“RULE 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.”
The NRA? GOA? SAF? Faceless, and not likely to quit. But conflate them with someone with a large mouth who comes across as a loon because he’s never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like and you can sway a lot of the middle, and even casual NRA members who don’t want to be associated with someone like Alex Jones.
What a surprise, CNN builds on the preferred narrative and actively works to vilify the opposition. This is propaganda, not new or even commentary.
Want to make the opposition look bad, find someone who supports their position but who is a terrible spokesman. (and no matter how disciplined the majority of our side tries to be you can always find some nutcase who will go on TV for a moment of fame.) Then drive it hard that this is exactly what the opposition stands for. Take the opposition’s lobby and make it a monster that represents death merchants. Misrepresent their points at every turn.
CNN has been continuing with the commentary calling for “reasonable” gun control and that gun rights supporters need to come to the middle or moderate stance. Since they have intentionally made the gun rights crowd look like a bunch of loons, there’s no great surprise that they then make that call. Its very difficult not to see this whole thing as propaganda and intentional.
The NRA still hasn’t managed to closet LaPierre. He’s not quite as bad as Jones in delivery, but he definitely didn’t do the NRA any good with his press conference. Until they understand that they require a spokesman that is disciplined and always comes across as reasonable they are going to look loony.