Thursday, October 09, 2014
When the Con Attack Machine Goes after the Media
It may be hard to believe, but it looks as if the smear artists in the PMO are worried about running out of ammunition for their legendary attack machine.
So they're making plans to "borrow" some from the MSM, without their permission.
The Harper government is preparing to alter copyright law in Canada so politicians can use news footage and other journalistic content for attack ads and campaign spots without asking broadcasters or publishers for permission.
CTV News, citing a memo to cabinet, reported Wednesday night that the government has been working on a new “copyright exception for political advertising” that would be inserted into a budget implementation bill.
And what I take from this latest muscle job from the Con mob are four things:
(1) They are now so consumed with the election campaign, and so desperate, they are willing to pick a fight with the big media organizations, alter copyrights laws, and ram the needs of their porky propaganda machine into a budget bill.
(2) They are in such a hurry, and so desperate, they are making it up as they go along without even properly evaluating the consequences.
“Given its legal and political complexity, and the speed with which the exception was developed, there may be unforeseen circumstances that create unintended consequences,” it says, before advising “a strong communications plan will be required to manage vocal stakeholder reactions.”
(3) They won't take no for an answer:
The cabinet memo notes broadcasters would still be free to refuse advertising but, it added, during a political campaign the rules are different. “During an election, broadcasters must provide a certain amount of advertising time to political parties,” the memo says.
Not with Shelly Glover, the former police officer, leading the assault on the media...
(4) The reason they want to be able to "borrow" those pictures is because their attack ads on Justin Trudeau in particular aren't working as well as they have against other leaders.
They're so phony and such obvious smears they are actually repelling viewers...
So they need to make them look more "realistic" by using footage shot by the media. Make them look more like mini-newscasts.
Because their attempt to create their very own news channel, with OUR money...
Has also been a dismal failure...
But of course, what all of the above really tells us is that we are about to be hit by the biggest and most savage attack ad campaign this country has ever seen.
And that this message from our side in 2011, is as true now as it was then...
They will go negative, and we better be ready.
And the good news? We've never been readier.
Because not only will the next campaign be fought on social media like Twitter like it never has before, where progressives hold a clear advantage.
It will also be shaped by YouTube videos, since Canadians are huge consumers of online videos, and our side can make better ones than they can.
Even if we have to "borrow" their material to use their own words against them.
As I recently did, by taking Harper's voice from this absurd ad...
And giving it a different spin...
And that's just a crude example of what we have in store for them.
Some of the videos my more talented friends have already made are absolutely awesome. Or if you're a member of the sordid Harper cult absolutely BRUTAL.
And of course the possibilities are endless, since the Cons have given us soooo much material to play with.
Yup. The greatest attack ad battle in Canadian history is about to begin.
We have been warned.
And we will be ready...
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