DEMOCRATS USE RUSSIANS AS SHIELD TO RE-FOCUS EMAIL STORY—PR PLOY OF THE CENTURY

Careful, they are skilled at stealth attacks.

They can change a story overnight, even the big ones—that’s why they’re paid the big bucks. And now, they’re taking on their biggest challenge. Convincing the American people and whatever media isn’t owned by the Democratic Party to start talking about the Russian involvement in hacked DNC emails rather than boorishly continuing to talk about the content of the emails themselves.

hammerI can hear the PR guy now, in my aching head, “Okay, we’ll act as if WE ARE THE VIOLATED PARTY, not Bernie. Get it, those were OUR EMAILS and we think THE RUSSIANS DID IT! (caps and exclamation point to indicate over-emphasis). How do you like it so far? We can point to Trump’s kiss-ass love for Putin as a reason in itself. Mr. and Mrs. Supid-Ass Public won’t bother about the DNC once we bring in the Russians. Hell, this might even add a brass ball or two to Hillary’s macho image!”

Sorry, but PR and ad guys are exactly like that. It’s amazing one can stand being in the same room with them! Nowhere in the discussion will the question of right and wrong make an appearance. The client is always in the right, and right enough to deserve any lie, any measure of bogus luster added to her besieged image.

Yes, it’s the RUSSIANS AGAINST HILLARY, and if you don’t believe me, ask the New York Times which has been embarrassingly behind on the DNC bias story the entire primary season. So far behind as to be in a different  century. Or under strict corporate orders to affect blindness.

So watch, this story will loom larger everyday, looming large enough to obscure any question of Hillary’s legitimacy.  Obama and the Congress will get involved. “Can’t let the Russians interfere with OUR democracy!” Accusations will be made, names will be called…all so that Hillary’s corrupt ascension to the Democratic nomination will not get cast in a shadow.

Here is the warning I posted on my Facebook page:

ATTENTION:

 
WAKE UP, WAKE UP! HILLARY’S PAWNS ARE
INSTITUTING THEIR NEW EMAIL RESPONSE STRATEGY.
 
INSTEAD OF APOLOGIZING OR ADMITTING WRONG,
THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO OFFER A STORY SOAKED IN POLITICAL INTRIGUE
AND ESPIONAGE.
 
AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES (“In Hacking, Russia Accused of Playing in U.S. Politics”), AND FROM THE LIPS OF DEMOCRATIC HENCHWOMAN DONNA BRAZILE
AND HILLARY CAMPAIGN MANAGER ROBBY MOOK,
 
THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO
SHIFT THE DISCUSSION OF THE DNC EMAIL STORY
OFF THE
CONTEMPTIBLE CONTENT OF THE EMAILS
TO THE HACKERS THEMSELVES.
 
DON’T BE DISTRACTED.
THEY’RE USING THE RUSSIANS
AS A SHIELD.

 

Forearmed is forewarned, friend. You will soon start to notice planted stories about the Russians; the Democrats using the Mainstream Media-ocrity as if they were their partners as well as the party’s distributors of bogus rumors.These Democratic Party spokespeople also repeatedly warn about the obvious—that more hacked emails have yet to come!  More storm and fury is on the way, even as Donna Brazile does her best to look offended. Yes, more emails are coming—they’d don’t know when—more evidence of their candidate’s culpability in a million-and-one schemes. The possibilities are as varied and complex as the Clinton imagination itself.

Bringing out the RUSSIANS is like taking a penicillin shot. If the public doesn’t believe it at first, say it again….And pray the infection goes away. If it persists, say it again, and again, and say it louder— LOUDER, STILL! “THIS IS ALL THE RUSSIANS’ FAULT!”—Say it once, twice, a dozen times; say it on CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Even ESPN!

Every time they say it, they further inoculate Hillary against almost anything WikiLeaks might send her way.

Or so they hope.

