House Committee Says No Benghazi Coverup. Fox Immediately…Says Nothing.

“The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a man only tells them with all his might.” ~ Mark Twain, from a letter, 1867

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The House Intelligence Committee now says there was no Benghazi cover-up.  Fox News Network, which has aired hundreds of comments while the committee did it’s work, did not immediately respond at all.  Not a word.  Why do you think that a subject that was constantly on their agenda seems to have vanished so quickly?

The Australian Rupert Murdoch made a lot of money with a fake film about space aliens–even making part of it appear to be taken from old 16mm film stock to appear to have come from archives.  It’s an effects trick.  Evidently, his point was that you can sell anything to gullible people.  And, he did.  Lots of folks today still think it was a true story.

How does the news industry–newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, make money?  They sell advertising to sponsors.  What do sponsors want?  From a business point of view, they want circulation or coverage to be large enough to be effective in selling their commercial messages; they want the target market to be made up largely of people who can and will buy, and particularly they want viewers and listeners who are eager and happy to believe messages brought to them by that media.  For example, a company that sells sporting goods is much more likely to place their ads in “Field & Stream” than in “People” magazine.  Another thing the sponsors also often want is to be able to “like” the kind of format, layout, or programming of the medium that carries their name with it.

Consider this:  If you wish to attract an audience eager to see pictures of motorcycle gear, place your ad with media that covers motorcycle stories.  If you know an audience that is traditionally superstitious and fearful, scare them, and point out to them hope: tell them where to run for safety.  If you know them to be dogmatic, sell them dogma.  If you know them to be gullible, oh please, please please hurry and get your message in front of them.

Rupert Murdoch had a plan to make lots of money.  He would get it from other people who had lots of money by selling them stories they liked, and making it appeal to the subset of those easily swayed to want to believe those kinds of stories.  So the people with money saw it as a win/win in advertising: get a format they liked, and get an audience eager to believe things they see and hear through that format’s presentation.  Bingo.

Rupert founded The Fox News Network in 1996.  He promised advertisers and sponsors their messages would go out to people that can buy, and that those people will be eager to believe ANY messages they see and hear on that medium.  That was eighteen years ago at this writing.  Since then, they have never broken a single news story.  No, not even one.  Try to find one if you wish.  It will be a futile effort.

Here’s a kicker.  Most of their audience is so loyal that not only do they watch them exclusively for “information”, but when a story gets busted as false or misleading (a normal everyday occurrence?), they STILL BELIEVE IT just like those gullible people that still believe Rupert’s space alien video was real.  Benghazi?  A terrible and sad situation.  Has Fox been honest about what they have chosen to broadcast on the subject?  No, they have not.  But what about their audience?  Even though the House Intelligence Committee now says there has been no coverup, what do you think Fox’s loyal audience will continue to believe?   Imagine that!

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“One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.”
 ~ Mark Twain, ‘Pudd’nhead Wilson’

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Boy would I love to send this to my oldest son…He thinks if you don’t hear it on fox it can’t be true…he will argue with a sign post about it……

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  2. Posted by little d on August 8, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Imagine the disconnect that would unhinge tomorrow if the truth was crystal clear. If it was truth that we all had been awaiting, the wait would at once be over. People that had remained open minded enough not to be conclusive about various data, due to sourcing and/or the time and skill to qualify it would be surprised but rewarded. People who for whatever reasons were easily moved to conclusion would be facing a paradox of realities, and likely some in their own defense could not deal, or would not deal with the reality of truth if it didn’t match the falsehood they’d always believed and defended as truth.

    In this scenario, ” In times of universal deceit, the truth is revolutionary ” would likely be just that, revolutionary. Restructuring ones held beliefs is no easy matter. I’m sure you might have wondered who could possibly pull off such a disclosure as the truth. Surly the same People who were selling lies could not be trusted as truth salesmen could they ? I guess it they were still could salesmen, and the truth wasn’t delivered by splitting the sky, they might be right back in business !

    In my opinion, having realized I had been sold on lies wouldn’t be all that bad depending, but the reality that I could never believe the salesmen again would be absolute. If life requires trust and it does, and the transaction of trust is the birthplace of deceit, then we are gonna need something else to safeguard the sale of trust. I wonder if faith would do it ? It’s worked pretty good with lies.

    Here we go again !

    Press On

    little d

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