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CNN Attempts to Mislead Readers – Personal #2

February 27, 2010

CNN Broken News

CNN flagrantly displays its liberal bias again this week with an article that is so misleadingly titled it just might be the worst case of false advertising since The Neverending Story.

The article, by Elizabeth Landau, relays that liberalism and atheism are linked to a higher IQ.

In the article, scientists performed a study in which they labeled the individuals as “liberals” or “conservatives.” Unfortunately, these labels were completely made up: they might as well have called their groups “Bunnyrabbits” and “Trashmongers”

The study claims that for their purposes, “Liberals are more likely to be concerned about total strangers; conservatives are likely to be concerned with people they associate with.”

This is not only a dangerous alternate use of terms that are associated with political parties in the US, it smacks of deliberate bias against Conservatives (in the mainstream usage).

By repurposing a common word for your own usage and then imbuing it with negative meanings, you are transferring connotations of those meanings to the traditional usage.

Repurposing words with positive connotations as the article has done with “liberal” attempts to skew favor towards the traditional meaning of the word. Likewise, repurposing “conservative” in a negative light casts aspersions on the generally accepted and commonly used Conservative party/movement.

Additionally, in the article evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa says, “It’s unnatural for humans to be concerned about total strangers.” This is one of the key reasons why religion is so important: human nature is not that great all by itself! We are “naturally” at best selfish and petty, and at our worst cruel and disinterested. However, by the grace of God, we all have the ability to transcend human nature and be the people we want to be: unselfish, loving, peaceful, kind. This is not by our strength or our IQ, but God’s intervention. I would like to note that I am speaking of religion in the Judeo-Christian ethic – and also that a close and careful reading of the Bible shows us a God who eschews fundamentalism and hate in all forms. Religion helps us look outside of ourselves and care about other people, even if it is “unnatural.”

Regardless of IQ, atheism ultimately leaves us at the mercy of our imperfect human nature, and I think that just might be trend that’s detrimental to our planet, our culture, and finally, ourselves.

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