One way the media often distorts an issue is simply in the way it is phrased. The use of "positive" words versus "negative" words. It is always seen as a positive thing to be "for" or to "Allow" something rather then being "against" or to "ban" it. Being "For" an issue is seen as progressive and positive. Being "Against" something is seen as negative and regressive. A perfect example is going on right now with the gay marriage question.
Did you catch that? I bet I just got a lot of you.
You see, that is not right. That is not the question at all. That is a false issue.
The issue is not gay marriage at all. It really is the traditional marriage question. You see, traditional marriage was around first. North Carolina just voted to enshrined that traditional language. They took a positive step to do something. To define what has always been recognized. I doubt there is one sentence in the constitutional amendment that says how they "banned" anything. To ban something they had to be doing it in the first place. Homosexual marriage was never recognised by the state.
What the anti traditional marriage people want to do is to change that definition. To make it into something different then it has ever been. They are against the classic definition. The next time you hear a MSM reporter talking on this issue though, listen for yourself and see if they say North Carolina just voted to "protect" marriage, if Mitt Romney is "for" traditional marriage and Obama is "against" traditional marriage or instead, if they will all say North Carolina just "banned" Gay marriage, Obama is "for" gay marriage and Mitt Romney is "against" gay marriage.
Watch out. It is a psychological game and even conservatives get sucked into this trap of negative speak.