Which is why I’m writing this blog. As a timely warning to all that we are about to be brainwashed by a team of the greatest brainwashers in the history of Public Relations.But also as a wake up call should we be unknowingly brainwashed. Because when they’re done, it will be a wonder if we can still remember our own names, much less some email hacked by the evil-doing Russians.

As I said in my warning…

DON’T BE DISTRACTED. 
THEY’RE USING THE RUSSIANS
AS A SHIELD!

The CDC Issues “CLINTON TOXICITY ALERT!” Warns Contact Could Prove Fatal To One’s Reputation.

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, LATEST VICTIM, FORCED TO RESIGN FROM DNC!

Following a string of highly visible career implosions centered around Washington, D.C., Little Rock Arkansas and New York City, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta issued a stern warning to anyone considering an alliance—personal or professional—with Bill or Hillary Clinton.Clintons

According to the CDC’s CLINTON TOXICITY ALERT, “There are two types of professional fatalities commonly associated with the Clintons: Individual and Institutional.” Individual Professional Toxic Infection usually occurs after experiencing regular or occasional contact with Hillary or Bill Clinton, where inevitably one is drawn into a web of deceit, dishonesty and self-enrichment. “Almost always,” the alert continues, “to the detriment of the victim’s reputation, as well as to their soul and moral compass.”

Recent toxic outbreaks cited by the CDC, where reputations and careers were unalterably stained or ruined because of Clinton contact include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, President Barack Obama, Congresswoman and ex-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, and State Department IT expert Bryan Pagliano. In most cases, the CDC notes, Clinton Toxic Infection victims were leading normal, ethical and non-criminal lives when without warning they came within infection range of Bill or Hillary Clinton.

The CDC cites one recent case where the victim had as little as 30 minutes contact with a toxic Clinton. Blithely ignorant of being infected, she later explained, “We were only speaking about grandchildren and golf,” as if the superficiality of the conversation should have protected her from a toxic infection of her moral foundation. Later actions proved her highly susceptible to the sudden moral shrinkage that comes with Clinton Toxic Infection, her reputation now in tatters and universally execrated.

The fatal diminishment of institutional reputations is a common outgrowth of Clinton contact, especially regular ongoing contact. Institutions whose reputations were irredeemably stained or besmeared by contact with the Clintons include The U.S. Presidency, The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. State Department, The FBI, the Democratic Party, Goldman Sachs and the Clinton Foundation, though the latter is often listed as a perpetrator rather than a victim in the spread of the fatal disease.

Individuals or organizations who fear they may have experienced intimate contact with Hillary or Bill Clinton are advised to immediately seek counsel from a priest, Jimmy Carter or an exorcist.

BRAND SUICIDE: The Destruction of the Democratic Brand in 2016

Can anyone seriously believe the theft of the Democratic nomination went unnoticed? That it was overlooked or deemed too trivial to be reported by the national press?

line 1How could you not see it? How could anyone avoid seeing it? The political landscape was littered with telltale signs with almost every primary. Wrongly switched party registrations. Purged voter lists. Flipped electronic votes, uncounted ballots, rigged state conventions, 5-hour voting lines and, most of all, the glaringly obvious discrepancies between election results and exit polls? Discrepancies shockingly higher than the deviation allowed when the U.N. monitors Third World elections.

Whether this is a conspiracy we’re witnessing or just a confluence of coincidental interests, the corporate media has blacked out any mention of the biggest news story of 2016, the massive rigging of the Democratic primaries.

As a reasonable human being, I maintain nobody could be that ignorant or blind, unless it was intentional. If the National Press didn’t see it, THEY DIDN’T WANT TO SEE IT! The election fraud was pervasive and obvious! We all knew the fix was in—we all saw it in living color, primary night after primary night, on our wide screen TVs. It was like a thumb poked in your eye, which doesn’t kill you but certainly catches your attention.

