If Leni Riefenstahl Alive, Would She Work for Sinclair?
It's more than a little odd that Mark Hyman would revisit his rant about the New York Times editorial writer Andrew Rosenthal as one of his year's "best." It's little more than a collection of baseless assertions, distortions, and out and out lies based on what is surely a less-than-complete accounting of the conversation Hyman and Rosenthal had. As we pointed out in our initial response to this commentary, this commentary is a classic case of scapegoating--projecting one's own shortcomings and flaws on someone else.
The only thing we'll add to this is that Hyman also offers us a series of obvious propaganda techniques. His use of them is so hamfisted and blatant that they seem more contrived than even the examples we've seen in middle school language arts textbooks that warn kids about "glittering generalities" and the like. We've reproduced the commentary below, with accompanying labels for the specific propaganda techniques used. Enjoy.
We all know [Bandwagon] that some of the nation's major newspapers are out of touch with ordinary Americans. [Everyday Folks] None more so than the Gray Lady. [Pinpointing the Enemy]
In a conversation I had with editorial writer Andrew Rosenthal during the recent brouhaha over John Kerry's snub of American POWs, Rosenthal offered a perspective of how the paper views
"I'm sick of hearing about
Now the New York Times can show all the disdain it wants toward our military veterans. That's the paper's right. They can hate whomever they want. [Name Calling]
But we find it odd, considering the business it claims to be in. Using the First Amendment to report news may only entail a daily subway commute for Rosenthal and his liberal friends, [Name Calling] but it didn't come without the terrible sacrifice of millions of servicemen and women [Transfer] - sacrifice that Rosenthal arrogantly dismissed [Name Calling] when he stated, "The New York Times has done more to support the First Amendment than any other group." I think the two million American war dead and wounded in the 20th century alone tell a different story. [Card Stacking, Simplification, and Transfer.]
But then again, Rosenthal and his elitist friends [Name Calling] don't care about American troops as he made so abundantly clear. [Assertion] "I'm sick of what the right-wing fanatics are doing to this war. It's the same thing they did to
I support Rosenthal's and the New York Times' First Amendment rights to write what they want - no matter how ugly the sentiment. [Glittering Generalities] It just saddens me that when he and his arrogant friends [Name Calling] ride home tonight in the comfort of a New York City subway car [Plain Folks] that they cannot at least give a little thanks to the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. [Transfer] But then that's not the way of the New York Times. [Assertion and Pinpointing the Enemy]
And that's The Counterpoint [Assertion!]