One of the most important things the media does for the left is spin, that is create a particular meme when it doesn’t exist. I’ve commented on this earlier this week, here are two easy to understand examples. One from the national media dealing with Mitt Romney.
It started in England, where Romney’s observation that certain logistical issues relating to the Olympic Games were “disconcerting”–a judgment that has since proved resoundingly correct–was treated as a major diplomatic faux pas. Already forgotten, apparently, is the press’s attempt to make something sinister out of a Romney aide’s reference to America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage” and its “shared history” with Great Britain. Of such thin gruel do liberal reporters and editors try to generate controversy.
Then it was on to Israel, where Romney’s visit can fairly be characterized as triumphant. Without criticizing President Obama, he made it clear, in a ringing speech in Jerusalem, that his administration would be far friendlier to Israel than Obama’s. Romney’s speech was widely hailed in Israel as well as in the U.S., and probably enhanced his standing with many American Jews. Not to mention the fact that he raised $1 million from contributors with whom he met the next day.
And yet press coverage has focused mainly on the Palestinian reaction to Romney’s pointing out that Israel’s “culture” has much to do with its prosperity relative to its neighbors, much as America’s culture explains its economic advantages over Mexico. The Palestinian objection was silly, and here is a news flash for American media: Romney isn’t angling for the Palestinian-American vote.
His analysis was pretty solid but the best illustration of this came from Pam at Atlas Shrugs who compares this picture
With the uncropped version
Somehow photos like thisthis and this aren’t getting any play either.
As Pam puts it:
To find these photos, you have to dig, but they’re there, and they’re telling. No crowds like these ever met Obama in Jerusalem
Of course you have to dig, otherwise you might not believe the narrate.
But the examples are not always national, after all national media hires people from local media. Here is a tweet from the Montgomery Advisory an Alabama Paper.
Some students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are calling for the campus Chick-fil-A restaurant to close
Oh some, well it must still be a lot of them. Wikipedia says they have 7700 students so there much be an awful lot if it made the paper even 10% is 770…
WAAY-TV reports that members of UA Huntsville’s Gay-Straight Alliance want the restaurant shut down.
GSA Founder and President Heather Shelton said having the restaurant on campus is not consistent with the university’s anti-discrimination policy.
Oh well it’s the gay straight alliance, but hey if it made the paper AND got TV coverage it’s got to be a big group…except only two students are quoted in the story, Heather Shelton and a second student who disagrees with her. So what kind of numbers are we actually dealing with.
Well the University of Alabama Huntsville has a website with a phone number. I gave them a call to confirm Wikipedia’s number (I don’t like it as a source) of students and how many are actually in the Gay Straight Alliance.
The University told me 7800 (100 more than Wikipedia reports) students attend the university. As to the 2nd question I was transferred to a public affairs person and left a message on his answering machine an answered machine at his office.
Not wanting to wait I searched online, checked twitter accounts and came up with a figure of 18 people…and just as I finished that research downloaded graphics and was ready to present it to back up my number…the very thoughtful gentleman from the University returned my call and was able to give me a figure of 25.
Lets give the benefit of the doubt and assume each and every one of these students are in favor of removing Chick-Fil-A, that makes a grand total of .003205 percent of the student body that is looking to boot Chick-Fil-A from campus. Even the dying Episcopal church draws better numbers
Yet both the Montgomery Advertiser and WAAY TV found that .003205 newsworthy enough to report on.
If you are on a national twitter feed and all you saw was that tweet you might think there was a strong movement on campus, but a few hours of calls and researched only clearly established that the admin department of the University of Alabama at Huntsville is populated by friendly and helpful people.
and that wasn’t the focus of the news stories.
Oh and as a reward for staying for this whole post here is the Monty Python sketch this post is based on.
DaTechGuy’s summer fundraiser continues. Today we not only had an incredible day in terms of hits but we managed to hit Goal #1 ($3000 one month show reserves) Thanks to all who made that possible.
Goal #2 is $7500 That combines goal #1 (1 mo show reserve) with with enough extra to pick up a cheap used car, pay the taxes, Register it and insure it so I don’t have to use DaWife’s or Da Son’s
For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.
That is what you should NOT do. So let that be a lesson to you.
Jan Bearenstein The Bike Lesson 1964
Adam Smith has lost his job as CFO of a company in Arizona after his…episode at Chick-Fil-A Wednesday. While it is sad in this economy for anyone to lose a job for the sake of finding a silver lining in this, at least by his actions he has established four important rules for those tempted to follow in his footsteps to wit:
1. Don’t act like a bore in public
2. Don’t brag about yourself while you act like a bore in public
3. Don’t shoot a video of yourself while bragging about acting like a bore in public
4. Don’t upload the video you shot of yourself bragging about acting like a bore in public.
Future angry leftists should take these rule to heart.
Speaking of futures although it’s a problem of his own making I feel sorry for Mr. Smith. It is a tough time to be out of a job (and likely unable to collect). As a person who struggled through this I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I hope Mr. Smith finds a job soon.
he is sure of one thing: “I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I have had a number of people tell me that.” So we aren’t talking about just one anonymous Bain investor, but several people who have seemingly only shared this story with Reid.
