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The evidence continues to mount across the board against President Obama and his sordid morally bankrupt administration. Americans all across the nation begin to awaken to the distasteful realization, that the Obama Experiment has miserably failed!


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PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:38 am

More and more people everyday on other social networking sites are speaking out boldly and saying more terrible things about the Obama Family regime, than I dare to print here, so some of your on Care2 are tremendously behind the times!

Quit defending the Socialist Liberals & hardcore Democrats, which makes you look exactly like mindless Left-Wing Nutter sheeple.

Do you trend for friends???

Via: "The Anti-Obama Nation" - Daily Reading News Journal @ Facebook

PinkMindy's Anti-Obama Care2 News

You will notice that the ones who oppose my articles wish to present you with media censorship and thus turn you into THE SHEEPLE!!! ...

So please think for yourselves if you don't already.

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:44 am

WARNING!!!: "Nine Dollar Gas" Projection - Video @ Care2 News

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 10:38 am

HAPPY EASTER for the resurrected personal mind arising from a political self-protectionist Pro-Obama tyranny, which is trying to run rampant once again on Care2!


Jae A (316)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 11:29 am
ROFLMAO.....Carl Rove must have the care2 groups on his thank you list for using his tactical playbook so much in just this past week alone...but the tabloid hyped titles are catchy sometimes..but that about the extent of any real content of interest.

Don't allow progressives to be pro Obama on a progressive site that is about as whacked as you've gotten in a long time Pink.

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 11:38 am

Jae A., you have become exactly my previous case in point regarding those who are in favor of Nazi-style pro-Obama tyranny and media censorship on Care2!!!

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:09 pm

Let us allow our readers to decide for themselves by using their own minds and not by using deceitfully rhetorical manipulation to gain an agenda point here.

Jae A (316)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:24 pm seem to be able to post anything and say anything you want on care2 so where's that 'censorship' you are talking about ? It's a progressive site but all are welcome , even those of the far right as yourself appears to be.. Your comments are becoming as tabloid rediculous as your article title and articles themselves Pink.

You want to support the GOP...think outright criminal..;Reagan....highest debt left to the people to that date..who was completely out of touch with reality for much of his administration while others ran things..;Bush...first one.. a total disapointment and failure other than to pump money to the richest of Americans..;Bush , Dubya left us with the highest debt ever,two on going wars for profits, and a war criminal by all accounts..and you rag on that is totally insanitea at it's my opinion.

At least you show that you can read from a Carl Rove playbook of worn out tactics...or do you get all this from others in your rightcrazywing groups thoughtless tank sessions ?

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:37 pm

Ahh, but Jae, if what you say were true, then you would allow and respect my right to opinion and render a civil accord to all other like-minded Care2 members, but indeed you obviously don't by using personal ridicule, which baits other members to return favor ... Such as in calling you a Left-Wing Nutter ... etc.

You are afraid to allow our readers to decide for themselves, because it scares you to death; especially as we approach November 6, 2012, I bet!

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:49 pm

TO THE READER - Here is my evidence: =========>>


"The Questionable & Gridlocked Obama" @ Care2 Groups

"The Anti-Obama Nation" - Daily Reading News Journal - News, Videos & Commentary @ Facebook

Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:50 pm
PinkMindy You are the one who is scared. You spend 24/7 spreading propaganda. Yes you have the right to do it. But I have the right to tell you just how full of it you are. lol lol lol lol

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:59 pm

mamabear c., If you call attempting to alert the public about the failing Obama administration being scared, then yes, scared based upon the massive amounts of mounting negative Obama evidence slowly coming to light, which carries a high magnitude set of ramifications befalling the American public ... Then YES, I am scared in that way indeed!!!

Christian B (316)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:03 pm
"tyr·an·ny   [tir-uh-nee] Show IPA
noun, plural -nies.
arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
undue severity or harshness."

Give one example of how Obama is a "tyrant" or how Americans are living under "tyranny."

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:20 pm

President Obama has only most recently revealed the tip of an ice-berg regarding His true-nature and agenda politics for more power within the United States!

"Obama Demands More War-making Powers from Congress" @ New American

This is just the beginning of his tyrannical oppression campaign and probably will not be completed until deep inside 2013.

The Socialist-style Obamacare would be forced down our American throats under 'The Obama Healthcare Mandate', which is being reviewed and currently has been suggested that a part of it is unconstitutional aka: 'Un-American', so therefore Obama is being now considered to be 'Un-American' too!

Carol D (346)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:20 pm
Christian...You wouldn't be able to understand it! And if you are wondering about examples how about you look it up yourself. The examples are in your face everyday but apparently you being being blind you can only come up with stupid questions! If you don't think he has created tyranny here then why are you living in Canada and why do you hate America!?

Great article Pink!!

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:30 pm

Thanks and that's right Carol, because ...

President Obama is just one step away from being classified as an absolute tyrant!

Cam V (417)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:41 pm
If the man had a brain in his head he would know the very contstitution he was supposed to have taught ..... but gave us clear evidence he has not one clue what it is all about. Americans are not living in lala land anymore Mindy ..... they know that he has to be given his walking papers in November or at least tied up tight by the congress and the senate ..... Personally the man needs to move ..... I pray America makes him do just that ....


Keep up the fight Mindy!

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:30 pm

78 Article Recommends say: ==========>>


Roseann d (178)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:49 pm's a Facebook got any credible links besides a bunch of links to rightwing propaganda sites Pink?
All I see is opinions - OpEds...and as we all know...Opinions are like Aholes, everybody has one.

Roseann d (178)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:50 pm
Plus, I'd like to know the alternative you'd suggest since all I see on the right is them selling the Middle Class down the sh*tter.

