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Friday, October 18, 2013

Media manipulation by CAIR and others is a serious problem -- By Bob Taylor, The Washington Times

Not only is the media biased, it is also being dangerously manipulated.CHARLOTTEOctober 17, 2013 – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may have opened Pandora’s box earlier this week during a talk radio interview in Minnesota.

Bachmann’s comments hit a nerve that has triggered Americans and other media sourcs to respond about the manipulation of journalists by the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Most recently, Ryan Mauro, the National Security Analyst at The Clarion Project shed alarming details about the techniques CAIR incorporates in dealing with the press to maximize their message. The frightening question that follows is how many of these strategies are also utilized by other entities to sway public opinion?

It is no secret that journalism in the purest sense is virtually dead. Media is biased and everyone knows it. Neither is there a dispute that getting to the truth of any story is infinitely more difficult than ever before. The wealth of available information is overwhelming, but that may be too much of a good thing, or a bad thing, depending upon its credibility and/or accuracy.

One of the key factors in the discussion about the media strategies of CAIR is taking advantage of overworked journalists under the pressures of deadlines. The race to become first with a story, especially among broadcasters, has reached epidemic proportions. The first hour of a breaking news event these days is almost always filled with erroneous information in an effort to be first.

The feeding frenzy among reporters has long been a curious feature of broadcasting endeavors, especially in an information age where the moment something of significance happens it is immediately available to the world anyway. Which means being first with the most accuracy should be the primary consideration. Does anyone really remember who was first? And, if they do, will they even care when the next major story breaks?

Two of CAIR’s tricks that Mauro highlights are simple and effective. The first is taking advantage of limited time or space which initially diminishes the need for extensive details. Ask yourself how often you hear a meaningful soundbite on television news that has ten words or less?

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