You are Being Gaslighted by the Media – An Explainer

Gaslighting Explained – Author Unkown

[NOTE: I received the explainer below in an email from a friend this week. It has been making the rounds in email and social media for awhile now, and is the best tutorial on the concept of “Gaslighting” I have seen. Thus, I want to share it with the audience of DBDailyUpdate. Unfortunately, I have no idea who the author is – If I did I would give him or her proper credit.]


“Gaslighting – The term originates in the systematic psychological manipulation of a victim by her husband in Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 stage play “Gas Light,” and the film adaptations released in 1940 and 1944. In the story, the husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment and insisting that she is mistaken, remembering things incorrectly, or delusional when she points out these changes.

The play’s title alludes to how the abusive husband slowly dims the gas lights in their home, while pretending nothing has changed, in an effort to make his wife doubt her own perceptions. The wife repeatedly asks her husband to confirm her perceptions about the dimming lights, but in defiance of reality, he keeps insisting that the lights are the same and instead it is she who is going insane.

Today we are living in a perpetual state of gaslighting. The reality that we are being told by the media is at complete odds with what we are seeing with our own two eyes. And when we question the false reality that we are being presented, or we claim that what we see is that actual reality, we are vilified as racist or bigots or just plain crazy

You’re not racist. You’re not crazy. You’re being gaslighted.

New York State has twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than any other state, and New York has accounted for one fifth of all Covid-19 deaths, but we are told that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has handled the pandemic better than any other governor. But if we support policies of Governors whose states had only a fraction of the infections and deaths as New York, we’re called anti-science and want people to die.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

We see mobs of people looting stores, smashing windows, setting cars on fire and burning down buildings, but we are told that these demonstrations are peaceful protests And when we call this destruction of our cities, riots, we are called racists.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

We see the major problem destroying many inner-cities is crime; murder, gang violence, drug dealing, drive-by shootings, armed robbery, but we are told that it is not crime, but the police that are the problem in the inner-cities. We are told we must defund the police and remove law enforcement from crime-riddled cities to make them safer But if we advocate for more policing in cities overrun by crime, we are accused of being white supremacists and racists.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

The United States of America accepts more immigrants than any other country in the world. The vast majority of the immigrants are “people of color”, and these immigrants are enjoying freedom and economic opportunity not available to them in their country of origin, but we are told that the United States is the most racist and oppressive country on the planet, and if we disagree, we are called racist and xenophobic.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

Capitalist countries are the most prosperous countries in the world.  The standard of living is the highest in capitalist countries. We see more poor people move up the economic ladder to the middle and even the wealthy class through their effort and ability in capitalist countries than any other economic system in the world, but we are told capitalism is an oppressive system designed to keep people down.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

Communist countries killed over 100 million people in the 20th century. Communist countries strip their citizens of basic human rights, dictate every aspect of their lives, treat their citizens as slaves, and drive their economies into the ground, but we are told that Communism is the fairest, most equitable, freest, and most prosperous economic system in the world.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

The most egregious example of gaslighting is the concept of “white fragility”. You spend your life trying to be a good person, trying to treat people fairly and with respect. You disavow racism and bigotry in all its forms. You judge people solely on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. You don’t discriminate based on race or ethnicity. But you are told you are a racist, not because of something you did or said, but solely because of the color of your skin. You know instinctively that charging someone with racism because of their skin color is itself racist. You know that you are not racist, so you defend yourself and your character, but you are told that your defense of yourself is proof of your racism.

So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

Gaslighting has become one of the most pervasive and destructive tactics in American politics. It is the exact opposite of what our political system was meant to be. It deals in lies and psychological coercion, and not the truth and intellectual discourse. If you ever ask yourself if you’re crazy, you are not. Crazy people aren’t sane enough to ask themselves if they’re crazy. So, trust yourself, believe what’s in your heart. Trust your eyes over what you are told.

Never listen to the people who tell you that you are crazy, because you are not, you’re being gaslighted.

Sophocles said: “What people believe prevails over the truth.” And that’s what the media are trying to exploit.

If you have read this far let me say one thing. I did not write the above and I am not sure who the author is.

I sent this to you because you are hopefully smart enough to understand what is being done to you on a daily basis from many directions.  I do not care about your political party affiliation. Just think through what you are being told.  Don’t listen with a deaf ear, or see with a blind eye.  Question everything  —  even things from people who you think you can trust.

