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Leftists More Easily Manipulated by TV and Film According to New Survey

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There’s a reason Hollywood celebrities continue to make cringe-worthy PSA’s and it’s because they have a high success rate of changing the minds of those who lean left.

According to a survey done by Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter, those who lean left are more easily susceptible to suggestions by the things they see in hear on the silver screen or what they see on their home screens as reported by the Daily Wire:

The survey asked: “To what extent has your opinion about racism been changed by a docuseries, movie, or TV show like ‘Green Book’ or ‘Crash’?”

17% of Democrats and 4% of Republicans responded with “a lot,” in contrast with 10% of all persons surveyed.

The survey asked: “To what extent has your opinion about sexism been changed by a docuseries, movie, or TV show like ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ or ‘A League of Their Own’?”

14% of Democrats and 5% of Republicans responded with “a lot,” in contrast with 10% of all persons surveyed.

The survey asked: “To what extent has your opinion about LGBTQ people been changed by a docuseries, movie, or TV show like ‘Brokeback Mountain’ or ‘Modern Family’?”

15% of Democrats and 5% of Republicans responded with “a lot,” in contrast with 10% of all persons surveyed.

The survey asked: “To what extent has your opinion about climate change been changed by a docuseries, movie, or TV show like ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ or ‘Planet Earth’?”

The difference was more stark on this question. 27% of Democrats and 7% of Republicans responded with “a lot,” in contrast with 18% of all persons surveyed.

The differences remain pretty static until the question about how things seen on the screen effect environment.

The study doesn’t go into why this may be, but if I were to throw a theory out, it’s one of two things. Either those who lean Republican are naturally more inclined to be less lead by things they often understand to be fiction, or — and this is more likely — Republicans and those who lean right have been trained over time to not believe what the mainstream media pumps out.

Since the right is often maliciously targeted by the media, and many documentaries are geared toward pushing a leftist narrative than an accurate one, the right has become wary of media manipulation. Especially in the age of the internet where proof of media falsehoods are just a click away, the right tends to immediately disbelieve or withhold judgement on what’s presented to them, while the left is ready to have its biases confirmed once the mainstream presents their own beliefs back to them.

I say the latter is more accurate because no one is immune to confirmation bias, but in the age when the left is in firm control over the mainstream media, it’s much easier for those on the right to be tougher nuts to crack in terms of manipulation.

The post Leftists More Easily Manipulated by TV and Film According to New Survey appeared first on RedState.

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As Biden Trip Over Another Segregationist Gaffe, Conservatives Should Let Him Fall

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What is Joe Biden doing?

That’s the question a lot of people are asking. Last week, Biden found himself embroiled in a controversy, not from the right, but pushed from his left over his tacit praise of segregationists as “civil.” He also made a tone-deaf comment that they never called him “boy,” which only further inflamed matters. Biden was attempting to bolster his image as a guy who can work across the aisle, except in this case the segregationists were his fellow Democrats. The entire thing ended up blowing up in his face as Democrats and media outlets alike began digging up comments in his past that call into question his views on race.

Apparently learning nothing from last week’s episode, Biden has been caught on tape again praising a segregationist. This time it’s his self-described mentor Fritz Hollings.

That happened just yesterday. How do you go from a week of non-stop negative press over comments about segregationists to fondly reminiscing about another segregationist just days later? Biden is a gaffe machine but you’d think he could at least avoid making the same mistake twice in nearly as many days.

Even before this latest screw-up though, I noticed a growing trend among some on the right. Namely, defenses being made of Biden’s remarks.

Take Ben Shapiro’s latest podcast from Friday. During the show, he spends a good amount of time showing how the left’s attacks on Biden are bad faith and driving home how unfair they are.

Now, do I disagree with Ben? No, and he’s one of the only political podcasts I listen too regularly. But I do think Biden’s remarks were stupid and ill-advised. Given that, if the former Vice President is dead set on dousing himself in gasoline and lighting a match, I don’t feel any duty to spray him down with a hose.

Biden represents one of the biggest threats to conservatives in the country right now precisely because he (currently) matches up so well against Donald Trump, specifically in the rust belt states. That could of course change in a general, and I expect the race to close greatly, but I’m speaking only in the present for the purpose of this write up.

In the present, we have a chance to let Biden collapse in on himself. I say let him collapse.

I do not believe that decency or “truth-telling” demands a defense from conservatives of a politician who’s spent decades making bad faith arguments about them and their ideals. Biden couldn’t even be bothered to defend Mike Pence as a person after the left lost their minds over the VP being referred to as a decent guy. Further, would Biden defend Ben Shapiro if someone made an unfair attack against him? Of course not and you wouldn’t expect him to.

That’s not to say we can’t defend and help people on the other side of the aisle but we are only dealing with politics here, not life or death. In my humble opinion, if Biden is choosing to set himself on fire, politically speaking, let him burn.

 

 

 

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Biden 2006: I don’t view abortion as a choice or a right but as a tragedy

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Via CNN’s KFile, I can’t tell you how excited I am to watch progressives process this old clip, which has been publicly available since before they twice voted en masse for Biden as vice president, with their usual equanimity.

Sneak preview: Boing Boing’s header for its post about the video is stills of Biden with a thumbs-down emoji plus a bunch of little coat-hangers.

He utters three heresies here by the standards of the left in 2019 in the course of reiterating that he supports a woman’s right to have an abortion under Roe. The first heresy is that he opposes taxpayer funding for the procedure. But we already knew that: That’s the Hyde Amendment, which he finally flipped on only this year. The second heresy is that he opposes partial-birth abortion. But that’s a heresy they might let him slide on, as that’s unfavorable political terrain for a left-wing defense of the right to choose during a national campaign.

