Sunday, September 20, 2009

Guest Blogger Sunday - Starring Saber Point

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!


- by Saber Point

Time Magazine has long been known to be biased in favor of Democrats. It's no surprise, then, that their latest magazine cover features Glenn Beck in an unfavorable light, with Beck sticking out his tongue like an angry little boy. The caption: "Mad Man." Beck is a rising conservative superstar and the best way to deal with him is to marginalize him early on. The woman who designed the cover, one Jill Greenberg, has openly admitted that it was her intent to make Beck look bad.

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.

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Stogie said...

Clifton, I just noticed another aspect to that 1994 Time cover of New Gingrich as "Uncle Scrooge." Gingrich is holding Tiny Tim's crutch, which he has broken in two! More imagery that accused Gingrich of "taking away the crutches of the poor." Slick propaganda for sure.

namaste said...

excellent post. you are so right about subliminal messages. they are the most effective way to influence the minds and decisions of people.

thanks for lending your pov here, saber.

clifton, thanks for having the guest post feature on your blog.

Clifton B said...


Great catch, I did not notice that either. Time really is such a propaganda rag.

Clifton B said...


Glad to bring it to you!

k6whp said...


Thanks for the plug, comrade. I reel over the ever-expanding network of conservative blogs. The network is knitting together nicely and -- by the time we are in the throes of the elections next year -- the pathetic army of trolls that Obama and his crew will unleash on us will wither under the category 5 hurricane blow-back from our numbers.

I meant what I said when I cited you as a resource. Keep it coming!

-"Voyska PVO"

Stogie said...


Thank you for your kind comments!

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Stogie is good with both photoslop and with the keyboard. I check his blog out on a regular basis.

t. yamamoto said...

I know it might have been her intent to make him look bad but to me it doesn't. It kind of makes him look like Billy Idol or some other 80's punk rocker. Granted I love punk music so my view might be a little biased on that one. Think about it like this, the left called themselves the "anti-establishment" crowd for so long when they really are the establishment that they resort to trying to make people look bad by making them look like they are an anti-establishment punk. If that's not irony I don't know what is.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

I forgot to mention the old rule about 'no such thing as bad publicity'. If they wanted to marginalize Beck then why give him the cover and why put a photo of him that is so... well Glen Beck? I can just see him doing that to the TV whenever Pelsoi or Reid is on TV.

Clifton B said...

Voska PVO:

Yes the conservative blogosphere is growing by leaps and bounds. Obots will be crazy out matched in 2010 and 2012.

Much thanks for the kind words.

Clifton B said...

The Vegas Arts Guy:

Stogie has a kickin' blog going on over at Saber Point. I highly recommend it.

Clifton B said...

t. yamamoto:

It kind of makes him look like Billy Idol or some other 80's punk rocker

I thought the exact same thing when I saw the picture!

Clifton B said...

The Vegas Art Guy:

The left refuses to ignore some people. They would be far better off ignoring Beck and Palin. When the left goes after Palin and Beck they are only amplifying their messages.

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