Most libs are under-informed because they only care about the latest mass media generated hysteria.
Like fashion victims - who seek to wear the latest trendy clothing according to the dictates of chic glitterati, most libs follow the dictates of their opinion leaders and then follow the herd... Seeking approval from the crowd they adore and affiliate with.
And leftists only care about it superficially because they immediately & reflexively adopt the party-line and then shut-off any new information and all debate.
Because the mass media is dominated by leftists and functions as an arm of the democrat party, the latest hysteria is always generated to:
(1) motivate the base, and
(2) to justify some big new tax or regulatory regime which expands the government, and
(3) to empower the democrat party machine and its cronies.
All the left's memes are hysteria based - not fact based:
- Agw - (climate change natural),
- Mass shooting epidemic - (shootings are down 30% since 1993),
- 45 million uninsured - (most were by choice, nd obamacare did not insure more than 1/9th of them),
- Surging income inequality - (it's been flat for decades),
- Rape epidemic - (not happening unless you define rape way way down),
- Equal pay for women - (the 75% number has been proven bogus),
- Gay marriage - (only 2% of americans are gay & most don't want to marry),
- Transgender bathrooms,
- And so on...
Are all phony issues; not one is based on reality or truth.
But non-leftists will not engage in a debate on them because once the leftist has received the party-line they shut-off their minds and consider all non-leftist information to be disinformation.
And it doesn't matter if their positions are hypocritical:
Once their opinions are made; they are written in stone.
They care more about how they feel about themselves and their affiliations than the truth and really making the world a better place
I am a former leftist living in nyc - a place that is 80% leftist - and I run into this all the time..
I was able to move from left to right because I began to include a more diverse news and commentary array to my daily intake.
The more I consistently read and listened to both sides, the more I found I agreed with the more sound and fact-based arguments of the right.
That's why we must demolish the strangle-hold the left has on the mass-media if we ever want to wean leftists from their failed ideology.
PROOF OF MEDIA BIAS; DTN:
It is equally illuminating to examine the degree to which members of the news media have supported Democrat or liberal/left candidates and causes, both at the ballot box and with their checkbooks:
- In 1964, 94% of media professionals voted for Democrat Lyndon Johnson over Republican Barry Goldwater.
- In 1968, 86% voted for Democrat Hubert Humphrey over Republican Richard Nixon.
- In 1972, 81% voted for Democrat George McGovern over the incumbent Nixon.
- In 1976, 81% voted for Democrat Jimmy Carter over Republican Gerald Ford.
- In 1980, twice as many cast their ballots for Carter rather than for Republican Ronald Reagan.
- In 1984, 58% supported Democrat Walter Mondale, whom Reagan defeated in the biggest landslide in presidential election history.
- In 1988, White House correspondents from various major newspapers, television networks, magazines, and news services supported Democrat Michael Dukakis over Republican George H.W. Bush by a ratio of 12-to-1.
- In 1992, those same correspondents supported Democrat Bill Clinton over the incumbent Bush by a ratio of 9 to 2.
- Among Washington bureau chiefs and congressional correspondents, the disparity was 89% vs. 7%, in Clinton’s favor.
- In a 2004 poll of campaign journalists, those based outside of Washington, DC supported Democrat John Kerry over Republican George W. Bush by a ratio of 3-to-1. Those based inside the Beltway favored Kerry by a 12-to-1 ratio.
- In a 2008 survey of 144 journalists nationwide, journalists were 8 times likelier to make campaign contributions to Democrats than to Republicans.
- A 2008 Investors Business Daily study put the campaign donation ratio at 11.5-to-1, in favor of Democrats. In terms of total dollars given, the ratio was 15-to-1.
It is exceedingly rare to find, even in the most heavily partisan voting districts in the United States, such pronounced imbalances in terms of votes cast or dollars earmarked for one party or the other.