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When Spin becomes Surreal...

I was sitting at my desk researching my very first topic for watchblog when I came upon this cute story at the Washington Post. Like most things relating to this Administration, you first smile at the humor of it all… then you think about it and realize THEY represent US. Then you feel despair…

The story deals with a talking points memo dealing with the War on Terror sent, of all places, to the Department of Agriculture. It is remarkably efficient and makes one wonder just how much taxpayer dollars was sunk into this sort of thing.

It has it all...

The patented legal deniability...

The career people, we are assured, are not being asked to spread the great news on Iraq in their talks to food stamp recipients, disadvantaged farmers, enviros or other folks.

The implied threat and promise of reward...

Please use these message points as often as possible and send Harry Phillips , USDA's director of speechwriting, a weekly email summarizing the event, date and location of each speech incorporating the attached language. Your responses will be included in a weekly account sent to the White House."

And, ofcourse, for those without the imaginations to link agriculture and war...

Another attachment "contains specific examples of GWOT messages within agriculture speeches.

Get a look at these AWESOME suggestions!!! (PDF)

We can have a contest on how many times "Saddam", "Victory", "Terror" and "Progress" were used in a sentence.

After the fake gay homosexual prostitute Jeff Gannon, I had hoped this nonsense would stop.

Oh well, November will tell....

Posted by Aldous at May 8, 2006 9:29 AM
Comment #146173

You’re right to wonder Aldous how much this is all costing. One thing for sure, Bush is indebting America to save Iraq’s future and not lifting a finger to save the millions of Americans who will be horrendously affected by the collapse of our health care system and Medicare. Five and a half years in office facing the Medicare crisis and all he could come up with was a Rx drug plan for under $400 billion that ended up costing over a Trillion, all on our national debt of course.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 8, 2006 11:18 AM
Comment #146191

Your right, its funny when you first start reading the article and then you realize its not tha funny. Is this the first administration to do this or have they just perfected propaganda to an art? Well anyway Im going to adapt this into my life, you know the next time Im asked by anyone about anything I will spin a positive comment about Iraq into the conversation. I think everyone should do this.

Posted by: j2t2 at May 8, 2006 11:52 AM
Comment #146194

This is the first administration whose interest in propaganda exceeds its interests in governing. Thus, it infuses every act of governing with agitprop. It is an administration whose only talent is campaigning, and so it is stuck in campaign mode, with rigid messaging, discipline for off-message communiques, and fire-fighting mentality for everything except governance.

Posted by: Mental Wimp at May 8, 2006 11:58 AM
Comment #146197

Hey, Aldous, I’m glad you finally started posting articles.

Maybe I’m jaded after five years of spin, but I wasn’t surprised at all by the talking points memo. It’s just as surreal as boosting President Bush’s approval rating by no longer televising the daily White House press briefing.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 8, 2006 12:07 PM
Comment #146204

Aldous making post without trying to bait Republicans? I’m going to miss the old Aldous.
Spin is a part of politics and the folks that spin the best are the ones in office. So it’s no surprise to me that this administration is so good at it.
But they are going to far when there has to positive spin on a certain subject regardless of what the speech is about.

Posted by: Ron Brown at May 8, 2006 12:21 PM
Comment #146256

So, before we begin talking about this propaganda, I think it’s important that we address another situation where propoganda was far worse. In Iraq now that Saddam is gone there is much more freedom and less propaganda…

How’s that?

Congratulations on your first post Aldous, very well done.


Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 8, 2006 3:06 PM
Comment #146290

Aldous, I congratulate you on your new status writing articles instead of waiting (at least it seemed that way) with your finger on the trigger to be the first poster to every article written.

Seriously though, good luck for a very positive experience and result.

Posted by: steve smith at May 8, 2006 4:47 PM
Comment #146343

Aldous, we have had some pretty good, ole knock down and kick em in the face, posts in the past. good luck to you, now put that talent to work!

Posted by: RODNEY BROWN at May 8, 2006 7:42 PM
Comment #146393

Yay!!! Aldous is writing for Watchblog.

I think like AP, I’m pretty much jaded. I’m gonna quit following politics for a little while. It’s only been a year and a half but dammit, I want my innocence back.

Nice post Aldous.

Posted by: Nikita at May 8, 2006 10:43 PM
Comment #146420


“It’s just as surreal as boosting President Bush’s approval rating by no longer televising the daily White House press briefing.”

It’s kinda like “no brains, no headaches”.

Posted by: Rocky at May 9, 2006 12:49 AM
Comment #146443

Hooray! Aldous is Posting Topics!


Can Modest Proposals be far behind? We wait with baited breath (and no small degree of apprehension)…

As for this thread:

Remember, anytime you doubt the Wisdom of our Fearless Leader, Regent Cheney (and the Idiot-Prince Boy-King Georgius Secundus Rex), just keep chanting, “Osamasaddam! - Osamasaddam! - Nineleven! - Nineleven! - WMD! - Osamasaddam! - Osamasaddam! - Nineleven! - Nineleven! - WMD!” until you feel the Fear and Bloodlust begin to build. Then, you can make some investments in 3M (DuctTape and Plastic Sheeting), General Dynamics (Missiles), and Halliburton (Nonexistent Workforces) - attend services at the Church Of Who Would Jesus Bomb Next - and retire to your Secure Undisclosed Location secure in the knowledge that you are ready for the Nookewlur War With Canada.

Posted by: Betty Burke at May 9, 2006 6:48 AM
Comment #146699

well, i know aldous is out their. he is posting on other blogs, this blog is almost 2 days old, aldous where are you?

Posted by: s.p. at May 9, 2006 11:04 PM
Comment #146739

Aldous, is probably gearing up for even bigger and better material to challenge us to think, evaluate, and draw conclusions on topics we might otherwise have never considered. Welcome to WatchBlog Aldous and thanks for the new perspectives to come.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 10, 2006 12:42 AM
Comment #146756

I am making a new Topic. It should be ready within a week.

Posted by: Aldous at May 10, 2006 3:00 AM
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