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Sunday, February 27, 2005

How To Manipulate Gullible Voters

Now we can see how American voters have been manipulated by Right Wing spinmeisters during the past four years. And we know some of the propaganda tactics we can look forward to during the midterm elections next year and the 2008 presidential election.

Conservative strategist Frank Luntz has written a 160-page playbook for advancing the right-wing agenda; and the document was leaked to the media.

When conservative candidates are asked about the economy, Luntz’ advice is “resist the temptation to use facts and figures.” Instead, candidates are told to continuously invoke 9/11. Luntz wrote “Much of the public anger can be immediately pacified if they are reminded that we would not be in this situation today if 9/11 had not happened.”

Reciting the 9/11 mantra serves two purposes: If people are terrified and paranoid about terrorism, they’re less likely to be focused on the economy. And, if job losses and the trillion dollar deficit can be blamed on 9/11, that let’s the Bush administration off the hook.

This is pretty much what we’ve been getting since 2001, and it’s nice to know what we can look forward to. There’s some speculation that this document was leaked on purpose just to confuse the opposition, or to send an intimidating message of “see what we‘re capable of doing.” But the information seems consistent with the tactics we’ve already seen, including their current $10 million Big Lie campaign against AARP.

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And now, to lighten up the mood with a little humor:

Click here and here for a tongue-in-cheek view of the abstinence programs being touted by the Bush administration.

And, for a side-splittingly hilarious imitation of a Far Right mouth-foaming Bible-thumping snake-handling maniac, check this out. Uh, at least I think he’s just kidding…



5 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

BTW, I ran an Optical Character Recognition scan on the PDFs and have been cleaning up the text for the last week. I'm almost done and have recently gotten some help, so hopefully we'll have a searchable text version on the web within the next few days. I've been posting the documents as I finish them at www.realitique.com (look for Luntz posts). I'll put them all in one place when I'm done.

February 27, 2005 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous AJ said...

hahahahahahahaha...those little pages are hilarious

February 27, 2005 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

That's the problem with the Right Wing folks...
They are all about not answering questions. That's also why they are against a good education system I think. It's because the smarter people are the better they figure out there you are screwing them. They don't want to answer questions because their ideas are ludicrous and harmful to the country. Why do you think Bush won't cough up more details on his Social Security reform?

February 27, 2005 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger frstlymil said...

Great post! And HILARIOUS sites for the boys and girls hopping on the "Just Say No to Sex" parade. Unfortunately, and I hope I'm just gullible, the Stop the ACLU site is fer sure.

March 2, 2005 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger fm_illuminatus said...

Yep, anyone that votes for a Republican must have been manipulated by "right wing spinmeisters"... but anyone who votes for a Democrat, yea they did it "all on their own". Kinda like those homeless people in Detroit that got cigerettes for voting for Gore in 2000. Now those are real Americans, voting based on their strong convictions. Anyone who really believes that right wing spinmeister nonsense has to have the intellectual curiosity of a plant. But I understand, when there is no message to sell, the only way you can compete with the other side is to attack their messangers, and their supporters, and their religion, and their constitutional rights...

March 2, 2005 at 4:26 PM  

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