Yesterday evening while doing my cardio at the gym, I had the good fortune (though some of our readers might say misfortune) to catch a bit of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. And boy was it an education. I gotta give Ms. Maddow credit, unlike the guy who precedes here (you know the angry fellow who draws between one-third and one-half of his nemesis’s audience), she has a pleasant demeanor and doesn’t seem like she’s about to bite someone’s head off, but then again, maybe she just comes across that way without sound.
Well, last night, she had a segment, Reading the fine print on grassroots groups to try to show that some supposedly grassroots rally on energy was just a staged shindig ginned up by the (evil) oil companies. She did, believe it or not, made some interesting points about people being bussed in and waving pre-printed signs.
So, as soon as the transcript is up, I’m going to take down her tips on seeing through such shenanigans to see the astroturf that lies beneath and apply them to the folks bussed in to rallies and town halls to agitate for ObamaCare. (And also something about handing our posters, you know, like the unions packing Obamacare do.)
When I review the transcript*, we’ll see what she says about large organizations funding these gatherings. What was also interesting was how she segued from “proving” that this energy rally was astroturfed to discussing health care with Vermont’s Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, suggesting perhaps that the health care rallies were similarly staged events. Given Miss Maddow’s record of misinformation on those rallying against Obamacare, no wonder she’s decided to turn her attention to another industry.
*(Please note I would review the tape which I linked above, but for some reason, I got a message about a script slowing things down; there were frequent pauses when I watched, sometimes for extended periods of time. The transcript was not available at “press time”.)