The Tale of Two Propaganda Machines

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This morning, a "Democratic official" disclosed Harry Reid's plans for tonight's Senate debate on Iraq. The memo, as reported by Politico, gives instructions on how to use the media to force America's defeat in Iraq. Among its contents:

Web-Based Products: “Center for American Progress will live-blog the all night session.”

Propaganda Production: “The Steering and Outreach Committee will release a video of Iraq veterans and military families calling for a change of course in Iraq.”

Highlighting and Encouraging Direct Action: “Outside groups will hold a 'call to action' event Tuesday night to call on Republicans to end their Iraq filibuster.” “Iraq veterans will make visits to Senate offices asking Republican Senators to allow an up or down vote on the Levin-Reed Amendment.”

Television Products: “Senate Democrats will tape TV feeds and actualities back to their home states.”

Click here to see who is using similar tactics.

Last month U.S. forces in Samarra, Iraq, discovered Al-Furqan Media Productions, a major media production center and distribution center for al Qaeda in Iraq. A letter discovered there gives instructions on how to use the media to get out the al Qaeda to amplify their message and force America's defeat in Iraq. Among its contents:

Web-Based Products: AQI-produced "CDs, DVDs, posters, pamphlets, and web-related propaganda products."

Propaganda Production: A map that "represents AQI's view of the areas it claimed to control in Iraq in early March. It also asserts AQI dominated much of Anbar and northern Iraq, which by any measure was clearly not the truth."

Highlighting and Encouraging Direct Action: "An al Qaeda activity report highlighting car bomb, suicide, missile, mortar, sniping and IED attacks" and "a pamphlet and a CD cover of their sniper school."

Television Products: "A propaganda poster that encourages filming and distributing videos, showing al Qaeda attacks on coalition forces."

Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner of the Multi-National Force in Iraq concluded that "This media center and others like it play an important role in al Qaeda's recruitment efforts in Iraq and around the world." Enough said.

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I would be surprised if any organization that wants to get its message out does not have a similar strategy, republicans included. To equate Democrats (no matter how irresponsible you consider them to be) with AQI is disengenuous unless you are also willing to posit that the Republicans are so moronic that they have no similar media strategy for their position.


This is even more asinine that liveblogging the Scooter Libby trial. Wow. Live reports on what amounts to metaphysical paint drying in a forest.

Over the years, I've liveblogged speeches, debates, and hearings. (I do the Sunday Shows every week.) But it's nothing like this... well, I guess it is a pointless excuse to drink a pot of coffee after midnight.

Comparing “Outside groups will hold a 'call to action' event Tuesday night to call on Republicans to end their Iraq filibuster.” with "An al Qaeda activity report highlighting car bomb, suicide, missile, mortar, sniping and IED attacks"?

Dosen't that diminish the argument?

Well by zuiko

It is very important to both of them that we fail in Iraq.
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I can not imagine any thing more thrilling, more positive for Al-Qaeda recruiting than to have the American Party of surrender, calling for surrender to them all night long. Wonder how much the Democrat leaders are being paid for their endorsement?

It's kind of old news, but it does show how well the Donks on the Hill are plugged in with their base and vice-versa. What has happened really is that they're using the netroots in much more creative ways, and really engaging them and using them to make policy, than the Republicans have been. You've got lots of unelected Donks shaping policy in Washington these days. And if they're not directly shaping policy, they're constructing very well-orchestrated campaigns to influence it with the activities you're talking about. This is perfectly accepted practice among the Democrats now.

The New York Times ran an article about it. I've never seen anything of this scale attempted by Republicans.

All of the things you cite are just the fleshing out and further development of the details of the strategy.

Every morning, representatives from a cluster of antiwar groups gather for a conference call with Democratic leadership staff members in the House and the Senate. Shortly after, in a cramped meeting room here, they convene for a call with organizers across the country. They hash out plans for rallies. ...

for the most part, the Democratic Party establishment seems to agree philosophically, if not always tactically or strategically, with the nutroots. OTOH, the Republican Party establishment seems to disagree with the rightroots on all three (not happy with the rightroots on immigration, my precioussss, oh no, not happy at all...)

So how could /they/ use /us/ to oppose /us/?

(unfortunately). Good, probably accurate, observations, although a little cynical, but then again, so am I...

the Democrats are attempting to do what AQ wants and that is America out of Iraq and full surrender. If that is saying they are the same that will be for the reader of my words to decide.

Propaganda may have a negative connotation, but in reality it's an equal opportunity weapon that is available to both sides in almost equal measure.

notdeadyetkc is correct, if the GOP doesn't have something like this on tap, they are morons.

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