Language of Deception

1). “Most Canadian physicians who are themselves in need of surgery, for example, come to America to get it done. They have found, through experience, that state medical care can be expensive, is sometimes slow and inefficient, and, it doesn’t provide adequate care for some people.” (Rush Limbaugh, “See, I Told You So,” p. 153)

Words like scurry carry a negative connotation, and is often associated with things like bugs or rats.  “to get it done right: the American way” is very emotive, it causes a sense of superiority.  As though Canadians are coming here because their own system is insufficient.  The statements too expensive and too slow, sound definitive.  Can be expensive leaves room and so does the word sometimes, it leaves room that there is possibly other options.

2). “The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights group, traveled across the country last week during National Fishing Week activities and attempted educate school children.  PETA members stood outside schoolyards and distributed ‘Look, Don’t Hook’ toy binoculars to kids. A 6-foot-tall,  mascot, ‘Gill the Fish,’ stood nearby while activists spread the animal rights’ beliefs.  Kids, you should consider both sides of every story, sometimes groups have an agenda, take time to critically think about the information being presented.” (Michelle Malkin, “PETA, Go Jump in the Lake,” Philadelphia Daily News, June 19, 2000)

Traipse means to travel without apparent plan or purpose.  This is an organized group who clearly have a plan and a purpose.  Indoctrinate means to force your ideals, and deny everyone else’s.  I don’t think PETA is ever trying to force their ideals.  Saying they circumvented parents and teachers makes it seem like they are sneaking around, trying to brainwash children in a stealthy manner.  To be self indulgent is to be without restraint, the language in here, especially calling them terrorists breeds many many negative emotions towards this group.  Without all this language you now have an objective account of what took place.

3). “Many of the issues in schools develop from those who are teaching in them. Throughout the 20th century, there has been a difference of opinion between the public, who want their children taught intellectual skills, and educators who want to do fun things, shape children’s emotions, instill them with political correctness.  Teacher’s want their jobs to be easier, and to have a sense of importance for shaping our youth, who are the future of our society.” (Thomas Sowell, “Why Most Teachers Are Failures at Their Job,” Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, June 18, 2000)

When you say “the kind of people” you are attaching a label, and that phrase has a negative stigma attached to it.  Like saying, “those kinds of people,” generally comes with some kind of stereotype.  He is trying to provoke an emotion of us vs. them.  A tug of war makes it seem like educators are trying to force their ideals and ignore parents and publics concerns.  Here again we see the word indoctrinate, this is a very strong word, teachers aren’t trying to force ideas on students.  There is nothing wrong with being politically correct.  The language was accusatory, as if teachers were lazy and seeking nothing but gratification.

4). “[Psychology Today is] running an article using the phrase ’politically incorrect’, [sic] which is, Bill Maher aside, a motto for the complacent right wing [sic]. It’s [the content of the Psychology Today article] allegedly 10 truths about human nature that liberals are not interested in.… Most of the article deals with reinforcing assumptions on men and women, also presuming the idea that men’s libidos are temperamental and women seem to have a significantly lower libido. The authors are invested in testing the idea that men are physically incapable of being attracted to a woman over 22, or a woman with dark hair, or women who are not well endowed, etc., and that divorces are caused by women aging.… An evident concern was not the same justification for male transgressions or the same assumptions that women don’t have human-like motivations, but an ill-conceived and bold stereotype about suicide bombers.” (Amanda Marcotte, “Davy Crockett and the Suicide Bombers,”, July 10, 2007)

Phrases like battle cry sound like they are going to war.  Self-satisfied makes them sound arrogant, while complacent has essentially the same meaning, it doesn’t evoke the same emotion.  When you hear or say supposedly it’s implying they don’t really know what they are talking about.  Saying someone is squishy is an attempt at an insult.  Much of the language is derogatory and causes sentiments that this article is solely designed to make men look like animals.  It also uses a lot of first person pronouns, like me, which makes this seem like opinion rather than factual information. 



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