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Mainstream media’s huge disconnect

Let me get right to the point!  It is my opinion that the total disconnect between what most voters in this country want and what our current liberal Democrat government is doing has everything to do with media bias. Mainstream media is engaging, like never before, in presidential and political party complicity.

Les Knoll

Les Knoll

If there are two conservatives to every one liberal in this country (probably 3 to 1 in flyover America) how is it that our government is far-left liberal? And, when you add all the independents who do not like current liberal agendas it is probably 3 out of 4 voters who don’t see eye to eye with liberals.

Mainstream media has the same ideological perception as our president and that is big government, redistribution of wealth due to income inequality, etc.  There is little (if any) difference between what journalists believe America should look like in this day and age as compared to Obama and his Democrat Party.

Why do journalists (and other media personnel) donate over three-fourths of their money to Democrats if they are bipartisan? Journalists in mainstream media today do not engage in investigative reporting. Most are in the business, just like Obama, of transforming America.  In other words, they’re not reporters but political activists.  That’s not supposed to be their job, but it is the job their bosses give them. Reporting the facts of an issue and then letting the public decide what to do with that information no longer matters.

Let me get right to the point on something else. It’s easy as pie spotting biased news personnel. Simply take any issue of the day and apply the following: “What would the news be if Bush 43 did the same thing that Obama 44 is doing?” “Or for that matter a Republican versus a Democrat?” Media would have Bush impeached by now. There’s a double standard and there’s hypocrisy. There’s complicity and worst of all there are sins of omission. And, let’s not forget there’s a thing called “spin.” Media looks the other way in one case and implodes if it’s a Republican, especially a conservative one.

If space permitted, I could give dozens (plural) of examples to prove total unmitigated media bias.

Media has dumbed down voters with news that has no factual basis like the GOP’s war on women, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, bigotry and that kind of thing. Add to those just mentioned that Dems are for the poor and Reps for the rich and what we get is a daily dose of propaganda.

The majority of voters in 2012 were not in support of Obama’s agendas, but media made sure the majority did not even connect our tall, dark, and handsome African-American president to those agendas. What Obama did his first four years in office was immaterial to media.

If you think conservative media is no different, think again!  Better still, tune in as that media constantly criticizes the GOP establishment elites like Republican Sen. McCain and others. If facts call for criticism of Republicans, conservative media will call them out, not so with mainstream liberal media, an arm of the Democrat Party.

Not in your wildest dreams could a Republican president do what Obama did for four years leading up to his re-election in 2012 and avoid being taken to the woodshed by today’s mainstream media.

Les Knoll lives in Victoria and Gilbert, Ariz.

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  • AMERICAN

    Get a life Lester, Obama was voted in twice by the majority, so you are on the losing side , be a man and stop crying .

  • Chief59

    This guy believes that there are 2 conservatives for every liberal in this country? Gallup released a poll in January that showed over 40% of the population identifies as Independent, 32% as Democrat, and only 25% as Republican. Not only that, the number of Republicans in falling every year, while the number of independents are climbing. Now consider that more millennials are identifying as Independent, but vote mostly Democrat.

    This isn’t about the “mainstream media” boogeyman. This is about people moving away from a party that sides with things people don’t like. Americans today are more likely than previous generations to not be religiously affiliated, pro-choice, pro equal rights for the LBGT community, and wanting to do something about climate change and immigration reform. Those are all things the right has opposing views on. This isn’t rocket science.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/166763/record-high-americans-identify-independents.aspx

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/hotline-on-call/millennials-grow-more-liberal-but-identify-as-independent-20140307

    • passin_threw

      Perhaps the numbers trend that way because our society wants to take the easy road?
      http://youtu.be/3h8O7V-WxWQ

      • Chief59

        Go ahead, blame all of the “takers”. That is part of why people are fleeing the right. Supporting big business and attacking the poor and needy is starting to rub most people the wrong way.

