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Old 05-01-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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So... are you one of those people constantly annoyed that nobody ever actually reads the links you post and instead just rip into to you for posting bull**** flame bait, bilious spin or vacuous propaganda?

Here's how:


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5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds

This turdstorm of pointless click-bait filler is a problem for anyone who wants to be an informed voter. To learn anything useful, you need to be able to sort through all of the garbage to find the actual information and insight. So let me just tell you right now that you can safely ignore any story if ...

#5. The Headline Contains the Word "Gaffe"
Basically, It's ...
A politician accidentally misspoke in a way that made him or her look silly, and the opponents are pouncing on it.
#4. The Headline Ends in a Question Mark
Basically, It's ...
A news story so questionable the publication literally felt the need to mark it as such.
#3. The Headline Contains the Word "Blasts"
Basically, It's ...

A politician or other prominent person has taken to a microphone to say something inflammatory about the other side, usually by rephrasing their own party's talking points over and over.
#2. The Headline Is About a "Lawmaker" Saying Something Stupid
Basically, It's ...

A low-level politician with no power said something incredibly stupid, and the opposing party is trumpeting it from the mountaintops to make everyone in the low-level politician's party look stupid.
#1. The Headline Includes the Phrase "Blow To"
Basically, It's ...

Neglecting to explain hugely important policy changes in favor of focusing on the drama, and how it affects the personal political careers of the politicians involved.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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You forgot "War on". That's a staple these days for the Left.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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You forgot "War on". That's a staple these days for the Left.
Hmmmm.... Nixon declared the "War on Drugs." Bush declared the "War on Terror."

It appears that it has been a staple for at least 40 years, and not just for the left.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Hmmmm.... Nixon declared the "War on Drugs." Bush declared the "War on Terror."

It appears that it has been a staple for at least 40 years, and not just for the left.
That's not what I'm talking about and you know it. I'm talking about how the Left likes to use the word "WAR" in their diatribes to drum up fear for their opposition. It only works on "useful idiots" though.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Houston
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If NBC has anything on tape do not believe it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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#6. The News Source is the "Daily Mail"
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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#7. The OP is (you know who they are and I am not going to say anything because I have enough infractions under my belt).
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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That's not what I'm talking about and you know it. I'm talking about how the Left likes to use the word "WAR" in their diatribes to drum up fear for their opposition. It only works on "useful idiots" though.
I apparently have no idea what the hell you are talking about. Please, give me a few examples of where "lefties" have used the word "war" in their headlines for that purpose.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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I apparently have no idea what the hell you are talking about. Please, give me a few examples of where "lefties" have used the word "war" in their headlines for that purpose.
And you call yourself a scholar?

"War on women"
"War on the middle class"
"War on science"
"War on working families"
"war on children"
"war on worker"
"war on students"

It's endless. Care to learn some more in today's class?
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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And you call yourself a scholar?

"War on women"
"War on the middle class"
"War on science"
"War on working families"
"war on children"
"war on worker"
"war on students"

It's endless. Care to learn some more in today's class?
Searching this forum, I am as likely to find those phrases and phrases like them in the headlines and posts on the right as the left. This includes....

"War on women."
"War on Christmas"
"War on religion"
"War on small business"
"War on Rush Limbaugh"
"War on democracy"
"War on plastic bags"
"War on fossil fuels"

So it appears that whatever the substance or lack thereof of the resulting post, it is not obviously a left wing franchise.

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