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Studying the Nuances of Media Lies and Deceptions, and The Making of a New Dirty Word; "Protester"

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Message Dr. Cheryl Pappas


I am one of those people who watch television news obsessively to witness how truth is erased, twisted, spun, and replaced by paid-for news stories delivered by well-coiffed men and women who appear to simply be innocently "reading the news".

(By the way, is it necessary to smile while presenting clips of global bloodbaths and reporting weather catastrophes? Just wondering).

I am hooked on watching people lie in the public media where millions of people tune in for their daily "news".

The Trump and Clinton tours are similarly dispiriting. Clinton and Trump are in solid company with bending truths and reaching away from the real to grab the popular. They are so brazen in their desperate messaging that it is an irresistible showcase to easily view where we are in this country.

Note the now normalized use of the term, "misspoke", as another way of saying, "I lied". Listen for it.

The practice of watching corporate-sponsored, well-paid news network liars lie, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call in the psychology biz, "masochistic".

By that I mean I am consistently alarmed, outraged, even extremely disheartened. And yet I persist.

What am I hoping to see?

What I am not hoping to see is a massive replayed film clip of someone picking up a chair at a campaign event and having the story told that chairs were "thrown".

This is exactly what the news this week has centered on.

Presumably, these "chair throwers" were Bernie Sanders acolytes at a Trump rally.

Doesn't matter at all that every true witness on the ground that evening never saw a thrown chair.

News reporters from all networks, including cable channels left and right, appeared at the venue to tell the chair-throwing lie, while live footage of angry, loud protesters conveniently was used as evidence of the false allegation. There's nothing like anger to promote the illusion of violence. Point scored for the "home" team.

While serving as the current example of a naked media lie, what a grand opportunity to promote the protester as violent and insane.

Of course, there are insane and violent people in any group. Protesting, however, is not synonymous with violence, and is not an insane activity. Protesting is actually the essence of sanity in an insane world. There is not nearly enough thoughtful protest in this country.

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I am a writer, media analyst, and psychotherapist. I'm interested in comedy, satire, politics, entertainment, pop culture, and business; exposing how the media powerfully spins the news we hear, and how this spin creates our feeling states and (more...)

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