        Let me get this straight….Yesterday you told me it wasn’t a “personality trait” of yours to back up your opinion with links supporting the argument, but today you link a Youtube video somebody made? Are you serious? You really want to compare economics between Reagan and Obama? I’ll link one chart for you to not read. Reagans policies prompted the huge disparity we see in income today. “Trickle down” policies drove massive profits for big business and the top 1%, while the rest of us were left stagnant. Obama is not a socialist, so stop calling him one. I voted for a guy that I thought was farther to the left than what he is. Obama is a moderate, plain and simple.

        Here’s your chart.

        http://entomologicalphilosopher.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/reagan-record-graph1.jpg

        • passin_threw

          Hahahahaha the link was used as bait. You bit!
          Thanks for the laugh simpleton!

          • Chief59

            No, thank you! You just proved my assertion that you are a troll.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            “WE”, the American people have blamed the “rich” since I was a child. It has ALWAYS been their fault. The same “rich” people that made this the greatest country on earth. The same “rich” that has employed me since I was 14. Demonize them all you want but they will always be the “rich”. Taking percentage points away from them will not make them less “rich” nor will it make the “poor” and less “poor”.

          • Chief59

            I think we have always demonized the poor out of jealousy. The rich aren’t necessarily bad people, but they have a different set of rules. Is it their fault they have more loopholes than the rest of us, no. However, those rules need to be the same for everyone. Kansas is a good example of that. Our state is giving huge incentive and tax breaks to corporations and the rich, while taking the created shortfall away from education and the poor.
            The rich aren’t going away. The poor aren’t going away. The middle class, however, is shrinking more and more, and those people aren’t climbing the ladder towards being rich, it’s heading down towards poor.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            So whats your solution?

          • Chief59

            Easy, get rid of the loopholes. The people who make the most money should not have tax rates lower than those who make way less. Corporations should be taxed like corporations. Fix capital gains tax.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            So a flat tax.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I think a flat tax would be better then what we have now. Only problem is you are going to have some people that need the tax breaks they get now, and on the flat tax system you wont have that.

          • Chief59

            Exactly. A flat tax would be even more unfair to the people on the lower end of the spectrum.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I disagree and agree with fixing capital gains. I dont think its fair to allow the rich to avoid their high tax bracket by investing in capital gains. But on the other hand. It is beneficial for middle class people that are invested in capital gains since they also pay the lower tax.

          • Chief59

            Maybe put a cap on it. The regular folks can take advantage of it, but the super rich can’t use it to avoid their tax obligations.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I could agree with that. I dont like it when people demonize the rich. But they also shouldnt be able to hide wealth that way.

          • Chief59

            Yep. Also, eliminate tax havens.

          • yahooserious

            so it’s okay that the walton family has billions of dollars and build art museums in the middle of nowhere Arkansas all the while employees of theirs collect food stamps? I look at that one way and one way only; my tax dollars are subsadizing one of the richest companies/families in this country. I have nothing agaist people doing well for themselves.. i encourage that but to take my tax dollars to feed your employees while you live as phat as possible is not only unethical, it should be illegal. Also a company employees you for 1 reason only.. to provide a service or product to a consumer. EVERY economist know that the CONSUMER is the job creator, not some ceo of a large corporation. With out demand; your job doesn’t exist. So lets go further. As the middle class looses ground guess what happens? They buy less. Period, that’s why Bush gave us those tax breaks several years back, to help stimulate the economy through more people BUYING things. This isn’t rocket science or brain surgery, its simple supply and demand

          • Chief59

            Perfect example Yahoo. Wal Mart’s own employees are now getting to be too poor to shop where they work. When the food stamp cuts went into effect, WalMart saw a decline. Almost 20% of all food stamps are spent there. Their own employees rely on food stamps to make ends meet. However, the Waltons are too greedy to give even a slight increase in wages to make a better life for their employees. They’re too focused on have six of their family on the top twenty richest people list. It’s sickening.

            Now, let’s see how many people respond back with, ” well, they can go get a job that pays better elsewhere”.

