Monday, February 6, 2017

Bad to Worse to Worst: Spicer Says Anti-Trump Protesters Are Paid.

Who is directing this crap? For, by now, we have to confront that the misinformation campaign (Trump just accused the "dishonest" media of covering up terrorist attacks, claiming "they have their reasons, and you understand them.") is all-encompassing. They will lie about practically anything without pause.

What can't he make up shit about? I don't know, maybe
he's only following a script. Ya think?!?

We're getting bowled over, but I'm sure that's part of the reason for the incessant crash of accusations, executive orders, denials, crazy-ass tweets, and so on. It will not stop until we cry uncle or move to Canada. I'm almost not joking.

Who knows? Maybe they're right. But if the liberals have a force of hundreds of thousands of paid protesters ready within hours of Trump's latest outrage to take to the streets in cities around the globe, I'll be fucked if we shouldn't have or couldn't have crushed Trumps balls in the recent election. How, then, didn't we?

Note. It was well-documented that much of the Tea Party movement was actually professionally organized and often paid astro-turf demonstrations. Fox News alone spent hundreds of hours advertising events and exaggerating their size afterwards:
Media Matters also noted that,
While discussing the April 15 protests on his April 6 program, Glenn Beck suggested that viewers could "[c]elebrate with Fox News" by either attending a protest or watching it on Fox News. Beck stated that in addition to himself, hosts Neil Cavuto, Greta Van Susteren, and Sean Hannity would be "live" at different protests. While Beck spoke, on-screen text labeled those protests as "FNC Tax Day Tea Parties."
According to Jane Mayer in Dark Money,
"Freedom Works, it was later revealed, also had some hired help. The tax-exempt organization quietly cemented a deal with Glenn Beck, the incendiary right-wing Fox News television host who at the time was a Tea Party superstar. For an annual payment that eventually topped $1 million, Beck read "embedded content" written by the Freedom Works staff. They told him what to say on the air, and he blended the promotional material seamlessly into his monologue, making it sound as if it were his own opinion. The arrangement was described on FreedomWorks' tax disclosures as "advertising services."

Hmm. Fox News hosts hosted Tea Parties and promoted them.

What did FreedomWorks have to say about its role?

FreedomWorks, by its own admission, then, helped organize and fund the so-called Tea Party protests.
FreedomWorks is not required to disclose its donors. However, documents filed by donor organizations show that conservative foundations, trusts, and individuals, some with close ties to the Koch brothers, have donated large sums to FreedomWorks. These funders include the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, FreedomWorks "received nearly 60 percent of its $15 million in revenues from just four donors in 2012" who "gave between $1 million and $5 million each." According to documents leaked to Mother Jones, in 2012,
"Eight donors gave a half-million dollars or more; 22 donated between $100,000 and $499,999; 17 cut checks between $50,000 and $99,999; and 95 gave between $10,000 and $49,999. Foundations contributed $1.6 million in major gifts, and corporations donated $330,000."
Notice the DeVos money. That's connected to Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for Education secretary. Of course, DeVos was a big contributor to Trump in the recent election.

So, to sum up, the Tea Party protesters, ostensibly in reaction to Obama's election and the move to pass the ACA, were heavily financed and organized by the right and supported openly by Fox News, with at least one its hosts, being openly paid $1 million to promote its events.

And Spicer has what on the worldwide resistance against Trump? A gut instinct or a script? I'd say a script. He hasn't shown any guts so far in his job.

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