MmAway M (519)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:53 pm
Thank you Pink!!! Never believed in his Fairy Tales in the first place!!! Now take a hike and leave your Chair!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 7:34 pm
Praise God the day he is out of office.

Phyllis P (232)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:02 pm
Obama's not smart enough to be a tyrant.

Sophie Morgan (63)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 10:29 pm
good article..

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 11:12 pm
Some of you people are the scary ones...

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 11:37 pm
I's almost as though.........PinkMindy doesn't like Obama or something.

Just to let you know, on behalf of the rest of us who have to share the planet with Americans, it's the right wing Presidents like George W. and Reagan who scare us all to death. And the fact that they represent a far right ideology which is almost entirely absent from just about every country in the developed world. Except one. I'll give you a clue. It's the same only country in the developed world that still has a death sentence. The same one that has gun laws that mean every now and then young people will be shot to death so that everyone can keep a right to bear arms. You know, like Iran, Iraq, Mongolia. Places like that.

Jim S (43)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 11:55 pm
Roger....... Just to let you know, Bush/Cheney AND Obama BOTH scare us. Of course the Eurocrats in Brussels do too. This is a world wide thing.

Don't disagree about the US "Justice system" though. BTW, did you notice that Obama has been putting people in federal prison for medical marijuana? Where it is legal? (California)? The sides are fake. It's the same puppet masters in control. Divide the people with bs.

Arild W (174)
Monday April 9, 2012, 1:22 am
You have a right to share your opinion PinkMindy,but try to come up with something new,not all this Obama bashing.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:22 am
Thanks for the post.

PinkMindy E (567)
Monday April 9, 2012, 5:32 am

Some Food for Thought:

"President Obama Is Not Pro-Choice" @ TownHall

"Obama Pretends Not to be Wooing Women Voters" @ Miami Herald

"Obama Will Say and Do Anything" @ American Thinker

"Obama's Selective Memory of Supreme Court History" @ Washington Post

"Obama In Deep Snit" @ Facebook

PinkMindy E (567)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:28 am

"The Anti-Obama Nation" has just posted important new Anti-Obama Campaign 2012 updates!: =====>

"The Anti-Obama Nation" - Daily Reading News Journal @ Facebook Headquarters

We hope to see you there and please share us with a friend too!!

Norm C (74)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:22 am
Don't believe in Karl Rove anymore. Or in Pink Mindy. Is Pink Mindy really a person or only another of a dozen made up and constantly revolving avatars by the same or only a very few paid right-wing activists? Like Hans/Lilith/SF Paul/Ben/Sir R/ etc.


Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 3:13 am
Noted, thanks.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:56 am
John G. said, "Sadly, it hasn’t really mattered which political party has had control over the White House. Things have gotten worse under Obama, they got worse under Bush, and they got worse under Clinton. We are in the midst of a horrific long-term economic decline and the American people desperately need to wake up."

I couldn't agree more John.

Cam said, "vote anybody but not Obama".....
Let me therefore introduce Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party

The Challenge:
Since the 1970s, real wages have declined for the average American. This has happened while both worker productivity and management compensation have skyrocketed. Although workers have become better at what they do, the benefits have accrued 100% to management and investors. Hence the ratio of CEO pay compared to average worker pay, at 28:1 in the early 1970s, now stands at between 185:1 to 325:1.

One of the key reasons for this is the drastic shift in power that has taken place from workers to management. The ability of manufacturers to shift production facilities abroad to cheaper locations, which really took off with the collapse of the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1971, has meant that management has an overwhelming amount of leverage over workers. Management has been able to ensure that it can keep remuneration for workers stagnant and funnel the benefits of enhanced worker performance solely to themselves and to shareholders.

The Republicans, however, are simply the more extreme wing of the Big Business Party, with the Democrats being the other wing. Both parties are reliant on huge, corrupting corporate donations to ensure they remain in office. Thus the positions of both parties reflect big business – not the American people – as their key constituency.

Rocky Anderson’s Approach Toward Solutions
Resolving such a huge issue involves combining numerous elements of policy. However it is the underlying principle of Rocky’s campaign that the country needs to be run for all Americans, not just the wealthy elites. The reduction in income and wealth disparity will be the outcome of his broad policy platform. Some of the key issues for which President Anderson would advocate, are as follows:

1.Strengthening labor laws. American workers need to have more power so they can get a fair shake in the workplace. A major assault on unions is taking place in parts of the country, as well as a decline in unionization rates, especially in the private sector. Laws such as Right To Work weaken union bargaining power. Union organization procedures need to be enhanced and simplified, not weakened and complicated. An Anderson administration would provide strong leadership to ensure that collective bargaining rights, such as those under attack recently in Wisconsin, are fully protected and improved. Further, the federal minimum wage, which has declined by 30% in real terms since the late 1960s, needs to be increased. These will be key mechanisms in ensuring that the benefits of increased employee productivity accrue to the people responsible for them – the employees – and not just the management and investors. This will stop and reverse the decline in real wages experienced by working people since the 1970s.

2.Tax incentives for local manufacturers. The US cannot remain an economy dominated by the financial sector if it wishes to reduce income inequality. We need as much as possible to bring manufacturing, and the jobs that come with it, back home. The U.S. is the world’s largest market, and has the most skilled labor force. When this is combined with the world leadership of the U.S. high-tech sector, it is clear that we need to enact policies that stimulate high-tech manufacturing in this country. To facilitate this, the Anderson administration will push to offer tax incentives for companies that keep their manufacturing facilities in the US; it will provide subsidies for high-tech start-ups to support the private sector in bearing risk; and it will prioritize financial assistance for university students looking to pursue postgraduate degrees in engineering, physics, computer science, and related fields.

