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The rules of disinformation - The politicians credo

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know,
don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc.
If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the

2. Become incredulous and indignant./ Avoid discussing key issues and
instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being
critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as
the "How dare you!" gambit.

3. Create rumor mongers./ Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges,
regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other
derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method
works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public
can learn of the facts are through such "arguable rumors". If you can
associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a
"wild rumor" which can have no basis in fact.

4. Use a straw man./ Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's
argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the
opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists
based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation,
or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their
significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the
charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of
the real issues.

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule./ This is also known
as the primary attack the messenger ploy, though other methods qualify as
variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such
as "kooks", "right-wing", "liberal", "left-wing", "terrorists","conspiracy
buffs", "radicals", "militia", "racists", "religious fanatics", "sexual
deviates", and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear
of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

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