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Posted by pirhana in General Discussion
Fri Apr 15th 2011, 01:30 AM


1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 ideas to save America


And here he is hanging out with Mitch



Flipping off the American People



Showing off their graphs:




I was just watching Ed & he showed Paul Ryan making a speech, and all I saw was The Count.


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Posted by pirhana in General Discussion
Mon Mar 21st 2011, 03:08 PM
I just stumbled across this, and thought it was worth posting.
It's all about the politics of perception, as proven by Leslie Stahl as she covered Reagan.

http://archive.pressthink.org/2004/06/09/r...


JUNE 9, 2004
"Nobody heard what you said." Lesley Stahl's Fable About Reagan and the Press.
They don't care what we say, only what shows on television. Just as Reagan doesn't care if what he says is true. Lost in the visuals, seduced by an actor, the American people don't care about the "tough" reporting we've done. Such was the sense of bafflement in the Washington press corps-- then. But some of the ideas that produced it are still floating around today.

In 1984, Stahl had produced an extended report for CBS trying to document the contradictions between what Reagan said and what he did. It showed him speaking at the Special Olympics and at a nursing home, and reported that Reagan had cut funding to children with disabilities and opposed funding for public health. I’ll let Somerby tell the rest:

Dick Darman clued in Lesley Stahl—it’s all about the pictures. During the 1984 presidential campaign, Stahl aired a lengthy report on the CBS Evening News; it was broadly critical of President Reagan. In her recent book, Reporting Live, Stahl described her thoughts as the piece went to air:
STAHL (page 210): I knew the piece would have an impact, if only because it was so long: five minutes and 40 seconds, practically a documentary in Evening News terms. I worried that my sources at the White House would be angry enough to freeze me out.

But that isn’t what happened, she says. When the piece aired, Darman called from the White House. “Way to go, kiddo,” he said to Stahl. “What a great piece. We loved it.” Stahl replied, “Didn’t you hear what I said ?” Darman’s answer has been frequently quoted:

STAHL: “Nobody heard what you said.”

Did I hear him right? “Come again?”

“You guys in Televisionland haven’t figured it out, have you? When the pictures are powerful and emotional, they override if not completely drown out the sound. I mean it, Lesley. Nobody heard you.”

Stahl’s critical report about President Reagan had been accompanied by generally upbeat visuals. According to Darman’s theory, the pictures registered more with viewers than anything Stahl had said....

.....They don’t care what we say, only what is shown on television. Just as Reagan doesn’t care if what he says is true, as long as it makes a great story. And by extension the American people don’t care about the “tough,” factual reporting we’ve done on Reagan (“five minutes and 40 seconds, practically a documentary!”) because they are lost in the visuals, seduced by a simpler story line than the press could offer by recounting the facts.




That's today's media in a nutshell, isn't it? Americans are seduced by a President landing on an aircraft carrier wearing fatigues and standing infront of a banner that reads Mission Accomplished. They are seduced by pictures and simple words even when the cold hard truth is staring them right in the face. It's not just Republicans that have mastered this... I could, but won't, bring up some of our greatest seductions as well.

Nobody heard what you said. The sad truth of American journalism.
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Posted by pirhana in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri Jan 08th 2010, 03:52 PM















Rest in peace, mom mom.

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Posted by pirhana in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Sep 09th 2008, 11:36 PM
Yeah - I'm talking to YOU!


That our VP candidate doesn't need a script.


That WE have the two smartest motherfuckers in the room.




How you felt after his big speech.



This is the winning ticket:



CHANGE belongs to us and begins with us



Let's get it done this time!!
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Posted by pirhana in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jul 02nd 2007, 01:29 AM
Day after day, alone on the hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still.
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool.
And he never gives an answer .....




But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down.
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.


Well on his way, his head in a cloud,
The man of a thousand voices, talking perfectly loud.
But nobody ever hears him,
Or the sound he appears to make.
And he never seems to notice .....

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down.
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.



And nobody seems to like him,
They can tell what he wants to do.
And he never shows his feelings,


President Bush's approval rating hit a new low -- 27%, and down 3% since May.

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down.
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.




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Posted by pirhana in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu May 31st 2007, 02:17 PM
This is Iraq we are talking about!

Next week on June 6th, the Financial Times and the Center on Politics and Foreign Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are sponsoring a debate focused exclusively on Iraq. All leading Democratic candidates for President have been invited to participate.

As of today, Senator Joe Biden is the only candidate to have accepted their invitation to discuss his plan for Iraq.


I KNOW Biden's plan for Iraq.
I would really like to hear from the other candidates on this - the most important topic of the election.
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