3.Progressive taxation. During what is generally referred to as “The Golden Age of Capitalism” in this country for the two decades after World War II, the top incremental tax rate hovered between 70 and 90%. Now, because of the impact of corrupting money in our government, the thought of bringing the top marginal tax rate up to the 40% mark spooks policy makers. An Anderson administration will recognize that since money has a diminishing marginal utility, and since the wealthy are more capable of investing more in the country that has afforded them extraordinary opportunities, higher tax rates on people earning more money is fair and moral. This includes the capital gains tax. The gap between capital gains and ordinary income tax rates is one key factor in perpetuating income inequality because the overwhelming majority of capital gains accrue to the wealthy. Eliminating such disparities in taxation would be a key focus of Rocky’s administration.

4.Promoting fair trade. Our responsibilities for equality and human rights don’t stop at our borders. By being lenient in the conditions that we attach to trade agreements with other countries, we ensure lives of misery for millions of workers who make the products we use every day. Such leniency also creates an unequal playing field, to the detriment of U.S. workers and those who employ them. An Anderson administration would press for enhanced stringency in worker rights and environmental protections with any country that wishes to sell its products to us, including minimum wage requirements, a decent limit on working hours, and reduced carbon emissions. In this way we can ensure fairness and equality for American and foreign workers, as well as protecting the planet at the same time.

Justice Party - Liberal? Conservative?

Rocky Anderson said; "I believe that we can all help make a better world together, individually and collectively. I believe in the equal application of the laws, rather than the two-tiered system of justice promoted by Bush and Obama (and Congress and the courts when they dismiss cases on the grounds of the state secrets doctrine).

I believe in not burdening later generations with our reckless spending and that it is outrageous to spend trillions of dollars (and it will be trillions after interest on our borrowings for the wars has been paid) for unnecessary, disastrous wars and, while they are being fought, giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy.

I believe that government has a vital role to play in improving education, maintaining and improving our infrastructure, providing transit opportunities, and building peaceful relations with other nations. I also believe that government -- particularly in the U.S. -- has a vital duty to provide international leadership to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate disruption. If my fighting for the restoration of the rule of law and the bolstering of our most fundamental constitutional values makes me a conservative, a liberal, or a patriot, you can use whatever term you like.



Arielle S (313)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 12:39 pm
Just so you know, Pink, everything Jason said to you yesterday? I agree with him.

Cam V (417)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 12:55 pm
You made the Front Page Mindy! Congrats!

Fred K (34)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 12:55 pm
I never believed the libtards from the beginning; I voted against them too.

Tim L (86)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:08 pm
There is one inescapable fact here: These anti-Obama people really need to get back on their meds, or seek help. Where were all of these loud mouthed whack-jobs when Bush/Cheney were creating this mess we now have? Pink just so you know, no matter how loud you voice your hatred and venom, without facts you simply come off as another ignorant hate-monger.

Wayne W (12)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:35 pm
FLASHBACK: Fox News On Gas Prices In 2008

At This Point, Obama Has Created One Million More Jobs Than Bush

Growth In Government Spending Under President Obama Slower Than During Bush, Reagan Administrations

DOW JONES BY PRESIDENT: Clinton (+224%), Bush (-22%), Obama (+56%)

You were saying?

Carol D (346)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:38 pm
Way to go Pink!!!

David C (75)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 2:12 pm
What fairy tales do you mean???? The lies that Mr Romney and the GOP mention?????

the fairy tale that has the US out of Iraq, gotten Mr. BinLaden, dealt with Libya w/out any US loss of life, seen 2 + years of job gains, at least gotten some health care legislation, etc...all while the GREEDY OILying Politicians only want to keep US in fear, war, and give more tax breaks to those who don't need it....


Nancy L (141)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 2:38 pm
Great post Pink.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 2:49 pm
Shame that the GOP shills, like Pinkymindy, are too lazy or afraid to do their homework. It is the far right wing Christo-fascist GOP that has been lying to us all and the proof is all around us, at least if one is paying attention, it is all around.

The economy has improved in spite of the obstructionist efforts of the GOP in Congress and the extremist religious wrong.
It is not Obama that is attacking religious freedom by forcing compliance with the Constitution, it is the GOP that is doing so by supporting religion-based laws.
It was not the current President that brought this country from the largest surplus in history to it's largest deficit in history within 2 years of being elected, it was the GOP.
It was not this president that gutted every financial control law established by the New Deal, it was the GOP.

Need I go on?

Nancy L (141)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 2:51 pm
Well yes Christopher you should. If you are going to make such assumptions you should back them up with facts.

Mindy P (15)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4:20 pm
I will tell pollsters, if they call, l that I will vote for the green party because I would love to have the lady Dr who is the probable green party candidate candidate for president in the debates. ( She gets to participate if greens are over 15% in the polls) In November, however, I will vote for Obama. The republicans are the REAL enemy of life and freedom.

Rebecca Y (26)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4:53 pm
I simply don't believe in government any more....all of us have been duped into believing OF the people, FOR the people, BY the people but it is really, OF the RICH, FOR the RICH, BY the RICH! It is SCREW the working man, SCREW the children, SCREW the elderly. It is GET MORE WEALTH any way you can! I say SCREW the politicians...I'm sick of ALL of them!

Susan E (7)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 5:05 pm
ROFLMAO Yell it long enough and very very loudly, and you honestly think people will believe your creative thinking.

