Saturday, February 12, 2005
GOPUSA & Talon News: Explained
Why does Talon News exist? There's certainly enough legitimate conservative media entities in the mainstream media which do a fine job of regurgitating the Bush Administration's propaganda with few objections and hardly any criticism. Why hire unqualified journalists who resort to copy-and-pasting and out-and-out plagiarism?
Because it's not really about that. Talon News and GOPUSA exist not to serve as an alternative to the mainstream media and to promote only "good news." The brainchild of the two Eberles, Bobby and Bruce, was created in a computer lab with "polling wizard" software in order to activate the conservative base and make a whole lot of money for conservative pundits.
Sheldon Rampton, the research director for the Center for Media & Democracy, and the designer and overseer for Disinfopedia, wrote an article that fully gets to the heart of what Talon News/GOPUSA is all about. Only, that article was written three years ago. Less than two weeks ago, Mr. Rampton wrote a follow-up analysis called "Cash for Commentary" is Business as Usual as a response to the recent payola scandals involving Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus: link.
I'm not going to paraphrase anything from that article tonight. Mr. Rampton deserves the credit for exposing the Eberle masterplan, so check it out then come back and scroll down (no cheating, peeps, if you read Mr. Rampton's article before you scroll down, the Eberle scam will be completely clear to you...though you might also want to read the last post I wrote about last year's change of ownership of the Millions of Americans Website).
Tomorrow night I'll spell it out more clearly so that it makes more sense.
"How do you recruit these proven activists? By creating an activation Web site, not an informational Web site ... a site that exists solely to create activists." -- grassroots PR guru Jack Bonner (from Sheldon Rampton's 3-year-old article - Digital Telemarketing: Old Hacks Learn New Tricks: cache link).
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