Manipulating Public Opinion: China vs the U.S.

Have the Tea Baggers in the United States been learning from China, or is it the other way around?

“Another strategy is manipulation. In recent years, local and provincial officials have hired armies of low-paid commentators to monitor blogs and chat rooms for sensitive issues, then spin online comment in the government’s (China’s) favor.

“Mr. Xiao of Berkeley cites one example: Jiaozuo, a city southwest of Beijing, deployed 35 Internet commentators and 120 police officers to defuse online attacks on the local police after a traffic dispute. By flooding chat rooms with pro-police comments, the team turned the tone of online comment from negative to positive in just 20 minutes.” Source: New York Times

Isn’t this what Fox Network’s Glenn Beck, then Rush Limbaugh—who is heard on more than 600 radio stations—have been doing for years. Filling the airwaves with their opinions controlling what people hear and think. The American Tea Baggers are doing the same thing with the same results—behavior control.

For an example of how the media twists facts to influence public opinion one only need look closer at the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin incident. What does the public really know about these two individuals?

Is America really that different from China and is there anyone we can believe?

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His latest novel is the multiple-award winning Running with the Enemy.

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4 Responses to Manipulating Public Opinion: China vs the U.S.

  1. Choi Siu Yan says:

    I once discussed this with my brother who had been migrated to US for many years. His opinion about this is that in China it is controlled by the government, while in US this is done automatically by the media. The only concern of the media is about market (i.e. business consideration, they only said what the mass want to hear) not the political oppression from the government.

    • In addition, the media is owned by corporations that are controlled by super-rich Americans who have political and religious agendas that they push. For example, the Fox TV network that’s owned/controlled by neoconservative Rupert Murdock—who operates New Corp—-has been accused many times of pushing a conservative agenda by slanting the news and the evidence supports the accusations.

      News Corp is the world’s second largest media group in terms of revenue and the world’s third largest in entertainment reaching hundreds of millions of people around the world with its conservative views.

      And the New York Times has been accused of pushing a liberal political agenda through its reporting.

      There there is conservative talk radio with hundreds of stations broadcasting a conservative political and religious agenda.

      Another example are the super-rich, billionaire Koch brothers who have funded many so-called think tanks that report on the side of conservative and religious agendas. These reports from these biased and conservative think tanks are often mentioned in the mass market media news as if these political and religious agendas are based on truth.

      Many of the corporations that own the media in the West are wealthier than many nations. Watch the video to discover more.

      • As an interesting side note, Murdoch actually starts out as a left wing media owner before he became a right wing media owner. Here is how that came to be.

      • Thank you for sharing this. I didn’t know this part of Murdock’s history. It sounds as if his shift from left to right is due to revenge—to get even with the labor unions that gave him trouble when he was starting out. And there is no shortage of billionaires who feel the same way he does. For example, the Koch brothers, the Wall-Mart Walton family who are also using their wealth a power to support far-right agendas.

        And the foundation of the neoconservative movement is what is known as the so-called noble lie based on the belief that most of the people don’t know what is good for them but the few who are wealthy and powerful do. So to lie to achieve political agendas and goals is acceptable to a neoconservative like Murdock.

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