Skip to comments.The Obama Administration Trolls
Posted on 04/17/2014 8:10:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
Someone in the lefty press is catching on.
Slate's John Dickerson points out that the Obama administration routinely "trolls" the GOP -- that is, deliberately misstates information about matters of public concern in order to keep what they consider favorable topics foremost in the public mind. Dickerson uses the topic of the "wage gap" as one example; I would use the topic of voting rights as another. In other words, the president and his administration are giving the press and the people purportedly factual information that they actually know is untrue as part of a deliberate strategy.
As Dickerson points out, there is something breathtakingly cynical about this approach. Not only is it wrong, it degrades the office of the presidency, and undermines whatever trust Americans still have in their elected officials -- a troubling phenomenon for a democratic republic.
Although his successors will reap the whirlwind, President Obama has obviously decided he doesn't care: The strategy is perfect to foment unrest and agitation by keeping low-information voters in a perpetual state of indignation against the GOP, and thus at least incrementally increases the chances that turnout among Democrat groups won't be as low this fall as many fear.
But it may also explain why, as Katie noted below, 60% of Americans think their President is lying to them about things that matter. After all, they're not stupid, and perhaps the President ultimately will come to realize that seeking to exploit fear powered by ignorance isn't really the best strategy for a leader to choose.
As with so many of his other policies, by choosing this course, the President is sacrificing the long-term good of this country for his own, short-term political objectives. Sad. And destructive.
Are these some of the FReepers who keep posting mis-information about Scott Walker?
One guy in the liberal media gets it. He’ll be ignored.
What do you expect when a Chicago community organizer is elected president?
Pretty obvious in the events leading up to the 2012 election and since then. The MSM did everything they could to keep the topic away from the real issues and the same today. The $4 trillion big government is THE issue. How it is wrecking lives and the economy is also an issue but not as big an issue as the size of federal government itself, which must be cut by at least 80% (=$800 billion, still too big, but it’s a start).
Miss-stating your opponent’s position, then criticizing them for it is an old, old political strategy. Ted Kennedy used it many times and even admitted to it, proudly.....................
Democrats have to lie. If they told the truth they’d all be hung. Most likely by their own supporters.
He must not want to keep his CBS job.
thankfully Ted is finally where he deserved to be all along..rotting in hell.
What did people expect? Common experience would tell any person who has lived in this country exactly what this poor soul was going to do; i.e. lie, cheat and steal.
The only conclusion I can draw from those polls is that 60% of Americans are racist.
“...seeking to exploit fear powered by ignorance isn’t really the best strategy for a leader to choose.”
To be fair... all the historic examples prove otherwise:
Amen. The damage they did to our country has only been exceeded by the “Clown in the White House.”
We have them here
“60% of Americans think their President is lying to them”.
And/but they like it. Besides, Geo Bush lied more. All politicians lie. 0bama just tells cooler lies.
I have some kin he worked in the upper levels of the GWB campaigns. They are tight lipped; but some tidbits were most interesting!
Trolls! Organized, paid and volunteer are legion. Both sides.
Mention FR and the eyes light up! They were quite familiar with FR.
More then a few interlopers in this neck of the woods!
Prove it that President Bush lied more.
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