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Posted by Overseas in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jul 11th 2010, 02:08 PM
The Lewis Powell Memo of 1971 outlines the action plan to take the USA back from those horrible liberals and their damn flower power and dangerous ideas like alternative energy sources and sustainable development. The Powell memo outlines ways to reclaim the US discussion from those damn lefties everywhere in society-- on college campuses, on TV, and in government. Powell even singles out legislators for being unfair to business by always jumping to protect the environment or consumers.

http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_...


Though Powell's memo was not the sole influence, the Chamber and corporate activists took his advice to heart and began building a powerful array of institutions designed to shift public attitudes and beliefs over the course of years and decades. The memo influenced or inspired the creation of the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Accuracy in Academe, and other powerful organizations. Their long-term focus began paying off handsomely in the 1980s, in coordination with the Reagan Administration's "hands-off business" philosophy.

<snip to memo excerpt>

What Can Be Done About the Public?
Reaching the campus and the secondary schools is vital for the long-term. Reaching the public generally may be more important for the shorter term. The first essential is to establish the staffs of eminent scholars, writers and speakers, who will do the thinking, the analysis, the writing and the speaking. It will also be essential to have staff personnel who are thoroughly familiar with the media, and how most effectively to communicate with the public. Among the more obvious means are the following:

Television
The national television networks should be monitored in the same way that textbooks should be kept under constant surveillance. This applies not merely to so-called educational programs (such as "Selling of the Pentagon"), but to the daily "news analysis" which so often includes the most insidious type of criticism of the enterprise system.12 Whether this criticism results from hostility or economic ignorance, the result is the gradual erosion of confidence in "business" and free enterprise.

This monitoring, to be effective, would require constant examination of the texts of adequate samples of programs. Complaints -- to the media and to the Federal Communications Commission -- should be made promptly and strongly when programs are unfair or inaccurate.

Equal time should be demanded when appropriate. Effort should be made to see that the forum-type programs (the Today Show, Meet the Press, etc.) afford at least as much opportunity for supporters of the American system to participate as these programs do for those who attack it.


For information about how the right wing PR network redoubled its efforts after they lost the nomination of Judge Bork to the Supreme Court, and specifically how they intensified their dominance of our mass media, check out www.whatliberalmedia.com . Part of that process is "playing the ref"-- calling the media liberal so reporters will bend over backward to prove they are not. It has not been a gentle natural progression-- it has been a hardball campaign with think tanks, "genuine grass roots groups," and other "fair and balanced" news.

We lived through The Hunting of the President. When Clinton could have been retooling our military budget to suit the Post Cold War era, democrats were diverted by legions of wasteful Republican operatives determined to bring down our president. http://www.thehuntingofthepresident.com /
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