On The Write

The news of the day, as peddled by the lamestream 4th Estate, is like one of Honest Herbie’s Used Cars (“Not A Lemon On The Lot”)—no matter how smoothly it seems to ride, the transmission is probably stuffed with sawdust.  Led by the former Grey Lady, now draped more or less exclusively in pink, our effete modern journalists consider the reporting of the news to be of secondary importance to the shaping of public opinion.  And that the opinion so shaped always seems to resemble the latest love of the Democratic Party is purely intentional.  A 1981 survey on the political attitudes of our professional pundits is revealing:

  • Nearly half of the journalists surveyed agreed that “the very structure of our society causes people to feel alienated,” while the authors found “five out of six believe our legal system mainly favors the wealthy.”
  • 30 percent disagreed that “private enterprise is fair to workers;” 28 percent agreed that “all political systems are repressive.”
  • 54 percent did not regard adultery as wrong, compared to only 15 percent who regarded it as wrong.
  • “Ninety percent agree that a woman has the right to decide for herself whether to have an abortion; 79 percent agree strongly with this pro-choice position.”
  • Majorities of journalists agreed with the statements: “U.S. exploits Third World, causes poverty” (56%) and “U.S. use of resources immoral” (57%). Three-fourths disagreed that the “West had helped Third World.”

11 years later, the good ship Scrivener’s list to port was even more pronounced:

  • 44 percent of journalists identified themselves as Democrats, an increase from the early 1980s, while 16 percent tagged themselves as Republican, a decline from the earlier study.
  • “Compared to the overall U.S. population, journalists are 3 percent to 10 percent more likely to say they are Democrats, depending on which national survey you use as a yardstick, and 10 to 17 points less likely to say they are Republicans.”
  • Nearly half of the journalists surveyed (47 percent) called themselves “liberal,” compared to 22 percent who described themselves as “conservative.” Gallup polls taken at the same time found just 18 percent of the public considered themselves liberal, while 34 percent of the public said they were conservative.
  • The study authors found “minorities are much more likely to call themselves Democrats than are white journalists, especially blacks (70 percent), Asians (63 percent) and Hispanics (59 percent).”
  • Women journalists (58 percent) are much more likely than men (38 percent) to prefer the Democratic Party.
  • More than half of journalists (51%) said abortion should be “legal under any circumstances,” compared to just 4 percent who thought abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances.” Among the general public, 33 percent wanted abortion “legal under any circumstances,” and 14 percent thought it should always be illegal.

The entire report by the Media Research Center is available here: Bias Basics.

There are two schools of thought as to the reason for the mass media’s generally unfair and unbalanced reportage.  One group of critics believes the class of professional scribes and broadcasters to be overloaded with ivy league progressives:

America’s Marxist Media (Pajamas Media)

As Kyle-Anne Shiver wrote in an article for Pajamas Media on August 28, 2010, “We now know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that our formerly august mainstream media is replete with socialists.”

[…] In the interest of clarity, though, let’s not use the word “socialists,” a term that has become somewhat socially acceptable in certain quarters and to that extent masks the radicalism of their ideas. Socialists are Marxists, so let’s call them what they are: Marxists.

[…] Why do some conservatives wait and hope for the media to change their tone, to begin to treat the conservative viewpoint with at least some small amount of respect or fairness? We will wait and hope in vain.

They cannot even acknowledge that conservatives have a viewpoint that is worthy of consideration because they are Marxists, and to a Marxist truth is whatever advances the cause of Marxism. Whatever does not advance the cause of Marxism is an untruth, not to be refuted but suppressed and stamped out.

The other group subscribes to the Bernard Goldberg theory of Media Bias, the prime exemplar of which is Bernie himself:

Liberal Media Bias- Most Americans Just Don’t Don’t Trust Them

[…] The problem is groupthink.  There simply are too many liberals in America’s big, important newsrooms.  News executives worship at the alter of diversity, but what has it gotten us?  White liberals and black liberals, male liberals and female liberals, Latino liberals, Asian liberals, gay liberals and straight liberals.

Whatever. The journalistic combination of useful idiots and committed Marxists has foisted upon us at last a president and Executive Branch so radical it makes any previous incarnation of American liberalism look positively reactionary.

As the Marxist corruption of the language is expected to intensify as we move into the latest election cycle, it would behoove conscientious citizens everywhere to consult the latest edition of the Liberal To English Dictionary before opening their morning paper (or clicking on its link, as the case may be). A few examples for the unwary reader:

LiberalSpeak —> English

“Progressive” = Left Liberal or Socialist

“Radical” = Conservative

“Undocumented Immigrants” = Illegal Aliens

“Special interest groups” = Non-liberal groups

“Monopoly” = Any corporation with market cap over $500 million

“Fundamentalist” = Conservative

“Greed” = Profit motive

“Rigid Ideologue” = A conservative who stands on principles.

“Compromise” = Agree with liberal agenda

“Hate rhetoric” = Criticism of liberals.

“Extremist” = Anybody who opposes anything a liberal wants.

“Lies” = “Policy Differences”

“Racist” = “Anyone who Disagrees with Us”

“Cut” = Reduction in the rate of growth

“Unconstitutional” = “we don’t like it.”

