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Propaganda Known Is Propaganda Failed

Posted on | October 6, 2012 | 17 Comments

by Smitty

Really, now:
The casual browser, given only this image, is left to conclude that #OccupyResoluteDesk is a strong, statesmanlike fellow, who has become to the Democrats the giant that Reagan is to the Republicans.

Mitt Romney, in contrast, is some tiny cartoon character whose identity is bound up in a church for which your feelings may vary from nothing to negative, unless you happen to be Mormon.

Barack is a three-dimensional, molon labe kinda guy, whereas Romney couldn’t be more two-dimensional and cartoonish without crossing the Biden horizon.

Given the results of Wednesdays debates, these covers seem to have taken the two character profiles and flipped them 180 degrees. When you’re on the Left, and you’ve got nothing, which is your normal state, this is what you do.

Except that it’s not working. #OccupyResoluteDesk phoned in his debate appearance, just like the rest of his wretched administration. This propaganda has no traction, because the audience

  • Recognizes the inversion of the situation that these covers represent.
  • Has lost all hesitation about pointing at these tawdry gambits and laughing.

While I don’t wish harm on any individuals, Newsweek and Time can just die in a fire, for all I care.

via Tony Katz


17 Responses to “Propaganda Known Is Propaganda Failed”

  1. JeffS
    October 6th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    If any of the big names in the Lame Stream Media (too numerous to list here, but the top of the list starts with “New York Times”) were struck by meteorites, I would mourn for maybe 30 seconds.

  2. AgainAustennovels
    October 6th, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    Smitty-Excellent take, Can I borrow your tag line? I may put little sticky notes on the “Times” cover using it if i may?

  3. smitty
    October 6th, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Have your way with it.

  4. Zimriel
    October 6th, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Overheard at the TIME magazine editorial office:

    “Quick – which hack can we find, at short notice, dishonest and craven enough to pen this ass-covering puff piece?”

  5. Adjoran
    October 6th, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    Someone said Obama didn’t have a bad debate, that’s who he is when the media can’t cover for him.

  6. SDN
    October 6th, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    While truly fine examples of hackery, those pale into insignificance before what Ace spotted in WaPoo today….

    Just Dayum!?!

  7. richard mcenroe
    October 6th, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    Barack Obama thinks Molon Labe is a Canadian Beer.

  8. Adjoran
    October 7th, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    Well, he did pick Moosehead for VP, so he has a taste for Canuckistan brews.

  9. Adjoran
    October 7th, 2012 @ 1:57 am

    I gotta admit Obama strikes a pose that looks like he just stepped off a New Soviet Man poster.

  10. Adjoran
    October 7th, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    I was wondering: if that writer knew anything, why have I never heard of him? Wouldn’t he be a billionaire or something?

  11. K-Bob
    October 7th, 2012 @ 2:24 am

    …with a sizeable stick up his a$$.

  12. K-Bob
    October 7th, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    The good news is that very few people would be hurt. Those houses of yellow journalism have staffs that are miniscule compared to twenty years ago.

  13. AnonymousDrivel
    October 7th, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    Overheard at the same office:

    “OK, someone swing the dead cat!”

  14. AnonymousDrivel
    October 7th, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    Well that’s just too long!

  15. Bob Belvedere
    October 7th, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    I disagree with Smitty’s remark: #OccupyResoluteDesk phoned in his debate appearance. As Brit Hume said on Fox News Sunday [paraphrased]: This is the real Obama; he’s never been a very good debater.

    As for Obama being a ‘great orator’: forgive me, but I thought the requirement for that label is that you can speak well, hold an audience, without a script? Obama is, perhaps, good at giving prepared speeches, but he is no Churchill or Burke or, for that matter, a Romney.

  16. Bob Belvedere
    October 7th, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Perhaps one of the reasons Mr. Romney is not worth more than $250 million is because he’s given away so much of his wealth?

  17. Bob Belvedere
    October 7th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    If you look at all of the official campaign pics, he always is seen in a Soviet-style pose.