How the Media Uses Appeal to Emotion to Distract from Issues

by Patricia L. Dickson   7/20/14

With the help of Glenn Beck, the left wing media has managed to turn the attention away from why the illegal children are crossing our borders in droves. The focus on the reported diseases that they are bringing with them, not to mention the cost to the taxpayer, has been replaced with how we should put our partisan politics aside and remember that these are poor innocent children. The Liberals and the mainstream media are very successful when it comes to appealing to the emotions of the average citizen. The media uses this ploy repeatedly when it needs to switch the focus off the fundamental issue at hand.[pullquote]Glenn Beck  has said that we must open our hearts to the illegal children. His statement implies that our hearts otherwise would be closed to suffering children.[/pullquote]

The first step in the process is to create a false premise.  The White House and the media created the false premise that the children are crossing the border illegally to escape Central America’s violence. According to a Fox News report, the real reason for the sudden influx is misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy. Nonetheless, it appears the majority of the American citizens have accepted the false premise. With the premise cemented in the minds of the citizenry, the media can now use it to pound our emotions. Glenn Beck  has said that we must open our hearts to the illegal children. His statement implies that our hearts otherwise would be closed to suffering children.

Apparently, the safety of illegal kids are more important to the White House than American kids living in the gang-infested neighborhoods in the inner cities. A black female from Maryland called the Laura Ingraham show complaining about Obama ignoring the plight of the poor black kids trapped in gang-besieged neighborhoods. She was upset over the white house’s request for 3.8 billion dollars to house the illegal children and asked, ‘Where Can I Get Asylum?’

The Democrats and the mainstream media (I repeat myself) have used both the false premise and the appeal to emotions on every issue that we have faced over the past several years. The tactic is to attach a hot emotional button to every issue to get the public on their side. The following is an example of a few of the issues:

The Democrats cannot win on facts or the substance of the issues so they employ tactics (with the assistance of the media) to appeal to the emotions of individuals who lack critical thinking skills. The only way for citizens to get the fact on the issues is to visit conservative news sites. Once we know the facts, we must not allow ourselves to be distracted by emotional appeals.

PatriciaDicksonPatricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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5 Responses to How the Media Uses Appeal to Emotion to Distract from Issues

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Great analysis regarding Glenn Beck. It’s fair to ask “What would Jesus do?” regarding this situation. But I don’t think what he would do would be to leave his brain at the door as Beck has.

    And I love this part:

    Apparently, the safety of illegal kids are more important to the White House than American kids living in the gang-infested neighborhoods in the inner cities. A black female from Maryland called the Laura Ingraham show complaining about Obama ignoring the plight of the poor black kids trapped in gang-besieged neighborhoods. She was upset over the white house’s request for 3.8 billion dollars to house the illegal children and asked, ‘Where Can I Get Asylum?’

    As Danusha Goska said in that one article I had linked to:

    The left is still looking for its proletariat. It supports mass immigration for this reason.

    Another way to look at this, consistent with the Dalrymple/Kung Principle, is that the Left fashion themselves as the benefactors and caretakers of “the under-privileged.” And, yes, you guessed it: Anyone living in the West is over-privileged (it’s even spoken of in racial terms where they call it “white privilege”).

    Long story short, the Left is a poisonous worldview and religion. It leaves people alienated, angry, and barren (quite literally as well as emotionally, considering all the aborted children). As Goska and others have noted, their ideology is founded on hatred of a thing, not love of a thing.

    That there are legions of useful idiots who think it’s all about “saving the planet” or being nice sodomites just goes to show how easily people are manipulated, especially if they have “gone material.” That is, if your main or only reason for getting up in the morning is to get your jollies from various means of aural, visual, or physical stimulation (man reduced to a brute animal) then who are we to deny anything from anyone else?

    That is (again), “Progressivism” is a disease of the heart, mind, soul, and intellect. It leaves people an empty shell, unable (as Mark Steyn notes) even to defend themselves from bad ideas.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    To be fair, Glenn Beck does apparently support sending them back; he just wants them to be treated decently while they’re here. Unfortunately, if they aren’t going to be sent back, that decent treatment only encourages more — which is bad for us and bad for those victimized on the way, but good for the Obama Gang.

    As for why liberals are more concerned with the illegal alien children (and most of them aren’t children, and many of the “children” are adolescent gang members) than with poor American children (who are victimized by the mass immigration of poor, uneducated, disease- and pest-ridden aliens), it goes back to the fact that anyone from a foreign country is more of an underdog than an American. To liberals, nothing else matters — as long as they can find some emotional issue to persuade their victims to vote for them anyway. (Opposing voter ID requirements, banning opposition to homosexual, mandating free contraception — whatever works.)

  3. Anniel says:

    Patricia – Being manipulated by emotion is so easy to succumb to, especially where children are concerned. Who wants to be a beast who hates the children. Not anyone. The reaction there is almost knee-jerk so if you’re an unquestioning Glenn Beck fan it’s far more difficult to anticipate the long term results of such “compassion.” My heart says do one thing, but my mind sees weakness and more danger ahead. There’s the rub for all of us. God’s mercy on us is sorely needed, but we have to be clear headed enough to risk the unpopular truth telling. Thank you for doing that.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      If more people, let alone women, thought like you and Patricia, we wouldn’t have 50% of the problems that we do (the other 50% created by men, of course).

      Emotion is all well and good. But we have to realize that emotions are like clouds…they come and go. They come in many shapes. And often they bring storms.

      We would be automatons without emotion. I’m not one of those people who say we should depend 100% on “reason” for reason is a method, not a moral stance. Emotion is like a battery. It can be the storehouse of energy to accomplish good things. It just depends what kind of “juice” we’ve charged into the battery. We can become emotionally charged in a quite unhealthy way about issues. And that, really, is what the Progressives and Democrat Party have become good at. The indoctrination (emotional manipulation) of people by the Left is ruinous not only to our country but to the people so programmed.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Liberals, like Muslims, love to deploy children as human shields because they’re the most vulnerable people. They use widows similarly (e.g., the Witches of East Brunswick), and anyone else who can be transformed into an object of reflexive sympathy.

      Of course, if they’re conservatives, this no longer applies. The handicapped are naturally among their favorite human shields — but they’re quite happy to mock Sarah Palin’s child with Down’s syndrome, or Alzheimer’s victims like Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston when it serves their foul purpose.

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