Rush Limbaugh hit the nail on the head Friday when he spoke to a young journalism student. The caller, Paul in Gainesville, Fla., told Rush that his instructors were teaching him that his audience were dumb, ignorant common folk who didn’t understand anything so he would have to “dumb down” information for them. While Rush agreed that the level of ignorance of the general public was vast, he admitted he mistakenly believes those members of the liberal media imparting their “knowledge and wisdom” to them are themselves intelligent.
Mr. Limbaugh expressed news reporters view of the public;
“You complain to a newspaper or a television station (about their bias of misinformation) and they'll say, ‘Well, you know, you just really don't know how we operate here. You don't know how we put the news together. You just don't know.’ The customer's always wrong. You accuse 'em of bias, and you don't know what you're talking about.
(They say) ‘We're not biased! You're an idiot. You're stupid.’
They don't say that to people, but you're being taught that that's how you have to relate to 'em. I, El Rushbo, on the other hand, am just the opposite. When I'm talking about the media, I make the mistake of thinking that they're smart. They're not. They are actually, I think, their audience. I think they're dumber than their audience, to be frank with you. But I, on the other hand, treat everybody listening to this program as though they know exactly what I'm talking about every time I open my mouth.”
Psychologists have determined that intelligence requires more than simple brain power, but also a store of knowledge from which to draw. A smart person who is ignorant of the relevant facts cannot make an intelligent decision. But there is more, according to author Daniel Goleman who wrote, “Emotional Intelligence.” A person’s emotional maturity and morality will alter their beliefs and twist facts.
An immature personality will close their minds to facts which do not fit their viewpoint and an immoral person will skew facts for the same reason. Both conservatives and liberals say this applies to the other. Psychologists conveys how to determine which is truthful and which is lying to themselves as well as others? The most simple manner to determine truth is to examine consistency; whether or not a person keeps changing their story, or says one thing but then does another and then denies doing it, and if the person stays on the subject or tries to divert to another subject or resorts to personal attacks and character assassination.
Conservatives at FOX News say they want people to hear both sides of the argument, watch both them and MSNBC so they can weigh matters for themselves and decide on the truth. Liberals at MSNBC have said they want to reintroduce the “Fairness Doctrine” to force FOX News and other conservative news outlets to give liberal commentators equal time on their networks. The Right says this is designed to shut down conservative voices and keep people from hearing their half of the argument. FOX already has staunch liberals like Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, Alan Colmes, and others making liberal arguments while they say it is MSNBC that squashes conservative argument by mockery and misinformation.
One example they site was Mitt Romney’s 47% when he was speaking of those who are receiving benefits from government who don’t pay taxes. Liberals said that he was speaking of those receiving entitlements like Social Security and military disability and many Democrats voted on this belief. Republicans said that this was misinformation, that those groups paid their taxes for a lifetime till they retired or sacrificed in the military to earn their benefits. They said that Romney was speaking of those living on welfare, food stamps, unending unemployment benefits, or defrauding Social Security disability, but only FOX and conservative pundits revealed this while all of the other news networks promoted the Democrat storyline.
Both conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and liberals like Chris Matthews accuse the other of preaching to their “brain dead listeners” who repeat what they say as their “echo chambers.” Many individuals of the Right and Left would agree with them for different reasons, portraying their counterparts as redneck hayseeds or slumming freeloaders.
Alexandra Pelosi exposes Leftist/Rightwing stereotypes;
The truth, according to researchers, is that people listen to those who endorse their own beliefs and that people demean their opposition purely for their own ego. Rush Limbaugh would be the voice of the once “Silent/Moral Majority” who are the majority no more. And the majority of voting Americans are middle class working people who are struggling to get ahead, but at odds over how the economy should be run and government’s role.