In my last post, I mentioned that one of the big weapons used by the anti-gun leftists is disinformation. The subject of disinformation is a convoluted subject and its tactics are difficult to explain in a short post. I will lay out some basic traits of disinformation’s use in this post and follow it up with more detail in subsequent posts.
I believe that this topic is essential to anyone who wants to seek truth on any topic. What you will see as this topic unfolds is that these techniques are used on a daily basis in our news media on a whole host of topics, such as the second amendment, Trump, global warming, etc.
- Avoidance: They will never actually discuss facts head-on or provide constructive contributions, they usually avoid citation of credible references. Rather, they merely imply this or site false authorities and mis-truths. Everything about their staging of the argument implies their own authority, expert knowledge, without any further justification for believably.
- Selectivity: They will choose opponents carefully, either applying the hit-and-run drive-by approach against those opponents or commentators who hold opposing views. Often times they will focus heavier attacks on key adversaries who are known to directly address the issue at hand (think the NRA here). Should any person successfully argue with any success, the focus will shift to include that person as well.
- Teamwork: They generally will operate in sycophantic packs or teams. This can happen naturally; however, there will likely be an ongoing pattern with frequent exchanges involving multiple in sync sources. (Consider ABC, MSNBC, CBS etc. all with the same verbiage and message.)
- Coincidental: They tend to surface suddenly and somewhat by chance with every new controversial event or topic. There will usually be no prior record of participation of this individual or group on the controversial topic in any public arena. These people tend to vanish once the topic or event is gone from the spotlight. Most often they were likely selected to be there for a reason, and vanish with the reason (David Hogg for example).
In my next blog I will add more of these traits. An excellent book on this subject where this information is drawn from is:
Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist)
by H. Michael Sweeney copyright (c) 1997, 2000 All rights reserved (Revised April 2000)