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  •  Not asking for complete article (2+ / 0-)
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    Links and a brief summary of the problem, and what we might do about it, enough for us to decide whether we want to read the full article without having to find it for ourselves.

    (Lakoff's previous Diaries are much better than this on such simple and helpful courtesies.)

    Let's try it.

    The NY Times Uncovers Conservative Attacks and Then Prints One; Both Are On The Front Page

    The Times reported on the House Republicans’ memo on how to attack the Affordable Care Act through a “multilayered sequence assault,” gathering stories “through social media letters from constituents, or meeting back home” and a new GOP website. The Times also reported on the “closed door” strategy sessions, going back to last year.

    It’s a start, and it’s about time. What the Times missed was the far deeper and systematic efforts by conservatives extending back four decades and the nature of the underlying general ideology covering dozens of issues that have been served by these efforts. The Times also missed the reason why the attack on the ACA is more than just anti-Obama politics, but rather part of an attempt to change the idea of what America is about. The Times missed the think tanks, the framing professionals, the training institutes, the booking agencies, the Wednesday morning meetings on both national and state levels, and the role of ALEC in the states — all set out in the Lewis Powell memo more than four decades ago and carried out since then as part of seamless system directed at changing the brains of Americans…

    Then, on Sunday, November 24, 2013, the Times published on its front page what looked like a news story, but was a conservative column called “White House Memo” by John Harwood, who is CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent, and who previously worked as the Wall Street Journal’s political editor and chief political correspondent. It’s one thing to publish a blatant conservative attack on President Obama in a column on the op-ed page or in the Sunday Review, and another to publish it on the front page, as if it were a news story…

    [After extensive discussion of Republican "messaging"] we turn to the NY Times story, “Don’t Dare Call The Health Law ‘Redistribution’”on the front page, and inside “The economic policy that dare not speak its name.” John Harwood writes the following:

    “These days the word is particularly toxic at the White House, where it has been hidden away to make the Affordable Care Act more palatable to the public and less a target for Republicans, who have long accused the Democrats of seeking “socialized medicine.” But the redistribution of wealth [emphasis mine (Mokurai)] has always been a central feature of the law and lies at the heart of the insurance market disruptions driving political attacks this fall.”

    Lakoff then discusses the racist and misogynistic Dog Whistle implicationsRepublican reframing of "redistribution". To me, this is still too much within the Republican frame. Also, although Lakoff has written about limited countermeasures, none are discussed in this blog post.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:15:25 PM PST

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    •  I'm don't think it's Lakoff's aim (1+ / 0-)
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      to provide us with anything in a limited way; instead, he's giving us the very heart of the matter, the overall successful frame that "win[s] the debate."  He says, "[f]rames in politics are not neutral; they reflect an underlying value system." When we reference conservative frames, even in attempts to negate them, we are actually emphasizing conservative values in the minds of the listeners.  Instead, our language needs to reflect the morality of our politics.  He does, in fact, articulate the moral stance throughout the piece and, specifically, what America was supposed to be "all about."  That's the heart of how we need to be expressing ourselves.

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