A Quiet Humming Noise

As soon as a lie enters the MSM, there is really no way for it to ever go away. That some journalists continue to spread the lie about Markos and Jerome being paid to blog favorably about Dean is a case in point. That is why last night's BlogPac rapid response to kill the Reid smear attempt by the Republican noise machine was so important.

Charles Hurt of the Moonie Times published a story late last night claiming that by "characterizing" the content of a judicial nominee's FBI file, Reid violated Senate rules to such a degree that he could face expulsion from the Senate. It wasn't long before the story was on Drudge, and blaring out over the conservative radio empire. It also appeared on quite a few conservative blogs almost immediately. Of course, one reason it appeared on all of these conservative media outlets so quickly is that, according to a source of mine, many of them were actually given the story in advance. This was the Republican Noise Machine in action, and it was taking Harry Reid as a direct target.

Certainly, there was no coincidence that such a smear campaign was about to launched with the filibuster hanging in the balance. Certainly, there was no coincidence that this was about to happen now that it seems Reid has the votes.As Fist continues to cogitate, Reid has thrown down the gauntlet and demanded a vote. If Frist had the votes, the filibustering of judicial nominees would already be a thing of the past. As we all know, it isn't, and Frist doesn't.

However, if this story had reached the mainstream media, it might very well have weakened Democratic opposition to the Republican agenda in the Senate. It would have personally weakened Reid, and quite possibly tipped the filibuster fight in favor of Frist. While, much to my chagrin, we are still a long, long way from having a real Noise Machine or Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, what happened last night is an indication that things are improving, and that if we continue to work together (see the netroots alliance links here and here). In short, in the wee hours of the morning, several bloggers quickly produced enough rapid response, opposition research to the Hurt story that the MSM decided to give it a pass.

Combined, this killed the story. As The Note wrote this morning: The Washington Times' Charles Hurt writes an article about how Harry Reid mentioned the confidential FBI file of a judicial nominee yesterday . . . LINK

But so did Hurt, in June of 2004."

The right wing was looking for anything to smear Reid with during this filibuster fight, and it put a lot of effort behind promoting this bullshit story (which, as Steve Gillard notes, was obviously bullshit from the start because the Republican noise Machine had to use the Moonie Times to pump it out).

Over at Red State, a diarist wrote a piece entitled Reid smears nominee, Left Wing Noise Machine kicks in. Mmmmmmmmm--Left Wing Noise Machine--I like the sound of that. Over the past fourteen hours, that sound has been a quiet hum.

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  Well done!   I know that they breed and propogate these stories in the middle of the night, on weekends and the wee hours of the morning to try and get a jump on the MSM and take us all by surprise.

  Can we keep this up?  Do we need to do 24/7 guard duty?

  Once again.. BRAVO!!!!

by kevin22262 2005-05-13 11:19AM | 0 recs
As for BlogPac, is there a quick html code that you can give for idiots like me to put up on their site, a la the one you have?
by DanielUA 2005-05-13 11:26AM | 0 recs
Hey there you are!
Good catch.

Now you need people calling those
failed game show hosts that inhabit big AM
stations. woooo

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-05-13 11:30AM | 0 recs
Left Wing Truth Squads
The Right Wing lies and lies, because lies are all they have.

The Democratic Party is finally waking up, and recognizing that we are at a Harry Truman* crossroads.

*We don't give them Hell -- we just tell the truth, and they think it's Hell.

by ck 2005-05-13 11:46AM | 0 recs
Last Night...
...was by far and a way one of the most entertaining nights I have had since I started blogging.

The way people online worked together, in real-time, was absolutely amazing and a joy to be a part of.  But out of everything said and done, DavidNYC's find of the 2004 Hurt piece might have been the most enjoyable part of the evening.  I remember seeing it and thinking--that's the dagger--story over.

Madd props to Singer (the Left in the West, Singer)--that guy is great.


by Tim Tagaris 2005-05-13 11:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Last Night...
y'aint so bad your self Tim !

Rock-on !

by Pounder 2005-05-13 03:17PM | 0 recs
Drove me to that dkos thread to battle with politus again, what a stupid mofo.
by Jerome Armstrong 2005-05-13 01:04PM | 0 recs
Some Questions about the VWRC ...
This is a wonderful effort, but I have some nieve questions about the VRWC:  

Where do talking points come from?  Really. Who, specifically, originates talking points?  Without an authoritative clearing house, anybody on the Right could say anything they wanted to, and nobody else would know whether their reactions were helping or hindering the efforts of their Right Wing friends.

Who receives these talking points?  We can all guess, but do we know who is on the list? Who, specifically is on this list?  Is it structured in any way, with a second or third-tier list of recipients who must wait for first-tier announcements and reactions?  What did they do to get on the list? How do they stay on the list? What do they all hope to accomplish?  

There is a huge domestic disinformation campaign going on... you can see it on Usenet, in web discussion groups, and in letters' to the editor in thousands of newspapers across the country. Who ARE these people who post and post and post every day? Is this effort coordinated? By whom?  How do they coordiate it?  

The thing is; we throw around this "Right Wing Noise Machine" label a lot, and I have never seen any thoughtful analysis of how this noise machine actually operates in practice -- and yes, I know about "Media Matters" and have read the book. It is full of war stories and very light on real Political Science. I want to know Who does what; When; How; Why; and what results they expect. It is time that someone explains how it all really works.  Just facts; no war-stories.



by scribble 2005-05-14 03:25PM | 0 recs


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