by Philip Bump Washington Post Jan 9, 2019 The revelation on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data with a colleague in Ukraine who had ties to Russian intelligence predictably kicked up a furor of speculation about the significance of the move. This is what one of the Russia-Trump collusion scenarios looks like: … Continue reading That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist
by Anthony F. Arrigo Conversation Dec 21, 2018 From Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats to Ronald Reagan’s reputation as the “great communicator” to Barack Obama’s soaring oratory to Donald Trump’s Twitter use, styles of presidential communication have varied over time. But what is similar across all presidents is their ability to create persuasive messages that resonate with large segments of the U.S. population. … Continue reading What Aristotle Can Teach Us About Trump’s Rhetoric
Global Research “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H. L. Mencken Cultural Marxism is a strange catch-all term being thrown around a lot these days. Why is it … Continue reading What the Hell is Cultural Marxism?
Trump counts on reporters to chase his lies and distractions like dogs chase balls. They meet his expectations. by George Lakoff Framelab Oct 30, 2018 Here’s a clear example of the degree to which many reporters — even great ones — fail to understand how Trump manipulates the media. Carl Bernstein, one of the legendary Watergate reporters who took … Continue reading A Blitzkrieg Strategy Of Lies and Distractions