The third-ranking Democcrat in the House of Representatives, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said in a radio interview that the U.S. media is spreading "manufactured controversies" that recall the propaganda techniques used by Germany's National Socialist regime that led to the Second World War and the Holocaust. Clyburn said on the "The Morning Briefing" program on Sirius XM's POTUS channel that Internet-based media is misrepresenting the statements of people in order to hurt their reputations.
"You have people's words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media and thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it because these things start getting reported in the mainstream media, and before you know it, people believe that stuff," Clyburn said in the interview.
Warning of the possible consequences of this alleged misrepresentation, Clyburn said “The people of Germany believed Hitler’s foolishness that led to the Holocaust. They believed that stuff,” Clyburn said. “People will tend to believe what they hear through the media.”
Clyburn denounced what he called “extreme right-wing” bloggers, accusing them of forcing Shirley Sherrod to resign from the Department of Agriculture after misrepresenting statements she made as racist. The Democrat also said these bloggers libeled the progressive group ACORN and led to its disbandment. "Most of these people are not media people; they are bloggers, and they are bloggers for the extreme right wing," he said.
“People tend to act now and ask questions later,” Clyburn said. The South Carolinian also said that President Barack Obama is vulnerable to misrepresentation.
“The media has not been discerning enough, in my opinion, to say to people, ‘This ain’t news. This is foolishness.” He was speaking on the "The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.