The theft was embarrassingly obvious, wasn’t it? I don’t have to convince you. You already know. We all know! Rational, politically-unaffiliated adults would have to agree the entire election process was corrupted by forces out to ensure Secretary Clinton became the Democratic nominee. Yet most Hillary supporters whistle into the sky and pretend their candidate won the nomination fair and square.
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Of course, the story is far from over, but we are nearing the final chapter for the Democratic brand as we once knew it. How self-defeating of the DNC to become an enemy to its own constituents, to suppress and steal their votes; all to benefit a woman so amoral she would steal the American presidency. And how blind not to see her deceitful behavior violated the very spirit and soul of the office she was seeking, possibly to achieve some selfish vision of American history. The Democratic Party was once proud and well-meaning. It was the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman. The party of Kennedy, Johnson and Adlai Stevenson. A party of integrity.

But that was then.

line2Today, it’s become a party whose character, sadly, isn’t strong enough to resist the lure of Hillary and Bill Clinton or all that easy Citizens United money. The Democratic Party has sold its soul, its mission and, yes, its once proud brand down the river under the pungent lure of Power, Purse and Privilege.

The Democratic brand still stands of course, but it has been irrevocably changed, irrevocably sullied. Stained by the persistent recurrence of sacrificed values, sudden rightward directional shifts and abandoned constituents. This is now the Democratic Party of the wealthy and the privileged. Once it was the party of the middle class—the working stiffs, the little people, the immigrants, the elderly. Nobody interesting enough for the pages of People Magazine.
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The biggest reason why Berners won’t support Hillary, even with Donald Trump looming in the background, is that every Bernie supporter felt personally robbed or affronted when, in primary after primary, Democratic Party minions acted as agents for Hillary and obstructions to Bernie. They had their thumb on the scale and wouldn’t take it off.

So, faced with a choice of two evils, don’t be surprised if Bernie’s legions go somewhere else with their vote. Maybe to Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or, even, the Donald Himself. ANYONE BUT HER!

Once there was a Democratic brand that stood for America’s working class. A brand for the people. A brand for a party committed to ensuring the wealthy and powerful didn’t trample on the rights of the middle class. That party is now dead. And it died during Hillary’s torturous climb to the nomination.line 1

Of course the Party still pretends to care about the welfare of the people. But its brand seems more Republican every day. There is no apology for this new stance. They think nobody will notice or complain as they rake in all their new millions in contributions. Money not only from supporters, but from people and corporations they once eschewed: the Monsantos, the Comcasts, the Blankfeins, while they hungrily vie for a seat at the table. A party eager to be a force for its own sake rather than for the good of the American people; motivated to perpetuate itself, if only to keep the parasites fed.

This is the brand of today’s Democratic Party. This is the image emblazoned in the brains of 13 million people who watched stupefied as this election and the nomination were stolen from their candidate. 13 million people who will not easily forget in November those who so eagerly trampled their votes and their rights during the primaries. 13 million people who know they were robbed; know with absolute certainty their candidate was treated like a bum by a cabal of establishment forces that suppressed, killed or flipped so many of his hard earned votes.line2

This is the new brand of the Democratic Party.  Self-interested. Self-important. Self-justifying. Almost criminal in its commitment to its own survival and comforts. How appropriate that Hillary Clinton is poised to be their leader.

One could easily say they deserve each other.

 


This is my first blog post in a long time. Many of you will have noticed I’ve been working with old buddy Bill Dahlgren on an unofficial ad campaign for Bernie Sanders titled “CHANNELING BERNIE,” which can be seen in my last post (all 49 ads!). 

Hope you enjoy!

 

CHANNELING BERNIE: The Complete Campaign

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OUR LATEST BERNIE AD. See below for all ads in the campaign!