Ellen Emerson (14)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:10 pm
Sad to see so many women posting against Obama. If he's not re-elected don't come crying to his supporters when you lose your right to decide the fate of your own body, to get proper medical care, don't receive equal pay for equal work, and millionaires continue to pay 15% in taxes while the rest of face 25% plus.

I find it hard to believe anyone intelligent will vote republican this year.

Lyn F (18)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 8:05 pm
I will say it again. The GOP has become "The Party of Stupid." It takes few critical thinking skills to spout off impulsive shibboleths. It takes even fewer critical thinking skills to swallow them hook, line and sinker in complicit ignorance.

Ray M (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:53 pm
Geez, looks as if we've finally been hacked by the Romney dirty tricks campaign. Pink Mindy must be another pathetic brainwashed FAUX news watcher plus a hate radio bully to boot. Stay the hell out of Care2 where your BS doesn't fly.

Al Baars (27)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 11:34 pm
Oh, Pink, you poor dear. You should try getting your news from something other than Fox, CNN or the Enquirer.

As a side note:

Ken O (55)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:05 am
Nan, if you don't know the facts you haven't been paying attention and probably wouldn't understand the facts if they were given to you. In fact (no pun intended) the facts are so many there isn't room here to print them but you may find them by using an internet tool called "google" if you can.

Nancy L (141)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 7:16 am
I know the facts Ken. I simply asked Christopher, not you, if he thinks Pink is too lazy to do her homework why doesn't he do his? I just think that if he is going to call her names; which is so very juvenile, he should then provide some facts to back up his claim.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 8:24 am
As usual, I clicked NOT WORTHY...

How long can you believe the liars?

The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers are the Most Misinformed
Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.
April 8, 2012 |

Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Chris Mooney’s new book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality.

In June of last year, Jon Stewart went on air with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and started a major media controversy over the channel’s misinforming of its viewers. “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers?” Stewart asked Wallace. “The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”

Stewart’s statement was factually accurate, as we’ll see. The next day, however, the fact-checking site PolitiFact weighed in and rated it “false.” In claiming to check Stewart’s “facts,” PolitiFact ironically committed a serious error—and later, doubly ironically, failed to correct it. How’s that for the power of fact checking?

There probably is a small group of media consumers out there somewhere in the world who are more misinformed, overall, than Fox News viewers. But if you only consider mainstream U.S. television news outlets with major audiences (e.g., numbering in the millions), it really is true that Fox viewers are the most misled based on all the available evidence—especially in areas of political controversy. This will come as little surprise to liberals, perhaps, but the evidence for it—evidence in Stewart’s favor—is pretty overwhelming.

My goal here is to explore the underlying causes for this “Fox News effect”—explaining how this station has brought about a hurricane-like intensification of factual error, misinformation and unsupportable but ideologically charged beliefs on the conservative side of the aisle. First, though, let’s begin by surveying the evidence about how misinformed Fox viewers actually are.

Based upon my research, I have located seven separate studies that support Stewart’s claim about Fox, and none that undermine it. Six of these studies were available at the time that PolitFact took on Stewart; one of them is newer.

The studies all take a similar form: These are public opinion surveys that ask citizens about their beliefs on factual but contested issues, and also about their media habits. Inevitably, some significant percentage of citizens are found to be misinformed about the facts, and in a politicized way—but not only that. The surveys also find that those who watch Fox are more likely to be misinformed, their views of reality skewed in a right-wing direction. In some cases, the studies even show that watching more Fox makes the misinformation problem worse.

So with that, here are the studies.

Iraq War

In 2003, a survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland found widespread public misperceptions about the Iraq war. For instance, many Americans believed the U.S. had evidence that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had been collaborating in some way with Al Qaeda, or was involved in the 9-11 attacks; many also believed that the much touted “weapons of mass destruction” had been found in the country after the U.S. invasion, when they hadn’t. But not everyone was equally misinformed: “The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news,” PIPA reported. “Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions.” For instance, 80 percent of Fox viewers held at least one of three Iraq-related misperceptions, more than a variety of other types of news consumers, and especially NPR and PBS users. Most strikingly, Fox watchers who paid more attention to the channel were more likely to be misled.

Global Warming

At least two studies have documented that Fox News viewers are more misinformed about this subject.

In a late 2010 survey, Stanford University political scientist Jon Krosnick and visiting scholar Bo MacInnis found that “more exposure to Fox News was associated with more rejection of many mainstream scientists’ claims about global warming, with less trust in scientists, and with more belief that ameliorating global warming would hurt the U.S. economy.” Frequent Fox viewers were less likely to say the Earth’s temperature has been rising and less likely to attribute this temperature increase to human activities. In fact, there was a 25 percentage point gap between the most frequent Fox News watchers (60%) and those who watch no Fox News (85%) in whether they think global warming is “caused mostly by things people do or about equally by things people do and natural causes.”

In a much more comprehensive study released in late 2011 (too late for Stewart or for PolitiFact), American University communications scholar Lauren Feldman and her colleagues reported on their analysis of a 2008 national survey, which found that “Fox News viewing manifests a significant, negative association with global warming acceptance.” Viewers of the station were less likely to agree that “most scientists think global warming is happening” and less likely to think global warming is mostly caused by human activities, among other measures.

Health Care

In 2009, an NBC survey found “rampant misinformation” about the healthcare reform bill before Congress — derided on the right as “Obamacare.” It also found that Fox News viewers were much more likely to believe this misinformation than average members of the general public. “72% of self-identified Fox News viewers believe the healthcare plan will give coverage to illegal immigrants, 79% of them say it will lead to a government takeover, 69% think that it will use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and 75% believe that it will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing care for the elderly,” the survey found.

