Secret, ‘Special’ Interests

October 17, 2010

The latest tactic progressives are attempting is to scare voters into thinking that behind every conservative, Tea Party or Republican candidate or group are secret, foreign corporations and individuals propping them up with funding. The implication is that these ‘special’ interests represent a threat to our system of democracy. 

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One group under attack is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recently, there has been an effort to insinuate that the Chamber is backed by foreign special interests, despite little evidence to prove it. The Chamber’s head of government affairs has even asserted that the push to disclose donor information may be an attempt by the Obama administration to intimidate those who fund the organization. Other conservative-leaning groups, like Americans for Prosperity, have also come under fire from Obama and other Democrats desperately hoping to find a way to minimize the severity of their predicted election losses next month.

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‘Birthers’ at the Tea Party

February 7, 2010

As I watched some of C-SPAN’s coverage of the Tea Party Convention last night, I was disturbed by references again questioning the legitimacy of President Obama’s birthplace. Here is a clip exemplifying this (starting around 4:23):

As posted before, this conspiratorial thinking is not good for the cause of conservatives and libertarians. Once this dubious issue is brought up by Obama critics, anything else they say is often ignored — and maybe rightfully so. Despite facts debunking the claims of these “birthers,” this conspiracy theory is still alive and well.

Obama critics would do well to stick to legitimate criticisms of Obama’s policies (of which there are many) and avoid this type of conspiratorial thinking that is typical of the misleading half-truths and outright lies often found in chain emails. If something sounds too good to be true, it often is.


Downplaying Tea Parties

April 17, 2009

Notice that at  around 06:11 in this video clip, Ben Affleck downplays the significance of the Tea Parties, claiming that they were “relatively small” and that the largest crowd sizes reached at any of them were no more than 200-300 people. Reports say that several crowd sizes reached into the thousands. Chris Matthews did not correct him.

That’s just more evidence that people should not base their political beliefs on what their favorite celebrities say. And it’s just one more example of how the mainstream media seemingly dismiss these protests as somehow manufactured, not legitimate or full of ignorant discontents.


The Usual Tactics

April 17, 2009

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CNN “Reporter” Skews Tea Party Coverage

April 17, 2009

Here is a clip from CNN’s coverage of the Tax Day Tea Parties. Notice the clearly biased indignation the “reporter” has for the man and the crowd.