Monday, February 21, 2005

The hypnotized - (salon.com: Among the believers)

During the 2004 election a statistic was released. It said had asked U.S. residents a number of questions for which factual answers were known, and also asked them which news source they most listened to or watched. The questions were about the political events, the war, the facts around the war, for example whether any Weapons of Mass Destruction were ever found in Iraq, etc.

According to the poll, overwhelmingly, people who listen to National Public Radio (NPR) for their news, knew the truth. WMD hadn't been found, etc. On the other hand, overwhelmingly, the people who watch FOX News believed the lies.

I post this as a longtime listener to National Public Radio. They do a fine job portraying the truth.


Among the believers
: (By Michelle Goldberg, salon.com, Feb. 19, 2005)

This salon.com article gives a portrait of the true believers. The ones who are worshiping at the feet of GWBush, and drinking deeply the koolaid of the lies this administration have been spreading.
For example:

It's a good thing I went to the Conservative Political Action Conference this year. Otherwise I never would have known that, despite the findings of the authoritative David Kay report and every reputable media outlet on earth, the United States actually discovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, vindicating all of George W. Bush's pre-war predictions. The revelation came not from some crank at Free Republic or hustler from Talon News, but from a congressman surrounded by men from the highest echelons of American government. No wonder the attendees all seemed to believe him.

And, later in the article


There appears to be a large number of Americans who are prepared to kill anyone for George Bush … Like Brownshirts, the new conservatives take personally any criticism of their leader and his policies. To be a critic is to be an enemy."

Certainly gives one pause to consider how this country is now deeply divided. GW promised to be a uniter not a divider, but has done anything but that.

My main thought here is, how are "we" (the ones who know the truth) going to overwhelm the united front of these people who are believing the lies...?? With this united front they are likely to continue just creating as truth whatever mistruth the administration feeds them.