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Scientists Have Proven It: O'Reilly Is an Insulting Bully

Oreilly Now, you don't have to take my word for it. Indiana University has issued a study proving Fox News Channel gasbag Bill O'Reilly relies on insults and simplistic stereotyping of certain people to present a simplistic good vs evil picture of politics and life to his viewers. See a summary here.

They say: "The IU researchers found that O'Reilly called a person or a group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds, on average, or nearly nine times every minute during the editorials that open his program each night.Oreillytalkingpointsshot_2

"Using analysis techniques first developed in the 1930s by the Institute for Propaganda Analysis, (researchers) found that O'Reilly employed six of the seven propaganda devices nearly 13 times each minute in his editorials.

"The seven propaganda devices include:

Oreallybookcover Name calling -- giving something a bad label to make the audience reject it without examining the evidence;
Glittering generalities -- the oppositie of name calling;
Card stacking -- the selective use of facts and half-truths;
Bandwagon -- appeals to the desire, common to most of us, to follow the crowd;
Plain folks -- an attempt to convince an audience that they, and their ideas, are "of the people";
Transfer -- carries over the authority, sanction and prestige of something we respect or dispute to something the speaker would want us to accept; and Oreillybookculturewar
Testimonials -- involving a respected (or disrespected) person endorsing or rejecting an idea or person.

Now you can conduct your own analysis of O'Reilly's work -- and anyone else who spins you by claiming they're not.

CNN Reports: Imus May Have a Legal Leg to Stand On

Imus1 Looks like CNN got Imus' legal team to leak them a portion of his contract. As reported by Anderson Cooper last night, there is a segment of the contract in which CBS Radio admits full knowledge of the history of criticism of his show and the controversial nature of it.

According to CNN, it reads:
"Company [CBS Radio] acknowledges its familiarity with the program Conducted by Artist [Imus] on the station [WFAN] prior to company's ownership thereof and it, and its familiarity with the reviews and comments, both favorable and unfavorable concerning Artist and his material by critics, reviewers and writers of the various media both in New York and nationally. Company acknowledges that Artist's services to be rendered hereunder are of a unique, extraordinary, irreverent, intellectual, topical, controversial and personal character and that programs of the same general type and nature containing these components are desired by Company and are consistent with Company rules and policies."

On the one hand, a good scoop. On the other, Imus has now pulled CNN into spreading his contention that CBS may be on the hook to him for millions.

And if the contract says this, why did Imus hire a 1st Amendment attorney?

And, hard as I tried to write the definitive Don Imus column, I couldn't pull it off. But this guy, Tim Wise, did. Check it here.

Lapoliceattack ---What's the best way to make sure illegal immigrants get maximum sympathy when they protest the nation's non-sensical immigration policies? Have an urban police force attack them and every bystander watching their protests -- even the professional journalists -- with rubber bullets and batons. Can't wait to see Lou Dobbs explain this one.  He better look out: The Radio and Television News Directors Association is already on the case.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:38pm]

    

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