Media Bias

We Think About What We’re Instructed to Think About


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It’s quite saddening to watch the ease with witch the media can distract Americans from the real problems that we face. As I mentioned in a previous article, the conversation about what happened in Newtown CT last month  has shifted from trying to prevent future massacres, to taking away things from citizens that we don’t believe they need. It’s not about figuring out whether passing new laws will prevent criminals from killing. It is now about doing something that we can all feel good about, and about taking rights away from people that have done nothing wrong because we don’t agree with their choices.

The media is now, more than ever, the most powerful branch of the federal government. They essentially decide what Americans will think about and how they will think about it. The current debate about assault rifles proves this point. The fact that strict drug laws have not prevented criminals from getting their hands on drugs, is completely ignored. The conversation is no longer about how to protect children, but about the opinion that no one should ever need an assault rifle to defend themselves. Continue reading

What Happened in the Virgin Islands? Did Ron Paul Win or Did Romney?

Ron Paul won the popular vote in the Virgin Islands, but the media is reporting that Romney won. How can this be? In most caucus states, there are two parts to the process. First, the people vote for the candidate of their choice. Then, those who stay for the second part, get to vote for the people that they want to send as delegates, to the convention. Continue reading

Is The Ron Paul Explosion Coming?

I’ve been reading about a marketing theory called the Law of Diffusion of Innovation. Simon Sinek explains it really well in this video. He starts explaining it 11 minutes into his speech.

Basically, the theory says that if you want to be successful at getting the majority of the people to adopt your new idea or product, you should first find a way to get some hardcore followers; somewhere between 15% and 18% of the market. Continue reading

A Joke of a Debate

I watched the Republican debate at the Reagan Presidential Library last night, and I have to say I haven’t felt this hopeless for our country in a long time.

Ron Paul, who is in third place in many polls got ignored most of the night, while Huntsman who is in the low single digits got plenty of airtime. The airtime that they did give Paul, they made sure he used to respond to philosophical questions that the average voter does not care to take even a few seconds to think about. Continue reading