The third heresy? Although he believes women should be free to abort if they like, he thinks it’d be good if the country gave them reasons, economic and otherwise, not to. For this perfectly sane view, that abortion is a “tragedy” to be avoided if possible rather than some empowering ritual sacrifice, he’ll likely be rhetorically disemboweled.

“It’s going to be very difficult,” Biden said. “I do not view abortion as a choice and a right. I think it’s always a tragedy, and I think that it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions. There ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus as to do that.”

“I think the vast majority of the American people think that can be done. But unfortunately, we’re put in the position, you’re either, ‘eliminate abortions under all circumstance’ or quote ‘abortion on demand,’” he added. “The fact of the matter is, I’ve never known of a woman having an abortion say ‘By the way, I feel like having an abortion.’ It’s always a tragic decision made. Always a difficult decision. And I think we should focus on how to deal with women not wanting abortion.”

Watch the clip and you’ll see that when he talks about limiting the number of abortions, he’s talking about incentives, not prohibitions. He wants to make America more “hospitable” for women who’d prefer to carry their children to term, he says, noting that abortions went down during the Clinton years as the economy grew. Easing some of the financial pressure on a woman who’s pregnant will make her feel less compelled to abort in the name of economic security. That is, Biden’s challenging the left’s perpetual incantations about “choice” as the logic of their position. If you really care about the “right to choose,” wouldn’t you want a woman who’d prefer to carry to term if she could afford it to be able to exercise that choice? Is choice the ultimate good in this debate, even if it means fewer abortions, or is abortion itself the ultimate good?

That was an easier question in 2006 than it is in 2019.

But it can and will be turned around on him. If he was so concerned about economic strain on pregnant women impacting their freedom of choice, he might be asked, why did he oppose the Hyde Amendment at the time? It’s lower-income women who most benefit from taxpayer funding for abortion. What if a woman had to choose abortion because her household finances were precarious and she couldn’t afford to miss time at work due to pregnancy, but also didn’t have the money needed to pay for an abortion? Wouldn’t a Roe supporter want to make America’s legal framework more “hospitable” to that woman, too? Hope he’s ready for that question at the debates.

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AOC’s chief of staff on prisoners voting: Why shouldn’t the people most affected by unjust laws have a say in those laws?

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If there’s a bad idea floating around Congress, rest assured that it’s been endorsed by someone on Team Ocasio-Cortez.

“Seeing Bernie et al prat-fall into some dorm room bullsh*t session about prisoners voting has made my day,” says Twitter pal CuffyMeh. Elements of the Green New Deal also had an odor of dorm-room scat around them but at least that proposal sought to meet an urgent demand on the left for policies to address a problem. By contrast, letting felons vote from behind bars seems to have wandered into the national presidential conversation like a lost tourist. You should’ve just given it directions and sent it on its way, Bernie.

Now here’s AOC’s right-hand man ushering it in and seating it at the table.

Weird but true: The Bill of Rights never squarely guarantees the right to vote the way the Second Amendment guarantees a right to bear arms. Other parts of the Constitution guarantee that the right to vote, once granted, can’t be taken away for certain specific reasons (race, most notably, per the Fifteenth Amendment). But in practice Chakrabarti’s right: The Supreme Court ruled long ago that Article I, Section 2, which requires that members of the House be “chosen every second year by the people of the several states,” guarantees “the right of qualified voters within a state to cast their ballots and have them counted at Congressional elections.” The Court says it’s a fundamental right whether or not the Constitution explicitly says so. And if you’re a Ninth Amendment fan, it’s not a long leap to believe that voting is covered there.

But I digress. The uncharitable view of Chakrabarti’s point about “unjust laws” is that the merry band of radicals in AOC’s office, not content to question the legitimacy of national borders, now would have us believe that all U.S. prisoners are to some extent political prisoners, even good ol’ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The more charitable view is that he’s talking about only some laws and some prisoners. Which, per his later tweets, seems to be what he meant:

You can imagine a system in which some felons get to vote while others don’t. In fact, you don’t have to imagine it. As Chakrabarti’s second tweet notes, some countries already do that via “selective restriction” of prisoner voting rights. One easy way to draw lines would be to let nonviolent felons retain the franchise and to deprive violent felons, on the theory that some offenses against the community are so grievous that they disqualify the offender from civic participation. A more nuanced approach would be to grant voting rights to anyone imprisoned for violating laws whose justness is under debate. Marijuana laws, as Chakrabarti notes, are an obvious example. A poll published five days ago claimed that 65 percent of Americans now support legalizing weed; if someone’s being held under a law which there’s reason to believe most of the public would rather do away with, arguably it’s only fair to give them a say in whether those laws are retained.

But how would we decide which laws are sufficiently “under debate” to justify granting voting rights to prisoners convicted under them? And more to the point, why the hell is Bernie Sanders taking an absolutist position on this instead of proposing a more defensible “selective restriction” scheme that would exclude the Boston Marathon bomber? I can’t tell from Chakrabarti’s tweets whether he’s with Sanders or with “selective restriction” but since maximalism is the DSA’s default mode, I’m guessing it’s the former.

Not every progressive feels the same way, though. Here’s Ro Khanna, another prominent left-wing member of the Democratic House caucus and a frequent ally of AOC’s on policy, coming out for letting some — but not all — felons vote. The fact that even Khanna’s skittish about this is the surest evidence yet that it’s electoral poison.

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