Class Warfare Blog

December 26, 2016

The Conservative Playbook: Blame Others for What You Are Doing

Conservatives have repurposed the term “fake news” to continue their effort to undermine any opposition to their own chosen narratives. A column by Jeremy W. Peters in today’s N.Y. Times (Wielding Claims of ‘Fake News,’ Conservatives Take Aim at Mainstream Media) addresses this now typical play from the conservative’s playbook.

One quote tells you everything you need to know:
Rush Limbaugh has diagnosed a more fundamental problem. ‘The fake news is the everyday news’ in the mainstream media, he said on his radio show recently. ‘They just make it up.’

Instead of fake news being politically directed disinformation, as has been the case up to this point, that is fake news is political propaganda, the conservatives are morphing this term into another cudgel to undermine the news media, so that there can be no credible opposition to conservative lies fictions narratives.fauxnews_450

Not all conservatives have bought in on this effort as indicated by this quote from the article:
‘Over the years, we’ve effectively brainwashed the core of our audience to distrust anything that they disagree with. And now it’s gone too far,’ said John Ziegler, a conservative radio host, who has been critical of what he sees as excessive partisanship by pundits. ‘Because the gatekeepers have lost all credibility in the minds of consumers, I don’t see how you reverse it.’

But, in the past, conservatives have gotten into line quickly with any promising disinformation campaign and since so much has already been invested in this effort, including an entire news network (Faux Fox News), I expect there to be unity shortly … and another pillar of democracy continues to crumble under the onslaught of the conservatives at the behest of their paymasters.

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4 Comments »

  1. My problem here is that when it comes to ‘fake news’ or ‘distorted, manipulated, shape shifting news’ … it seems to be a commercial enterprise shared by ‘news’ organizations across the spectrum … fabrications to bolster the mythology of American exceptionism (that is, the goodness for humanity of American presence in the world). People who swallow the headlines and stories from the right, and neo-liberal press (we have no progressive main stream press in this country) do so at the risk of destroying what is left of human intelligence. I find this source helpful from time: http://projectcensored.org.
    Cheers.

    Comment by Zachary — December 26, 2016 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • I think the news organizations are suffering from the same thing we are, what I call the “shiny bits syndrome.” People keep waving “shiny bits” at us hoping we will focus on the rather than things that are real. Examples are Hillary’s emails, Russian hackers, etc.

      The news orgs were told to chase the shiny bits we call “profits,” as opposed to the old days of just 30 years or so ago when TV news organizations were not expected to make a profit and newspapers paid their employees from subscriptions and ads for sofas, neither of which inhibited good journalism much.

      I have been following Project Censored for some time. The loss of the integrity on the Fourth Estate is a key element if the coming destruction of our democracy. That this has been because of a concerted effort on the part of conservatives and the GOP makes me want to throw up. And the fucking politicians are doing it not for ideology, but for money and power. For them, I wish there were a Hell to send them to.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  2. Have you ever read UCLA’s Philip Agre?
    “Another common theme of conservative strategy is that liberals are themselves an aristocracy. (For those who are really keeping score, the sophisticated version of this is called the “new class strategy”, the message being that liberals are the American version of the Soviet nomenklatura.) Thus, for example, the constant pelting of liberals as “elites”, sticking this word and a mass of others semantically related to it onto liberals on every possible occasion. A pipeline of “facts” has been established to underwrite this message as well. Thus, for example, constant false conservative claims that the rich vote Democratic. When Al Franken recently referred to his new radio network as “the media elite and proud of it”, he demonstrated his oblivion to the workings of the conservative discourse that he claims to contest.

    Further examples of this are endless. When a Republican senator referred to “the few liberals”, hardly any liberals gave any sign of getting what he meant: as all conservatives got just fine, he was appropriating the phrase “the few”, referring to the aristocracy as opposed to “the many”, and sticking this phrase in a false and mechanical way onto liberals. Rush Limbaugh asserts that “they [liberals] think they are better than you”, this of course being a phrase that had historically been applied (and applied correctly) to the aristocracy. Conservative rhetors constantly make false or exaggerated claims that liberals are engaged in stereotyping — the criticism of stereotyping having been one of history’s most important rhetorical devices of democrats. And so on. The goal here is to make it impossible to criticize aristocracy.”

    Comment by The Pink Agendist, née Mr. Merveilleux — December 26, 2016 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

    • No, I haven’t, I will have to have a look ,,, I am just getting tired of politicians who are enthralled playing The Great Game but have no intention of “minding the store” aka serving their customers.

      This is not rooted in ideology. I suspect that most politicians could neither state nor defend their ideology with arguments. It is just about “beating the other guys” and anything that seems to work is fine by them,

      On Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 5:47 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 26, 2016 @ 10:09 pm | Reply


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