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This Is funny!

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by poncho, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    Twenty-six ways to slander and intimidate conspiracy advocates

    Tactics without additional explanations
    1. Subtly or not so subtly intimidate anyone who might be open to the possibility of a conspiracy by questioning the mental state of conspiracy advocates and pretending they are outcasts of society whose opinions nobody cares about.
    2. Put the word "theory" behind the word "conspiracy", no matter how great the evidence, and preferably do this several times in the article to make the (supposedly) theoretical nature of the conspiracy really sink in.
    3. Imply that conspiracy theories are literally made up out of thin air and that there never was any significant evidence to support any of them.
    4. Present different pieces of the same conspiracy as independently made up and conflicting conspiracy theories.
    5. Carefully select the evidence that is to be presented. Leave out anything that cannot be explained. Focus on evidence that is easy to discredit, or at the very least, inconclusive.
    6. As a talk-show host, don't let any person arguing in favor of a conspiracy speak uninterrupted for even one minute.
    7. For interviews, preferably pick prominent individuals from the conspiracy movement who either have no credentials or irrelevant credentials. Place these conspiracy theorists against academics and other experts who have impeccable credentials.
    8. During video interviews, allow the skeptics to present themselves more properly than the conspiracy advocates.
    9. Quote from generally respected government investigating committees and present their conclusions as gospel.
    10. Automatically dismiss articles from conspiracy advocates as "unreliable", no matter how well-sourced these articles are.
    11. Always question the motives of conspiracy theorists.
    12. Make the well known claim that everybody is in on the conspiracy.
    13. Make a few jokes, usually involving little green men, Elvis, the grassy knoll, and aliens. Then there also is the classic "out to get you" comment.
    14. Ask if the conspiracy advocate believes in any other (unrelated) conspiracies.
    15. Make the claim that governments can't keep secrets.
    16. Repeat the claim that we have free press because scandals are regularly exposed.
    17. As soon as a conspiracy theorist brings up witness testimony, counter with the standard argument that eyewitness testimony is "notoriously unreliable".
    18. When aspects of the permanent government have slowly been exposed over the years, oversimplify by stating this or that conspiracy theory "has had its best time".
    19. Start out with, or only report, conclusions, and leave out most, if not all, evidence that this conclusion has been based on. Also leave out all nuances brought up by the person that has been interviewed.
    20. Oversimplify by stating that the official head of state must have been directly involved in planning and overseeing the conspiracy. Don't allow the subject to explain the transnational, largely privatized, permanent government in any coherent way.
    21. Claim that the internet is responsible for the recent increase in conspiracy theories, because frothing conspiracy theorists are hyping each other up in chat rooms and message boards.
    22. Have a conspiracy theorist argue with a victim of a conspiracy who actually doesn't believe in the conspiracy. Even better, the victim is disabled and dying.
    23. When covering demonstrations, mainly focus on the eccentric and the violent. Ignore all the presentable, calm and intelligent demonstrators.
    24. Don't write about the topics conspiracy theorists bring up. Instead, write about conspiracy theorists.
    25. See if you can link credible writers to not-so-credible writers.
    26. See if you can dig up some dirt on a prominent conspiracy advocate.
    Next read the Tactics with additional explanations

    Reads like a study manual put out by Faux Snews and the Pentagon.

    What's so funny about it?

    Some of you guys seem to think you invented them. :laugh:
    #1 poncho, Jul 24, 2008
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  2. donnA

    donnA New Member

    Aug 10, 2000
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    well thats interesting isn't it, the not too obvious way the media leads the the views and opinions and beleifs of those reading or listening.
  3. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    Yeah, interesting is another word to describe it.

    It seems to work equally well on people who aren't conspiracy advocates. The media did this to Ron Paul practically every time the cameras were on him, and some times even when they weren't. The fair and balanced talking heads at Faux Snews are the absolute best in the use of these tactics. Hands down masters.

    No wonder it always looks like they win all their debates with liberals and paleo conservatives. No real debate ever takes place.
    #3 poncho, Jul 24, 2008
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