Newt Gingrich and The Art of the Smear

In 1995 GOPAC was a right wing group chaired by Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich produced a handout called Language: A Key Mechanism
of Control
.

It was a list of 113 words for use in attacks on progressive ideas
and democrats.

“Words and phrases are powerful,” wrote Gingrich.

“…memorize as many as possible and remember that like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used.”

“Apply these (words) to the opponent, their record, proposals, and their party.”

The words on his list were: “traitors, betray, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, radical, hypocrisy, corruption, permissive attitude, greed, self-serving, ideological, anti-flag, anti-family, anti-child, anti-jobs, unionized bureaucracy, impose, and coercion.”

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
from Language: A Key Mechanism of Control by Newt Gingrich

 

Republicans branded Democrats as, “sick, pathetic, incompetent, liberal traitors whose self-serving permissive attitudes promote a unionized bureaucracy and an anti-flag, anti-family, anti-child, anti-job ideology.”

Plus:

• abuse of power
• anti- (issue): flag, family, child, jobs
• betray
• bizarre
• bosses
• bureaucracy
• cheat
• coercion
• “compassion” is not enough
• collapse(ing)
• consequences
• corrupt
• corruption
• criminal rights
• crisis
• cynicism
• decay
• deeper
• destroy
• destructive
• devour
• disgrace
• endanger
• excuses
• failure (fail)
• greed
• hypocrisy
• ideological
• impose
• incompetent
• insecure
• insensitive • intolerant
• liberal
• lie
• limit(s)
• machine
• mandate(s)
• obsolete
• pathetic
• patronage
• permissive attitude
• pessimistic
• punish (poor …)
• radical
• red tape
• self-serving
• selfish
• sensationalists
• shallow
• shame
• sick
• spend(ing)
• stagnation
• status quo
• steal
• taxes
• they/them
• threaten
• traitors
• unionized
• urgent (cy)
• waste
• welfare

To be clear, Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party did not offer 113 new policies the GOP might write to win an honest political debate.

The GOP  chose to poison our politics by smearing Democrats and suppressing the vote.

Today the GOP violates Democratic norms.

Today the GOP writes cruel legislation in secret, and spreads Russian style propaganda in political ads.

Today, Newt Gingrich is a propagandist for Vladimir Putin.

In American Democracy the people are the government.

As citizens we pay taxes into a common fund which we use to promote the
public good.

The public good is public education, housing, healthcare, and nutrition for
our children.

We provide access to these essentials because a person without class
mobility is not truly free.

These are my daily affirmations, repeat after me:

Smear campaigns are not public policy

Words have meaning.

I will not be conned.

Government is instituted for the Common Good
Quote from John Addams

(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017

Quote from John Adams found on Twitter

 

 

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Is FBI Director Comey Woman Enough to Apologize to the American People?

The emails scandal was always about keeping a woman out of the Oval Office.
Clinton Still Not Guilty

According to the Boston Globe, the FBI concludes that newly ‘discovered’ Clinton email mentioned by Director Comey in his unnecessary October 28th letter to Congress actually mean nothing.

Director Comey may not have committed a crime but he was careless if not negligent in the way he chose to handle a matter that was of the utmost importance to the American People and to our faith in the integrity of the political process.

The question is whether Comey is woman enough to apologize for his mistake as Hillary Clinton did.

Screenshot of Google results for Hillary apologizes.
Screenshot of Google results for Hillary apologizes for Mistakes with Email.

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You Say You’re Pro-Life – But Are You Really?

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I don’t do politics. Politics is ugly. Especially this election, yeesh. It seems, that one of the major divisive talking points is the pro-choice vs pro-life argument. The more and more rhetoric I hear, I want to ask you (challenge you even) Pro-Lifer, are you truly truly pro-life or are you simply anti-abortion?

What happens when this child you fought to be born needs routine well checks and immunizations and their parents need help affording it? What happens when the child turns out to have more complex medical needs like Down Syndrome, congenital heart defect, or osteogenesis imperfecta? Are you supporting programs like Medicaid? Are you supporting or contributing to local doctors who provide free or reduced services for low income families? You should be. Access to healthcare greatly increases one’s quality of life. And you said you were pro life.

What happens when this child you fought to be born grows into a toddler…

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Sean Hannity Interviews Former Editor of Weekly World News about Hillary’s Lesbian Hookups

Screenshot from a right wing media outlet about Hillary Clinton's satanic rituals
To play the game go to Google and type Wikileaks bombshell, Hillary Clinton (blank). Fill in the blank with anything and count the number of hits. It’s fun and you get to see some weird ass shit.

I invented and started playing the Wikileaks Bombshell Game a couple of days ago. The game is addicting because you enter a parody of reality where people believe Hillary Clinton is Satanic.

I post screenshots of the stories I find to Twitter.

Yesterday, I posted this:

A Screenshot of a right wing outlet reporting on a National Enquirer Story about Hillary's Lesbian Hookups
Hillary’s Hookups, 10/24/2016 found on Trump Conservative, Where Common Sense Meets Politics

Where Common Sense Meets Politics?

So, today I load the Yahoo News reader and what do I see?

Screenshot of Yahoo News story about Sean Hannity's Interview with the former editor if the Weekly World News
Can you believe it?

That’s right, Sean Hannity has taken the art of not being a journalist to a new low by giving a serious interview to a guy who says he arranged lesbian hookups for Hillary Clinton.

To clarify, Jeff Rovin, the hookup guy, is the former editor of the Weekly World News:

Screen shot ot the Weekly World News bat Child story found on Yahoo

This is a recent headline from the online edition:

Screenshot from the Weekly World News Online Edition which headlines a story about Bill Clinton's Endorsement of Donald Trump
Screenshot from the Weekly World News Online Edition which headlines a story about Bill Clinton’s Endorsement of Donald Trump

These are the most popular stories on the Weekly World News:

Screenshot of the most popular stories on the Weekly World News
Most popular stories on the Weekly World news

Screenshot of Yahoo's story about Sean Hannity's Interview with the former editor of the Weekly World News

As if this story isn’t already too weird get this:

“Rovin — who calls himself a libertarian — told Hannity he was reluctant to come forward but was compelled, in part, to condemn “the salacious nature of political reporting.”

“The New York Times has become the Enquirer, the Enquirer has become the New York Times,” he said. “The world is upside down. We’ve got to set it right again.””

Yes, Mr. Rovin, who states in his story that Hillary Clinton, ““…is a secret sex freak who paid fixers to set up illicit romps with both men AND women!” condemns the salacious nature of political reporting.

Excuse me, but I think I just wet myself!

RG 2015–All images are screenshots from internet (news?) sites.

 

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