In an interview with Nevada reporters on Wednesday, Reid refused to name his sources or back down on his accusation. “I don’t think the burden should be on me,” he said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”
Really NY mag and its commentators are really buying this?
I shouldn’t be surprised after all I’ve been told by multiple sources that the NY Mag is actually a front for Aliens from the planet Zoltar who have the ability to influence humans through secret signals sent from their web site and I’m told their internal private documents by the company prove it.
Now some of you might think I should provide proof but the burden should be on them after all THEY are the once who I’ve alleged have been conspiring with aliens to conquer earth. Why don’t they release their internal documents?
Stacy McCain who approaches this nonsense in a more earthly vein, has a different opinion:
What I believe is this: Whatever Harry Reid knows about Mitt Romney’s taxes, he obtained from Democrat Party sources who, in turn, got it via the leaking of this confidential information from IRS officials to individuals affiliated with the Obama campaign.
Reid is lying — mischaracterizing his sources — to conceal the fact that the Obama campaign has illegally obtained Romney’s IRS forms.
But don’t expect me to prove that accusation. I don’t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on Harry Reid. He’s the one I’ve alleged is part of a Nixonian conspiracy at the White House. Why didn’t Harry identify his sources?
Simple question, why is Harry Reid doing something this obvious? Because he can. He knows he won’t be challenged by the media and he doesn’t face the voters for another 4 years.
He has absolutely nothing to lose and only someone with nothing to lose can afford to try to pull this off nonsense.
DaTechGuy’s summer fundraiser continues as I edge ever closer to the price of a used car to get me around.
Any help is appreciated. For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.
Doyle Lonnegan: You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the protection rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation.
Henry Gondorf: If they put you on the spot, we’ve got to fold the con.
The Sting 1973
Got no opinion sir, they’re bad for business
Inherit the Wind 1960
One of the things that the Internet has done is amplify the “crazy uncles”. Every family had one, and on the family level it doesn’t mean much, but give that guy an internet connection and a way to talk to the other crazy uncles and presto you have 3,000,000 Americans ready to go, ready to swarm and intimidate business who assume that 1 contact equals 20 people who do not.
That is pretty much what happened with the gay marriage movement, a movement that had practically no public support but thanks to networking and the strong-arm tactics convinced large amounts of people of their strength (polls indicate adults overestimate the number of Gay people in the country by a factor of 8-10) because of that extreme strength and the passivity of the people who disagreed with them, such activists wielded an inordinate amount of power with the corporate world.
It was not unsurprising that they would adopt this tactic, there is a lot of crossover with the most radical parts of the left and said left had used these tactics over and over in the past
The only problem with this kind of con is scale. In order for it to be successful one has to avoid two things:
1. Never allow the marks to realize how weak you are compared to your foes
2. Never energize your foes or they will start to move on the marks
The first allows the mark to ignore you, the 2nd allows your foes to both intimidate the mark and defeat you. Both are fatal to the con and are an excellent example of what the Tea Party has done to the MSM over the last two years
This brings us to the whole Chick-Fil-A business.
It is no secret that Chick-Fil-A is a Christian business. It is also no secret that long before the Gay Marriage issue reared its head the left despised them, one friend who works at CNN would go on about how some of his co-workers were incensed that they would close on Sundays. It was (at least it would be to a non-Christian) an irrational hatred. That the Gay Marriage Crowd would dislike them was a given, but the decision to highlight that position was a HUGE mistake.
The wise move would have been a small statement and then allow the media to subtly drop hints that a visit to Chick-Fil-A was not a place where an “enlightened” person would go. That would have kept up the con without a whole lot of fuss.
Why did he do this? Was he pressured by members of the gay community feeling their oats after forcing the President to “come out” on gay marriage, as the mayor of one of the bluest cities in the nation did he fall for his own propaganda thinking the sheer numbers involved were in his favor or was it a matter of sheer opportunism as a person in a place where such a pronouncement could only help him?
regardless of the reason it was highly necessary for the backlash to be countered. Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and Mayors in Philly & DC jumped into the fray, the story now had to be one focused on them not on the populace.
There were two significant responses to the story that I’d like to look at. One was by Brian Ries of Newsweek:
So. Here we are. Tumblr, listen up.
We’re hoping to find a current or former employee of Chick-Fil-A who might want to spill the beans on life inside the alleged antigay company.
That was July 24th I haven’t seen said follow-up story from Newsweek
The other was Mike Huckabee suggesting support Chick-Fil-A day.
The previous week people on twitter had suggested it but Huckabee is a radio talk show host and a former presidential candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers. The media could mock him or ignore what he said but literally millions would discover the idea via the net totally bypassing them. Then the worst of all possible worlds for the left took place Wednesday.
They showed up
By the hundreds and the thousands and the hundreds of thousands they showed up. Restaurants ran out of food, lines were incredible nationwide and worse of all there was a lack of all the vitriol that the left would normally portray and the violence and threats came from the left, not their foes.
