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  •  So what, he lost the Iowa caucuses... (none)
    The history of the Iowa caucuses casts some light on how definitive they are. (NOT!)

    It was the scream that "did him in" by a salivating media.

    And as for Kerry's "unstoppable roll", you call that wan primary season a "roll"? He did look inevitable but it seemed like a DLC-manufactured inevitability.

    By the time the NY primaries came around, most of the New Yorkers I know were pretty "feh" about their primary vote. Some voted for the "inevitable Kerry" without any eagerness, others like me voted for Edwards wanting some sort of charismic candidate.

    Because of New York's unfortunately outdated primary rules, I got to vote for Edwards while also voting for Dean delegates. But I'll admit that technique worked only back in the days when the conventions actually made the final decision about the candidates. [Ah for the good old days of rough-and-tumble conventions!]

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 07:55:50 AM PST

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    •  Not only that, (none)
      but if we had had an extra week between Iowa and NH as is usual we would have overcome the "scream" and won NH. After Iowa and the scream Dean was at maybe 12% in the polls, 3 or 4th. In one week we bounced back to second place at 26%.

      We are all wearing the blue dress now.

      by PLS on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 10:55:22 AM PST

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      •  We didn't need an extra week... (none)
        Why?  Because Trippi & co had -- within 48 hours of the scream -- the FLOOR LEVEL VIDEO showing the whole thing in context of 3000 shouting cheering flag waving supporters in the room and Dean trying to shout over them to be heard, in pep ralley fashion.

        There is no way that meme could have taken hold and survived if PROMPTLY challenged with video rapid response.

        HOW would guru Trippi get that footage on the air? VERY SIMPLE:

        Anyone who closely followed the sequence of events knows that the press descended upon the DFA blog, they pored through the whole thing, every day for next 3 days, but particularly that night and the next day -- and they CHERRYPICKED blog comments from Dean supporters who had not seen the event live, but rather only on TV, like most of America.... And there were 5, 10, perhaps 20 comments in the Dean blog where selective Dean's own supporters were saying "Wow. I don't know what happened to him. But I agree. That was a total meltdown and really makes me reassess if he has the temperament to be President" .... and stuff like "I was embarrassed for our guy. He looked foolish and very unpresidential."

        THE POINT:  THOSE are the cherrypicked quotes that MANY Corporate Media outlets sprinkled inot their coverage post-Caucus, as in "even Dean own fans now see him as done, over..." ... They hammered Dean further by tryuing to imply that his own support had imploded and the whole Dean support just collapsed.  But the means they used --- poring all over the blog for several days -- provided the exact approach for getting the corrrective footage on the network news within 48 hours of the scream-meme forming.

        (1) Trippi posts to the blog "The US Press has completely distorted this event. Take a look at this floor level footage which tells a totally different story. ...." and "You have the duty to air this footage along with those 10 second soudbytes or you are exposed as insistant upon creating that impression of lunatic."

        (2) I can guarantee you, based on basic human nature, that those Dean blog commenters whose "He LOST it!" comments made their way onot national news, would have felt horrible -- they would have felt set up, they would have come back to set the record straight. They would have said "Wow -- THAT footage shows it completely differently. They are distorting this whole thing and have used my quotes to corroborate that story. Play that floor level video!"

        (3) Because every Corporate Media entity was all over that blog, there to help chart the demise of what was once "the Great Dean Campaign", there is no way anyone can tell me that if in BIG BOLD LETTERS of a blog entry from Trippi or Trish Enright saying "NETWORKS REFUSE TO AIR FLOOR LEVEL FOOTAGE" and go on to say "This is an outrage. We challenge one of you to have the journalistic integrity to show this footage and straighten out what is currently playing on your networks as a lie" --- if that was plastered inot the Dean blog, two things would have happened:

        (a) The Dean supporters would have been furious, and would have used that phenomenal "grassroots power" to push that message out of "Media seeking to distort TV footage" "Media scared to show the REAL footage"  "TV networks fail in their journalistic duties"  "Tv Networks appear to be backing kerry as the race for NH heats up" ....  and that would have become a news story in an of itself, and

        (b) One of any of the whore networks would have scooped that alt-footage right up and aired it as a "CBS Exclusive! New footage just obtained shows that this so-called scream was not at all what it appeared to be."  etc... AN EXCLUSIVE -- and the advertising dollars generated by eyeballs going to the network with the new story -- would have driven that footage onto TV. And once one Network had it, it woujld have been vurtually impossible for tghe others to keep playing the out-of-context "scream" at nauseum 24/7.

