Crazy Uncles and the Propagandists at Think Progress

by Datechguy | May 3rd, 2011

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Crazy Uncles and the Propagandists at Think Progress

On WCRN this morn­ing the talk was the why’s of the con­spir­acy the­o­ries and their suc­cess. A look at meme­o­ran­dum shows that they are alive and well.

You have the Alex Jones types on one side and the Cindy Shee­hans on the other play­ing either the “Bin Laden was already dead” or the “You’re a fool is you think Bin laden is dead” cards.

As I’ve writ­ten before you have the 1% of the pop­u­la­tion as Crazy Uncles and that 1% is empow­ered by the net. They gather acolytes and fol­low­ers and like a pyra­mid scheme the peo­ple at the top tend to make their liv­ing off of their fol­low­ers at the bottom.

In a free soci­ety you are going to get some of this of course. This con­trasts with an unfree soci­ety where a gov­ern­ment will put out a false­hood and force feed it to a pub­lic that can’t get alter­nate infor­ma­tion or a cult where other infor­ma­tion is sim­ply ignored…

…which brings us to the mis­named Think Progress who are not crazy uncles but who in my opin­ion oper­ate like a well-​financed cult.

Think Progress is pulling a bait and switch try­ing to claim that Andrew Bre­it­bart is “push­ing the the­ory that Bin Laden is not dead”. This is demon­stra­bly false.

Look­ing at the Bre­it­bart sites there is arti­cle after arti­cle about killing of Bin Laden and what it means. Breitbart’s own tweets com­ple­ment the pres­i­dent over this suc­cess. The sin­gle arti­cle by J. Michael Walker on Big Peace talks pri­mar­ily about the proper pro­pa­ganda use of this vic­tory and con­cludes thus:

I’m going to raise a mug of beer and munch a Hebrew National pork sausage to cel­e­brate the brave CIA men who took bin Laden down.

Then it’s back to work to destroy what the al Qaeda leader left behind. That means pil­ing dirt on bin Laden’s legacy, destroy­ing his appeal, and pro­vid­ing the world with all the nec­es­sary facts to heap humil­i­a­tion on any­one who insists on con­tin­u­ing to fol­low his cause.

Yup, sounds like denial to me.

Thus the dou­ble bait and switch, not only do they mis­rep­re­sent the base arti­cle but they attribute that mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion to Bre­it­bart him­self with the goal of mak­ing him “untouch­able” by “respectable” opin­ion peo­ple. This is vital because unlike Think Progress’ own pieces in con­text they don’t chase away the gen­eral public.

Andrew being Andrew instantly took the bull by the horns:

That is pure pro­jec­tion by the insti­tu­tional left, which can nei­ther cel­e­brate Amer­i­can vic­to­ries in the war on ter­ror, nor mourn Amer­i­can tragedies like Tus­con, with­out politi­ciz­ing them.

So I am chal­leng­ing the left to prove what it is alleging.

If any­one can prove that I believe Amer­i­can spe­cial forces did not kill Osama bin Laden, I will donate one mil­lion dol­lars to ThinkProgress.empha­sis mine

Put up or shut up, John Podesta. And let Amer­i­cans cel­e­brate as one.

Talk a bout a mil­lion rea­son why Think Progress if full of it. Expect the MSM to ignore Andrew’s Chal­lenge as they did the last one, it’s too easy for the gen­eral pub­lic to understand.

You know there were a lot of peo­ple behind the iron cur­tain who were paid to write pro­pa­ganda, Think Progress car­ries on that fine tra­di­tion today.

Update: Speak­ing of crazy uncles

Update 2: Another crazy uncle self iden­ti­fies.

On WCRN this morning the talk was the why’s of the conspiracy theories and their success. A look at memeorandum shows that they are alive and well.

You have the Alex Jones types on one side and the Cindy Sheehans on the other playing either the “Bin Laden was already dead” or the “You’re a fool is you think Bin laden is dead” cards.

As I’ve written before you have the 1% of the population as Crazy Uncles and that 1% is empowered by the net. They gather acolytes and followers and like a pyramid scheme the people at the top tend to make their living off of their followers at the bottom.

In a free society you are going to get some of this of course. This contrasts with an unfree society where a government will put out a falsehood and force feed it to a public that can’t get alternate information or a cult where other information is simply ignored…

…which brings us to the misnamed Think Progress who are not crazy uncles but who in my opinion operate like a well-financed cult.

Think Progress is pulling a bait and switch trying to claim that Andrew Breitbart is “pushing the theory that Bin Laden is not dead”. This is demonstrably false.

Looking at the Breitbart sites there is article after article about killing of Bin Laden and what it means. Breitbart’s own tweets complement the president over this success. The single article by J. Michael Walker on Big Peace talks primarily about the proper propaganda use of this victory and concludes thus:

I’m going to raise a mug of beer and munch a Hebrew National pork sausage to celebrate the brave CIA men who took bin Laden down.

Then it’s back to work to destroy what the al Qaeda leader left behind. That means piling dirt on bin Laden’s legacy, destroying his appeal, and providing the world with all the necessary facts to heap humiliation on anyone who insists on continuing to follow his cause.

Yup, sounds like denial to me.

Thus the double bait and switch, not only do they misrepresent the base article but they attribute that misrepresentation to Breitbart himself with the goal of making him “untouchable” by “respectable” opinion people. This is vital because unlike Think Progress’ own pieces in context they don’t chase away the general public.

Andrew being Andrew instantly took the bull by the horns:

That is pure projection by the institutional left, which can neither celebrate American victories in the war on terror, nor mourn American tragedies like Tuscon, without politicizing them.

So I am challenging the left to prove what it is alleging.

If anyone can prove that I believe American special forces did not kill Osama bin Laden, I will donate one million dollars to ThinkProgress.emphasis mine

Put up or shut up, John Podesta. And let Americans celebrate as one.

Talk a bout a million reason why Think Progress if full of it. Expect the MSM to ignore Andrew’s Challenge as they did the last one, it’s too easy for the general public to understand.

You know there were a lot of people behind the iron curtain who were paid to write propaganda, Think Progress carries on that fine tradition today.

Update: Speaking of crazy uncles

Update 2: Another crazy uncle self identifies.

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