By contrast, among CNN and MSNBC viewers, only 41 percent believed the illegal immigrant falsehood, 39 percent believed in the threat of a “government takeover” of healthcare (40 percentage points less), 40 percent believed the falsehood about abortion, and 30 percent believed the falsehood about “death panels” (a 45 percent difference!).

In early 2011, the Kaiser Family Foundation released another survey on public misperceptions about healthcare reform. The poll asked 10 questions about the newly passed healthcare law and compared the “high scorers”—those that answered 7 or more correct—based on their media habits. The result was that “higher shares of those who report CNN (35 percent) or MSNBC (39 percent) as their primary news source [got] 7 or more right, compared to those that report mainly watching Fox News (25 percent).”

"Ground Zero Mosque”

In late 2010, two scholars at the Ohio State University studied public misperceptions about the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”—and in particular, the prevalence of a series of rumors depicting those seeking to build this Islamic community center and mosque as terrorist sympathizers, anti-American, and so on. All of these rumors had, of course, been dutifully debunked by fact-checking organizations. The result? “People who use Fox News believe more of the rumors we asked about and they believe them more strongly than those who do not.”

The 2010 Election

In late 2010, the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) once again singled out Fox in a survey about misinformation during the 2010 election. Out of 11 false claims studied in the survey, PIPA found that “almost daily” Fox News viewers were “significantly more likely than those who never watched it” to believe 9 of them, including the misperceptions that “most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring” (they do), that “it is not clear that President Obama was born in the United States” (he was), that “most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses” (it either saved or created several million), that “most economists have estimated the healthcare law will worsen the deficit” (they have not), and so on.

It is important to note that in this study—by far the most critiqued of the bunch—the examples of misinformation studied were all closely related to prominent issues in the 2010 midterm election, and indeed, were selected precisely because they involved issues that voters said were of greatest importance to them, like healthcare and the economy. That was the main criterion for inclusion, explains PIPA senior research scholar Clay Ramsay. “People said, here’s how I would rank that as an influence on my vote,” says Ramsay, “so everything tested is at least a 5 on a zero-to-10 scale.”

Politifact Swings and Misses

In attempting to fact-check Jon Stewart on the subject of Fox News and misinformation, PolitiFact simply appeared out of its depth. The author of the article in question, Louis Jacobson, only cited two of the studies above--“Iraq War” and “2010 Election”—though six out of seven were available at the time he was writing. And then he suggested that the “2010 Election” study should “carry less weight” due to various methodological objections.

Meanwhile, Jacobson dug up three separate studies that we can dismiss as irrelevant. That’s because these studies did not concern misinformation, but rather, how informed news viewers are about basic political facts like the following: “who the vice president is, who the president of Russia is, whether the Chief Justice is conservative, which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives and whether the U.S. has a trade deficit.”

A long list of public opinion studies have shown that too few Americans know the answers to such basic questions. That’s lamentable, but also off point at the moment. These are not politically contested issues, nor are they skewed by an active misinformation campaign. As a result, on such issues many Americans may be ill-informed but liberals and conservatives are nevertheless able to agree.

Jon Stewart was clearly talking about political misinformation. He used the word “misinformed.” And for good reason: Misinformation is by far the bigger torpedo to our national conversation, and to any hope of a functional politics. “It’s one thing to be not informed,” explains David Barker, a political scientist at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied conservative talk-radio listeners and Fox viewers. “It’s another thing to be misinformed, where you’re confident in your incorrectness. That’s the thing that’s really more problematic, democratically speaking—because if you’re confidently wrong, you’re influencing people.”

Thus PolitiFact’s approach was itself deeply uninformed, and underscores just how poorly our mainstream political discourse deals with the problem of systematic right wing misinformation.

Fox and the Republican Brain

The evidence is clear, then—the Politifact-Stewart flap notwithstanding, Fox viewers are the most misinformed. But then comes the truly interesting and important question: Why is that the case?

To answer it, we’ll first need to travel back to the 1950s, and the pioneering work of the Stanford psychologist and cult infiltrator, Leon Festinger.

In his 1957 book A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, Festinger built on his famous study of a doomsday cult called the Seekers, and other research, to lay out many ramifications of his core idea about why human beings contort the evidence to fit their beliefs, rather than conforming those beliefs to the evidence. That included a prediction about how those who are highly committed to a belief or view should go about seeking information that touches on that powerful conviction.

Festinger suggested that once we’ve settled on a core belief, this ought to shape how we gather information. More specifically, we are likely to try to avoid encountering claims and information that challenge that belief, because these will create cognitive dissonance. Instead, we should go looking for information that affirms the belief. The technical (and less than ideal) term for this phenomenon is “selective exposure”: what it means is that we selectively choose to be exposed to information that is congenial to our beliefs, and to avoid “inconvenient truths” that are uncongenial to them.

If Festinger’s ideas about “selective exposure” are correct, then the problem with Fox News may not solely be that it is actively causing its viewers to be misinformed. It’s very possible that Fox could be imparting misinformation even as politically conservative viewers are also seeking the station out—highly open to it and already convinced about many falsehoods that dovetail with their beliefs. Thus, they would come into the encounter with Fox not only misinformed and predisposed to become more so, but inclined to be very confident about their incorrect beliefs and to impart them to others. In this account, political misinformation on the right would be driven by a kind of feedback loop, with both Fox and its viewers making the problem worse.

