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Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:38 PM

 

Tabloids owe Hillary.

I had this campaign going against the National Enquired because they ran all the bogus headlines saying Hillary was a space alien, etc. I was hiding their papers from view by turning them backward or covering them with another magazine.

But now it's some rag called the Globe. Today the headline is HILLARY FLEES COUNTRY TO ESCAPE JAIL!

The reason I find this interesting is because it indicates a certain fraction of the population will believe anything, absolutely anything. This is why the pedophile pizzeria story got traction. I'm curious as to what fraction of the population will believe anything. I don't know of any studies, but I know about five percent believe they were abducted by aliens.

Any guesses?

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HassleCat Feb 2017 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2017 #1
gratuitous Feb 2017 #2
2naSalit Feb 2017 #3
butdiduvote Feb 2017 #4
amuse bouche Feb 2017 #5

Response to HassleCat (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:44 PM

1. I used to occasionally read the tabloids while waiting in the supermarket line.

My favorite (and I actually regret I didn't buy and save this issue) was one that had a front page story about how global warming was going to kill us all, and inside a huge story about how we were on the edge of another ice age.

I mean, wouldn't you think they'd have the sense to but two totally opposite stories in different issues? Apparently not.

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Response to HassleCat (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:47 PM

2. I scan the headlines at the checkout counter

Isn't it weird how none of them will touch the Trump family with a 10 foot pole? You can see all kinds of salacious headlines on the cover, but none of them are about President Trump or his family.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 07:16 PM

3. Because most are owned my Murdoch.

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Response to HassleCat (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 07:24 PM

4. "it indicates a certain fraction of the population will believe anything, absolutely anything."

This is what I don't understand. We saw this happening on both sides this election. It's very hard for me to wrap my brain around the concept of people being just mindless borgs who believe whatever it is they want to believe. People have brains. They're not robots. How does one just not think critically at all, ever?

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Response to HassleCat (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 07:27 PM

5. I saw that headline in the grocery store today

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