Sunday, August 17, 2014

GOP Chicanery: Fake News Sites Bashing Democrats

First, the NRCC builds bogus websites that pretend to be the sites of Democratic candidates.

Now, they've built a series of fake news sites--sites that appear to be local news sites, and initially project the appearance of objectivity--but then simply bash Democrats.

These people are despicable.

And check out their response to criticism:

Responding to criticisms of the first evil ploy:
The NRCC bought up hundreds of URLs on potential weak Democratic candidates and created sites that mimic the real ones.
It may sound deceiving, but [NRCC press secretary John] Scarpinato insists the well-thought out, well-planned program is pure genius.
”Well, we are very proud of this program.”
But their response to criticism of their second evil ploy is even worse:
Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the DCCC, still criticized the approach. "House Republicans' campaign strategy to overcome their own historic unpopularity is to resort to deception—again," he said.
[NRCC communications director Andrea] Bozek's response? "They're just jealous," she said, "that they didn't think of this strategy first."
It's like we're dealing with a bunch of evil six-year-olds.  Who control the House. And may soon control the Senate...

The Dems need to trumpet this from the freaking rooftops. Eventually evidence does--often at least--have some effect on the American electorate. It's really crucial that the Dems do something to break the grip of the false equivalence that has such a grip on low-information voters. "A pox on both their houses" is the battle cry of those who don't actually know what's going on. It sounds even-handed and world-weary...but, given the facts of the case, it just means that they're not paying attention.

[h/t Statisticasaurus rex]

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