Chuck Todd only needed to use a few words. While it may seem innocuous or making a mountain out of a molehill, it is not. If one wonders how the Plutocracy created an almost immutable follower of the Right Wing, this is the technique.
Chuck Todd’s words were short and simple as he transitions to a commercial. But it was the tonality and the topics that are MSNBC seems to be touting, a Democratic Party that needs to move to the center.
Chuck Todd, capitalism’s stooge?
“I am going to sneak in a break,” Chuck Todd said. “Because we are capitalists here.”
I went to a Netroots Nation Conference where I listened to the best story I heard of how one moves folks to a steady path of ignorance. Detroit Activist Maureen Taylor used a frog in a pot of water as the example.
Maureen Taylor starts by noting that small incremental changes are how we can be manipulated. She gave the example of the unverified story of a frog in water that is incrementally heated. By the time the frog would realize he is in trouble, the water would be boiling and he would be cooked.
“In history, there
areanalogous kinds of things that have happened,” Maureen Taylor said. “You can’t incinerate thousands, millions of Jewish people unless you put forward a national narrative that this group of people, there is something wrong with them. You have to do all of that first. You can’t pick Africans up and bring them across the rivers and the seas and just do bad things for hundreds of years unless you create a national narrative that says well this must be accepted.”
Slowly disparage something, subliminal or otherwise, without calling it out by name. That is how the Plutocracy operates, the Powell Manifesto in action. In the snippet in this blog post, Chuck Todd is belittling those supportive of Democratic Socialism without even using the term. The implication is obvious. What is dangerous is that he will likely bring his bias to candidates like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilan Omar, and others who want bend our economic system to support us all instead of its distinct design to enrich a few.
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Paul Christy says
I recently watched “The Photographer of Mauthausen” and do agree that the steady path to ignorance is a well-worn trail. Similarly, when the brother of the confessed school shooter Nicholas Cruz was interviewed on TV the other day, the interview was prefaced by a producers’ disclaimer, to the effect that, “In order to minimize the fame and notoriety of the school shooter and to not overcast his brother, we’re not going to refer to him by name but will use only a term “the school shooter” to refer to him.”. The interview was completed without a mention of the shooter’s name by the show or by the shooter’s brother. Fascinating.
How extremely interesting, that a broadcast network would infer or admit that there are overt and covert ways to turn a name into something newsworthy, to announce or to denounce a person and all that person represents. I’m convinced the media have only scratched the surface of proving themselves accountable to the public they serve. A small step, such as considering the effects of “loop reporting” on the public’s resistance to converting from “wanty” to “needy” is a small but necessary step to take.