I want to designate a new “hate group”, one that uses all the tools at their disposal to sway the public mind to their ideology. This group uses propaganda techniques in their highest form to promote their agenda. I doubt the Southern Poverty Law Center will help me, even though I am part of “an entire class of people who are being maligned” for my beliefs and for exercising my constitutional freedoms on a daily basis. According to the definition of what a hate group is, I have every right to have this group classified as such:
A hate group is defined as an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society. According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), hate groups’ “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.” The Southern Poverty Law Center‘s (SPLC) definition of a “hate group” includes those having beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.
What odious, offensive group am I referring to? The Mainstream Media—and I also want Dwight R. Worley, reporter for The Journal News, designated as a charter member. Although I could give countless examples of the abuse heaped on the heads of those who differ in ideology and interpretation of what it means to be an American citizen by the MSM, I am outraged at the latest assault on personal freedom by an overzealous fanatical reporter who took it upon himself to use his First Amendment rights to assault the Second Amendment rights of thousands.
The Journal News, a Gannett-owned print and online newspaper, published an interactive map of all licensed gun owners in a three county area of New York under the title, “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood” written by Dwight R. Worley. Not only does the article and map disclose the names of all LEGAL gun owners, but their home addresses were also published. Under the Freedom of Information Law, Worley justified his asinine attempt for stricter gun control by targeting innocent, law-abiding citizens. Ironically, the article included an “editor’s note” that Worley owns a Smith & Wesson 686.357 Magnum and has had an almost impossible to obtain resident permit for the city of New York since February 2011. Thanks to Dwight R. Worley, gun owners have their own map…just like convicted sexual predators.
Let’s take a further look at propaganda techniques used by hate groups to promote their cause:
Word Play ~ Wordplay in propaganda is the use of words with positive associations to refer to members of the in group and the use of negative words to refer to the target group. Wordplay is often more subtle than direct insults and relies more on association of positive or negative emotions with the groups than name-calling. Guilty!
Name Calling ~ Name calling is both using insults about the target group, such as calling them stupid, worthless, etc.. and the use of derogatory slang terms created specifically to refer to the target group. Guilty!
Symbols ~ Hate groups use symbols as an easy and powerful way for people who share the in group ideology to identify with each other. Often these symbols are adopted from other uses where they may not have had any hate related significance at all, such as the Nazi’s use of the Hindu swastika. Guilty!
Imagery ~ Imagery as propaganda is used to depict the target group in an unfavorable light. This is basically a visual form of word play or name calling. Guilty!
Religious Authority ~ Many hate groups give their leaders titles with religious affiliations and use interpretations of scripture or other religious materials to promote their ideology. Guilty!
Scientific Legitimacy ~ Hate groups sometimes distort scientific or academic works to make it seems as though their ideology is supported by scientific findings. The use of pseudo-scientific studies, which are made to fit into an ideology, is also a common practice amongst these groups. Guilty!
Nationalism~ Playing on nationalistic feelings is another tactic of hate groups. Here the groups promote their ideology as part of a national heritage or an issue of national security. Guilty!
Fear Mongering ~ In the use of fear mongering the in group promotes the idea that there ideology is in the interest of the public good. They paint the target group as dangerous or out to get you. Ironically, the hate group will often try to paint the target group as a hate group in order to create an atmosphere of fear among the general public. Guilty!
Smoke and Mirror Tactics ~ Often hate groups will try to disguise their real intentions and gain support through some other cause. Then they can promote their ideology only to in group members while claiming support of more mainstream groups. Guilty!
Historical Revisionism ~ With historical revisionism the hate group reconstructs historical facts to help present a version of history that supports their ideology. Since any depiction of history is hard to prove as wholly accurate this gives the group a means to promote their version as the real, often suppressed, account. Guilty!
I suggest that the Mainstream Media is GUILTYof each and every one of these techniques, thereby instigating hate mongering. Therefore, I submit that the MSM be officially labeled a hate group.
Mainstream Media: I am on to you…and you are GUILTY!
Oh—and because I understand that Dwight Worley is all about freedom of information so in his honor, here is a little tit-for-tat:
Dwight R Worley, 23006 139 Ave Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527 0832