        In addition, had I been running the media strategy for Dean, I'd have gotten that footage onto a DVD -- and done a split screeen of the "event" and characterized it for what it was, a smear, and I'd have distributed 100,000 of those DVDs to NH voters... And I would have gotten that footage onto NH local TV stations.

        In short, an extra week was not at all was needed. What was needed was an A-LIST team of experienced media personnel to swat that thing down immediately.  But we didn't have A-LIST. We had C-List, with Trippi sitting in a bar drinking -- and his TV agency partner Steve Mcmahon grousing about what to do. At the very least, they could have run another "tractor in front of red barn" ad... That would have been better than nothing. But no, instead of having an A-list agency who would have gone into action within the first 2 to 4 hours, we had the Pixley and Crabwell Corners team of Trippi's being clueless and throwing their hands up in the air....

        When Trippi was, months later, interviewed by Nina Totenberg on NPR, in response to Nina's question about "do you feel you did everything you could have done to correct that distortion?" trippi replies to the effect: "We did EVERYTHING we could think of... We booked Dean on Letterman to to the Top 10, try to warm him up; we set up the Howard and Judy interview with Diane Sawyer... But we couldn't overcome that scream."

        BULL.  SHIT.

        •  Excellent summary! (none)
          Wow! I've been wondering about that for some time. But, if you ever see this question, can you tell me some of the commentators names who jumped on this?

          I have a research project in mind.

          "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

          by Glinda on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 04:11:29 AM PST

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          •  Glinda - you mean pundits who slammed 'scream'? (none)
            I honestly could not begin to compile this list. The question would be better phrased as whp did NOT jump on this.

            It was a major premeditated hit-job.

            1. Clinot first gets Al From (DLC) to do an absurd hit-piece on Dean in May 2003. Howard survives it.

            2. Clinton next gets Wesley Clark in to be the "anti-Dean" candidate.
            but Wesley proves to be less capable then they thought.

            1.  Then Clinton and DLCers persuade Gephardt and Lieberman, if they do not take a commanding lead, to do kamikaze acts and take down Dean with them, since they can't win themselves -- but at least they could serve their party -- and by doing so would be serving the Don (aka Clinton)

            2.  Howard continues to survive.

            3.  Gephardt and kerry supporters fund a 527 shell structure they can fund at a distance -- and they run a scathing "Dean = Osama bin laden" TV ad. THIS HURTS DEAN TERRIBLY IN IOWA AND NH

            4.  Gephardt activates his kamikaze act in Iowa and takes Dean down.

            5.  The scream moment = the flip-switch for the Media Cartel's barrage

            6.  Trippi utterly fails to stop the bleeding... and of course goes on to begin a lucrative career as pundit on TV --- resurrecting what was a losing image.
            •  Breathtaking! ... (none)
              My top post in this thread was merely a visceral hunch based on MSM. It was not based on a whole lot of inside information. I came to dKos just before the election and long after the Dean / Kerry wars on this site so I didn't see the inside stuff although I've seen its fallout.

              Based on what you said, the only happy news is for me: my 6th sense (in my case I mean my "gut" feeling) is in top form, truly marvelous working order.

              The bad news is for all of us: How do we counter the Democratic "ambition machine" that will stop at nothing to preserve the status quo, even if the status quo is an ever receding dung heap of minor power. Your reports on Clinton's involvement in this, if true, confirm my worst opinions of the man ... no that's not accurate ... they are worse than what I thought he was capable of ... he truly is the king of all narcissists. And the others are acting like drones. [And I mean in the truly "bee" sense of the word. So ... um ... is Hillary the queen bee?]

              Sorry, I had to unload.  

              I've been looking at all your posts, your diary entries, and your website and I'm really quite impressed with your astute assessments, your cool-headedness, your professionalism, and your dead-on media knowledge. Quite refreshing in these parts at times!  ;-)  

              I need a couple more days to formalize a thought (read: plan) I've been working on. It's based on my 15 years of marketing experience and my current concentration in direct marketing/e-mail with several clients. It involves building the appropriate infrastructure for a modern candidate that uses tried-and-true (aka Rovian) marketing techniques to provide value to the "customer". And I not referring to the usual Democratic brazen petitioning for money.

              Would it be an imposition to run it by you? I don't want to impose. But if you have the time to  spare a read, what would be the best way to contact you in a forum that isn't quite so ... well ... public?

              Sorry for being so brazen but there is not another poster here on dKos -- despite all their expertise and the admiration I hold for several of them -- who I think would "get" what I am trying to formulate.

              Feel free to ignore this post or say no. As you well know, you are under no obligation to anyone on this site.

              "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

              by Glinda on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 09:35:06 PM PST

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