Parkland dirty tricks

In the immediate wake of the Parkland school shooting the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were immediate stars.  They were passionate, articulate, polished, highly-motivated champions of gun control.

Perhaps there was a little more to the story than just a group of fabulous grieving students?

Kyle Smith on Opinion Laundering:

The reason television has made stars out of Hogg and González is obvious: They are telegenic, sympathetic vehicles for a message media personalities wish they could get away with openly espousing themselves. (“I get so angry talking to these gun nuts,” Piers Morgan said in a revealing moment on British morning television today.) Just as an op-ed editor at a newspaper can showcase his opinions without his name ever appearing in print by his selection of which articles to publish, the TV media keep giving airtime to students like Hogg because they’re saying all of the things the media’s nominally neutral hosts believe but don’t otherwise feel comfortable saying. Katy Tur, George Stephanopoulos, and Wolf Blitzer can’t passionately lecture the audience about why they think gun policy is crazy in this country, so they put the students on camera to say it. They’re simply laundering their opinions through these kids.

David Hines on Astroturfing:

On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager.  …

What’s striking about all this isn’t the organization. If you start reading books about organizing, it’s clear how it all works. But no journalist covering the story wrote about this stuff for two weeks. Instead, every story was about the Parkland kids being magically effective.

On Twitter, I lost track of the number of bluechecks rhapsodizing over how effective the kids’ organizational instincts were. But organizing isn’t instinctive. It’s skilled work; you have to learn how to do it, and it takes really a lot of people. You don’t just get a few magical kids who’re amazing and naturally good at it.

The real tip-off should have been the $500,000 donations from Winfrey and Clooney. Big celebrities don’t give huge money to strangers on a whim. Somebody who knows Winfrey and Clooney called them and asked. But the press’s response was to be ever more impressed with the kids.


7 thoughts on “Parkland dirty tricks”

  1. David Hines article on Astroturfing:

    But it’s not just a mainstream media problem. None of the righty outlets writing about Parkland picked up on the clear evidence that professional organizers were backing the Parkland kids, either. Instead, they objected to the front-and-centering of minor kids as unseemly, which does no good: Lefties aren’t going to listen, and it doesn’t educate the Right to counter.

  2. It occurs to me that “opinion laundering” is something I get every day.

    In this morning’s paper, over half of the one page that is devoted to national news is occupied by a feature story about a poll that was sponsored by USA Today Network.  It is all about how people, except Republicans, think Trump is headed in the wrong direction.  It contains two quotes from pollsters and one person-on-the-street quote.  Of course the person is a Leftist teacher accusing Trump of “white supremacy.”

    The journalists are in service to the Enemy.

  3. The kids are frauds. There is video, that YouTube repeatedly takes down to hide the truth, showing Hogg flubbing his lines repeatedly during an interview and very clearly rehearsing them and picking up verbatim from the point he flubbed. These kids have been partying it up (as shown on their social media accounts) while supposedly being riven with grief over the fellow students’ deaths. It’s a disgusting act, and they’re more than happy to be used by professional activists for the notoriety they get in return.

  4. Driving home the day before yesterday, there was a call-in speaker on Rush Limbaugh’s show who described what was promoted as a student protest (don’t know the city/school, I turned on the radio too late).  He explained he was a father of one of the school’s students and went to the protest to observe.   What he saw was adults carrying protest signs od which some displayed the name of a couple of George Soros financially supported organizations in other cities in that State.  He also saw and heard students complaining about all the adults as they too thought they were going to a student organized protest … but, it turned out to be an adult organized protest and the adults had simply exploited the school shooting situation by creating the faux news that there would be a student protest.  Seems both the school administration and students had been lied to and told it was student’s at the school who were organizing the protest.   At least this was the implication of the caller as he explained, he knew about the protest from communication sent to the parents by the School itself.  That even the School Admins were duped into thinking it was their student’s who had organized the protest is amazing.  Turns out the  students were simply the useful idiots in this scam.  I would love to see the printed announcement of the protest and read what it actually said.  The caller stated the kids were more than an little angry about having been exploited and  duped.

    My reaction was “Good.”.   The younger they are when introduced to the truth about the alinskiite practices of the progressive/socialist movement the better.   I want those kids to see the truth, and perhaps they will begin to question the teachings of their unionized teachers who present socialism and progressivism  as wonderful salves and prescriptions that will heal the world.


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