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United States of Propaganda Unleashes Unholy War Against Newt Gingrich
Canada Free Press ^ | 1/29/2012 | Kelly O'Connell

Posted on 01/29/2012 10:23:25 AM PST by Sioux-san

It would be perverse to suggest the recent Matt Drudge-delivered blitzkrieg against Newt Gingrich was anything but a massive, coordinated propaganda campaign to incinerate his candidacy to cinders and ash. Of course, it would also be unfair to insinuate Newt is anything but the father of many of his own current struggles. But, be that as it may, it is hard to see how such a scorched earth policy against a lively and talented Republican with vast leadership experience helps the GOP or harms Obama.

Such propaganda campaigns are not unknown in politics, but are rare in healthy democracies. That such a firebombing maneuver is being waged within the GOP against a viable member in order to transparently benefit Mitt Romney—the most progressive candidate—cannot possibly bode well for the future state of the party or of our union as a whole.

Jacques Ellul wrote one of the great modern works on Propaganda, tapping deeply into the psyche of the masters of political mischaracterization and mass manipulation. He observed one added aspect to the traditional dark arts of the propagandist – making the goal of propaganda the moving adherents towards a mystical ideology and false religion. According to Ellul, the purpose of propaganda is to exhaust man’s freedom, and so to make him directable in all his words, thoughts and deeds. The subject of modern propaganda is the topic of this essay.

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KEYWORDS: bloodythursday; drudge; fl2012
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Photobucket The GOP have proven to me that they are no different from the left. They both want the same thing. Romney is no different from Obama. The media is pushing Romney because they know that.
41 posted on 01/29/2012 11:49:51 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Sioux-san

You wanna war?

42 posted on 01/29/2012 11:51:18 AM PST by McGruff (Rebellion is brewing!)
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To: AdaGray
I have been Drudge-free for three days and intend to stay that way for many moons to come. Yup, me too.
43 posted on 01/29/2012 11:53:53 AM PST by onona (Dicky Betts is one ramblin man !)
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To: donmeaker
"When looking for pigs feeding at the trough, recall that you don’t get to be Speaker without spending substantial time in Washington".

That's certainly an oblique attack on Gingrich.

You should be more DIRECT and accuse him of something specific.

Newt never got rich off Washington.

Of EVERY ethics allegation he was found not guilty. And, NO, before you spout any more nonsense Newt was not fined $300,000 by the House. He offered the $300,000 to the House as compensation for the investigation that he agrees was allowed to blow out of proportion due to his own acerbic resistance.

The Republicans in the House were all too willing to help the Democrats throw Newt over the side.

This, due to Newts refusal to go along to get along. He was always anti-establishment and always attacking the established order...disdainfully. Aggressively. Viciously.

Newt was a one-man wrecking ball and he was very good at it.

And he's EXACTLY who we need in the White House today...our Wrecking Ball.

44 posted on 01/29/2012 11:55:09 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: baddog 219

I agree. One of those commie lib “win,win” things that they are so fond of.

45 posted on 01/29/2012 11:57:11 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! Your President's DOJ is taking the Fifth Amendment! How do you feel about that?)
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To: Ulysse
"OK but explain how and why Gingrich and Santorum can’t make a deal."

Easy. Santorum is in it for Ricky. Either hubris in thinking he'll win ANYTHING from here out (if not hubris, then psychotic delusion) or he is being influenced to continue this split in the conservative.

There are about 10% of GOP primary voters, due to Newt's past indiscretions, who will not vote for Newt as long as Santorum is running. They would split evenly between Newt and Romney in Santorum's absence except Romney has supported abortion in the past and they know he can't be trusted.

This 10% or so is the Life Voter, first and foremost. This 10% would go overwhelmingly to Newt if Santorum drops out.

Rick Santorum knows all of the above to be true, or as I said earlier he has psychotic delusions and is otherwise unfit for office.

I only want to learn his motive. I suspect if Romney gets the nod, we'll see that motive very quickly.

46 posted on 01/29/2012 12:08:31 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Sioux-san

Rush was waving the bloody shirt in victory after his performance on Bloody Thursday.

Rush did his dirty work on Thursday, and this is how he rubbed our faces in it, he knew what he was doing, he teased us with the fact that he knew the truth, and then tossed the truth into the trash.

RUSH (on ‘Bloody Thursday’) But I’ve got a blog here, guy named Dan Riehl. He claims that the video of Newt bashing Reagan is bogus, this 1988 audio that we played of Newt saying that Reagan’s wrong.

