Sunday, March 28, 2010

Scott Ashjian, Mainstream Media and Alinsky Tactics

Scott Ashjian is NOT a "tea party candidate," and Tea Party Express is shouting that loud and clear (see their video below). Ashjian is also under investigation for alleged "felony theft and bad check charges in Las Vegas that allege he bounced a $5,000 business check last year," which he was charged with on Friday, March 26. It is suspected that he may be running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in Nevada to spoil it in favor of incumbent Harry Reid, the Democrat incumbent. There is so much wrong with that AP story that a journalism student could write a thesis about it. I'll make a few quick observations. The mainstream media (MSM), of course, would love for Ashjian to be associated with the Tea Party movement. The Associated Press is guilty of this, as demonstrated by their headline "Nevada tea party candidate facing felony charges." The headline falsely ties Ashjian to the Tea Party movement. Buried in the AP story, however, is this (emphasis added): "The tea party movement is a disparate coalition of conservative groups angered by federal spending, rising taxes and the growth and reach of government. Other tea party activists have been distancing themselves from Ashjian, and an ad targeting him has been sponsored by the Tea Party Express, one of the most visible factions of the national tea party movement." It's no secret that readers often scan only headlines or read only the first paragraph of a news story. The paragraph above was the fourth one in the AP story, so many readers would be left with the false impression that a tea party-backed candidate "was hit Friday with felony theft and bad check charges in Las Vegas that allege he bounced a $5,000 business check last year." As we know, Ashjian is NOT a "tea party candidate." AP, however, is happy to let you think he is. Words have meaning, as Comrade Obama says, and the AP report uses several interesting ones in a cleverly tactical manner: "Disparate," "angered," "factions," and "national tea party movement." Let's look at each of these. "DISPARATE" The paragraph quoted above refers to the Tea Party movement as "a disparate coalition." I can't prove it, of course, but I suspect that the word "disparate" was intentionally chosen because it sounds so much like "desperate." The word "disparate" is not even an accurate descriptor of the Tea Party movement. It is defined as "distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar" and "Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar." The Tea Party movement is composed of independent groups around the country, yes, but they are called a "movement" precisely because they are essentially similar, not different or dissmilar, in their desire to challenge high taxation, impingement upon Constitutional rights, the socialist takeover of America, big government in general and so on. The use of the word "disparate" by AP and other MSM propaganda agents to refer to the Tea Party movement is a subtle linguistic trick worthy of Saul Alinsky and Joseph Goebbels. "ANGERED" Anger, angered, angry. These have negative connotations, and AP knows well that their use of the word "angered" in describing the Tea Party movement will conjur up images of "angry white men" in the small minds of some readers. The word "angered" also plays to the incorrect portrayal by the MSM of the Tea Party movement as violent and racist. "FACTIONS" This word has frightening connotations. It conjurs up images of fringe political or warring groups. A Google news search for "factions" will demonstrate what I mean. One definition of "faction" is "party strife and intrigue; dissension: an era of faction and treason." Synonyms of "faction" include "discord, disagreement, schism, split, friction." The AP's use of this word goes hand in hand with their use of the word "disparate," and is equally inaccurate for the same reasons. "NATIONAL TEA PARTY MOVEMENT" Did AP want to put images of nationalists in your head? I think so. There is no Leave a Comment * Conservative T-Shirts * Follow CNB on Twitter * RSS Feed