 

This is truly a grass roots advertising campaign. And yet it’s wholly epic in the great American tradition. Two advertising veterans creating an online campaign for Bernie Sanders’ seemingly quixotic reach for the presidency. Grass roots yes, but hopefully not half as amateurish as the email blasts most political campaigns send out. It’s been an amazing journey, creating these ads, one in which I’ve honestly felt like I’ve been channeling the candidate’s vision and perspective. Or else he’s been in my head over the years and I didn’t know it. You choose…!

BE AWARE: These ads were developed as Bernie’s campaign evolved, so some will use facts or figures from earlier in the campaign, while others have been obsolesced by the movement of events. Feel free to share any of them, but be aware I plan to upgrade ALL ads before we go into the general election.

Ad #1: Developed to inoculate Bernie against attacks for being a Socialist. (see below the following text for the remainder of our CHANNELING BERNIE campaign ads.)

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Originally, I thought I would just work out a campaign concept that Bernie might use in his email outreach, one that offered a little more punch than the run of the mill stuff he’d been sending out. A concept, you see,  that had more intelligence and sex appeal, but was still relevant to Bernie, his campaign and his audience.

Of course once I got started, these ads/essays had a life of their own. So far, we’ve created over forty-five ads/essays in this first leg of the journey—Primary Season. We’ll see where—if anywhere—things go from here. At the very least, these Bernie ads/essays offer a quick look at the wrongs Bernie will set right, his specific stances on specific issues, while some offer glimpses of others in the race. Here again, all of it channeling Bernie’s positions to the best of my understanding and ability.

A short word about the format of the ads/essays. I saw an ad in a Cleo Award Show book that gave me the idea to have my headlines serve as the start and finish to an ad’s entire copy statement. I’m not sure why, but the ads are highly compelling. It could be the reader’s natural curiosity about how the author made the start and the finish of the copy fit within the narrative flow—or could there be some momentum-building effect by having the beginning of an ad suddenly leap to the ad’s conclusion? Either way, the ads/essays are uniquely readable in this format, and possibly more engaging than the usual run of political online or print ads.

And so, with art direction by Bill Dahlgren, concept and copy by Paul Steven Stone, I offer for your inspection, enjoyment and further distribution the 47 ads—yes, 47!— that make up the Primary Phase of our “Channeling Bernie” advertising campaign.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ADS. IT WOULD BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL IF YOU COULD POST THESE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA. THANK YOU!

Ad #2: On The Issue of Gun Control

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#3: Intended to inoculate Bernie from attacks for being a Jew from Brooklyn. Also focused on combatting the electability issue head on.

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Ad #4: Donald Trump ‘tribute.’

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Ad #5: A ‘Love Song’ for Hillary.

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Ad #6: Playing with an obvious and natural branding theme for Bernie.

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Ad #7: My idea of how the campaign might ask for money. With a little more humor and panache. “Contribute” button would hyper-link to donor page.

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Ad #8: Slight rant about those F@%king guys who gave the American economy a wedgie of giant proportions. Most readers, I believe, got the Wizard of Oz connection to “Liars, Tigers and Bare Greed! Oh my!”BERNIE_AD_8_SFTW

 

Ad #9: My second Donald Trump tribute. Also, bringing back the Grumpy Old Man.

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Ad #10: We are millions!

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Ad #11: Moveon.org’s endorsement was a big deal, man. Real big!

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Ad #12: I always loved the book title, “What Makes Sammy Run?” A great book by Budd Schulberg. Borrowing from Mr. Schulberg seemed to suit my purpose here.

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Ad #13: Lucky 13 concerns those screw-up Republicans in all their Bush-whacking glory!

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Ad #14: Are we hot or what!!

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Ad #15: Bernie’s version of pro-life.

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Ad #16: After seeing Bernie’s TV ad, “America” another Paul Simon song came to mind.

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Ad #17: It’s the establishment’s turn to panic as they realize, “Oh my God, this guy’s for real!”

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Ad #18: Wherein I speak directly to the Middle Class.

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Ad #19: For those who would prefer their politics seasoned with less money and more public involvement.

