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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Frank Luntz Guide to the Care and Feeding of Wall Street CEOs

When Frank Luntz pulls the strings, his Republican marionettes dance.

Last week, Bitch McConnell was the laughingstock of the country when it was revealed that his Senate speech against financial reform had been lifted word for word out of Frank Luntz’ handbook.

Several months ago I did a post linking to Frank Luntz’ strategy memo, after it got leaked to the media. Now that the Wall Street vs. Main Street battle is heating up in Congress, I’m linking to it again.

It’s one of those F$%&#! .pdf files, but it’s short — 17 pages — and doesn’t take more than half a minute to download.

Here it is.

Hope you’ll bookmark it and use it as a handy reference during the upcoming congressional shouting matches.

It’ll be sort of fun to hear the Republicans spouting off one of their talking points, and then click on the Frank Luntz Instruction Manual and go “yup, there it is, right there on page 13.”

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Blogger T. Paine said...

The GOP has Frank Luntz.

The Democrats have CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PMS-NBC, The NY Times, Time, Newsweek, NPR, etc etc etc to get their talking points out to the "mis-educated" masses.

April 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

T: Frank Luntz isn't a media outlet, like all the other comparisons you're making. He's a strategist, supposedly working behind the scenes. I don't care if he's biased or whatever; that wasn't the point.

I thought it was mostly amusing (along with lots of other bloggers) that Mitch McConnell's speech last week in the Senate was lifted word for word out of Luntz' strategy book, saying "This is what you tell the masses in order to convince them." Or "if somebody asks you __________________, you answer with _________________."

The whole speech was so transparent, you had to wonder if McConnell even knew what he was saying or what it meant.

I didn't post about it but a lot of bloggers did.

April 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

And Tom.... the assertion that there's a "librul media" is every bit as intelligent as the "Obama is a socialist" meme, and those who spew it deserve to be treated with all of the seriousness they merit.

The media has worked pretty damned hard to return the Rushpubliscums to power, but with ignorant louts like Mooch around, their job is a tough one. I wouldn't want it.

April 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

You can tell someone is writing buzz words for the Republicans "ramming down throat", "the American people won't stand for it," "taking over banks," "taking over Health Care," etc., etc., they are all on the same page, not one of them say anything different. Things they used be for, are now against. Relentless attack mode.

April 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Honestly, Paine, your contention about ABC, CBS and NBC and TIME are at least highly debatable, but trying to peddle the notion CNN — the Conservative News Network — is liberal, pro left, or anything like that, is so demonstrably out of line with the facts that it's ludicrous. CNN is second only to Fox in being a conduit for GOP talking points and conservative propaganda.

Tom, thanks for the link. LOL, after engaging Paine again, I don't have time to read the .pdf now. Maybe on the weekend.

BTW, it appears Senate Republicans are doing a 180, in part because parroting Luntz' talking points backfired with the public — as it should've.

April 20, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

The funniest part is when the Dum leadership either has no clue or refuses to point such things out due to the magical unicorn leprechaun pony of bipartisanship.

April 21, 2010 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger maxcon said...

nice blog

April 21, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I considered using the Reich Wing Propaganda Points as a drinking game. "Unlimited Bailouts", etc. would make me blind drunk before noon.

On the other hand, just imagine if you could use the opposite track and only allow a drink when Republicans tell the truth. Maybe AA should pick up this method for their program.

But then again, this is the stuff that drives us to drink anyway.

April 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: I think the media is just a business, like any other. The bottom line is first and foremost. The largest media outlets are owned by huge corporate conglomerates, and I don't think "corporate" and "liberal" go together.

Holte: That's them in a nutshell. And don't forget "Freedom!" and "Liberty!" shouted at the top of one's lungs.

SW: I hope you're right about the Republicans being stung by getting caught parroting Frank Luntz. It would be nice to have one of their sleazy tactics backfire on them, for once.

Randal: Hey, watch what you say about the magical unicorn leprechaun pony of bipartisanship.

Maxcon: Thanks.

Dave: Cool, two drinking games to choose from; one if you want to get wasted and another one if you want to stay sober.

April 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

"due to the magical unicorn leprechaun pony of bipartisanship"

Thanks Randal, that is very true, and it made me laugh out loud!

April 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

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