All I Know Is What I Read in the Papers - Will Rogers

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"All I Know Is What I Read In The Papers" - Will Rogers


There have been many criteria over the past few centuries that measured
one's political clout and influence: divine right, property, money, and
acquaintances. In the twentieth century, particularly the past two decades, the
political power to influence others resides in information: the more information
you have and the more you know how to use it, the more potential influence you
have.
People rely on the media for their information, as it is the most easily
accessible, efficient, and passive way of acquiring knowledge. Unfortunately,
the media is not completely reliable as it can and has been manipulated by
politicians, their parties, and their governments. This makes the media
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This ad was meant to persuade
Quebec citizens to vote no as Canada is very generous to them.
Politicians in Quebec also took advantage of the indirect media
advertising when they recited political rhetoric to reporters hoping it will be
printed:

Pierre Paradis , Liberal House Leader, said the poll numbers
suggest that the No side's message that separation is the real
issue is getting through to the public. "The more the stakes
become clear…the more people will be inclined to say No"(11).

This statement by the Liberal House leader works just as well as a paid
advertisement as a result of it being short, concise, and the main messages are
clear: separation is the real issue and the clear person, that is to say the
person with clarity of mind, will vote no.

"Corruption may then be seen as just one of the many ways a
person can persuade someone who exercises public authority
so long as the power-holder acts within the rules".(12)

Not all politicians in power try to corrupt others through the media, as the
quotation may suggest, but politicians have used the media to influence, change,
or even confuse peoples' views on issues of state. This trend goes as far back
as Nazi Germany when the streets of Germany were littered with propaganda
posters and literature condemning other countries and their ideologies, for
instance: (found below a…

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