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“What difference, at this point, does it make”?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

09 May

What difference, at this point, does it make“?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

The future doesn’t belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam“~Barack Ohama

Benghazi happened a long time ago“~Jay Carney

 

Update: Now, a word from Bronco Bama’s MFM on twitter:

wapo_mfm_benghazi_hearing.jpgAmbassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods are unavailable for comment.

FU WaPo

Update III: Mr Hicks stated talking points, video/demonstration, delayed FBI’s investigation. Benghazi prez was insulted when he knew terrorist attacked the compounds. The crime scene was unsecured for 18 days thanks to the Bronco Bama Adminstration’s ‘talking points”.

Washington Post Breaks Benghazi Scandal Wide Open

—Ace

You’re weird and fringe if you’re tweeting about Benghazi, a study shows.

Thanks to Demographics Pro, a Twitter analysis firm, we have some vague idea of who’s tweeting the most: According to their report, #Benghazi tweeters are 58.3% male, with an average age of 52.6 years and a median income of $61,800 (“within the top 20 percent of overall Twitter distribution,” the report adds).The tweeters are also overwhelmingly white and married, according to Demographics Pro; they also like Chick-fil-A and Walmart — two brands most often associated with conservatives.

I wonder what Demographics Pro would say about people tweeting about gay marriage or gun control?

This is an extremely obvious and odious media tactic — to portray those on its political side as Just Like You, and those on the opposite side as Not Like You. The Other.

Whenever the media covers an anti-war protest or a pro-choice rally, they throw out a diverse rainbow of descriptions of attendees.

You’ve seen this sentence a thousand times before: “They come from all walks of life — grandmothers, young mothers, carpet installation workers, policemen, soldiers, teachers, doctors, retirees, college students, and the occasional activist.”

Note that what that description of the attendees of a leftwing event is attempting to do — by throwing out a very broad spectrum of the human experience and associating it with the cause, it is attempting to make you see yourself in the people there, to trigger some feeling of empathy, of sympatico, to see that these people are your neighbors, your coworkers, your family and your friends.

They’re Just Like You.

But when the media is hostile to a cause, it attempts the exact opposite. It attempts to paint the supporters of a cause to which it is hostile in the most reductivist and restricted demographic terms possible. They attempt to paint these people as a very narrow sliver of the human experience, so that as few people as possible will see themselves in it.

This is the Not Like You treatment.

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