…let’s talk about a far more serious one than what is covered in my previous blog; one that you will be seeing little or nothing about from our wonderful “neutral” mainstream media.
From Yuichiro Kakutani’s article for Washington Free Beacon (freebeacon.com), we have this:
The Democratic party developed an elaborate, multi-year operation in the 1990s that deployed thousands of activists to covertly mold public opinion using talk radio, according to documents from the Clinton Presidential Library.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC), with the blessing of the Clinton White House, launched the Talk Radio Initiative (TRI) ahead of the 1996 campaign. The program trained thousands of operatives to call in to radio shows, conduct surveillance of their contents, and secretly disseminate Democratic talking points while posing as ordinary listeners.
“Volunteers must be able to keep the project confidential so as not to create the image of a ‘Democratic conspiracy’ to infiltrate Detroit area talk radio shows,” a 1995 TRI guide prepared by Michigan Democrats said. “Democratic performance in the 1996 elections will no doubt be affected by the success or failure of this initiative.”
The Washington Free Beacon reviewed years’ worth of previous reporting and scores of internal documents from the Clinton Presidential Library—including secret DNC communiques, confidential state party documents, and executive memorandums for the president—that together shed light on the internal workings of TRI. The materials revealed that Democrats systematically trained more than 4,000 operatives in at least 23 states to lie about their identities, deflect difficult questions from hosts, and plant pro-Democrat messages on the radio waves.
Did they really do that? Well, the article says this information was pulled from the Clinton presidential library. So, assuming Mr. Kakutani is not outright lying to us, the answer is yes.
Does the Democrat Party still engage in this activity? I can’t prove they do, but common sense tells me that if it has worked in the past, they continue to do it now — not that they need it as much, given the complicity of social media giants like google, twitter and facebook.
What can Republicans do about it? I’m not sure there’s an answer to that question, other than be willing to do the same thing, and do it more effectively. But I doubt very, very much they can.
I wonder if they’ve found a way to incorporate this essentially fraudulent misrepresentation of public opinion into political polls too.
It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they have.