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Conservapedia and The President

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 9, 2009 2 Comments

I revisited Conservapedia today-the “conservative” Wikipedia-like site, to see how they had updated their entry for President Barack Obama (how sweet the sound!) since his election. I had visited the site earlier during the campaign season, when linked to by a liberal blog, for laughs. In going back, I was struck by the “subtle” “discourse analysis” attempted therein (see the full entry here):

Barack Hussein Obama II (allegedly[1][2][3] born in Honolulu Aug. 4, 1961) is the 44th president of the United States, and previously served as a first-term Democratic Senator from Illinois (2004-2008).

Obama refers to America in the third person, as a foreigner would. In his first television interview after becoming president, Obama declared that “all too often the United States starts by dictating.” Earlier, when Obama gave his acceptance speech, he said “We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.”[10]

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons observed that Obama uses techniques of mind control in his speeches and campaign symbols. One Obama speech declared, “a light will shine down from somewhere, it will light upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will say to yourself, ‘I have to vote for Barack.'”[23]

Heh. No, really, heh….

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2 Responses to “Conservapedia and The President”

  1. Youki on: 9 February 2009 at 11:44 pm


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  2. daveski on: 10 February 2009 at 1:52 pm

    There are so many things to talk about on that page. I immediately noticed how the page for Obama lists him with his Anti-American middle name, redirecting the viewer from “Barack Obama”. You don’t know the true president* unless you dwell first on the dangerous foreignness of his middle name.

    The tagline “The trustworthy encyclopedia” for Conservapedia sounds so anachronistic, except when you think that the New York Times also keeps its tagline, “All the News That’s Fit to Print” (not on the website as far as I can tell…)

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