9/28/2005

GOP using its own lies about black looters to discredit the idea that NO flooded

Newberry nails the gall of Reich Wing Propaganda: -- law

Since the right wing, and its proxies, generate a huge number of inaccurate reports, the tactic is to take one of them - namely that the Superdome was in chaos, which was pushed as part of the "black looters" meme - and use this to discredit the entire reality of New Orleans flooding.


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Today's double dose of outright deception shows how they think. The first is to use their own propaganda to discredit others, and the second is to smear the anti-war movement by identifying it with its fringe. Both of these attacks are not being carried out in the fringes of the right wing sphere, but by their proxies in the core of disourse. It shows why the only stable end points to the current crisis are either an America which has had its financial system ruined and its economy wrecked, or a concerted effort to marginalize and exclude the insanity which is right wing discourse. Simply put, they cannot be let in the same political system with sane people, because they are not, never will be, and cannot be made to be, sane.

The first is the Katrina counter attack. After having been forced out of FEMA for lying about his qualifications, bungling the response to Katrina and then foaming at the mouth at the press, former failure in chief of FEMA, the grand pooh-bah of FEBAR - Brownie himself, came back and lied to congress about FEMA's job and blamed the governor of Louisiana for everything. Louisiana has its problems, not least of which is the Republican dominance of its governor's mansion over the last 20 years, and its predeliction for electing Senators that vote against Louisiana's interests, such as Senator Vitter - but the responsibility for disasters which cross state lines or enter from outside the jurisdiction of the United States belongs with the Federal Government. Blanco is no more to be censured for not being able to turn back Katrina, than she would be for not fending off the Soviet Navy, or Governor Pataki should have been held responsible for stopping 911. That is the Federal System, and it was so from the Constitution of 1787. External defense is a federal responsibility.

However, merely replaying the mantra that the State of Louisiana is responsible for dealing with the Atlantic Hurricane season is not enough. There needs to be a meme that the press misreported. Since the right wing, and its proxies, generate a huge number of inaccurate reports, the tactic is to take one of them - namely that the Superdome was in chaos, which was pushed as part of the "black looters" meme - and use this to discredit the entire reality of New Orleans flooding.

That's right, the right wing is going to use its own discredited racism to discredit the idea that New Orleans flooded and the disaster response was a disaster. This, is beyond chutzpah...

But there is another important prong to the counter attack. Bush is meltingdown because he is seen as not being in control. The "independents", are now breaking heavily against the Republican Party at every level. This calls for that most important of tactics - smearing the opposition. Slate.com, the Wall Street Editorial Page of the Washington Post, had no less than three pro-war articles today. All designed to tar the anti-Iraq movement as being Marxist-Leninist, by calling the peace rally an "anti-war" rally, and labelling it as being part of ANSWER. Taking a few anti-answer diaries from Daily Kos out of context, and leaving the impression that the entire rally was Answer dominated. It wasn't, and no credible reporter on the scene would describe it that way...

The Pro-War Post is carrying out a one media conglomerate campaign to make people believe that the majority of red blooded real Americans want to reinvade Iraq.

So there you have it people, the right wing counter attack has started.

Daily Kos: Right Wing Uses Kossacks to Smear Peace Rally

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