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Third-ranking House Dem compares US media to Nazi propagandists

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James ClyburnA high ranking member of Congress likened the media in America to Nazi Germany when it comes to spreading propaganda and lo and behold, it’s not a Republican.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the third-ranking House Democrat, accused the U.S. media of spreading “manufactured controversies” that pose dangers similar to the propaganda spread by the Nazis during the Holocaust, The Hill reported.

In an appearance Wednesday on “The Morning Briefing” program on Sirius XM, Clyburn said people’s words and phrases are misrepresented and “thrown out there on the Internet,” adding that “because these things start getting reported in the mainstream media… people believe that stuff.”

“The people of Germany believed Hitler’s foolishness that led to the Holocaust. They believed that stuff,” Clyburn said. “People will tend to believe what they hear through the media.”

Naturally, he singled out “extreme right-wing” bloggers and pointed to Shirley Sherrod as an example — Sherrod was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture after statements she made were allegedly “misrepresented” to make her appear racially biased.

Clyburn added that President Obama was vulnerable to misrepresentation due to the media abdicating its responsibilities.

Seriously.

Never mind that we have seen the most severe liberal media bias in 25 years, according to Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell.

“There is no question that the media fully invested in Barack Obama and played a major role in his 2008 election victory through biased news reporting. The media’s role in Obama’s 2012 re-election, however, goes far beyond bias, Bozell told the Washington Times.

In addition, a new poll from Pew Research measuring public perceptions of the media shows that the public overwhelmingly finds the news media to be biased and that a plurality view the media as exhibiting a liberal bias.

Tom Tillison

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