Here’s the little blog post. “There’s a short excerpt of a 1988 C-SPAN video purportedly showing Newt Gingrich bashing Reagan when talking about how Bush, Sr. should run” his campaign, should not run as more Reagan, but do something new. Riehl writes, “As I suspected, it’s edited to give a false impression. What you don’t see is immediately after when Gingrich praises Reaganism and the Reagan platform. If you can’t watch it all, it begins at about 2:30 in to confirm it’s the same segment. It’s the minute or two afterward you also need to hear to understand that Newt wasn’t bashing Reagan at all. He was merely saying, Bush isn’t Reagan and the GOP needs something new to sell.”

So I knew something like this was gonna happen. It’s not really that it’s been doctored, but that it has been selectively chosen from. So I sent it up to Cookie ‘cause I can’t listen to it, I didn’t have the time to listen it. Cookie said, “Look, this thing is an hour long. I’m sure he praises Reagan at some point or another, but I wouldn’t say it’s doctored.” So my expert says it’s not doctored. The blogger says it’s been selectively edited or chosen. So I just wanted to get it out there. I think Cookie is protesting having to listen to an hour of Newt, basically, in order to find — (laughing) — what I asked her to find. He-he-he-he-he-he.


RUSH: Cookie is defiant. She’s giving me a minute and a half after of the Newt bite and she’s insistent that nobody’s doctored this and nobody’s changed — and I’ve read the transcript, that’s true. Newt still says look, the eighties were great but we gotta look forward, people — people care about the future, da-da-da-da-da. He praises Reagan in the bite, which the first — the — the excerpted bite doesn’t include any of but it doesn’t change the fact that while praising Reaganism, he still says to George Bush, you — you’re wasting your time if you campaign on Reaganism. Nobody wants more of the past. We want to look forward, nothing changes about that. So the — the Cookster was right.


47 posted on 01/29/2012 12:22:01 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: donmeaker

“I don’t see Ann Coulter as establishment.”


Supported Christie. Supporting Mittens.

Enough said.

48 posted on 01/29/2012 12:29:20 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary:
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To: Sioux-san

Great article. Those who have engaged in such propaganda will not recover. The backlash has only just begun.

49 posted on 01/29/2012 12:35:46 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Click "UNDO" on OBAMA! VOTE NEWT!)
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To: bigbob; All

you say: “The Elite Ruling Class Republicans (who have already decided that Newt cannot beat Obama and thus must be removed from the race) stepped up their attacks beyond talking heads like Rove and Coulter, pulling out the old war horses like Elliot Abrams and Bob Dole.”

I believe they are attacking Newt for a different reason.

They KNOW if Newt gets in - THEY are GONE. the Elitist Republican Cabal - the New World Order Gang - will be cut off at the knees.

Understand this - The RATS/Socialists, the Republican Establishment and the media all - ah - use he same pot. Painted on the side of that pot is “New World Order.”

Newt, We the people and our country have the Evil Triumvirate lined up against us.

Daddy Bush is still the Don -

With the Florida vote coming up - do you not see the significance of the ‘unscheduled’ meeting in DC?

Poppa Bush - advocating “new World Order - and he adds, chillingly: “...and when we succeed - and we WILL”

They are all in it together - and they mean to crush their opponents - Newt and We the People

Work for Newt like your life depends on it - because it does.

50 posted on 01/29/2012 12:38:46 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: Sioux-san

May 14, 2007

Some campaign aides have suggested that Drudge’s personal relationships have played a role in what oppo leaks he posts on the site. “I think it’s clear that Romney has gotten fairer treatment from Matt Drudge than any other candidate. There is a lot less negative Romney stuff,” said the senior Republican campaign aide. “It stems back to what many people believe is a very good relationship between the Romney team and Matt Drudge.”

In particular, Matt Rhoades, Romney’s communications director, has a long history as the source for Drudge headlines, having previously served as the research director for the Republican National Committee during the 2006 campaign. In their book “The Way to Win,” Time’s Mark Halperin and the Politico’s John Harris recount that Rhoades traveled to Florida for a friendly steakhouse dinner with Drudge when he took the research director job in 2005. Attempts by e-mail and telephone to ask Drudge about the allegations of favoritism were not successful.

51 posted on 01/29/2012 12:43:28 PM PST by kcvl
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To: tcrlaf

Matt Drudge’s Crusade Against Mike Huckabee

By Steve Kornacki 12/11/07 8:47pm

Something to keep in mind as Matt Drudge continues his effort to take down Mike Huckabee: Huckabee poses the most immediate and serious threat to Mitt Romney.

