Questionable Motives

February 6, 2010

Why is ignorance such a powerful political force in the US?

There may be a clue here:

From the Republican Party straight to FOX News – the most ‘trusted’ news source in the US – comes evidence that selling intentional misrepresentations, outright lies, and purposeful misinformation all for partisan gain works and works well. It works because so many people are more than willing to accept ignorance packaged as something else (patriotism, religion, freedom, wisdom, passion, etc.) as the basis for their opinions. Yet once stripped of the packaging, these opinions become strikingly ignorant, intolerant, and incredibly dangerous to the continued respect and well-being of the Constitution.

Check this poll out and tell me what you think.


  1. Ignorant people are afraid of things that are different – and the media masters know this. This means that if the media panders to ignorant fears of the public, and keeps the public ignorant, then the media will get more ratings and more advertising revenue. The ‘tabloid’ marketing strategy is basically ‘all publicity is good publicity’ therefore the more controversial it is the more interest it gets the more it sells. The trouble with this strategy is that the truth is often obscured in favour of a shareholders dividend – the media is immoral.

    It is for this very reason why I like the BBC, because it is paid for by licence payers (mainly) allowing for the news services they provide to be impartial. However, the BBC is not perfect as it is well known that it has a liberal bias.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — February 8, 2010 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

    • Because the various news organizations need to create a brand that is identifiable, each seems to create a kind of narrative. Faux news has a very good brand that is simple and clear. It’s very biased towards the Republican talking points and they spew all kinds of falsehoods agreeable to the party platform. But there are few other outlets that are as partisan. For this reason I think it is important to get a variety of viewpoints and the least biased tend to be those that receive public funding. BBC, CBC, NPR are three that tend to have the least biased narrative and consistently so over time.

      Comment by tildeb — February 9, 2010 @ 2:37 am | Reply

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