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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 11:57 PM

Romney Advisers Reveal Strategy: Ignore Journalists, Pander To Right-Wing Conspiracy Websites

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Source: Think Progress

In a stunning interview with Breitbart.com, two top advisers to Mitt Romney revealed the campaign’s plan to largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.

From the beginning of the campaign, Romney has pointedly avoided news outlets who might pose tough questions. The press dubbed it “the Mittness Protection Program.” As the campaign wore on, Romney has refused to answer direct questions about major policy issues central to the campaign. For example, Romney has still not stated whether he would undo Obama’s order ending deportations for many young undocumented immigrants.

Romney campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar recently outlined how the campaign will avoid journalists and cooridnate and communicate their message through Brietbart.com and the Drudge Report:

When this election is over, one of the lessons that will be learned by the mainstream media is that they no longer have a toe-hold on how Americans receive their news. Never before – in a way that has taken Democrats off stride – have we seen the confluence of an aggressive online community, led by Breitbart, and an aggressive campaign team not willing to cede an inch of ground to Democrats. This combination has created a new political reality. We no longer allow the mainstream media to define the political realities in America. The rise of Breitbart, Drudge and others, combined with an aggressive Romney campaign is a powerful tool in the arsenal of the conservative movement.


Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/07/01/509328/romney-advisors-reveal-strategy-ignore-journalists-pander-to-right-wing-conspriacy-websites/





Willard once again embracing his party's Trump-like tinfoil fringe and proving he's not qualified to be president.

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Reply Romney Advisers Reveal Strategy: Ignore Journalists, Pander To Right-Wing Conspiracy Websites (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Jul 2012 OP
mountain grammy Jul 2012 #1
Ratty Jul 2012 #3
TeamPooka Jul 2012 #2
krkaufman Jul 2012 #7
Mz Pip Jul 2012 #4
NCcoast Jul 2012 #5
jmowreader Jul 2012 #15
krkaufman Jul 2012 #6
BlueCaliDem Jul 2012 #8
1StrongBlackMan Jul 2012 #9
CatWoman Jul 2012 #10
jmowreader Jul 2012 #16
cstanleytech Jul 2012 #11
MADem Jul 2012 #13
stopbush Jul 2012 #12
UnrepentantLiberal Jul 2012 #14
secondwind Jul 2012 #17
JohnnyRingo Jul 2012 #18
OKNancy Jul 2012 #19

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:01 AM

1. and the mainstream media has themselves to blame.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:13 AM

3. Agreed. How dare they

How dare they ask questions like, "What do you read?" to a VP candidate. All those tricky gotcha questions you know.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:13 AM

2. You won't get your message to the middle on those sites

just the choir you are already preaching to.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:30 AM

7. you'd be surprised

Don't believe it. The effective reach of the Right Wing propaganda machine goes well beyond just the fringe nutters. The mainstream media often simply reflexively echoes stories from the Right.

And I know someone who I generally consider left-of-center who said he wasn't going to vote for Obama because of the Fast and Furious nonsense, echoing the full-blown NRA conspiracy theory.

The crazy spreads like a virus.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:18 AM

4. So much for moving to the middle

At the rate Mitwit is going he'll lose worse than McCain.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:24 AM

5. Do they know something we don't?

Everyone knew as soon as the nomination was a lock Romney would run to the middle. But he goes right on pandering to the base. Why do they think they can ignore the middle and still win? Do they know something we don't? Is the fix in?

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Response to NCcoast (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 02:57 AM

15. It's possible they don't WANT to win in 2012

I think we're seeing the strategy emerge now.

If Romney wins in 2012, his job will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act and sign all the bills Norquist writes. There are rational Republicans you don't hear about because the teabaggers, Norquist acolytes and Ayn Rand lovers are drowning them out, and they're sick of what Norquist is doing to this country. Rational Republicans can see that every time they cut taxes government revenues go down...which makes perfect sense because according to the Laffer Curve, when taxes are too low, as they are now, and you cut them they will go down. The major problem with Republicans using the Laffer Curve for anything is they think taxes are always too high.

The strategy for throwing the 2012 election is pretty simple: let Romney align himself with the extreme right. When he loses, and he will, he'll take a lot of Congressional teabaggers with him. By 2015, there should be few enough teabaggers in power they can be simply ignored. (Case in point: Nikki Haley, teabag governor running South Carolina, only has a 35 percent approval rating among the general populace and 60 percent among Republicans.)

At that point, in steps Jeb the White Knight...who, for some strange reason, is to the left of most of the prominent Republicans.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:26 AM

6. Obama/Dems need to link this to Palin

Obama and Dems need to start intimating that the sequestration of Romney seems awfully similar to how Sarah Palin was kept from the media back in 2008.

If Mitt can't handle press interviews any better than Palin, is he qualified for the office?

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:50 AM

8. If President Obama tried this, they'd rake him over the coals.

Heck, they're doing it now while giving R'money a pass. Heck, they're even giving him positive coverage, not asking him a darn thing while carrying the GOP water every chance they get!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 12:52 AM

9. I think ...

I've figured out the romney/gop campaign strategy.

The romney campaign has figured out that it doesn't matter to his base what he says ... no matter how inconsistent, shallow or stupid.

So, as the article indicates, by limiting their interviews to rightwing media, they can get their message out there, unchallenged.

And since the rest of can't get face time with romney, they will report whatever romney said to fox, as fact. They did it with Bush and they've done it for the past 4 year with the gop in congress ... they'll do it for romney, too.

And those few true "independents" will only hear romney's unchallenged message.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 01:04 AM

10. give this man a fucking cigar

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 02:58 AM

16. That would be the kind Clinton used on Monica, right?

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 01:41 AM

11. Is that a pic of Mitt with his etch a sketch? nt

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 02:30 AM

13. It's ripe for photoshopping--wish I had talent in that regard! nt

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 02:12 AM

12. Rommney is counting on the MSM covering him every day no mater what he doesn't do.

The MSM should simply quit reporting on Romney if he isn't willing to answer their questions. He can be the shadow candidate he truly is.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 02:45 AM

14. Worth a try.

 

It worked so well for John McCain and Sarah Palin...

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 03:09 AM

17. SARAH PALIN IN A SUIT........

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 03:24 AM

18. ...and The Onion

Team Romney needs to accent the views of the parody media to reinforce his campaign platform:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-passionate-defender-of-what-he-imagines-c,2849/

Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be

ESCONDIDO, CA—Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head.

"Our very way of life is under siege," said Mortensen, whose understanding of the Constitution derives not from a close reading of the document but from talk-show pundits, books by television personalities, and the limitless expanse of his own colorful imagination. "It's time for true Americans to stand up and protect the values that make us who we are."

According to Mortensen—an otherwise mild-mannered husband, father, and small-business owner—the most serious threat to his fanciful version of the 222-year-old Constitution is the attempt by far-left "traitors" to strip it of its religious foundation.

"Right there in the preamble, the authors make their priorities clear: 'one nation under God,'" said Mortensen, attributing to the Constitution a line from the Pledge of Allegiance, which itself did not include any reference to a deity until 1954. "Well, there's a reason they put that right at the top."

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 04:45 AM

19. duplicate

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