As John Harris of the Washington Post first reported in October 2006, Drudge has an unusually close relationship with a senior Romney strategist, Matt Rhodes:

Last year, a delegation of RNC officials flew to Miami Beach, where Drudge lives, for a dinner at the Forge steakhouse to introduce the Internet maven to Matt Rhodes, the party’s new opposition research director.
During his time at the RNC, Harris suggests, Rhodes was the G.O.P.’s main conduit for funneling potentially damaging research on Democrats to Drudge.

A year ago, Rhodes signed on to Romney’s campaign. Since then, Drudge-watchers have noted Drudge’s consistent refusal to hype–and in many cases to even mention–negative stories about Romney. But now Huckabee threatens to blow Romney’s nomination strategy. Since last week, Drudge has unleashed a torrent of screaming, anti-Huckabee headlines, culminating in today’s “exclusive” (which cites one unnamed Democrat) about the Democrats’ supposed hope that Huckabee will emerge as the G.O.P. nominee.

52 posted on 01/29/2012 12:47:22 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Sioux-san

In a Republican primary packed with highly flammable candidates who have taken turns at self-immolation, Rhoades is the organizing force behind Romney’s safe and smooth campaign. An expert at manipulating the news cycle with a coveted connection to the elusive media power broker Matt Drudge, Rhoades is particularly well suited to run a campaign that Romney himself characterized this weekend as employing a “confidentiality of strategy.”

“When you see the intense focus and discipline of the Romney campaign,” Griffin said, “you are seeing in large part Matt Rhoades.”

And that is about all you will see of him. Rhoades, who almost never travels with the candidate, came of political age in the dark recesses of the opposition research universe and, either by career coincidence or design, has rarely appeared in the media. One exception: A 20-something blowup when he shattered a computer screen with his fist.

Years operating off the radar have given Rhoades a reputation as one of the Republican Party’s most shadowy tacticians.

“People always ask, ‘So what does Matt Rhoades look like?;” said Kevin Madden, a friend and former Romney spokesman. “I always say, ‘When he wants to meet you, he will call you.’ He is Keyser Soze.”

For Rhoades, this mystique is politically useful, and he’s not about to dispel it.

“Now that he has a job that he could get famous in,” said Steve Schmidt, his old partner in the Bush-Cheney war room, “it’s the furthest thing from his mind.

53 posted on 01/29/2012 12:53:13 PM PST by kcvl
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To: I see my hands

Want it to end? Then quit providing social and familial support to liberals.
Bye bye, life long friend, bye bye, sis. You may love them but they hate you and want you (and me) dead. Walk away or count yourself as complicit.


Instead, pray with faith.

54 posted on 01/29/2012 12:58:48 PM PST by ROTB (Christian sin breeds enemies for the USA. If you're a Christian, stop sinning, and spread the Word..)
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To: Mariner

Communist Goals (1963)
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

55 posted on 01/29/2012 2:07:40 PM PST by Not a 60s Hippy (They are SOCIALISTS, not Progressive, Liberal, Left Wing, Democrats, Special interest groups.)
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To: Sioux-san

They (the media, and Reb establishment) have come out and waged war on Newt to have their boy Mitt win. They do not give credit to the voters to not see this for what it is...character assasination. They prey on the uninformed that will just believe whatever they see on TV and the media who is suppose to just report the facts influence the vote by what they report. They tried it with McCain too but it failed, they tried it with Bush but it failed. The voters will once again vote the candidate of their choices not the one that has been chosen for us.

56 posted on 01/29/2012 2:32:20 PM PST by sharc
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To: McGruff

Are there any patriots left in the Mafia? If so, they may be our only hope.

57 posted on 01/29/2012 3:47:25 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Mariner

I would be happy to have Newt thump Obama. I would also be happy to have Romney thump Obama. Romney may have an edge in management experience.

I note the difference between unconstitutional federal action by Obama, and constitutional state action by Romney. I further note the difference between the various health care acts that make Obama’s bad and Romney’s good.

It is important that we elect someone who will fire a bunch of people, and close down several cabinet level positions.

58 posted on 01/29/2012 6:22:12 PM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: rbmillerjr

Again, Romney and Christie are former or current governors with a base and accomplishments outside Washington DC.

Newt seems to be a Washington DC phenomenon, making him an insider.

An of the above would be vastly preferable to Obama.

59 posted on 02/01/2012 1:18:39 AM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

It wasn’t the ethics charges that did Newt in. It was his adulterous affair while Clinton was being impeached for obstruction of Justice regarding lying about an affair.

60 posted on 02/01/2012 1:21:46 AM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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