Tag: Distraction

Donald Trump criticised for spreading Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theory – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A mug shot of Jeffrey Epstein in 2017

Key points:

Mr O’Rourke accused Mr Trump of trying to shift the public’s focus away from recent mass shootings
The FBI and the Department of Justice’s inspector general have opened investigations into Mr Epstein’s death
Mr Trump has a history of promoting conspiracy theories about political rivals

After Saturday’s death of Mr Epstein, a millionaire charged with sex trafficking who once counted Mr Trump and former president Bill Clinton as friends, Mr Trump retweeted a claim from a conservative comedian that Mr Clinton was involved in the death.

Mr Trump retweeted Terrence K Williams, who said Mr Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead”.

via Donald Trump criticised for spreading Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theory – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Deconstructing Pauline Hanson’s ACA Interview – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Conclusion: The False Victim Narrative

Senator Hanson is, in a supreme irony, attempting to play the victim in order to distract from the fundamental political incompetence that she displayed in selecting her candidates. The media exposing these clowns as unfit for office is not, contrary to your victim narrative, kicking you in the guts. This rant was clearly not thought through (like much else that she says) and is even wrong on simple facts.

Three more years of this? Senate voting changes now!

via Deconstructing Pauline Hanson’s ACA Interview – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Media Beat Up vs Reality

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,23/2/19; Bolt prefers to concentrate on trivia rather than the Trump enabled real terrorist; Andrew Bolt’s doppelganger on Fox News really loses it; The Bolt Report wouldn’t attempt a guest as risky as that; James Matheson made Bolt look like a fish out of water;

The Jussie Smollett case became a political tool before we ever really knew what happened – Analysis; Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

a photo of Jussie Smollett

Commentators like Andrew Bolt will put themselves on all sides of the fence in order to appear opinionated as well as safe to be able to say “I didn’t say that or I told you so in the same breathe”. After all Smollet is a Fox Star.(ODT)

But instant commentary is almost a necessity in 2019 if you are a celebrity or a politician — or anyone with a Twitter account.

The confusion over this story is a by-product of a culture that is quick to judge and to call-out, and one that so often rewards people for taking a side — instantly and via strong language — on an issue of public concern.

Candidates seeking office, like celebrities seeking status — like all us who are extremely online — have become incentivised to weigh in.

But as the Smollett case has shown, when a useful narrative emerges, certainty becomes secondary.

The Jussie Smollett case became a political tool before we ever really knew what happened – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

With His South Africa Tweet, Trump Became a Megaphone for a White-Supremacist Talking Point | The Nation

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Taking his lead from Tucker Carlson, the president is spreading the myth of a global “white genocide.”

via With His South Africa Tweet, Trump Became a Megaphone for a White-Supremacist Talking Point | The Nation

How Fraser Anning and Blair Cottrell gamed the media

Image result for Cartoon throwing a Dead Moggy on the table

Boris Johnson is another. He once wrote about the insight of his Australian campaign mastermind Lynton Crosby who perfected the “dead cat on the table” strategy. When you wanted to avoid an issue, you said something outrageous – throwing a dead cat on the table, so to speak – to change the media cycle.

Back then it was a temporary diversionary tactic. Now, though, the tactic has become akin to cat armageddon: dead cat after dead cat after dead cat. Keep manufacturing outrage. Never apologise. Soak up all the free media coverage you can get.

via How Fraser Anning and Blair Cottrell gamed the media

No, over there! Our case-by-case guide to the Trump distraction technique | US news | The Guardian

Some sort of problem rocking your presidency? Simple – create a distraction! Adam Gabbatt explores Donald Trump’s apparent skills at changing the news

Source: No, over there! Our case-by-case guide to the Trump distraction technique | US news | The Guardian

Eric Abetz suggests tough 18c questions from broadcaster Fran Kelly could ‘insult and offend’

Eric Abetz has suggested journalists interrupting politicians in interviews could be considered offensive and insulting amid a push to change controversial provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Source: Eric Abetz suggests tough 18c questions from broadcaster Fran Kelly could ‘insult and offend’