displayed before the rest of that page will fully load.

20 posted on 04/03/2014 5:36:57 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Kaslin

If the opposite of Pro is Con,
then the opposite of progress is....congress.


21 posted on 04/03/2014 5:40:55 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t watch network TV (even if you get it for free). Don’t pay to see Hollywood movies. Don’t buy the newspaper. Don’t buy news magazines. Don’t provide any more support for local, state or federal government that you are legally obligated for. Don’t support public education any more than you are legally obligated to. Don’t support your alma mater no matter how much you love the football team. Don’t support the NFL. Don’t join

In summary, starve the liberal beast as much as possible.


22 posted on 04/03/2014 6:13:39 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.
Don’t watch network TV. Don’t pay to see Hollywood movies. Don’t buy the newspaper. Don’t buy news magazines. Don’t support public education... Don’t support your alma mater. Don’t support the NFL.

AGREE 10,000%....! I have done this for many YEARS.

Pure genius.

23 posted on 04/03/2014 6:18:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

I haven’t watched Network TV in ages, and I haven’t bought any newpapers in ages. The Leafchronicle which is our newspaper here was a nice little paper that I enjoyed reading, but they ruined it when they let the Gannet corporation take over. If I want to read it I read it online, but I refuse to subscribe to it


24 posted on 04/03/2014 6:59:43 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: nascarnation
Liberal elites started the process of destroying classifieds long before the internet.

Every agency that now has it's own swat team would justify their existence back then by calling people every day who ran ads (in their domain) trying to 'catch' a citizen. A citizen who seemed NOT to want to rent to a black person or who wanted to rent a room with board to an elderly person, (which is not allowed in states that license group homes), or wanted to have the third garage sale that year (when only two are allowed) etc. etc. etc. etc. etc...

Most people aren't law breakers but many got creeped out to the point they put a sign in the yard or advertised with a throw-away... The problem fed on itself... the fewer people advertised, the fewer people read the ads and it spiraled down.

As far as young people are concerned they've never been strong newspaper readers. Young people use to start buying a paper when they got married, had kids and became part of the community. It's also made a difference back then that school lunches were printed in the paper and various other 'lists'. Now it seems most papers are crime, sports, and liberal propaganda.

Then there are elderly editors attempting to 'feel young' and 'liberal relevant' by making appeals to the young. These are editors who think it's 1968 forever... It's dreadful. Young people have no more business reading papers than they have doing retirement planning. That's for later - everything in it's time.

Thirty years ago I could make a case for my kids reading a newspapers. I'm unable to do that today...

25 posted on 04/03/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (For your psycho gunman, a military base is basically a grade-school in uniform. - Mark Steyn)
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To: GOPJ

I counted 802 rental adverts on our local Craigslist Indianapolis (that’s 802 posted today April 4th, not 802 total)

Not sure I buy your theory that folks are intimidated from running rental adverts by discrimination charges.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 3:46:12 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

I was referring to newspaper ads. Not Craig’s list ads.


27 posted on 04/04/2014 3:50:41 PM PDT by GOPJ (For your psycho gunman, a military base is basically a grade-school in uniform. - Mark Steyn)
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To: GOPJ
many got creeped out to the point they put a sign in the yard or advertised with a throw-away... The problem fed on itself... the fewer people advertised, the fewer people read the ads and it spiraled down.

I read this post that your comment said that people won't place housing ads due to fear of violating discrimination laws.

And instead they put up signs and such. And that was why newspaper classifieds lost users.

So you're saying Craigslist users DON'T fear being accused of violating discrimination laws but newspaper users do?

28 posted on 04/04/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

Have you ever read Craigslist ads?


29 posted on 04/04/2014 4:29:25 PM PDT by GOPJ (For your psycho gunman, a military base is basically a grade-school in uniform. - Mark Steyn)
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To: nascarnation

Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. I saw it happening around 30 years ago. I have no idea if it’s happening now. Craig’s list is slowly starting to get a reputation for being a little dangerous. That will hurt them down the road if they can’t figure a way around it. Might be a moot point... this isn’t much of a country anymore.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 4:36:57 PM PDT by GOPJ (For your psycho gunman, a military base is basically a grade-school in uniform. - Mark Steyn)
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To: GOPJ

I use Craigslist often to buy and sell cars and car parts.

Not for real estate though, I have a friend who is a realtor and use his company for those transactions.


31 posted on 04/05/2014 7:16:06 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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