Press bias (fwd)

Invictus febboy at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Oct 29 13:23:58 MST 1996


Willaim Thurber - MKTG PhD Student wrote:
>
> On Tue, 29 Oct 1996, William R Tuell wrote:
>
> > Is it just possible that most university teachers and
> > professors, especially those in the soft subjects, are
> > socialist/liberal?
> > ________________________
> >     No....it's PROBABLE. My English Composition professor has shown us
> > Micheal More's "Roger and Me.", as well as "Emerald Forest," a left wing
> > environmentalist movie. Both were shown during class time. They were both
> > shown as films presenting a message. I found it odd that there were no
> > conservative message films shown. Instead, I had to watch Micheal More's
> > rantings about the ills of capitalism, and a Hollywood film maker's
> > pathetic attempts at convincing America to save the rain forest.
>
> Seems as though the teacher did too good a job of selecting the movies.
> The point, as I understand it is to learn how to communicate a message.
> You seemed to focus on the content, not the methodology.  You needed to
> stop catergorizing knowledge as either left or right before commiting to
> learning it and just assimilate knowledge, then evaluate it with respect
> to your own sense of moral meaning.

        Will.  Will.  Will.  I honestly believe (color me naive, maybe)
        that most of us on this list would support you if the situation
        were reversed.  If your son were studying method but it was
        delivered with unrelenting right wing propaganda, we would
        join you in objecting.  I remember that Mitterand, facing an
        onslaught from the right said something to the effect,
        "Not to worry.  We control the schools and the teachers."

        The teacher in the above example may have been teaching method
        but he has an active agenda.

>  > Yes. I'd
> like to add that most STUDENTS of these classes have
> > socialist/liberal leanings. My Public Speaking Class is one such example.
> > For the past two weeks we have been giving speeches. There are
> > twenty-five students. 3/4 of us have spoken. There were two speeches on
> > the destruction of Alaska, no three, by corperations and yes...you
> > guessed it...REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN. There was one AIDS speech that
> > advocated protection over abstinence, clean needles over no drugs at all,
> > etc, and there were two non-political speeches. One about Norse
> > mythology, one about search and rescue.
>
> William, I'd like to introduce you to Dennis Putnam.  Dennis holds that
> the population of conservatives is increasing not decreasing as you claim
> here.
>
> >     However, while preparing for the speeches, many of my classmates
> > chose liberal topics, on environmentalism, left wing AIDS views, etc.
> > Mine was, except for the preliminaries of an Israeli Jew class member,
> > the only markedly conservative practice. (Oh yes, there was one pro-life
> > preliminary practice)
> >
> >      The book itself is markedly liberal. It is the epitomy of political
> > correctness. The author uses the book as a platform for his rabid
> > environmentalism, such as,"it isn't effective to call a swamp a swamp,
> > a swamp should be referred to as a wetland so that more people will be
> > convinced." Or words to that effect.
>
> Framing effects are very interesting, just ask the people who re-named the
> late term abortion procedure "partial birth abortion", a very effective
> use of framing effects by the right.  Would you have been more or less
> favourably impressed if the book had said "it isn't effective to call an
> abortion an abortion (or whatever he medical term is for it), an abortion
> should be called a partial birth abortion or baby murder so that more
> people will be convinced."
>
> --Will
        And sometimes it is necessary to frame the color white as
        "white", and the color black as "black".

        In this regard, I would suggest that we start a movement by
        framing Clinton as Clinton is: Socialist Bill Clinton said
        to today,,, blah blah blah


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