Psychologists and political scientists have extensively studied selective exposure, and within the research literature, the findings are often described as mixed. But that’s not quite right. In truth, some early studies seeking to confirm Festinger’s speculation had problems with their designs and often failed—and as a result, explains University of Alabama psychologist William Hart, the field of selective exposure research “stagnated” for several decades. But it has since undergone a dramatic revival—driven, not surprisingly, by the modern explosion of media choices and growing political polarization in the U.S. And thanks to a new wave of better-designed and more rigorous studies, the concept has become well established.

“Selective exposure is the clearest way to look at how people create their own realities, based upon their views of the world,” says Hart. “Everybody knows this happens.”

Indeed, by 2009, Hart and a team of researchers were able to perform a meta-analysis—a statistically rigorous overview of published studies on selective exposure—that pooled together 67 relevant studies, encompassing almost 8,000 individuals. As a result, he found that people overall were nearly twice as likely to consume ideologically congenial information as to consume ideologically inconvenient information—and in certain circumstances, they were even more likely than that.

When are people most likely to seek out self-affirming information? Hart found that they’re most vulnerable to selective exposure if they have defensive goals—for instance, being highly committed to a preexisting view, and especially a view that is tied to a person’s core values. Another defensive motivation identified in Hart’s study was closed-mindedness, which makes a great deal of sense. It is probably part of the definition of being closed-minded, or dogmatic, that you prefer to consume information that agrees with what you already believe.

So who’s closed-minded? Multiple studies have shown that political conservatives—e.g., Fox viewers--tend to have a higher need for closure. Indeed, this includes a group called right-wing authoritarians, who are increasingly prevalent in the Republican Party. This suggests they should also be more likely to select themselves into belief-affirming information streams, like Fox News or right-wing talk radio or the Drudge Report. Indeed, a number of research results support this idea.

In a study of selective exposure during the 2000 election, for instance, Stanford University’s Shanto Iyengar and his colleagues mailed a multimedia informational CD about the two candidates—Bush and Gore—to 600 registered voters and then tracked its use by a sample of 220 of them. As a result, they found that Bush partisans chose to consume more information about Bush than about Gore—but Democrats and liberals didn’t show the same bias toward their own candidate.

Selective exposure has also been directly tested several times in authoritarians. In one case, researchers at Stony Brook University primed more and less authoritarian subjects with thoughts of their own mortality. Afterwards, the authoritarians showed a much stronger preference than non-authoritarians for reading an article that supported their existing view on the death penalty, rather than an article presenting the opposing view or a “balanced” take on the issue. As the authors concluded: “highly authoritarian individuals, when threatened, attempt to reduce anxiety by selectively exposing themselves to attitude-validating information, which leads to ‘stronger’ opinions that are more resistant to attitude change.”

The psychologist Robert Altemeyer of the University of Manitoba has also documented an above average amount of selective exposure in right wing authoritarians. In one case, he gave students a fake self-esteem test, in which they randomly received either above average or below average scores. Then, everyone—the receivers of both low and high scores—was given the opportunity to say whether he or she would like to read a summary of why the test was valid. The result was striking: Students who scored low on authoritarianism wanted to learn about the validity of the test regardless of how they did on it. There was virtually no difference between high and low scorers. But among the authoritarian students, there was a big gap: 73 percent of those who got high self-esteem scores wanted to read about the test’s validity, while only 47 percent of those who got low self-esteem scores did.

Authoritarians, Altemeyer concludes, “maintain their beliefs against challenges by limiting their experiences, and surrounding themselves with sources of information that will tell them they are right.”

The evidence on selective exposure, as well as the clear links between closed-mindedness and authoritarianism, gives good grounds for believing that this phenomenon should be more common and more powerful on the political right. Lest we leap to the conclusion that Fox News is actively misinforming its viewers most of the time—rather than enabling them through its very existence—that’s something to bear in mind.

Disinformation Passing as “News”

None of which is to suggest that Fox isn’t also guilty of actively misinforming viewers. It certainly is.

The litany of misleading Fox segments and snippets is quite extensive—especially on global warming, where it seems that every winter snowstorm is an excuse for more doubt-mongering. No less than Fox’s Washington managing editor Bill Sammon was found to have written, in a 2009 internal staff email exposed by MediaMatters, that the network’s journalists should:

. . . refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.

And global warming is hardly the only issue where Fox actively misinforms its viewers. The polling data here, from the Project on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) are very telling.

PIPA’s study of misinformation in the 2010 election didn’t just show that Fox News viewers were more misinformed than viewers of other channels. It also showed that watching more Fox made believing in nine separate political misperceptions more likely. And that was a unique effect, unlike any observed with the other news channels that were studied. “With all of the other media outlets, the more exposed you were, the less likely you were to have misinformation,” explains PIPA’s director, political psychologist Steven Kull. “While with Fox, the more exposure you had, in most cases, the more misinformation you had. And that is really, in a way, the most powerful factor, because it strongly suggests they were actually getting the information from Fox.”

Indeed, this effect was even present in non-Republicans--another indicator that Fox is probably its cause. As Kull explains, “even if you’re a liberal Democrat, you are affected by the station.” If you watched Fox, you were more likely to believe the nine falsehoods, regardless of your political party affiliation.

In summary, then, the “science” of Fox News clearly shows that its viewers are more misinformed than the viewers of other stations, and are indeed this way for ideological reasons. But these are not necessarily the reasons that liberals may assume. Instead, the Fox “effect” probably occurs both because the station churns out falsehoods that conservatives readily accept—falsehoods that may even seem convincing to some liberals on occasion—but also because conservatives are overwhelmingly inclined to choose to watch Fox to begin with.

