Welcome to another addition of Guest Blogger Sunday. Every Sunday I turn over one of my post to a different person on my blog roll. This way my readers can get the flavor of the various bloggers that I read.
This week Another Black Conservative brings you Stogie from Saber Point. For those of you who may not know, Stogie designed the banner of this blog after the redesign. Stogie also did the banners for Atlas Shrugs and Left Coast Rebel.
In his guest debut on Another Black Conservative, Stogie gives us the behind the scenes information behind Time Magazine's Glenn Beck cover. So without further delay, take it away Stogie!
THE PROPAGANDA OF TIME MAGAZINE COVERS
- by Saber Point
Greenberg is known for her liberal views and her raging political bias to the left. She was blatantly unethical in her photography of John McCain for Atlantic Magazine, using lighting and Photoshop to make him look as old and as evil as possible.
The Time Mag cover of Beck is nothing new. Back in 1994, after Newt Gingrich led the Republicans to recapture both houses of Congress, Time took its revenge. In December 1994 they printed a cover of a stingy-looking New Gingrich, with the caption "Uncle Scrooge." Underneath the caption they ran the comment: "Tis the season to bash the poor. But is Newt Gingrich's America really that heartless?" The negative imagery, like the more recent Glenn Beck cover, was not subtle in its political bias or its intended message.
The most effective way to smear the opposition however is with subtlety and subliminal messages. "Subliminal" means "below the level of conscious perception." Subliminal messages are said to enter through "the back door of the mind." If one is conscious of the intended message it loses its effect; mental safeguards go up, critical analysis is employed. Subliminal is therefore far more effective. Time's editors certainly know this. Let's look at some examples.
A Time Cover of Barack Obama before the election was taken by someone crouching in front of Obama. The effect was to make Obama look tall, majestic and regal, a man bigger than life. The best arguments are those that need not be spoken and the image says it all: this guy's one tough SOB, a man to be dealt with; he has CREDIBILITY.
Another Time cover shows Dick Cheney and Colin Powell standing together in darkness, their faces almost obliterated by shadows. The caption is "Ready for War." Who hides in the dark? Assassins. Criminals. Evil conspirators. Bad people.
A later cover is more obvious. It features Dick Cheney standing under a dark cloud with the caption "The Verdict on Cheney" and a note describing him as "one of Bush's biggest liabilities." What's a verdict but the conclusions of a court against a criminal on trial. The dark cloud over Cheney's head tells us what is not stated: guilty as charged...of whatever.
Don't be surprised, therefore, at the latest Time propaganda on Glenn Beck. It's only one of many Time hit pieces over the years and it won't be the last. By being aware of the mainstream media's liberal bias, it tends to lose any effect on your opinion. Explain it to others (through blog articles and private conversations) and teach them to see through the bias.