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Ad #20: And so we begin to break tHillary Clinton’s stranglehold on the Black Vote.

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Ad #21: About those Goldman Sachs campaign donations…?

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Ad #22:  Have you started to wonder about things, to ask yourself why America seems so poor. And where did all the money go?

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Ad #23: The man is a mensch! He sees, he cares, he acts.

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Ad #24: Anybody notice Hillary’s shift to the left during the campaign, as Bernie’s messaging gets stronger and more universally accepted?

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Ad #25: Doesn’t cost much to clean up government, just an average of $27!

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Ad #26: The Road to the White House is festooned with obstacles, challenges and, yes, bandits. 

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Ad #27: He’s the Real Deal, Solid Gold, A Man For All Seasons and A Real Mensch!

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Ad #28: Let’s take a moment out to talk about our Republican “Friends”

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Ad #28a: An then we had a little fun with Ad #28a.

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Ad #29: As for Brass Balls on Steroids, you can’t beat our GOP would-be-Presidents!BERNIE_AD_29_SFTW

 

Ad #30: The Final Word; this time on Black Rights and Wrongs.

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Ad #31: Hillary’s African-American support is a prime example of a population segment voting against its own best interest.

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Ad #32: Bernie is the Real Deal. Over a long political career, he’s consistently supported the people over the corporations; the people over the insiders and the wealthy; the people over those who would use government to fleece the people.

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Ad #33: Evidence is mounting that Hillary and Bill are trying to steal the nomination. Time to take off the kid gloves.

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Ad #34: It’s All About TRUST!

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Ad #35: Oh, so Hillary doesn’t won’t debate in New York, won’t she!

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Ad #36: Really folks, are you seriously considering a candidate who is the subject of an active FBI investigation? And what’s going to happen when the shit from the Panama Papers hits the fan?

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Ad #37: Bernie speaks to the Pope, Hillary testifies before the FBI. A contrast that says it all when comparing the two Democratic candidates for the presidency.

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Ad #39: DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GET YOU DOWN! 

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Ad #40: How did things ever get this bad? And why did it take one man to wake us up to the truth?

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Ad #41: Trying to succinctly define the incredible opportunity Bernie Sanders represents.

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Ad #42: And now let’s pay a little attention to Hillary’s flaws. If a woman with $111 million can be said to have any flaws.

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Ad #43: Wherein I appear to be F#%king Fed up with all this ELECTION FRAUD!

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Ad #44: Can you believe the outright bias and censorship of the Mainstream Media-ocrity!

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Ad #45: A snapshot of Hillary’s Election Fraud Machine at work.

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Ad #46: The Fraudster strikes again! This time with the help of the Associated Press, and the DNC’s California stooges.

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Ad #47: Rome Burns while the F.B.I. Fiddles!

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Ad #48: A final ad to express our thanks for all Bernie has done. And that’s quite a lot!

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Ad # 49: It was time for a musical break.

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Ad #50: And then came Bernie’s endorsement of Hillary…

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Channeling Bernie #9


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I have to confess I’m growing weary of people telling me Bernie is a one-issue candidate. These folks equate his stance on income inequality as somehow separate from his stance on the minimum wage, Social Security, eliminating college debt, early childhood education or income tax restructuring. The simple truth is they are ALL related, because if the wealthy have all the money, and the Republicans help them retain as much of it as possible, there won’t be any money available for any of Bernie’s other priorities. Ironic that the wealthiest (read Koch brothers!) are the chief proponents of starving government so it cannot function as a bulwark for its citizens against ignorance, hunger or poverty. Go Bernie, Go! And thank you!!

This ad is NOT authorized or endorsed by the Bernie Sanders campaign.

To read Channeling Bernie #1, the first in the ad series, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #2, second in the series, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #3, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #4, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #5, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #6, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #7, click here. To read Channeling Bernie #8, click here.