Explaining the Virulence on the Right… Social Democracy in America?

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 4:00 pm

Naquasia LeGrand works at minimum wage shoveling fried chicken for KFC. She is leading a fight to organize fast-food workers and raise America’s minimum wage to $15. She is facing some of America’s most powerful multinational corporations and an ideological set enshrined in think-tanks, PACs and mainstream media which has prevailed in the USA since the days of Ronald Reagan and… She looks like winning!

How could this happen? Not that complicated, really.


Tobacco-style Climate Denial

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:08 pm

Who likes being lied to by people paid by the oil industry who pose as “experts” on climate change?

Did you know it’s been going on for 25 years?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anat Shenker Osorio, Don’t Buy It: The Trouble With Talking Nonsense About the Economy

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 1:59 pm

If you are like me (and the odds are 89.5 to 1 that you are) you have heard this line seventy Brazilian times since you stated paying attention to messages or talking points on issues. “The right wing does a much better job than the left when it comes to messaging.” Amiright or amiright? Then the person talking (sometimes you) will say, “You know what we need? A Frank Luntz on our side, someone who can come up with stuff like “death panels” or “Job Creators” and then get everyone to repeat them. Next someone who reads books will shout, ‘Lakoff!! Frames! Don’t Think of an Elephant!” as if Lakoff, his books and his defunct institute is any match for the fully-funded, focus-group-tested, linguistically robust messaging work conservatives do. And don’t get me started on the multi-million dollar right wing infrastructure of belief tanks and media. (Seriously, don’t get me started, I’m really pissed off about it and I can pontificate and whine about it for hours.)

But here’s the thing, we do have a Frank Luntz on the left, and she does great messaging work for us. Her name is Anat Shenker-Osorio and her new book is “Don’t Buy It. The Trouble With Talking Nonsense About the Economy.”

Phyrric Victories

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 8:00 pm

The inconclusive results of Super Tuesday, and the flat unwillingness of any of the lesser Republican candidates to vacate the field, have left us in a situation that would have been unthinkable even six months ago: Republican gasbags have grudgingly begun admitting that they don’t expect to achieve Mitch McConnell’s only goal, winning “back” the Presidency in 2012.

Frank Luntz Tees Up Newt’s Tears

By: Friday December 30, 2011 12:11 pm

So, the big story out of Iowa today: Newt Cries! Reminiscent of the moment Hillary Clinton snatch victory from surging Barack Obama in 2008, when she [didn't actually] cry when speaking about the effort to run a presidential campaign, Newt cried. About his dead mom.

In response to a question no voter would ask in a roomful of Iowa moms.

So Frank Luntz, message man to the GOP stars, had to ask it.

Luntz’ Republican Talking Points on Bank Reforms = A Pass/Fail Test for Media

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 3:55 pm

Republicans know that the best way to kill or discredit Democratic financial reform bills is to falsely equate efforts to limit and regulate too-big-to-fail(TBTF) banks with the unpopular financial bailouts that occurred entirely under President Bush. How will US media report this dishonest misdirection?

Rasmussen Poll: Whom Do You Trust with Health Care?

By: Sunday April 4, 2010 11:45 am

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, people trust Republicans more than they trust Democrats on the health care issue. I think that means Fox news won, and the Texas School Board will write the history.

Frank Luntz Defends Increasingly Incendiary Right-Wing Rhetoric: “They’re So Afraid”

By: Sunday November 8, 2009 11:30 am

In the wake of some criminal or just morally reprehensible behavior by a brown person non-conservative, wingnuts absolutely hate any attempt to examine the psychological state of the culprit.

Frank Luntz Offers Bait to the Narcissist Caucus on Health Care Reform

By: Friday October 30, 2009 3:30 pm

As Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Blanche Lincoln, and Ben Nelson have demonstrated over the past few days, the Senate health care reform debate is deep into the preening-and-posturing stage I wrote about here two weeks ago.  All of the faux-centrists are chasing the nearest microphone or camera in hopes of occupying the attention-getting “swing vote” [...]

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