Propaganda messaging played and continues to play an enormous role in the public’s view on the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. ObamaCare. For example, Democrats have made pre-existing condition exclusions the centerpiece of their 2018 public commentary on the ACA.
Yet, never explained is that most Americans already had protections against pre-existing condition exclusions – it was the individual market that did not have protections (details in the post). Further, contrary to what you have been led to believe, the ACA does, in fact, establish a pre-existing condition waiting period. The ACA did not eliminate pre-existing condition waiting periods (see post for details).
The propaganda messaging used the methods of Fear, Assertion, Lying and What You See Is All There Is and has been extraordinarily effective. The Republican opposition has been clumsy and largely counterproductive with utterly ineffective propaganda messaging of its own.
(This is a major update to a previously posted item on this topic – formatting, editing and a better explanation of the propaganda methods used have been done to improve the previous post and make it easier to understand.)
Obamacare was judged unconstitutional by a Federal judge today. In response, a number of politicians made comments such as this one: “Today’s ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions”. That claim, however, is false. It is not well known but HIPAA (passed in 1996) provided protections for many, and about half of the U.S. states enacted various protections against pre-existing condition exclusions. This was hidden by design. By implying (falsely) that 1/3d of the U.S. population would be denied health insurance, the method of fear is used to create political support.
The new multi-level boarding scheme and “class-based” seating assignment is designed to embarrass the low payers, who must walk down the full front and center seats. Everyone knows that you, boarding last, are the cheap skate who bought a cheap ticket. This intimidation uses techniques of propaganda to persuade you to buy a higher priced ticket on your next flight.
Journalists who have partnered with Facebook to do fact checking, saying Facebook does not care and that the fact checking program is largely for public relations.
A combination of anchoring, false assertion and a logical fallacy turn a newspaper opinion column into powerful propaganda messaging.
CBS 60 Minutes editing leaves out critical context from Elon Musk interview, making it look like Musk said things that he did not actually say. Whether its “social” media or “main stream” media, neither can be trusted.
Verizon purchased Yahoo for $4.83 Billion in 2017 and in 2018, has chosen to write down the value of the asset by $4.6 Billion.
Facebook continues to hemorrhage active users in the U.S.
Limiting social media use to a few minutes per day shows “significant reductions in depression and loneliness” per published study.
Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, has given a warning that the world has reached the “peak social” as days are numbered for big social network sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook which, he says, are near a saturation point. He has reasoned that more and more users are turning to private messaging apps. “I believe that we’ve hit peak social,” Ohanian was quoted as saying. “We’ve reached the ceiling.” Source: Are Facebook, WhatsApp running the last lap? Days…
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