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When leaders of the religious right make defamatory statements, or twist meaning to incorporate a political agenda that history has taught is harmful, they pile on the vitriol while assassinating the character of groups and individuals they argue against. Quite often rational discussion is drowned out by a media noise machine intended to confuse, mislead, and obfuscate the effort. These leaders are not interested in rational debate, their concern is to eliminate skeptics and critical thinkers, by labeling the use of rational arguments as a character weakness. Considering the ubiquitous and familiarity of their arguments, it seems impossible to loosen the leaders' hold over the American collective consciousness.

"Quite often rational discussion is drowned out by a media noise machine intended to confuse, mislead, and obfuscate the effort."

Poetry, and too true! The media noise machine loves the sound of their own hyperventilating. Stirring up conflict or controversy is an/the end in and of itself for most producers of TV news, and far too many print journalists, too.

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