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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 08:50 AM
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Right-Wing 'Tea Party' Movement Was Planned Months Ago by GOP Billionaires

By Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop
Posted on March 1, 2009, Printed on March 2, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/129523 /

Populist revolt against the U.S. government is all the rage in the Republican Party, these days. As they tell the story, the public is so outraged by the recovery and reinvestment efforts of the Obama administration that Americans everywhere are turning out to overthrow the tyrannical king of the federal government by re-enacting the Boston Tea Party.

Funny thing, though: it turns out this whole "populist" movement was a planned PR stunt funded by big-money right-wing backers of the GOP who specialize in faking grassroots movements to drum up opposition to Barack Obama.

Everything about this so called "Tea Party" movement was pre-planned--from the supposedly "spontaneous rant" of CNBC stock market reporter, Rick Santelli, to the presumed ground-level organizing of protests all over the country. Fake, fake, fake--like a product launch staged covertly to look like a spontaneous trend.

Playboy bloggers Mark Ames and Yasha Levine pulled together all the pieces of this puzzle in an incredible expose (Exposing The Rightwing PR Machine):

What hasnt been reported until now is evidence linking Santellis tea party rant with some very familiar names in the Republican rightwing machine, from PR operatives who specialize in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns (called astroturfing) to bigwig politicians and notorious billionaire funders. As veteran Russia reporters, both of us spent years watching the Kremlin use fake grassroots movements to influence and control the political landscape. To us, the uncanny speed and direction the movement took and the players involved in promoting it had a strangely forced quality to it. If it seemed scripted, that's because it was.

What we discovered is that Santellis rant was not at all spontaneous as his alleged fans claim, but rather it was a carefully-planned trigger for the anti-Obama campaign. In PR terms, his February 19th call for a Chicago Tea Party was the launch event of a carefully organized and sophisticated PR campaign, one in which Santelli served as a frontman, using the CNBC airwaves for publicity, for the some of the craziest and sleaziest rightwing oligarch clans this country has ever produced. Namely, the Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores of rightwing thinktanks and advocacy groups, from the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks. The scion of the Koch family, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the notorious extremist-rightwing John Birch Society.

It helps, in other words, to have field experience ferreting out Soviet propaganda to understand how Rick Santelli suddenly became the figurehead of a right-wing "grassroots" revolt against the United States government. It is worth reading the entire post.

The next time you hear that the Tea Party Republican revolt is "grassroots," "spontaneous," and "populist," just swap out those PR keywords for the more accurate terms: "planned," "scripted," "billionaire bigwigs."

All of this makes sense, of course. Santelli's philippic had all the hallmarks of a rehearsed piece of political theater--the pre-planned message launched of a viral marketing campaign.

Not that any of this comes as a surprise, but...my goodness.

Even though the curtain has been pulled back on this astroturf marketing by GOP megabucks elite backers, it is important to keep in mind what the larger stakes are and how to respond.

http://www.alternet.org/workplace/129523/right-wing_\'t... /

They can't do anything real But since their determined to do this I suggest staying on the SPOILED BRAT theme. They had tax CUTS under Bush. And now Obama has given them the biggest middle class tax CUT in history. So what are they protesting? TAXES!

Does that even make sense? NO! They are behaving like BABIES!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZMHpjdzXq0&feature=chan...
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 08:57 AM
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1. Is the Wurlitzer out of tune?
I've been waiting for this day, when the mighty RW Wurlitzer plays such a horrid tune it drives people away. :rofl:
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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 09:02 AM
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2. Republicans=Teabaggers
the new meme
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 09:23 AM
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4. Sadly, they do it wrong and keep getting their balls scalded.
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 02:03 PM
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9. Speaking of scalded balls. Thank you, Rick Santelli ;o)
For bringing the wrath of Jon Stewart to bear on this. :spank:

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 09:09 AM
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3. K&R and read the article
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 09:24 AM
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5. And carefully timed to coincide with the CPAC convention, I'll wager.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 09:44 AM
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6. K&R
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 10:31 AM
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7. God what a bunch of stooges. And not just the actual stooges on the screen and "in the streets"
also the billionaires and their "marketing" teams behind the scenes. Talk about Confederacy of Dunces.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-02-09 12:37 PM
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8. Ye gods
That pathetic display was organized by someone? :wow:
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verges Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 02:24 PM
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10. "organized" might not be the correct word there. nt
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