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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:35 AM

Watching man on the street interviews of Republicans on MSNBC.

These people parrot what they’re told. And sorry to say this, but not too bright. How discouraging.

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Reply Watching man on the street interviews of Republicans on MSNBC. (Original post)
Cousin Dupree Apr 2019 OP
Funtatlaguy Apr 2019 #1
SHRED Apr 2019 #2
ScratchCat Apr 2019 #3
maxsolomon Apr 2019 #10
Caliman73 Apr 2019 #12
maxsolomon Apr 2019 #13
Caliman73 Apr 2019 #17
DontBooVote Apr 2019 #4
maxsolomon Apr 2019 #15
UniteFightBack Apr 2019 #18
Cousin Dupree Apr 2019 #16
bearsfootball516 Apr 2019 #5
spooky3 Apr 2019 #6
bearsfootball516 Apr 2019 #7
Blecht Apr 2019 #8
hedda_foil Apr 2019 #9
maxsolomon Apr 2019 #11
eShirl Apr 2019 #14

Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:36 AM

1. Nobody ever went broke betting on the public's stupidity.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:45 AM

2. The media feeds their brains

 

And then they regurgitate it back to the media thinking they are somehow having an original thought.

It's an incestuous relationship.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:46 AM

3. They simply think everything to do with Trump

is a binary choice. To them, to admit Trump is wrong would be an admission that Democrats or Liberals or Hillary Clinton are "right". That can not be in their fantasy world, because their side is the "good guys" and everyone else is the "bad guys". It would take Hannity or Limbaugh or someone to tell them to turn on Trump before they do(and I mean the cultists, not the run-of-the-mill GOPers who held their know and voted for him because of Hillary).

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Response to ScratchCat (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:45 AM

10. the Binary choices go beyond Trump.

EVERYTHING is a binary choice in America, particularly to Conservatives.

Happy Holidays? YOU HATE JESUS!
All-Gender Restroom? YOU WANT MY CHILD TO BE MOLESTED!
License Military-Style Semi-Automatic weapons? YOU HATE AMERICA!

Etc.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:59 AM

12. You are correct.

People who tend toward conservative political ideals are often binary thinkers. They have a personal sense of "right and wrong" that is almost trapped in a child like developmental state.

When speaking with children at around 5 to 8 years old and offering them the scenario about a person "stealing" medications to prevent their child from dying, the children will almost always say that stealing is wrong and is the problem within the story, not acknowledging that there may be moral, ethical, and even legal prerogatives that supersede the theft. Conservatives have a similar reaction although as a adults their responses are not quite as simplistic and would be something like, "Well he could have gone to a charity and gotten help", but still fall along the lines that the answer is simple.

When listening to mainstream media and especially more liberal leaning media, we often hear about the complexity of a situation. As infuriating as CNN and MSNBC can be for inviting and letting conservatives try to spin a situation, they do so for a couple of reasons. One, is to not appear biased to one point of view. Two, to show that there is complexity in the way people are processing a situation. Nuance is often mistaken for weakness when we are tired of hearing the conservatives lying or spinning their message. Conservative media is much more simplistic. They tell their listeners exactly who is to blame and feed into their childlike idea of "right and wrong" even though conservative media is almost always wrong or blatantly lying.

The mindset, in my opinion precedes the media and the media only perpetuates the mindset.

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Response to Caliman73 (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:05 PM

13. It's in human nature to be binary, as you note

Maturity, education, empathy cloud and grey the on/off, right/wrong impulses we all harbor.

Conservatives (and Authoritarians of every stripe) weaponize this impulse. Countering oversimplification is a constant battle.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:14 PM

17. Did you ever watch the kids movie The Croods?

The dad character at the beginning of the story, is the epitome of a conservative thinker.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:46 AM

4. Not very bright?? They're fucking stupid! It's that simple.

 

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Response to DontBooVote (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:07 PM

15. Want to be appalled?

Jimmy Kimmel's staff asking people on the street in LA to simply identify a country on a map of the globe:

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #15)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:19 PM

18. That was beyond belief. nt

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Response to DontBooVote (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 03:58 PM

16. "Not very bright " was sarcastic. Ok, they're fucking stupid! That's what I really meant!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:03 AM

5. Who was the comedian that had that line about...

Imagine how stupid you think the American public is, then realize that half of them are actually more stupid than that?

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:07 AM

6. George Carlin?

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:08 AM

7. I think so!

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:08 AM

8. George Carlin

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:22 AM

9. I hate these because it's just anecdotes from people who want to talk to reporters.

Polls aren't always the best but they're far more representative than this nonsense.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:46 AM

11. Flibberdigibbets.

They refuse to look at facts that contradict their received beliefs.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:06 PM

14. They need to get busy informing the public.

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