Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief
In times past, the media did not really need to use this tactic, as they controlled the entire flow of information. Still, seeds of doubt within people did occur. Situations where “do you believe us or lying eyes” happened. One place where this happened somewhat frequently in the past was with respect to Feminism. It was sometimes difficult to convince women that they were unhappy and oppressed, but it was done. Men were evil; and their Evil Patriarchy was the mechanism of implementing this evil. It all worked; with present day women being much unhappier.
Flash forward to today. Gaslighting has gone mainstream, being resorted to by the media (and lefties in general) far more than previously. The problem is that their narratives are failing such that everybody can see (no, your eyes are not lying). Furthermore, the web provides information and alternative views to spread easily (no more media monopoly).
The present example of this is the Joe and Hunter Biden issue with respect to the Ukraine. Hunter Biden has no real talent other than getting in trouble; not being experienced in the energy business, not speaking Ukrainian. Yet he was paid a fabulous amount by a Ukrainian energy company to “be on their board”. It just so happened that Joe Biden, Vice President at the time, strong armed the Ukrainian Government to fire a prosecutor that was investigating said company. Amazingly enough, the media is trying to tell us that there is nothing there. I might say that this is a bridge too far for them.
Have you noticed how shrill Feminist types are these days? The Kamala Harris’s, the Kirsten Gillibrand’s, etc. The shrillness is a tip-off that the old BS isn’t working; that they have to turn it up a notch. It is not clear how this will work out for them. Hopefully poorly.
Exit question: How many people buy into being gaslighted, and who are they?