An urgent fact-check is needed at this point in the run up to the 2012 Presidential election. While the Republican candidates battle it out, what is Obama doing? He is winning the public relations game with statistics. How? By sleight-of-hand techniques designed to hide the real facts behind the figures. The Obama team has set the template for 2012, and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media are helping propagate the message.
The result has been an Obama surge in the latest Gallup poll. Although the President still does not garner the support of at least half the American public, his numbers rose from 43% to 47% approval.
With the economy still in the tank, Europe on the brink of economic collapse, and rising tensions with radical Muslim nations such as Iran, the Obama surge seems to defy logic. But when one considers that the template has been set by the Obama team, and that template is parroted night after night by the three major networks and the newspapers of the eastern liberal establishment, it is not difficult to understand why Obama would be enjoying a boost.
A perfect example of the template is the recent fight in Washington over the extension of the payroll tax cut. The battle took place in the Senate, where Democrats who control the chamber did not wish to extend the cuts for a full year without some major concessions on spending by Republicans. A compromise was reached which meant that the tax cut would be extended for a mere two months.
Such a thing would be entirely laughable and fit for an episode of Saturday Night Live were it not 100% true and dead-serious.
Without hesitation the talking heads at CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN touted the compromise as a great victory for Barack Obama. And when House Republicans balked at the ridiculous notion that a tax cut would actually be extended for a measly two months, and insisted on the full year as originally proposed, the Republicans were immediately branded as obstructionist scrooges who begrudged giving a tax cut to poor working Americans and business owners.
Pardon me? It was the Republicans who wanted to extend the tax cuts for a full year.
But the facts cannot be allowed to confuse the propaganda. Scott Pelley, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, and the rest of the Obama team on the Potomac known in conservative circles as ‘Pravda’ took the Obama version of the ‘facts’ and ran with it. Republicans were against tax cuts for Americans. Obama and the Democrats were for it. And the Republicans began to take a hit in internal opinion polls.
That’s why Boehner caved, which the networks and newspapers such as the New York Daily News touted as a ‘major victory for Obama.’
Two months’ worth of tax cuts.
But apparently a significant portion of the public fully buys into the demagoguery and propaganda, which is why Gallup found a surge for Obama in the latest survey. Republicans are means and don’t want citizens to have tax cuts. Obama and the Democrats are nice and want citizens to have tax cuts. Obama causes money to grow on trees by merely smiling on them. And the world is safe and well.
The problem for conservatives is that we can expect much more of this game between now and November. This is the strategy for Obama’s reelection and the reelection of the Democrat enablers who succeeded in shoving his agenda down the throats of the citizens over their vehement objections.
Thus, expect the official unemployment numbers to improve miraculously overnight. Expect the news outlets to celebrate how Americans are out spending money again, in historic numbers. Expect news on the economy to be spun in such a way as to suggest that the Obama plan is ‘working.’
But pay no attention to that man behind the curtain who is manipulating the figures and managing the tone of the message about them. Pay no attention to the multi-millions who stopped looking for jobs out of despair. Pay no attention to the recent news that the housing market is nearly twice as bad as previously reported because Realtors double-reported sales figures. Pay no attention to the fact that the nation’s debt is now over 15 trillion dollars–and Obama now wants to raise the debt ceiling yet again by another 1.2 trillion.
No nation in history has ever survived a national debt this high. And no nation in history has ever accumulated a debt this high.
But don’t let facts worry you one little bit. After all, Scott Pelley, Brian Williams, and Dianne Sawyer are saying everything is getting much better. And Barack Obama is smiling, basking in the bliss of his recent successes.
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