“Open Minded” = “Subscribes to Liberal Dogma”

“Fully fund” = Write a Blank check

“Diversity” = Lock step conformity with liberal agenda

“Closed-minded” = Does not agree with liberal agenda

“Right wing extremist” = Please See ‘closed-minded’ & ‘extremist’

“Social responsibility” = Force someone else to pay for it

“Deserving poor” = People who vote for liberals

“Tax the rich” = Tax anyone with a job

“Multiculturalism” = America is responsible for all the world’s ills and is inferior to all other cultures

“Militants” = Islamofascists

“Insurgents” = Terrorists

“Freedom Fighters” = Please see “Militants” and “Insurgents”.

“Decriminalization” = Legalization

“Regulate” = Ban

“Unprecedented” = Anything a conservative does to challenge thirty years of liberalism.

“The constitution is a living document.” = The Constitution is malleable enough to be reworked at the whim of the courts.

“Deficit Reduction” = Tax Hike

“Bipartisanship” = When “moderate” and/or “Rino” Republicans go along with the liberal agenda.

“Contributions” = Taxes

“Stolen election” = When the Republican candidate gets more votes than the Democrat candidate.

It is to be hoped that the above translation aids all and sundry who have not yet enrolled in a Liberal-Speak As A Second Language course.

Related story: Big “L” (An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings)

 

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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19 Responses to On The Write

  1. bydesign001 says:

    Very informative Bob, only 16% of journalists consider themselves Republicans compared to 44% Democrat and the left is still not satisfied. Truly a sad testament to fair and balanced.

    70% black folks consider themselves American. Actually I believe it’s less than that. More like 40%, 15 to 20% Republican or Libertarian and the rest just don’t vote or give a damn, however, if pressed, would spit out the word Democrat. Talk about indoctrinated since birth.

    58% women and therein lies the ultimate crime, Bob. Democrats are worst than jihadists in that they have indoctrinated women as well and fine tuned many to the point of self-loathing and self-destruction.

    The same is true of the Black community.

    Progressives have trained women and Black folks to be each other’s worst enemy. That way the left can claim clean hands and play three card monte while everyone else is distracted with b.s..

    The brainwashing is so complete that women murder their own before the babies exit the womb as if that’s supposed to make a difference.

    The media is an embarrassment.

    Thank God for the blogosphere and finally Progressives and their words games. A rose by any other name is still a rose, yet Bob, when it’s in the backyard of a progressive, it stinks.

    Excellent post. Thank you.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Hi D. Yep, we’re the new Underground press. There’s a good article (Migration of the Black Swans) at Neithercorp Press that speaks to this phenomenon:

      […] Is the mainstream finally catching up to the alternative media? No. The MSM is merely adopting pieces of our common language and twisting them to fit a more globalist friendly viewpoint. Because our readership is growing exponentially, and our traffic is skyrocketing while corporatized news sources are floundering, the MSM is losing its ability to obscure our fact based journalism with their over funded and highly sterilized adaptation of reality. So instead, they attempt to co-opt our particular vocabulary, and our news focus, while adding their own subtle spin and sensationalism. When people not familiar with the alternative media and the more in-depth information we provide talk about a “Black Swan event”, a depression, hyperinflation, etc., their concept of the implications of such disasters is far different than ours. They are living in the Disney version of financial and social Armageddon.

      Of course, when the curtains raise, the previews are over, and the show begins, none of us will be lounging comfortably outside these calamities to simply watch. We will all be inexorably involved, whether we like it or not. So, carry on with the media war we must. Educating the masses on the ENTIRE story behind international events and their consequences continues to stand as a top priority, until that final straw caves the camel’s back and disseminating the truth becomes a needless exercise in pointing out the horrifyingly obvious.

  2. Personally, I blame the Ivy League mentality. In my experience, higher education works consistently to crank out Leftista graduates.

  3. samiam60 says:

    Thanks for bringing home the facts and the stats to back it up. We have known this all along and now can see it in black and white……..thanks Bob

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  5. Nancy Hudson says:

    Outstanding article, Bob. You’re a gifted thinker and writer. You certainly know how to analyze and educate. Love the “Lib Speak” glossary! : D

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thank you, Nancy. Obama’s budget message today (original, then translated into lib-speak):

      White House: “This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise.”

      Translation: “This bill draws too much attention to the fiscal destruction of America Democrats have engineered in order to impose socialism upon the country, a scheme which is normally supported by reliably useful idiots in the Republican party.”

  6. Well done, my friend. I especially like the link to Liberal Speak. It’s priceless. I’ve put on my favorites list.

  7. Matt says:

    Great post Bob. The “long march through the institutions” was a great success. The young are trained, in the public schools and universities, to be leftists. It should not be a surprise that the MSM, and many in other institutions, are lefties.

  8. Bob Mack says:

    MTV journalism, Matt: “That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it
    Money for nothing and your chicks for free.”

    But the song does rock. Dire Straits with Eric Clapton:

  9. Snowball the Sourpuss says:

    Great site, Bob. Pleasure to make your aquaintance.

    Bookmarked.

  10. Snowball the Sourpuss says:

    Oh, I found you via http://www.iowntheworld.com

  11. Freedom, by the way says:

    Great Post. Especially love the list of liberal speak.

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