Hey! State-Sponsored Media, You Can't Cajole This RabbleSubmitted by dwalters on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 14:54
Historically, cajoling the rabble has been a constant challenge for all overreaching governments - including the US central government.
Cajole - to deceive with soothing words or false promises; to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance
Rabble - a disorganized or disorderly crowd of people
Currently, the mainstream media, or state-sponsored media, if you will, is obviously trying to cajole the rabble - especially with respect to the revelations thrust upon the world by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The state is pulling out all the stops.
State poster boy Bill O'Reilly has been heard disagreeing with the constitutionality of the broad surveillance being carried out by the NSA - well, except for collecting millions upon millions of people's "metadata" associated with cellphone calls (which is a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment). Also in reference to "Fox in the Hen-house News," faux libertarian John Stossel has said he "doesn't mind" the intrusion of his privacy by the government - making a similar argument to those "I'm not saying anything bad on the phone. So I don't care" people.
I guess the power brokers assume that Fox News is their most able weapon to try and reach the burgeoning libertarian population - the most capable to cajole that portion of the rabble. I feel that they will find themselves wanting.
However, state lackeys from all political branches of the media are trying to assassinate the character of Snowden. They speak of his "pole-dancing girlfriend," his lack of completing his state-sponsored high school indoctrination, and that one nit-wit on Morning Joe even said Snowden looked like a weasel. I have always noticed that those on the losing side of a debate often resort to name-calling and personal attacks. This is no exception.
Nonetheless, the rabble has been sufficiently stirred to where I doubt cajoling will have any success.
State-sponsored media, you can't cajole this rabble.