A Few Things to Add to Jason’s List
Just to add some more items to Jason’s list of “managed ignorance” in the realm of conservative media:
- The “Mosque at Ground Zero,” which is neither at Ground Zero nor even really a “mosque,” but is still, somehow, worthy of massive coverage and controversy in “Real” America (which, it must be emphasized, does not actually include the overwhelmingly liberal electorate that has long resided in New York City and its suburbs).
- Obama is a radical socialist.
- Obama has stopped fighting, or at last drastically scaled back on, the War on Terror/Radical Islam.
In each of these cases, the conservative media/activist leadership gives its members a handful of cherry-picked facts, without any of the contravening facts or all-important context to, as Jason put it so beautifully, “ensure that those kept in managed ignorance get just enough news, and never more than they need to remain exactly where they are.”
We do not trust sources of news and leaders to merely provide us with a handful of cherry-picked facts; we trust sources of news and leaders to provide us that information in a comprehensive fashion that accurately portrays those facts in their relevant context. News sources and leaders abuse that trust and “manage ignorance” when they fail to do so, and particularly when they fail to do so in the context of advancing their narrative with their audience.