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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:46 PM

More false equivalence from the media

About a few minutes ago on Now With Alex Wagner on MSNBC, contributor Jonathan Capehart said that both the GOP and the Democratic Party have driven their moderates out and have been taken over by the far-right and far-left. I agree with his assertion that the GOP is being hijacked by the far-right, but I think his claim about the far-left driving out the moderate Dems is nonsense. If anything, the "moderates" in our party seem to outnumber the liberal Dems. Even President Obama (as much as I like him) has essentially governed as a centrist, as he has yet to close Guantanamo Bay and push to legalize marijuana nationwide. Can someone here tell me where this "far-left" is that he's speaking of?

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Jamaal510 Jun 2012 OP
Jackpine Radical Jun 2012 #1
uponit7771 Jun 2012 #2
We Want Peace Jun 2012 #5
zbdent Jun 2012 #3
Proud Liberal Dem Jun 2012 #4
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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. Funny--I'd say the "Far Right"

of the Democratic Party is alienating the mainstream.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:51 PM

2. The amount of absured statements that go unchallenged by the M$M is gob smacking

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:36 PM

5. we need to occupy the media

 

WE can all turn it off, but they are still brainwashing millions of people.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:22 PM

3. yeah, all those "far-lefties" who failed to

oppose a number of George W. Bush mandates ... and who failed to filibuster half the number that the Repugs have ...

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:30 PM

4. I agree

It drives me crazy whenever somebody offers up that false equivalence. I don't see the Democratic Party (in general) to be as "in thrall" to the left as the Republican Party is to the far right. There is no valid comparison IMHO. Most Democrats in Congress are willing to take a political hit for a compromise and most on the left just go along with it because we understand the value of compromise whereas the right just primaries just about burns at the stake every "moderate" or heretic Republican whom has so much as a kind word for anybody or any proposal from the other side.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:08 PM

6. The "far left" are the ones that believe mega-corporations shouldn't rule and/or dominate

"We the People."

The corporate media's primary motivation for continuously espousing this false equivalency is due as a natural result from them being part and parcel of these vast authoritarian loving, corporate conglomerates; which own the media and/or from being driven by conflict of interest because their wealthiest commercial buying clients are of that same mold.

The corporate media's strategy, no matter which team they're rooting for is to keep the American Peoples' attention firmly focused on the trees and not to see the forest as whole, the issue of corporate supremacy will rarely if ever be given a thorough public examination by them.

Thanks for the thread, Jamaal.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:09 PM

7. Sheeee-it...these numbnuts ain't seen "far left" in years

 

Wouldn't know it if it landed on their lawn.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:10 PM

8. Maybe I shouldn't be, but I am shocked to hear this coming from Capehart...

 

He's on our side. At least that's what I thought...

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:12 PM

9. I wish the Democratic Party were taken over by the 'far left.' Then we would

 

have a real debate about universal health care and not this coddling of private-sector for-profit health insurance companies.

WTF????

And we'd be talking about nationalizing too-big-to-fail institutions, instead of socializing the risks while leaving the rewards privatized.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:13 PM

10. It is because the dialog has been pushed so far to the right to begin with

So, moderates look like they are far to the left.

Heck, half of the Dems these days would have been Republicans 30 years ago.

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