imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

COUP WATCH: Propaganda War & Nov. 21 Links From Red Rock Eater News Service

by Phil Agre Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000 at 1:30 PM

A brief, incisive analysis of where the Republican propaganda war stands right now. Plus the latest links from the Red Rock Eater News Service.

COUP WATCH: Propaganda War & Nov. 21 Links From Red Rock Eater News Service COUP WATCH: Propaganda War & Nov. 21 Links From Red Rock Eater News Service

By Phil Agre

Tue Nov 21 15:57:35 2000

Here are some more URL's relating to the election controversy in Florida. Please pass them along to anyone who can use them. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

The Propaganda War

"We're ahead, so stop the counting!" is the cry, and the operatives are in full fury. You can see how it works. The leadership selects what the PR people call a "message" and political people call a "strategy": a vague but emotionally charged theme that can be expressed in simple language. Examples might include "Gore exaggerates his record" or "the hand counts are out of control". The call then goes out to find factoids that support the message. It doesn't matter if they are true or not, or whether they are exaggerated or trivial, taken out of context, or otherwise misleading.

The idea is to accumulate enough of these carefully chosen factoids that attempts to refute them singly will seem futile. It is then the job of the pundits to repeat the message over and over, lovingly reiterating each supporting factoid until it becomes ingrained in the culture. This works best if the message is paraphrased in as many ways as possible -- some of the pundits even explicitly said that they were working their way through the thesaurus to come up with new and different ways to say "exaggerate". The message should also be interwoven in every possible way with the other messaages that constitute the party line at a given time. None of this is subtle or complicated: the messages go out by fax and e-mail at least daily.

Public Isn't Buying

The striking thing is that the American public isn't buying the messages of their elite betters. The public is sitting calmly waiting for the votes to get counted. This shouldn't be surprising. After all, the pundits are trying to portray as strange and corrupt a practice that goes back hundreds of years and is written into the law in many states: when the vote is close, look at all the ballots and count the ones where it is reasonably possible to discern voter's intent. This is plain common sense, and normal Americans know that it is.

Running Out The Clock

But if the public can't be swayed then the clock can be run out, and that's the real danger now. With enough spurious protests and other legal shenanigans, the constitutional deadlines will creep up. That's clearly what the Florida Supreme Court is worried about. The bottom line is to stop the counting. Everyone's falling over backwards to change the rules for military people, even though as the Wall Street Journal observes this is entirely improper, and even though the same Florida Republican who fabricated large numbers of absentee ballots in the last election was participating in preparing Republican absentee ballots in this one.

The sheer backwardness of it all is stunning: falsely denouncing as "selective" a process in which every party had the right to ask for recounts, trying to change the rules while accusing others of the same, denouncing lawyers while hiring twice as many as anyone else, generally engaging in a campaign of disinformation and doubletalk while falsely accusing your opponent of exaggerating, and above all trying to steal an election while issuing the same accusation against others. The punditry is happy with all this, whether through malice or mindlessness, and they may even succeed for now. But in the long term it's not going to wash.

GOP Grumbles about Miami-Dade Count

Americans Willing to Wait for Final Tally

Officials List Reasons for Rejected Ballots

Kerrey Calls for GOP to Retract Military Ballot Accusations

The Mode of Electing the President

Texans Challenge Cheney's Residency Status

Cheney's Residency Challenged

Jeb Bush Complained Phone Calls Were Attempt to "Destroy Our State"

Complaints Target DL Offices' Vote Sign-Up

Ballot Counting a Tense, but Orderly Process

Events Day by Day

Bush's Potential Dilemma

"Results-Oriented" Court Gets Down to Business

"Recount" Means to Count Again, Florida Official Ruled in '99

Newshour discussion of the Florida Supreme Court

The Twelfth Amendment: A Time Bomb

Can Gore Ever Win?

In Eye of Recount Hurricane, There's Nary a Hint of a Storm

Patriot Missile

15,000 Absentee Ballots at Stake as Lawsuit Gains

Florida Supreme Court Takes Center Stage

Divergent Views Are Argued on the Function of the Court

Florida's Justices Zero In on Recount Deadlines

No One Spared as the Justices Look for an End

nonsensical Palm Beach fraud conspiracy theory

How Better Machines May Have Helped Bush

The Mislaid Election

Judge Won't Order Revote

Registration Problems Plague Alachua County

Florida's Differing Vote-Counting Machines Resulted in More GOP Votes,1136,36000000000129817,00.html

See-Saw Farce Grips the Sunshine State,6903,399830,00.html

the famous Democratic memo on military ballots


Report this post as:

Local News

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

RadioJustice J23 1:12PM

National Congress has Voted to Cut 2 Million People Off Food Stamps with a 19 billionSlash J22 9:52PM

Progressives wrestle with dilemma on migration J22 6:37PM

More Public Investment is Sensible and Necessary J22 6:33PM

A Partial List Black Ops, Assassinations, Destabilizations, Wars by the CIA J22 5:29PM

The Shortwave Report 06/22/18 Listen Globally! J21 4:47PM

1)stop all crime 2) lies on internet J21 2:49PM

Dismantle the ICE Detention System J21 9:35AM

Immigrants Needed in US due to 3 reasons J20 9:02PM

Paraphysique du discours logique J20 2:33AM

Fbi forces most Indymedia to ban me J19 6:18PM

Fbi forces most Indymedia to ban me J19 4:55PM

The Beam in the White House J19 6:52AM

Fbi deletes this report on their atrocities J18 7:43PM

police crimes J18 1:26PM

America is Suffering Under an Ego Driven Fascist Pig While Spineless GOP Proudly Looks On J18 12:01PM

Paraphysique de synecdoque J18 12:34AM

Le capital ou l'épouvante permanente J15 11:30PM

Authoritarian Capitalism and Digital Demagogue J15 3:08AM

The Shortwave Report 06/15/18 Listen Globally! J14 4:23PM

Autisme sociétal J13 10:53PM

Georgias Poultry Justice Alliane Helps Workers in SE J13 8:50PM

Greedy Animal Researchers Hide Truth About Alzheimer's From Public J13 3:59PM

Austerity Policy as Momentous Mistake J12 5:19PM

Abrégé de la connerie J12 1:35PM

May 2018 Honduras coup update J10 7:30PM

Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism - A Symbiotic Pair J10 7:50AM

La société au TOUT dégueulasse J09 11:48AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy