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February 9, 2006

Getting The Right-Wing Message Out

-- by Dave Johnson

You have heard it here before, but we all need to say it over and over again, and the word needs to spread out past the blogosphere until everyone "gets" what is happening to us. The Democrats' Tiny Megaphone,

Indeed, the Right’s subsidizing of media may be the most under-reported money-in-politics story in modern American history. Many good-government organizations track the millions of dollars contributed to candidates, but much less attention is paid to the billions of unregulated dollars poured into media.

This imbalanced attention continues even though the conservative media is arguably the most important weapon in the Republican arsenal.

Political “propaganda themes” – often coordinated with GOP leaders – are distributed instantaneously across the country, reaching into both rural and urban America with a repetition that gives these messages a corroborative ring of truth.

The messages echo from talk radio to cable news to conservative columnists who appear in the mostly pro-Republican local newspapers. The themes then are reinforced in magazine articles and in books that dominate the shelves of many American bookstores.

But wait, there's more. The Right has buit an "eco-system" around their media control. For example, books:

The Right’s media infrastructure also offers important secondary benefits to the conservative political movement.

Though right-wing media operations often aren’t profitable themselves, they help create an environment in which conservative writers and commentators get the publicity needed so they can earn millions of dollars on books. That, in turn, guarantees that the Right’s personalities are sought after by publishers focusing on the bottom line.

donate moneyBy contrast, the Left’s neglect of a media infrastructure has made liberal books a relatively hard sell with publishers. Without the expectation of a buzz resonating through an ideologically friendly echo chamber, the major houses are less eager to take on left-leaning books or give liberal authors reasonable advances.

But here is the key:
But what has been remarkable – considering the stakes involved for American democracy – is that wealthy progressives and major liberal foundations have mostly stayed on the sidelines, avoiding a significant investment in media infrastructure.
Currently there is a roadblock to building an effective counter-movement. Currently large foundations and a few wealthy donors are the "gatekeepers" deciding where money goes and they really, really don't "get it" yet. We have not yet built up a culture of small-donor giving - and supporting tools - for "Dean-style" funding of efforts to build organizations and media outlets to take on the Right.

What can you do? Inform yourself, donate money yourself, and help get the word out.

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 9, 2006 12:37 PM

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"Right Wing Media" huh?

Will we hear the same outrage from the left regarding Reid that we did for DeLay? I seriously doubt it.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator's staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist's team about legislation affecting other clients.

The activities _ detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press _ are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and clients.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/02/09/D8FLPHO80.html

Posted by: Sickofspin at February 9, 2006 1:10 PM

This is an attempt to divert public attention from a criminal conspiracy involving the Republican Party, by falsely smearing Democrats. Jack Abramoff was involved in a criminal bribery scheme with a number of Republican legislators and White House officials. Senator Reid - or any other Democrat for that matter - has NEVER had anything to do with Jack Abramoff, and never received a penny from Jack Abramoff. And not one Democrats is involved in the bribery scandal. This bribery scandal was an attempt to use illegal money to increase Republican Party dominance of politics.

Jack Abramnoff is a former partner of Tom DeLay, Grover Norquist and Karl Rove - all top REPUBLICAN Party people.

"They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and clients."

This is a flat-out lie. Reid never accepted a penny from Abramoff or his firm or lobbyng partners. Any contributions from Abramoff's clients - the victims of Abramoff's scheme - has nothing to do with this. Remember, Abramoff pled guilty to DEFRAUDING his clients!

IN FACT the victims of Abramoff changed their political contributions AT ABRAMOFF'S INSTRUCTION away from Democrats and to Republicans. And then they received illegal favors - contracts, tax breaks, deregularion, etc. - from Republicans in government offices.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2006 1:38 PM

Apparently Dave is afraid of the truth, so here's the article in its entirety:

[Sorry, copyright and reader violation, posting an entire article. However, the article is here for those who want to read it. - Dave]

Posted by: Sickofspin at February 9, 2006 5:43 PM

Yeah, sure. Keep hunting for something the Democrats did and scream about it in the effort to "prove" they're as tarnished as the Repugs in this scandal. Gotta keep that propaganda machine pumping out the lies.

Posted by: MJ at February 9, 2006 6:26 PM

A smear campaign is a smear campaign. Here are some facts:

"and the senator's staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist's team about legislation affecting other clients."

The Associated Press article cites evidence that Reid was unsuccessfully lobbied by Abramoff associates. Abramoff’s client, the N. Marianas Islands, opposed extending U.S. minimum wage laws to the island. Reid was a co-sponsor of the bill introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2001, one provision of which would have extended the minimum wage to the N. Marianas Islands. Reid spoke on the Senate floor urging its passage.

