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04/18/2014

Vintage Clinton era oppo memo perhaps even more relevant today

by Jeremy Hooper

As part of today's massive document dump of previously restricted files comes a 1995 memo titled "The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce." It's astounding how applicable it is to our present political world (and particularly the LGBT fight):

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[Clinton Library]

Of course now, there are thousands more outlets that do this kind of work and countless more folks, from everyday bloggers to paid Fox News contributors like Todd Starnes, who facilitate the same trend outlined above. I harp on it all the time. Rather than Vince Foster or Whitewater, the above could easily apply to any of the fake stories that the anti-LGBT movement dreams up and then turns into national incidents via their willing allies in media and Congress. There's nothing new under The Sun (or Fox News or The NY Post or The Washington Times or ...)

In fact, this same document specifically outlines the games of WND founder and "birther king" Joseph Farah, who is still very much working against us today:

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[Clinton Library]

If anything, Farah has only ratcheted up his work from where he was back then.

Look, I'm not going to pretend that politics is all pure on the left side, either. It isn't. But when it comes to turning outright myth into an incident and turning cruel demonization into a "values" position, the far-right has no counterpart. This has deeply damaged our debate. It didn't have to be that way then; it doesn't have to be that way now.

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