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DAVIDSON: Don’t Believe What You See On TV — An Opinion Piece

Television is an artificial world that contorts our collective consciousness.

Jeff Davidson

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*Originally published December 2020* Violence on television shows is more pervasive than in real life and this has been so for decades. In their classic research project, years back, “Watching America”, Stanley Rothmann, Robert Lichter, and Linda Lichter found that since 1955, television characters have been murdered at a rate 1,000 times higher than real world victims.

* Since 1975, a major character on prime time TV is 17 times more likely to go through a personal confrontation with criminal violence than are the viewers who watch them every week.

* The broadcast networks’ prime time schedules contain more than 1,000 scenes of violence per month. The “promos” for coming attractions depict even more violence than the shows themselves. The mayhem level even increased during a public outcry over TV violence.

* Businessmen and businesswomen are twice as likely to represent villains and three times as likely to commit crimes as are characters in other professions. Three out of four programs that show business dealings portray business as dishonest or corrupt.

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The authors conclude that television is an artificial world that takes on a life of its own by shaping our collective consciousness. “For better or worse… films and television tell us the way we conduct our lives, what is right and wrong. It is important that the people who make films have ethics classes, philosophy classes, and history classes. Otherwise, we are witch doctors,” says George Lucas, Star Wars producer.

The National Coalition on Television Violence, based in Washington, D.C., has completed many studies which show immediately after watching programs that emphasize combat, there is substantial, readily observable increases in playground violence among what is otherwise to be considered to be normal children.

“What we think of now as the excess of the Roman circuses, where in the end hundreds of thousands of people died, didn’t start out that way,” Bill Moyers once said. They started out legitimately as circuses, but the audience demand for more and more resulted in forms of entertainment becoming more bloody and more grotesque.

NCTV also surveys Hollywood films. In one given year, the vast majority of films contained alcohol. The typical beverage consumption by characters within films was equal to “an alcoholic style of drinking,” yet no harmful side effects were depicted. Before the 2007 decision to slap an “R” rating on movies containing smoking scenes, NCTV found that 53% of films contained cigarette smoking and over 85% of those films had a major actor smoking throughout the film.

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Michael Medved, in his book, Hollywood Versus America, showed that the characters in movies were three times as likely to smoke as did the people in the audience watching the movie. Tobacco companies pay huge placement fees to movie producers to ensure that a particular brand of cigarettes will be HIGHLY VISIBLE during a strategic point in the movie. As a result, characters within the movie are going to slug down as many cancer sticks as time will allow.

Of note, in NCTV’s observations, about one in seven films contained scenes depicting illegal drug use. The obvious conclusions: Despite semiannual claims from Hollywood to the contrary, “Substance abuse in Hollywood films has not decreased and has a serious, harmful effect on America’s youth,” says actor Edward James Olmos. “Nothing that we do can ever stop the damage we have done.”

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Schaftlein Report: Biden Causes One Disaster After Another – Administration in Free Fall

Guest Jeffrey Dunetz joins Mark Schaftlein to talk about the growing Biden debacle and other news of the day.

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Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author (LidBlog.com)
Topics:
1) Senate Parliamentarian says NO to adding Immigration Reform to Spending Bill
2) Senators Manchin and Sinema say NO to massive $3.5T spending bill – Manchin wants no bill until 2022
3) 12K Haitians overwhelm Texas border town – Many are flown back to Haiti – 26 Governors request meeting with Biden
4) Biden approval rating among Hispanics at new low of 35%
5) Afghanistan Drone strike against a supposed terrorist kills 10 innocent civilians – Additional calls for Milley to resign after China problem
6) Administration fumbling causes France to recall their Ambassador as a result of miscommunication on submarine deal
7) Attorney Michael Sussmanindicted as part of the Fake Clinton Russian Collusion story – Her typical bag of tricks failed
8) Biden’s booster shot plan falls apart for anyone under 65 – What happens now?
9) Left Wing Nut Jobs Cori Bush and Elizabeth Warren introduce legislation to allow HHS to prevent future evictions after Supreme Court says NO
10) Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) will not run for re-election – He voted to Impeach Trump – 1 down 9 to go according to Trump

Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author (LidBlog.com) Topics: 1) Senate Parliamentarian says NO to adding Immigration Reform to Spending Bill 2) Senators Manchin and Sinema say NO to massive $3.5T spending bill – Manchin wants no bill until 2022 3) 12K Haitians overwhelm Texas border town – Many are flown back to Haiti – 26 Governors request meeting with Biden 4) Biden approval rating among Hispanics at new low of 35% 5) Afghanistan Drone strike against a supposed terrorist kills 10 innocent civilians – Additional calls for Milley to resign after China problem 6) Administration fumbling causes France to recall their Ambassador as a result of miscommunication on submarine deal 7) Attorney Michael Sussmanindicted as part of the Fake Clinton Russian Collusion story – Her typical bag of tricks failed 8) Biden’s booster shot plan falls apart for anyone under 65 – What happens now? 9) Left Wing Nut Jobs Cori Bush and Elizabeth Warren introduce legislation to allow HHS to prevent future evictions after Supreme Court says NO 10) Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) will not run for re-election – He voted to Impeach Trump – 1 down 9 to go according to Trump

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Gen. Milley’s Overstepping was Habitual, According to Witnesses

His Chinese collusion was nothing new, it seems.

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Last week, Americans learned several shocking tidbits of information regarding the last several weeks of the Trump presidency, and it infuriated much of the nation.

The most prominent offense came from General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was reported to have taken extracurricular actions to preemptively stymy any plans that then-President Trump may have had to either attack China or use our nation’s nuclear arsenal.

In the case of the China story, Milley was said to have made phone calls to his counterparts in Beijing, assuring them that Trump wouldn’t be launching any sort of strike against China during his final days in office.  Milley also made it clear that he would warn them if any such plan was coming to fruition.

This had Americans concerned, believing that Milley had overstepped his role and circumvented the authority of the Commander in Chief.

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Now, a witness from inside the administration has suggested that this sort of behavior wasn’t abnormal for Milley.

E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, claimed that Milley — who, according to the book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, called his Chinese counterpart twice to tell him that the US would not attack Beijing — routinely violated the bounds of his authority.

Wardynski said Milley and chief of staff of the US Army Gen. James McConville engaged in a “pattern of behavior” to thwart President Donald Trump.

“These kinds of behaviors and this willingness for military leaders to exceed their authorities and ignore authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them … positions under the Constitution and laws of the country was not something that came to them on Jan. 8,” Wardynski told Fox News.

And then, tersely:

“It was something that they had done for a while.”

Milley has so-far resisted calls for his resignation following the incident.

Last week, Americans learned several shocking tidbits of information regarding the last several weeks of the Trump presidency, and it infuriated much of the nation. The most prominent offense came from General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was reported to have taken extracurricular actions to preemptively stymy any plans that then-President Trump may have had to either attack China or use our nation’s nuclear arsenal. In the case of the China story, Milley was said to have made phone calls to his counterparts in Beijing, assuring them that Trump wouldn’t be launching any sort of strike against China during his final days in office.  Milley also made it clear that he would warn them if any such plan was coming to fruition. This had Americans concerned, believing that Milley had overstepped his role and circumvented the authority of the Commander in Chief. Now, a witness from inside the administration has suggested that this sort of behavior wasn’t abnormal for Milley. E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, claimed that Milley — who, according to the book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, called his Chinese counterpart twice to tell him that the US would not attack Beijing — routinely violated the bounds of his authority. Wardynski said Milley and chief of staff of the US Army Gen. James McConville engaged in a “pattern of behavior” to thwart President Donald Trump. “These kinds of behaviors and this willingness for military leaders to exceed their authorities and ignore authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them … positions under the Constitution and laws of the country was not something that came to them on Jan. 8,” Wardynski told Fox News. And then, tersely: “It was something that…

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