          • yahooserious

            LOL. That willl be their reply. Too funny.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            I don’t think it is appropriate to blame Walmart for hiring a single mother that is getting paid minimum wage and needing public assistance. How can that be Walmart’s fault? The employees know the pay coming in. It is the actually employees financial status that causes them to work at Walmart and get assistance. Really has little to do with Walmart.

          • Chief59

            Take Target, for example. Similar prices, similar goods, yet Target has a higher starting pay. Everyone is always clamoring for a Target, because they feel it is superior to WalMart. So, Target is superior to WalMart, has similar prices, yet they pay their employees a living wage. That shows it does have something to do with WalMart. I don’t recall Target having employee food drives around Christmas. WalMart did.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            Even though both are retail stores, I cannot say Target vs Walmart is apple to apple. Walmart has 5 times the stores and 6 times the employees. I also don’t find them as having similar pricing.

          • Chief59

            Depends on the item. A large percentage of what WalMArt sells is not cheaper than you would find elsewhere. However, on a lot of food and hygiene staples, the drive the price low. Most of those items are loss leaders for WalMart. They make it up by you thinking if this is a good deal, it all must be. Target does the same thing, but the products the use as loss leaders vary. I know some of the pricier items at Target tend to be better quality than that sold at WalMart.

          • passin_threw

            Hahaha the genius spelled loses as looses yet again. Makes perfect sense to me that we should go with your economic plan. Hahahahahaha!

          • yahooserious

            Yes because I spelled loose instead of lose really puts me in my place. Maybe i just have a quick right ring finger and hit o twice? Keep passing threw, bro. I’m sure you’ll find your happy place somewhere. I love how people stab at punctuation and spelling as opposed to giving meaningful input on a subject. Insult is the self defense mechanism of the ignorant and incompetent, let alone the unintelligent.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            So what is your solution? Tax the Walton’s more? Do you really think that will decrease the amount they take home? Taxing the rich will have one effect, higher costs for consumers. ALL employers will pass any increased tax/expense on to the consumer. There is no other way to run a business. Walton’s are actually a poor example because alot of their wealth is through inheritance. A better example would be to use someone local that you feel is gouging the public and paying low salaries to their employees.

          • passin_threw

            Ok socialist. Call me whatever you net gurus call it

          • Chief59

            Call me a socialist all you want. I don’t think you really understand what that even means. I think the role of government is to protect and serve its constituents, be it in welfare, public services like police, fire, military, roads, schooling, etc. If that makes me a socialist, so be it. It’s better than thinking everyone is on their own and if they don’t make it, it’s their fault and we shouldn’t help them.

          • passin_threw

            You are exactly right. The government is there to protect and serve. Not to be in business against us. Why don’t you socialists see the difference?

        • Yahooserious

          There many many reports on the stagnated incomes of “middle class” Americans but your absolutely correct, Chief. People are tired of the poor being blamed for all our “problems” when in reality it’s the top 1% and their lobbyist who have driven us into this income disparity. Sounds like I’m class war faring right? Maybe what I said is class warfare; they red party does the exact same thing though, except they side with the richest people in out nation, which is not the majority. And yes, Obama is a moderate. I think a good example of the shift from red to blue can be seen right here as an example:

          http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/29/4585324/polls-brownback-could-be-tested.html

          People are starting to see through the red hostility towards its own people, especially the poor. I for one have already donated to the Davis campaign and I’ll be looking forward to some real leadership and real compassion for what the people of our state have built here come November.

    • A_citizen_patriot

      I like how you only talk about conservative media being biased.

      • Chief59

        It is bad on both sides. I used to enjoy MSNBC and Huffington Post. Now they are hard to stomach. Got to keep up with the Jones’s (Fox) though, I guess.

        • A_citizen_patriot

          I dont watch fox much anymore. Cant stand hannity. He just bullies anyone on his show that disagree with him.

          • Chief59

            Yep. It’s also make believe land over there. It sucks, because now the other news networks are following suit, and it leaves no real news outlets on tv. I’ve tried al Jazeera America, but just can’t watch it.