"They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and clients.
"

This is a LIE. Reid collected no money from Abramoff's firm or lobbying partners. Donations from the defrauded CLIENTS actualy DECREASED after Abramoff became their lobbyist.

- more later -

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2006 8:54 PM

Dave,

Can't you do any better than that, the AP story is lie simply because YOU say so? That's funny!

You fail at debate 101. You have provided no substantive refutation to the AP article. No cite, no reference link. Nothing.

Posted by: Sickofspin at February 10, 2006 6:15 AM

The article says that Reid took money from Abramoff, and then DOES NOT GIVE ANY EXAMPLES WHATSOEVER. It shows donations from defrauded clients - Indian tribes - not from Abramoff, or anyone related to Abramoff.

I can't prove a negative, it's on the accuser to show where Reid accepted money from Abramoff, not just say that he did.

But this Abramoff scandal is about BRIBERY. Reid VOTED AGAINST Abramoff's interests on every occassion. The Republicans who took bribes voted FOR and did favors FOR Abramoff.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2006 8:20 AM

SO what is it you are trying to say about Reid?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2006 8:26 AM

Reid is 'guilty' of the same stuff liberals have cried fould over regarding DeLay.

Reid's office acknowledged Thursday having "routine contacts" with Abramoff's lobbying partners and intervening on some government matters — such as blocking some tribal casinos — in ways Abramoff's clients might have deemed helpful. But it said none of the Nevada Democrat's actions were affected by donations or done for Abramoff.

Abramoff's records show his lobbying partners billed for nearly two dozen phone contacts or meetings with Reid's office in 2001 alone.

Most were to discuss Democratic legislation that would have applied the U.S. minimum wage to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory and Abramoff client, but would have given the islands a temporary break on the wage rate, the billing records show.

Reid also intervened on government matters at least five times in ways helpful to Abramoff's tribal clients, once opposing legislation on the Senate floor and four times sending letters pressing the Bush administration on tribal issues. The legislation and three of Reid's letters involved efforts to prevent the approval of Indian casinos that would have competed with establishments owned by Abramoff's tribal clients. Reid received donations around the time of each action.

Reid, along with his Senate counsel Jim Ryan, met with Abramoff deputy Ronald Platt on June 5, 2001, "to discuss timing on minimum wage bill" that affected the Marianas, according to a bill that Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's firm at the time, sent the Marianas.

Three weeks before the meeting, Greenberg Traurig's political-action committee donated $1,000 to Reid's Senate re-election committee. Platt donated $1,000 to Reid three weeks after the meeting.

Manley, Reid's spokesman, confirmed Platt had regular contacts with Reid's office. As for the timing of donations, Manley said, "There is no connection."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002795932_reid10.html

Posted by: Sickofspin at February 10, 2006 1:49 PM

Reid is 'guilty' of the same stuff liberals have cried foul over regarding DeLay.

Reid's office acknowledged Thursday having "routine contacts" with Abramoff's lobbying partners and intervening on some government matters — such as blocking some tribal casinos — in ways Abramoff's clients might have deemed helpful. But it said none of the Nevada Democrat's actions were affected by donations or done for Abramoff.

Abramoff's records show his lobbying partners billed for nearly two dozen phone contacts or meetings with Reid's office in 2001 alone.

Most were to discuss Democratic legislation that would have applied the U.S. minimum wage to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory and Abramoff client, but would have given the islands a temporary break on the wage rate, the billing records show.

Reid also intervened on government matters at least five times in ways helpful to Abramoff's tribal clients, once opposing legislation on the Senate floor and four times sending letters pressing the Bush administration on tribal issues. The legislation and three of Reid's letters involved efforts to prevent the approval of Indian casinos that would have competed with establishments owned by Abramoff's tribal clients. Reid received donations around the time of each action.

Reid, along with his Senate counsel Jim Ryan, met with Abramoff deputy Ronald Platt on June 5, 2001, "to discuss timing on minimum wage bill" that affected the Marianas, according to a bill that Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's firm at the time, sent the Marianas.

Three weeks before the meeting, Greenberg Traurig's political-action committee donated $1,000 to Reid's Senate re-election committee. Platt donated $1,000 to Reid three weeks after the meeting.

Manley, Reid's spokesman, confirmed Platt had regular contacts with Reid's office. As for the timing of donations, Manley said, "There is no connection."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002795932_reid10.html

Posted by: Sickofspin at February 10, 2006 1:50 PM

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