The Smear in action

Smear

I started reading Sharyl Attkisson’s new book The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote.

And maybe it’s because I’m reading The Smear that this synchronized outrage over the allegations against Judge Roy Moore seems a bit suspect to me.

Es riecht, ja? Es stinkt. Stinkt to high heaven.

And we’re told that if we were disgusted by Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey, we’re hypocrites if we don’t immediately show disgust over what the Post is claiming.

But here’s the problem.

My disgust over Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey had to do with the fact that all of Hollywood knew what they were doing. And none of them said a damn thing.

For both Weinstein and Spacey this systematic harassment and abuse began decades ago and continued through to the present.

And all the while, everyone knew and said nothing.

I saw this tweet yesterday from an Alabama attorney:

If Roy Moore really is a sexual predator, this would have been going on for decades and the people around him would have known.

And as beach points out, Roy Moore has been a controversial public figure for years. The Left has hated him for years.

And yet not a word of this was ever said before.

So why now?

Because he is a threat to the Democrats and, more importantly, to the status quo in Washington.

Just look at how rapidly the Establishment Republicans demanded he leave the race.

In fact, their statements are strikingly similar.

From Breitbart:

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
 
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) argued, “If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.”
 
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said, “If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate.”

Did Jeff Flake and Susan Collins coordinate their talking points?

No, no, no. Something about this stinks to high heaven.

The timing alone is suspect. Especially coming from a Washington newspaper that has already endorsed the Democrat in this Alabama Senate race.

And when you add to that the fact that in all this time nobody has ever accused Moore of anything like this before?

Well, it’s beginning to look more and more like a smear.

In the introduction to her book The Smear, Attkisson defines it like this:

What, exactly, is a smear?
 
That depends on who you ask. One man’s smear is another man’s truth. In simple terms, it’s an effort to manipulate opinion by promulgating an overblown, scandalous, and damaging narrative. The goal is often to destroy ideas by ruining the people who are most effective at communicating them.

We know far too much about how the Enslaved Press operates to be suckered in to believing their reports.

And the rapid deployment of matching outrage and sputtering disgust from every other news outlet seems too choreographed to be believed.

When it comes to our modern-day news media, my default setting is doubt.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

The formula – a last minute scandal to derail a candidate you don’t like – is being followed to a tee.

And as I’ve said countless times before. When you know how the sausage is made, you are less likely to fall for it.

And this sausage has all the stink of a coordinated, synchronized smear.

Side note
If you haven’t yet, you might want to get your copy of Sharyl Attkisson’s The Smear. It’s available at Amazon. And wouldn’t it be ironic to buy it from Bezos?

Or you can pick it up at any bookseller not associated with Jeff Bezos.

It’s also available at Apple iBooks.

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7 thoughts on “The Smear in action

  • November 10, 2017 at 11:26 am
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    I suspect it’s the GOPe pulling the strings here…
    …a la MISSISSIPPI COCHRAN and their smearing of Chris McDaniels.

    LOOK AT
    * the timing
    * the GOP accusers
    * the bevy of GOPe CongressCritters *unexpectedly* appear, en masse, to decry Moore and call for his withdrawl (and a write-in action for their stooge).

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    • November 10, 2017 at 11:36 am
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      My thoughts exactly. Something smells rotten and it ain’t Roy Moore.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    This is absolutely a smear and it’s already starting to fall apart. I would wish everyone who’s taken part in this character assassination a horrible, painful death.

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    • November 10, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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      I think this is a smear by RINO’s, they hate Christian conservatives, especially those that are in their face. Fox News is blatant about excoriating Judge Moore.

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  • November 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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    Dianny, you know what a great follow-up article to this would be? The history of October Surprise smears by the Left. Soviets called such smears Kompromat, and the Left are students of Communists.

    I seem to recall October Surprises against Reagan, and if I had looked into the history of American politics, we would likely have seen it used against Nixon and others.

    Wasn’t an Alaska candidate unfairly smeared, only to lose, and then be cleared after the election? If memory serves, the winner in that deal was the same Alaska type who is stabbing the GOP in the back now (e.g. a RINO).

    Of course, there was the fake-but-accurate Dan Rather Texas Air National Guard memos, intended to torpedo “W’s” presidential run (and it might have, but for Little Green Footballs’ detective work).

    Let us hope that the citizens of Alabama see this as yet another smear, and elect Roy Moore.

    Finally, let us hope that this next election winnows out enough RINO’s that the investigations into the Swamp and prosecutions can begin in earnest. I am so, so SICK of this non-stop corruption.

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