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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regardless of the merits of the phony war between
the Obama administration and Fox News, it's wryly
interesting to see the administration using tactics
developed by marxist, Saul Alinsky in his playbook
for waging political war.

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Attack on Fox News right out of Alinsky playbook

October 20, 2009

FoxNews Channel is not the real target, and the rest of
the media need to wake up to the crosshairs on them, too


Here's a thought about the White House's attack on FNC that I have not seen other commentators offer. The attack is directly out of the Saul Alinsky playbook, who in his work, Rules for Radicals, wrote that one of the rules of "power tactics" is to,

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'

"One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other."(pps.127-134)


Let's consider the first sentence, which has become probably the most-quoted of the whole work, seriatim.

Pick the target. Do not make the mistake of thinking that FoxNews Channel is the actual target. The bullseye target of this campaign is all the public media. FNC's role in this much broader attack is the next two precepts.

Freeze it. This does not mean to shock the target into inactivity, but to fix a certain perception about the target in the minds of the broader community, in this case the media figures in general and the minds of the community (in this case, the whole nation is the community) as a whole.

The White House strategy here is twofold. First, to freeze FNC away from being thought of as just one of the universe of media outlets. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn opened this volley by declaring that FNC is not really a news organization, but the propaganda arm of the Republican party.

"The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. And it is not ideological... what I think is fair to say about Fox, and the way we view it, is that it is more of a wing of the Republican Party. ...

But let's not pretend they're a news organization like CNN is."


Personalize it. Attacking FNC puts a face, a personal identity on the White House's enemy, but also serves to obscure the larger identity of the enemy. FNC is separated from the rest of the "real" media and personalized as a partisan, ideological arm of the president's political opposition. The White House wants the other media to think that its fight is with FoxNews exclusively, hoping they won't see that the real fight is with all media.

The other media may expect to be flattered as "real" reporters and news organizations who are actually the ones being "fair and balanced." The more a White House reporters and editors toe the White House line, the greater access they will be granted, especially to power figures such as Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod and, ultimately, Barack Obama himself, whom we may expect to give a one-on-one interview with the biggest suckup reporter gaining Dunn's favor. Reporters who don't fall into place will discover they are being frozen out of access and will have to rely exclusively on press briefer Robert Gibbs, which is the kiss of death to a White House reporter.


Polarize it. The White House wants to set up an us-v-them dynamic among the White House press pool. Hence, "White House Urges Other Networks to Disregard Fox News."

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN on Sunday that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization."

"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."

And to think that George W. Bush was mocked for saying, "If you're not with us, you're with the terrorists." The White House is laying a foundation of future media relations that does two things. First, they are identifying, and most importantly trying to get all the media to identify, good and bad media coverage, both terms defined by the White House. Second, they are nudging each reporter and news organization to move further toward the "good" side by trying to drive a wedge between them and Fox News.

Remember, Anita Dunn said that during the campaign the "Obama Team 'Controlled' Media Coverage."

The Obama campaign's press strategy leading up to his election last November focused on "making" the media cover what the campaign wanted and on exercising absolute "control" over coverage, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told an overseas crowd early this year.

Nothing has changed. The key word is "control," and total control over media coverage is the goal.

So far, though, it's thankfully not working. So far, that is. The question is whether the rest of the reporters and news-outlet managers understand that they are next to "picked, frozen, personalized and polarized" unless they submit to the White House's whims. Right now I think it's an open question, despite early signs of pushback, but over the long term I don't think the White House's center can hold. But who know how much damage to the country will be done in the meantime?

http://senseofevents.blogspot.com/2009/10/attack-on-fox-news-right-out-of-alinsky.html

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fintan wrote:

Pick the target.

Freeze it.


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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/10/25/2009-10-25_limbaugh_falls_for_obama_thesis_hoax__but_is_in_no_rush_to_apologize.html

http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/10/24/limbaugh-duped-by-obama-thesis-hoax/
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wondering where Trey and Matt are going to take this next Wednesday...

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

Today is the second straight day that Obama’s Approval Index rating has fallen to a new low. Prior to the past two days, the Approval Index had never fallen below -15 during Obama’s time in office (see trends).

The 23% who Strongly Approve matches the lowest level of enthusiasm yet recorded. Just 41% of Democrats Strongly Approve while 69% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 21% Strongly Approve and 49% Strongly Disapprove.

Among those who consider the economy to be the most important issue, just 26% Strongly Approve of the President’s performance while 39% Strongly Disapprove.

Among those who consider fiscal policy issues the most important, just 1% Strongly Approve and 81% Strongly Disapprove.

The President’s Approval Index rating is -2 among voters under 30 and -29 among senior citizens. From an income perspective, the President’s ratings are weakest among those who earn $40,000 to $100,000 annually.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe while in Copenhagen Obama could have this run through the IPCC models and up with a hockey surge in his approval ratings - problem solved!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the same media game applies: Hide The Decline! Laughing Laughing

Looking at those poll figures, the people with strong opinions
pro- or anti-Obama are the ones who matter most in politics.
They care most. Demo most. Bitch most.

It works out that (rounded up) we now have
lined up strongly both for and against :

40% of Democrats who Strongly Approve

Versus

70% of Republicans who Strongly Disapprove
and
50% of Independents who Strongly Disapprove


Translate those figure into people, and there
are between two and three people strongly
opposed to Obama, for each one supporter.

Those are Baaad numbers.

And headed only one way.

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