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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-05 10:43 AM
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The Republican Daily Fax
I've been looking for this this morning and haven't had much luck. It's possible I'm looking in the wrong direction.

One of the things you hear a lot is that Republicans are coordinated through a daily fax or phone call of some kind so that they are all get on the same page. I don't necessarily disbelieve that but would like more concrete proof if it's possible. Does anybody have any?

The following are not proof, incidently.
- the fact that all the conservative commentators sound the same sometimes. This could be just indicative of how they have the same ideological background. If you post something here a lot of us will react the same way but that's not proof we are coordinating our responses.

- the fact that they are evil, and it's naive to doubt or even question the existance of such a fax.

Anybody have anything they can point me to?

Check it out -->
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-05 11:16 AM
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1. aka The echo effect or Republican Noise Machine
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote about it based on a book by David Brock. Kennedy's article, called 'The Disinformation Society', I think, was then put into a new edition of his book, 'Crimes Against Nature.'

Here's the article I'm referring to. I have an old copy of 'Crimes Against Nature' that does not include this intro, nor have I read David Brock's book, 'The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy.' But this article might help and at least point you in the right direction:


Conservative noise on cable and talk radio also has an echo effect on the rest of the media. One of the conservative talking points in the last election was that terrorists supported the candidacy of John Kerry. According to Media Matters, this pearl originated on Limbaughs radio show in March 2004 and repeatedly surfaced in mainstream news. In May, CNNs Kelli Arena reported speculation that al-Qaeda believes it has a better chance of winning in Iraq if John Kerry is in the White House; in June it migrated to Dick Morriss New York Post column. Chris Matthews mentioned it in a July edition of Hardball. In September, Bill Schneider, CNNs senior political analyst, declared that al-Qaeda would very much like to defeat President Bush, signaling that Limbaughs contri-vance was now embedded firmly in the national consciousness.

That echo effect is not random. Brockshows in his book how the cues by which mainstream news directors decide what is important to cover are no longer being suggested by The New York Times and other responsible media outlets, but rather by the shadowy participants of a Washington, DC meeting convened by Grover Norquists Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-government organization that seeks to prevent federal regulation of business.

Every Wednesday morning the leaders of 80 conservative organizations meet in Washington in Norquists boardroom. This radical cabal formulates policy with the Republican National Committee and the White House, developing talking points that go out to the conservative media via a sophisticated fax tree. Soon, millions of Americans are hearing the same message from cable news commentators and thousands of talk jocks across America. Their precisely crafted message and language then percolate through the mainstream media to form the underlying assumptions of our national debate.

This meeting has now grown to include more than 120 participants, including industry lobbyists and representatives of conservative media outlets such as The Washington Times and the National Review. According to Brock, columnist Bob Novak sends a researcher. The Wall Street Journals Peggy Noonan may attend in person. The lockstep coordination among right-wing political operatives and the press is new in American politics.

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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-05 11:33 AM
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2. You just have to get on their mailing list and they will send you a list
of talking points explaining to you what you should be saying when you call in to radio talk shows or when you call your senator. The repukes have it all typed out for you so you can read it verbatim.

Hell, I got on their mailing list through their website a long time ago.. so I get the talking points email.
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