At the same time, it’s important to note that they’re also disinclined to watch anything else. Fox keeps constantly in their minds the idea that the rest of the media are “biased” against them, and conservatives duly respond by saying other media aren’t worth watching—it’s just a pack of lies. According to Public Policy Polling’s annual TV News Trust Poll (the 2011 run), 72 percent of conservatives say they trust Fox News, but they also say they strongly distrust NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN. Liberals and moderates, in contrast, trust all of these outlets more than they distrust them (though they distrust Fox). This, too, suggests conservative selective exposure.

And there is an even more telling study of “Fox-only” behavior among conservatives, from Stanford’s Shanto Iyengar and Kyu Hahn of Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea. They conducted a classic left-right selective exposure study, giving members of different ideological groups the chance to choose stories from a news stream that provided them with a headline and a news source logo—Fox, CNN, NPR, and the BBC—but nothing else. The experiment was manipulated so that the same headline and story was randomly attributed to different news sources. The result was that Democrats and liberals were definitely less inclined to choose Fox than other sources, but spread their interest across the other outlets when it came to news. But Republicans and conservatives overwhelmingly chose Fox for hard news and even for soft news, and ignored other sources. “The probability that a Republican would select a CNN or NPR report was around 10%,” wrote the authors.

In other words Fox News is both deceiver and enabler simultaneously. First, its existence creates the opportunity for conservatives to exercise their biases, by selecting into the Fox information stream, and also by imbibing Fox-style arguments and claims that can then fuel biased reasoning about politics, science, and whatever else comes up.

But at the same time, it’s also likely that conservatives, tending to be more closed-minded and more authoritarian, have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape from the belief challenges constantly presented by the “liberal media.” Their psychological need for something affirmative is probably stronger than what’s encountered on the opposite side of the aisle—as is their revulsion towards allegedly liberal (but really centrist) media outlets.

And thus we find, at the root of our political dysfunction, a classic nurture-nature mélange. The penchant for selective exposure is rooted in our psychology and our brains. Closed-mindedness and authoritarianism—running stronger in some of us than in others—likely are as well.

But nevertheless, it took the emergence of a station like Fox News before these tendencies could be fully activated—polarizing America not only over politics, but over reality itself.

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Wednesday April 11, 2012, 8:30 am
PIPA’s study of misinformation in the 2010 election didn’t just show that Fox News viewers were more misinformed than viewers of other channels. It also showed that watching more Fox made believing in nine separate political misperceptions more likely. And that was a unique effect, unlike any observed with the other news channels that were studied. “With all of the other media outlets, the more exposed you were, the less likely you were to have misinformation,” explains PIPA’s director, political psychologist Steven Kull. “While with Fox, the more exposure you had, in most cases, the more misinformation you had. And that is really, in a way, the most powerful factor, because it strongly suggests they were actually getting the information from Fox.”

In summary, then, the “science” of Fox News clearly shows that its viewers are more misinformed than the viewers of other stations, and are indeed this way for ideological reasons. But these are not necessarily the reasons that liberals may assume. Instead, the Fox “effect” probably occurs both because the station churns out falsehoods that conservatives readily accept—falsehoods that may even seem convincing to some liberals on occasion—but also because conservatives are overwhelmingly inclined to choose to watch Fox to begin with.

At the same time, it’s important to note that they’re also disinclined to watch anything else. Fox keeps constantly in their minds the idea that the rest of the media are “biased” against them, and conservatives duly respond by saying other media aren’t worth watching—it’s just a pack of lies. According to Public Policy Polling’s annual TV News Trust Poll (the 2011 run), 72 percent of conservatives say they trust Fox News,

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Wednesday April 11, 2012, 8:41 am

When Reagan realized he screwed up...

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Wednesday April 11, 2012, 8:49 am
Understanding the Ideological Divide Between Liberals and Conservatives: Is it Possible for Us to Get Along?

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Keep it it up, PAUL!

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 2:40 am
Pinky, I see you haven't gotten any help for your Obsessive Compulsive Racism Disorder.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 8:30 am


I literally cannot believe it.

The Republicans have actually passed a budget that cuts as much funding for educating children with disabilities as it gives to Big Oil companies.

It’s true, and it’s just one example of the extreme, tea party ideology that’s overtaken Republicans in Congress. Written by Rep. Paul Ryan, the far-right's plan intends to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, students, veterans and the middle class.

I won’t let them. The future of our children comes before Big Oil. We can’t cut programs that seniors depend on to give the wealthy more tax breaks.

It’s unconscionable.

That’s why I'm teaming up with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to put a stop to the Ryan budget. But to do it, we need your help. Stand with us and let’s tell the far-right that we won’t tolerate their extreme schemes.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 9:35 am
Jason --

We now know who our opponent is.

But what we're really fighting against is what our opponent has pledged to do if elected.

He would shower billionaires with more huge tax breaks, oppose setting a timeline to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, starve investments in clean energy research, and make it harder for students to afford to go to college. He'd outlaw a woman's right to choose and completely cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

We can't afford an endless war in Afghanistan, a return to policies that hurt the middle class, and a social agenda from the 1950s.

The stakes and the differences are profound. The outcome of this election will determine the course of this country for decades to come.

I need you by my side.

