The most common and powerful propaganda tactic employed by the Mainstream Media is a tactic called Confirmation Bias by Proxy. It is human nature to engage in confirmation bias.
Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.[Note 1] People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. They also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).
A series of experiments in the 1960s suggested that people are biased toward confirming their existing beliefs. Later work re-interpreted these results as a tendency to test ideas in a one-sided way, focusing on one possibility and ignoring alternatives. In certain situations, this tendency can bias people’s conclusions. Explanations for the observed biases include wishful thinking and the limited human capacity to process information. Another explanation is that people show confirmation bias because they are weighing up the costs of being wrong, rather than investigating in a neutral, scientific way.
Confirmation biases contribute to overconfidence in personal beliefs and can maintain or strengthen beliefs in the face of contrary evidence. Poor decisions due to these biases have been found in political and organizational contexts.
Confirmation Bias by Proxy occurs when a seemingly neutral or unbiased party presents information in a neutral and unbiased manner in their first person capacity, and then introduces a specific desired bias by a second or third party and presents that bias unchallenged. For example, a reporter does a story on a TEA Party Rally, the first person narrative by the reporter gives no obvious indication of the reporters personal bias, but the reporter either stand in front of a negative biased protest sign, or allows a negatively biased second person the be heard on camera.
This technique is how the Fifth Column Treasonous Media has been poisoning the well against TEA Party and Conservatives since the emergence of the TEA Party back in 2010. The reporter retains the fictional appearance of objectivity and neutrality by not directly introducing a negative bias, but at the exact same time introduces the bias that they want the general public to accept. Everyone see’s the high profile politicians or Talking heads that directly introduce the negative bias, that bias hit’s their personal anti-manipulation defense screen, what they don’t see is the Confirmation Bias by Proxy, which is why it get’s through.
It’s kind of like being in a good old fashioned fist fight with a Martial Arts expert or a professional Boxer. They will throw jabs or feints that are not specifically designed to hit you in the head or face, but are instead designed to get you to raise your hands, thus exposing your body for the punches or kicks that will eventually wear you down to where you cannot fight any more. If you are bad enough, and the expert good enough, yea, the fight is going to over before it even starts, but no professional fighter ever plans their strategy on winning in the first 3 seconds. The strategy is always defeat your defenses first, then defeat you.
This is how propaganda experts defeat your defenses before they defeat you.