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PBS newsman sees danger
in fragmented nation

Bellingham Herald [WA], by John Stark

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Posted By:HaraldBluetooth, 10/31/2012 11:13:32 AM

Bellingham - A fragmented nation and a fragmented audience for news is making the country more difficult to govern, PBS News Hour co-anchor Jeffrey Brown said during a weekend talk at Western Washington University. A generation ago, before cable news channels and internet news sources, most people got their news from the same small collection of sources: three major TV networks and a hometown newspaper or two, Brown said. People gathered around their televisions for the assassination of a president, a walk on the moon, and other major events. "It was an age of mass media news,

Ah, the good old days when the Liberals told the whole nation what the "Truth" was, and everyone just went along with it unquestioningly. How dare people escape the Liberal plantation!


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/31/2012 11:21:42 AM     (No. 8976785)

Yea, it's always easier to live under a dictator...that way no one has to or has permission to think, do or excell. We're just a bunch of sheep grazing on govt. lands stolen from productive people of the past...How wonderful it must be for Libs to believe in this claptrap moronic vision.

Reply 2 - Posted by: msctex1, 10/31/2012 11:22:33 AM     (No. 8976788)

I don't think the word "govern" means what he thinks it means.




Reply 3 - Posted by: kiltedone, 10/31/2012 11:24:43 AM     (No. 8976797)

Can this jerk even grasp the insanity of what he is saying? He longs for old days when people just believed what the propagandists told them?
Well, guess what...we are a FREE people. We don't need people like him to tell us what to think. We've had enough and to spare. He and his commie friends can go to....

Reply 4 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/31/2012 11:31:20 AM     (No. 8976820)

The left is making all the changes to our country, our social fabric, and then they turn and blame conservatives for the division.

Reply 5 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 10/31/2012 11:31:32 AM     (No. 8976821)

Who is John Galt?

Reply 6 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 10/31/2012 11:31:52 AM     (No. 8976822)

He has a point. In the USSR with Pravda as the sole source of news the people were easily "governed".

Reply 7 - Posted by: Stlouislaxbros dad, 10/31/2012 11:32:28 AM     (No. 8976824)

He longs for the days when the mass media would just tell the public what they felt we should know.

The mass media would lie to us... because they knew better.

Now we can find more info from the internet..and it is much more difficult to lie to us.

Jeffrey Brown misses the good old days...when ABC, CBS and NBC would spoon feed us what they felt was important.




Reply 8 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 10/31/2012 11:37:26 AM     (No. 8976836)

It is so much harder to control the sheeple when you cannot control their access to information.

Reply 9 - Posted by: woodsman, 10/31/2012 11:39:46 AM     (No. 8976839)

“Think of the press as a great keyboard
on which the government can play.”
― Joseph Goebbels

Reply 10 - Posted by: Dante, 10/31/2012 11:45:27 AM     (No. 8976850)

Poor Jeffrey is sad that he and his ilk can no longer lie, distort and propagandize with impunity.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Emerson, 10/31/2012 11:46:14 AM     (No. 8976851)

First warning: PBS.

Reply 12 - Posted by: FunOne, 10/31/2012 11:47:22 AM     (No. 8976855)

The two decade success of Ruch Limbaugh is evidence that a lot of folks were aware of news filtered by a liberal media back in the Clinton era.




Reply 13 - Posted by: octrojan, 10/31/2012 11:47:37 AM     (No. 8976856)

I guess the country wasn't fragmented in the 70s, 80s, 90s...yep, the media got behind and supported the Prez like this guy suggests. Reagan, GWB, et al can attest to that.

Reply 14 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/31/2012 11:48:57 AM     (No. 8976860)

Yes, it's hard to have total control when so many of the great unwashed refuse to watch "government" TV (msm, cnn, msnbc, pbs etc.).

Reply 15 - Posted by: Smart11344, 10/31/2012 11:53:25 AM     (No. 8976867)

Thank God for Paul Harvery News and Comment.
May he continue to R.I.P.

Reply 16 - Posted by: skedaddle, 10/31/2012 11:54:16 AM     (No. 8976872)

I know how he feels and I don't know why all the leftists won't come over to the right. They'd be happier and conservatives would be happier. It would be one big fiscally responsible, morally upright nation, all pulling the same direction and loving each other. Or maybe he meant something else?

Reply 17 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 10/31/2012 11:57:02 AM     (No. 8976879)

He's PO'd because people no longer are paying attention to him. The MSM are populated with juvenile egos.




Reply 18 - Posted by: nimby, 10/31/2012 11:58:40 AM     (No. 8976887)

Fragmented nation!! That's a word that has been actively perpetrated by the WONE.

Reply 19 - Posted by: msts, 10/31/2012 12:03:29 PM     (No. 8976897)

The royalty and Church felt the same way about the printing press.

Reply 20 - Posted by: pindarjr, 10/31/2012 12:04:03 PM     (No. 8976900)

I hate to think my tax dollars are helping to pay Stark "Raving" John's salary.

Reply 21 - Posted by: Kurto, 10/31/2012 12:05:15 PM     (No. 8976906)

PBS lead the media to the left, now they see themselves on the endangered species list.

Reply 22 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 10/31/2012 12:18:44 PM     (No. 8976944)

"If we only connect with like-minded people, how do we hear other views?" Brown asked.

Conservatives hear 'other' views daily...the regular networks and newspapers bombard us with left-leaning news. We really can't avoid 'other' views.