Thank you,


You got it!!!

l L (1)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 3:29 pm
Well;-- same conversation, every 2 years. Nothing new.
Heard ms pinky in each of those years. The newness isn't new.
THe New World Fascists REligious Order.
They are lining up, thanx to the Koch brother flunkies. We can conclude that Ms pinky is all for that. She is GOP., They can do no wrong. But they do do wrong.
We Americans are in the fight of our lives; about to lose every freedom we have and ms pinky is sold out to the koch brothers. What has any Zgop don't for any american citizen in three years except take our domestic moneies and funnel it to the ultra 1%.
Newt's video documentory put the icing on the cake how he and bain cleaned up on the stock market taking peoples pensions and closing compainies, creating an illusion, that the comapnies were going under.
I am really surprized any republican can show their faces; knowing that this is at the heart of the crash of 2008.
I don't think ms pinky understands, the depth and breath of that.
I don'tr think anyone republican understands the weight of all of that.
But 6 years of the same old debate gets old. Let ms pinky and her clan wallow in it. I get tired of the same old argument.
As far as NDAA both parties sold us out on that one.
What I noticed about those crying communism; they always do that when they prefer fasism over communis. They cite communism anytime they want fascism to take it's place. Because they thrive better under that system. Howvever; being democratic we will never solve any of our problems cause everything that is suggested is viewed as communism.
The GOP; wants to take the public government and give it away to corporations.
I am wondering; if the GOP and its supporters are still trying to set George Bush up to be KING OF THE U.S.
afterall during his 8myrs religionm and their circles were talking about such.
A Kingship is not a democracy. It is not the people's government anymore.
The GOP is dismantling our government , or trying to with the help of Alec, and KOch etc.
I saw a recent program with Bill Moyer; his guess said our government is not the problem, our government is the PRIZE. I agree and someone had the courage to say it.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 11:36 am
We believe in the fairytale of freedom in America, we just don't believe Democrats NOR Republicans are going to defend the people's right to freedom from the Fascism of Corporatist government. This story is obviously a 'hate piece' written to provoke the rabble towards hating Obama. If this much effort were devoted to promoting the 'good things' the opposition has planned for the future of America it would be much more influential. Problem is, Republicans are in the dark regarding any plans their candidates have to change for the better. This is because they have no plans and do not intend to change, they like it the way it is, the rich get richer...

kathy P (483)
Friday April 13, 2012, 9:58 pm
Noted Thank you!

PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 6:19 am

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PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 10:09 am

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PinkMindy E (567)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 10:10 am

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows that our main target is the Extreme-Left Socialist Agenda!!!

Matt M. (0)
Monday April 16, 2012, 12:18 am
After reading Jason R. long long post, things are so much clearer. I now know why all these anti Obama people who set up Facebook pages, delete and block my comments. Also after reading , it explains why people say things like this, Obama is a dictator, he destroyed America, but when asked to back it up, they can't. People are so stuck on their own ideology that given solid facts that go against those beliefs, they just can't handle it.
I started this page , in the hope to help people learn that some of their belief are wrong. Problem is, I am asking people to go against their programing. I am a person with strong beliefs, and will debate people on those beliefs, but I am also open to being wrong.
I feel sorry for PinkMindy, she is clearly a right wing Republican, who will blindly support them.
Sad how far away the Republican Party is today then the first Republican President. Abraham Lincoln. Below I will end with a quote from him, that shows the type of Republican he was.
"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot do so well, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.”

Matt M. (0)
Monday April 16, 2012, 9:07 am
So PinkMindy, your main target is the people who are trying to equalize the "battle" ground so to speak. Obama trying to make the rich pay there fair share upsets you. The tax code benefits the rich to an unfair degree. Matter of fact the people directly to blame for the high gas prices benefit most from the unjust tax system. Oil companies thank to Bush and Republicans gets billions of dollars in tax breaks while making record profits. Commodities traders are the main reason that gas prices aren't based on supply and demand, and they pay a lower tax percentage then other people.
People love to blame Obama for high gas prices, because "he" is preventing more oil to be drilled. Now if gas prices were determined only by supply and demand then this could be true. 2009 is an example of gas prices going up as demand went down.
Here is an excerpt from Why Are Gas Prices So High? By Kimberly Amadeo
Which can be found at:
"In the summer of 2008, gas prices rose to $4 a gallon as oil prices skyrocketed to $145 a barrel, even though demand and supply were fairly constant. In summer of 2009, gas prices again rose, despite the recession, which decreased demand. Commodities traders were the reason for both. Gas prices also usually rise during the summer vacation season, as driving increases. Finally, gas and oil prices also increase whenever there is concern about surging demand from China and India, or a curtailment of oil supply.
What's the Real Reason Behind High Oil Prices?:
Oil prices are set by commodities traders who buy and sell futures contracts on the commodities exchanges.These are agreements to buy or sell oil at a specific date in the future at a specific price. Commodities traders can create a self-fulfilling prophecy by bidding up oil futures prices. Once this starts, it can create an asset bubble. Unfortunately, the one who pays for this bubble is you!
Like most of the things you buy, oil prices are affected by supply and demand. However, oil prices are also affected by oil price futures, which are traded on the commodities futures exchange. These prices fluctuate daily, depending on what investors think the price of oil will be in the future. When traders think oil will be high, they bid it up even higher. This soon causes rising gas prices.

Another reason for rising oil prices is the declining dollar. Since oil is denominated in dollars, the 40% decline in the dollar in the last six years puts upward pressure on oil prices. (Source: BBC, Oil Price May Hit $200 a Barrel, May 7, 2008)

Sometimes commodities traders drive up the price of oil, even when supply increases and demand falls. The EIA cited an increased flow of investment money into commodities markets. In other words, money that used to be invested in real estate or the global stock market is now being invested in oil futures. For more on the factors commodities traders use, see How Are Oil Prices Determined? (Source: EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook)"

Past Member (0)
Monday May 21, 2012, 1:54 am
Noted, thanks.

Nancy L (141)
Monday May 21, 2012, 8:27 am
How is it fair when the top 10% pay the majority of the taxes? and nearly half the country pays almost ZERO taxes????
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