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  •  Exactly right.. (5+ / 0-)

    The first law of swiftboating: exposure of your lies doesn't matter, if far fewer people will see the exposure than people who will see the lies.

    I guess tabloids work the same way: the 50-point font lie on the frontpage will be remembered, the 12-point font correction on page 17 won't.

    However, in this case, the ads are pretty stupid, and the issue of global warming has been in the news for a long time, so I don't think they will change many people's minds.

    I do not have my own blog.

    by Frank on Sun May 21, 2006 at 01:54:26 AM PDT

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    •  people will unfortunately sometimes (1+ / 0-)
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      believe what they want to believe if it jibes with their preconceived notions of their reality.  People with less opinion will have a more malleable response to the total accumulation of information.

      Is the name "Competitive Enterprise Institute" in the commercial?  That should be a tip-off to anyone with any critical thinking skills that the science they represent (i.e. distorted) is suspect.

      "Never separate the words you speak from the life you live" - Paul Wellstone

      by vome minnesota on Sun May 21, 2006 at 03:24:48 AM PDT

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    •  What's worse.... (2+ / 0-)
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      is that the oil companies knew this was a lie when the ad was made.  They probably also figured that the scientist involved would speak out.  They just didn't care.  They learned their tactics from Rove and company.  Repeat the lie often enough and many people will start to believe it.  Any chance that the scientist will be making the rounds at Fox News, Face the Nation, Meet the Press?  Unlikely.  This is hardly a backfire, this is how it is intended to work.  Swift Boat (or S. Carolina primary 2000 or Gore 'invented the internet' or mobile weapons trailers or aluminum tubes or...) all over again.  If the press doesn't stop it, then you can expect to see this again and again and again and again.  Nothing irritates me more.

      •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

        Even after the scientist whose research they are distorting speaks out, what you have in this case is a 'controversy'. They may argue, "after all even though he generated the data, we just interpret it differently," or some other line of crap. The media, in the interest of 'balance', will give both sides 'credence', especialy becuase they don't want to offend advertisers.

        "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." -Mark Twain

        by walter mitty on Sun May 21, 2006 at 04:39:44 AM PDT

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