While the media did their best to ignore or spin events some few decided to do actualreporting:
For the first time in my life, today I visited a Chic-Fil-A to show my support for the CEO’s right to free speech. Today was billed as “support Chic-Fil-A Day”. I live in LA so, I was not expecting much in way of support but, I was not just surprised, I was blown away. The Chic-Fil-A in Northridge, California had a line that twisted throughout the parking lot. It was almost 100 degrees but, that didn’t seem to deter anyone. They were peaceful and the demographic was wide ranged. Blacks, whites, teenagers, kids, Latino’s and all other categories you could imagine. At this location their there were no anti-Chic-Fil-A protesters.
So, how was the chicken? Amazing! Now I know why people love this place. The store was run extremely well. Clean, polite and efficient. The staff brought water to those in line, they handed out umbrellas for protection from the sun and they served delicious food quickly. This has been replicated across the nation. This huge one day movement involving millions of supporters made their opinions heard and voted with their money and presence. It has been estimated that the chain will have booked almost $100 million or more just today.
When I returned home I turned on the news to see how this would be reported. NBC in Los Angeles chose to focus on the protesters. Not the ones supporting Chic-Fil-A but, the ones protesting the supporters. The protesters are a tiny fraction to the supporters yet the media focused 90% of their attention on those few. This does not represent the truth of the actual event.
Mind you this is a reporter from Forbes talking about this and calling out his fellows in the media
But it didn’t matter anyways, on twitter Chickfila was trending and a multitude of pictures & video of long lines and happy people were all over twitter and facebook. The kicker came from Pastor Rick Warren
The media can spin this, they can deny this but every person driving by a Chick-Fil-A saw the lines, the photos are available anywhere on the web and you’d better believe every other business noticed those lines too and will remember them the next time these issues arise, and at least one of the Wendy’s likely wishes they kept their mouth shut.
Some eleven hours after this all began, Wendy’s finally tweeted an apology to Chick-fil-A. “@Chickfila Looks like some thought we were picking on CFA earlier on Twitter. Really wasn’t the case- apologize if it came off that way!”
And while they did issue an apology, some may question the sincerity given that it was a tweeted directly to Chick-fil-A, therefore leaving it out of Wendy’s followers’ feeds.
Even worse for the left what are the odds people willing to stand in line for hours to get a meal for the sake of principle will not stand in line to vote when November comes along?
So lets compare the responses.
Newsweek, the magazine that liberals have lost millions of dollars to support goes fishing for a story and as of right now has come up empty.
While Mike Huckabee little suggestion has resulted in record sales for Chick Fil A and has made a visible demonstration of the power of their supporters on this issue.
The ultimate irony, Thanks to Huckabee’s call and the response Chick-Fil-A may have managed to gross more money Wednesday than Newsweek lost all of last year and the profits they made today were fueled by individual customers who each spent more money on their meal than the selling price of the entire Newsweek franchise.
Our friend on the left did this to themselves, because they forgot or were unaware of this verse that Mr. Cathy doubtless remembers
When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind Hosea 8:7
and a lot of other business owners will remember this as well.
I keep telling myself that actions like this are not a reason to oppose gay marriage. But note: I have to keep telling myself that.
A tipping point may arrive: where I decide that the need to oppose terrorist tactics outweighs my desire to seek social justice.
I’m not there. Yet. But does the fringe of this movement really want to keep pushing me that direction?
And do you think I’m the only person having thoughts like this?!
I wonder if he’s read Hosea?
Update: I mentioned the left and bullying. One member of the left was so proud he videoed this Chick-Fil-A video berating them:
It would seem that the poor fellow is a little computer illiterate and somehow accidentally deleted (or perhaps made private) his video, not to worry though Ace informs me Jim Treacher being a fair minded fellow wanting to give both sides of the story, plus he is such a helpful guy, he is put it up on his account for him.
The whole Chick-fil-a boycott debacle demonstrates that the con is blown, that the marks aren’t buying the B.S. any longer. It’s time to fold up shop and run for the hills like Mordecai C. Jones M.B.S., C.S., D.D. (Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing).
Update 4: Apparently the fellow in that video (the one without the lasers) has been identified, then fired
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.
Speaking as a guy rattling his tip jar to buy a car I can’t be happy about a guy losing a job, even if it was due to his own foolishness. Maybe Chick-fil-A is hiring.
Update 5: The Daily caller/Newsweek shows why they lose 10 mil a year:
I can’t tell you much more about the customers today, because of my limited contact with them. I work in the kitchen, so I don’t see much of the clientele. What made today so difficult—more difficult than always being behind on food, running out of one thing or another, needing to be in two places at once, etc—was the attitudes of the other employees.
Maybe it’s just me, but even in a bad economy nobody is telling me that someone who cooks at Chick-Fil-A can’t cook at McDonalds, or a Wendy’s or a Burger king or even a diner, those type of jobs, even in a bad economy are constantly turning over.
Even though I did my best to make the salads and wraps extra-gay, I don’t want to harm the customers. (Otherwise I may have been moved to spit on their food. I didn’t, because that’s going too far.)
And yes this woman IS an anti-Christian bigot. I’ll pray for her
DaTechGuy’s summer fundraiser continues as I edge ever closer to not have to borrow a car.
Any help is appreciated. For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.