Reply 23 - Posted by: joew9, 10/31/2012 12:22:05 PM     (No. 8976950)

It was much easier to govern when all the news media was in unison to silence the majority opposition to decades of liberal agenda.

Reply 24 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 10/31/2012 12:29:28 PM     (No. 8976969)

A bit late to worry about that now Mr. Brown. How is that melting pot thing working out for us?

Reply 25 - Posted by: tivadoc, 10/31/2012 12:31:44 PM     (No. 8976977)

Sadly there are still too many who only get their information from the alphabets and hometown lib paper. If they're in my family, they're probably in your too.

Reply 26 - Posted by: artman1746, 10/31/2012 12:33:03 PM     (No. 8976979)

Gee, could it be that modern liberalism has systematically attacked everything we hold dear as Americans? Could it be that we are finally beginning to kick back at attacks on our religion, indoctrination in public schools, free speech attacks in universities, pollution of minds in entertainment, attacks on anything patriotic, everything made political, cheating and lying excused on every level, and on and on.

Now they say we are soooooo divided!! Duhhhh? Lets hope so!

Reply 27 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/31/2012 12:48:01 PM     (No. 8977014)

One of the things that is clear in Stanley Kurtz's book "Radical in Chief" is that the purpose of a "community organizer" is to divide people into blocks and fragments that can be manipulated. The goal is to appeal to each block, but to get them to act so that the same goal is achieved in the aggregate. Obama has worked his whole life on fragmentation and he has been assisted by useful idiots like John Stark and his friends at PBS.

Reply 28 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/31/2012 12:58:23 PM     (No. 8977040)

Oh, wait, the one Obie created with his racist talk dividing Americans?

Reply 29 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/31/2012 1:07:07 PM     (No. 8977065)

The fact that the false sophistication of the coasts and beltway, as amplified by the MSM, has been rejected defies their understanding.
Socialism has been recognized and rejected once again.

A fragmented nation is perfectly acceptable when socialists have the whip hand.

Reply 30 - Posted by: Douglas DC, 10/31/2012 1:33:28 PM     (No. 8977135)

Ah the plaintive cry of the MSM Dinosaur
as it sinks in to the New Media tarpit ..

Reply 31 - Posted by: harper, 10/31/2012 1:40:18 PM     (No. 8977147)

In the history of western liberal democracy, the duty of the press [media] is to inform without bias, to assist the electorate to make wise decisions. And, given the truth the electorate will make good and wise decisions.

Our media, being nothing but lickspittle lackies of the left is derelict in it's duty and this dereliction is treasonous.

Hopefully, there will be a day of reckoning.

Reply 32 - Posted by: crimea river, 10/31/2012 2:15:24 PM     (No. 8977207)

Diversity? Good.
Diversity of thought? Dangerous.

Reply 33 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 10/31/2012 4:06:30 PM     (No. 8977466)

Intellectual diversity threatens leftwingers. Freedom of thought and freedom of speech must be endlessly attacked. That's why the Obamunists found the video to blame for Benghazi. Hillary immediately used it to promote government thought control. In this regard, Hillary Clinton is far more dangerous than Obama. Her thought control agenda goes back to her college days.

Reply 34 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 10/31/2012 4:07:05 PM     (No. 8977468)

We the people are "fragmented" because we have more than 3 sources of news. And this author is a PBS stooge. We're "fragmented" because we KNOW what's up. We KNOW what the 3 sources of news are up to. Good old Walter C. Or how about Dan Blather? Oh how I miss them. I want to be whole again...not fragmented /s off.

Reply 35 - Posted by: bob913, 10/31/2012 4:19:12 PM     (No. 8977498)

I recently saw a promo for a show about Cuba.
Was it about the mass murderer castro? Was it about bringing democracy to Cuba?

Nope. It was about musicians coming back to Cuba and enjoying a better life after they had escaped to America SA.nd being disillusion with the USA.

Reply 36 - Posted by: bob913, 10/31/2012 4:30:19 PM     (No. 8977528)

Correction: Show on PBS.
It was about musicians coming back to Cuba and enjoying a better life after they had escaped to America and being disillusion with the USA.

Reply 37 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/31/2012 4:47:25 PM     (No. 8977584)

All diversity is good - but some kinds of diversity are better than others.

The speaker commits the usual Straw Man fallacy. The claim is that a diversity of news sources is responsible for fragmentation of the electorate and that the fragments are insulated/isolated from one another. People do not, he says, hear or understand the views of others. Broader horizons and more -yes, more- diversity are urgently needed.

He is, of course, talking in code. His remarks must be deciphered for those who do not know the code. When liberals talk like this they are actually saying that conservatives are ignorant and prejudiced Neanderthals who need to be double dosed with corrective programming and have their phony alternative news sources, e.g. Fox News, shut down for keeps. When liberals lament political discord and incivility, their decoded message is that people who disagree with them should sit down, shut up and listen to reason, i.e. the liberal slant.

It's code, all right. The funny thing is that liberals usually do not know they are sending coded messages, but the rest of us have learned to crack the code as soon as they start talking. Usually people who take the trouble to encode their messages are trying to keep something secret from others, but in this case, liberals seem to be trying to keep something secret from themselves. They say things without understanding what they are saying. They do not possess the key to decrypt their own messages, hence in a literal sense do not know what they are talking about.

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