- - Sunday, September 23, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Culture challenge of the week: Bias and spin

Beware — during this heated election season, liberal self-styled “public interest” organizations might try to fool you.

Even though they advance larger government, more taxes, pro-abortion policies and the liberal candidates that support them, you can’t always tell by their ads. Many of these groups even have neutral or civic-oriented-sounding names. Because they sound neutral, their messages often effectively reach new voters who don’t recognize the hidden agendas.

And through it all, our children — the future voters — are watching.

Daily tracking polls (where biased samples determine the polls’ outcome, according to NewsBusters.com, a Media Research Center website dedicated to combating liberal media bias) and TV “political analysts” (passed off as unbiased voices in spite of thinly disguised sympathies) wield disproportionate influence over independent voters. It’s a scary thought, given the close presidential race.

The Obama administration has even gone so far as to try and intimidate the Gallup poll organization, and has now joined a federal lawsuit against Gallup that was instigated by a former Democratic operative.

But more insidious than the Obama administration’s overt political pressure is the subtle influence of neutral-sounding civic groups.

Take the League of Women Voters, for instance. Its name conjures up images of gray-haired grandmas conducting voter registration drives and working the polls on Election Day. Not so.

The league is nothing more than an interest group that aims to drive votes to the Democratic Party. Look at its agenda: It supports gun control, abortion and Obamacare; it favors international arms control, reduced defense spending and greater United Nations control over member countries. It dismisses “religious and moral objections” to government-mandated contraception and abortion coverage and favors abolishing the constitutionally created Electoral College.

Neutral it is not.

Youth groups such as the Girl Scouts of America — which claims to be neutral on abortion — frequently partner with the League of Women Voters and holds it up as an example of nonpartisan, pro-woman, civic engagement. The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, for example, promotes the League of Women Voters through its My Voice Counts patch, calling the league a group that’s “making democracy work.”

Similarly, the Los Angeles League of Women Voters (a member of the Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles) works closely with the Girl Scouts in Los Angeles to “educate” them on voter engagement.

Both the League of Women Voters and the Girl Scouts of America tell young women to use their voices and contribute to the electoral process. But on whose behalf? Do these young women realize they’re being manipulated about what to think and what to say?

How to save your family: Teach your kids to recognize spin

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