Question why you are being told whatever, by whoever.  Question their motives. Question who benefits. Question if there is a hidden agenda behind the propaganda. Question, Question, Question.  Then do your own research, and use some of your own critical thinking skills to get to the truth.  Listen with your heart and with your mind.

Sadly, 95% of the masses don’t even know that they are being gaslighted.  At least now you do.

If this makes sense to you, then forward to your friends who you think might “get it”.


That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than is the only real conservative alternative to Drudge, and deserves to become everyone’s go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Tired of it all

That’s not gaslighting…’s just proof that you’re a moron.


Boy, I take a day off from this site and it explodes with info and comments. Sort of how Rush used to lament about how when he would take time off all kinds of schiff happens.

Anyways Dave, I believe some if not all of the commentary you posted on “gaslighting” was from the cartoonist Ben Garrison himself. He writes commentary after his cartoons to further explain them.

If you look up this cartoon on his site, you will see much of what you posted.

One American Woman

This was clear to me from the moment Trump got elected. He disturbed the gaslighters’ plans and the war has been relentless since then, starting with pink pu$$y hats and ending in a badly executed fraud election. I do not understand the Americans who fall for it.

[…] You are being gaslighted. […]

Lenny Schafer

Most people know that stage magicians perform “tricks” that appear to defy what your eyes plainly sees – right in front of your nose. We know that this is not mystical witchcraft, but slight-of-hand illusions, that is, trickery. Magicians take advantage of weak spots and blind spots in our perceptions of reality. But our brains do more than get stumped by optical illusions and subtle distractions. We also are prone to mental or psychological illusions. The masters of such illusions are advertisers, politicians, actors and directors, con artists and cheating partners. This is also called gaslighting.
In the late 1960’s socialist activist Saul Alinsky published a compilation of political tricks, “gaslights”, used by leftists of that era, “Rules for Radicals” It is essentially a how-to book for political con-artistry; how to be an effective community organizing liar.
The article is an 21st century update of such political tricks used by today’s ruling radicals. Warning, you can know you are being gamed by such tricks, but still fall for them.

Nabi Rasch

In balance, it’s only logical to add that conservative sources–Breitbart, for example– do their share of gaslighting too. Ultimately it’s best to approach the ‘news’ as self servingly as possible.

Nabi Rasch

Even though the list is long it’s incomplete. Perhaps the most obvious example of how effective it is has been the attack on gender–the belief, promoted in many institutions of ‘higher’ learning, that, for example, you can morph into any gender you dream up and that the rest of society must comply with the delusion.

the man with no name

An alternate reality manufactured for those too soft and weak to use their brains or face the truth.
I almost feel bad for the drooling dullards who sit in front of teevee waiting to be put out of their misery.
Yellow journalism enemedia CCP/CPUSA rats are a fifth column of Quisling traitors.


Job 1:7
Yahweh said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

jack johnson

One other example of this is a study done by Johns Hopkins University….which was released and then deleted after being pressured….where they came to the conclusion that they could not find the 250,000 Covid deaths changed the year over year deaths. There were no increase of 250,000 people dying in their stats.

Explains why they were pressured to remove the study, it doesn`t fit the false narrative.

jack johnson

I believe Andrew Cuomo is the front runner for Time Magazine`s “Man of the Year” award….so there.


On my phone’s news feed, there was an article by a psychologist explaining how delusional Trump supporters are – gaslighting by someone who should lose his right to practice his trade because of the degree of the assault on mostly patriotic, honest, G0D-fearing, loving and kind people.

If you’ve ever been gaslighted on a personal level, let me tell you: it is traumatic, as it is intended to be.

I would not be a bit surprised if some people who are already frustrated by the constant lies of the press and big tech begin to feel just crazy enough to do crazy things to those who gaslight them. It would be deserved.

The Left is a distinct minority – but they wag the dog relentlessly, making themselves look much larger than they actually are, with the able assistance of certain lettered agencies and Alphabet and Facebook and so forth.

Because they have shut off normal dialogue and passing of free and fair information, they will be helpless when those people who unable to express themselves – as a result of the actions of those I’ve mentioned – that there will be no “chatter” before things happen to them. Very bad things.

I won’t be sorry to see it happen. I may even stand on a rooftop and cheer.


I reached this basic conclusion even before The Donald ran for President. It has only gotten worse.

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