Judicial Watch has mastered the artwork of getting the data the American folks have to know. They often undergo authorized channels, notably the Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) requests that they ship regularly. Sometimes, they strike gold, and oftentimes that gold is available in a kind that was not anticipated by these making the unique FOIA request.
Article from The Liberty Daily.
Case-in-point: At the moment’s launch of details about Michigan’s responses all through the Covid-19 pandemic. The objective of the FOIA was to get the thin on former Michigan Division of Well being and Human Service Director Robert Gordon and his unceremonious elimination, together with a $155,506 severance bundle with strict confidentiality connected. There have been a number of bombshells that got here with the treasure trove of paperwork Judicial Watch obtained, and a kind of bombshells caught our eye.
Because it seems, “conservative” pollster Frank Luntz was introduced in to seek the advice of and to assist Governor Gretchen Whitmer persuade Republicans to social distance, put on face masks, and keep in lockdown mode till she deemed applicable for the lesser folks to return out of hiding.
From the article:
On December 1, 2020, Gordon forwarded to Whitmer’s chief of employees a PowerPoint abstract on COVID political messaging, “Altering the COVID Dialog,” put collectively by pollster Frank Luntz working with an organization referred to as de Beaumont Basis, primarily based on a survey of 1,100 Individuals. They “examined particular phrases, sentences, phrases, and attributes Individuals want to listen to to vary their conduct and cease the unfold of the coronavirus.” A major a part of the report analyzed Democrat-vs.-Republican responses. For instance, certainly one of a number of “warnings” Luntz emphasised, “Many Republicans refuse to observe tips as a result of they argue the science retains altering. It’s as much as you to speak – on the outset – that the science is settled.”
A lot of the Luntz Report offers with wordsmithing. A table within the report categorizes phrases as “Phrases to Use” and “Phrases to Lose.” For instance, use “protocols” and lose “orders & decrees;” use “social distancing” and lose “bodily distancing.” One other Luntz advice is to “Name It the Pandemic,” primarily based on his surveys that discovered the phrase “pandemic” is “extra vital, critical, and scary” than the alternate options “COVID-19” and “The Coronavirus.”
The survey of 1,100 folks, which included an “oversample of 300 African Individuals,” discovered that there was a “chasm” between Republicans and Democrats on Covid, and “In each doable method, Democrats and Republicans assume otherwise and act otherwise.” Luntz stated they “examined particular phrases, sentences, phrases, and attributes Individuals want to listen to to vary their conduct and cease the unfold of the coronavirus.” When requested the survey query, “Which is extra necessary to you relating to Covid-19?” survey respondents outranked “Well being” to “Liberty” by 48% to 13%. Amongst African Individuals, 54% responded “Well being” and 6% stated “Liberty.”
Based mostly on his findings, Luntz had a sequence of “insights” he provided:
- Nothing scares GOPers greater than an IRS audit‚ besides testing constructive for COVID.
- Regardless of vocal criticism from President Trump, President-elect Joe Biden was rewarded, not punished for “staying in his basement” for 2 months.
- There are only two trusted organizations and other people – the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Nobody else is shut. And don’t overlook to make the most of survivors of Covid as nicely. Congress additionally lacks credibility.
- In order for you Republican buy-in, you will need to make the case that the science is settled and that everybody now agrees.
- “Say “Public,” Not “Authorities”
Controversy has been following Luntz for weeks. As Missy Crane at Wayne Dupree famous:
…the ultimate nail has simply been pushed into Frank Dunce’s profession, due to an worker whistleblower who simply blew the lid off of Frank and referred to as out all the things he’s doing as a complete “fraud.”
The story appeared in Salon – which is a left-leaning web site, however don’t let that deter you – it’s being extensively reported all over the place. Salon reported that Republican pollster and Kevin McCarthy’s friend-slash-roommate Frank Luntz isn’t afraid of boasting about his private achievements. “Dr. Frank I. Luntz is without doubt one of the most honored communication professionals in America as we speak,” reads a biography on his web site. However a few of his former staff inform a remarkably completely different story.
Chris Ingram, a former senior vice chairman on the Luntz Analysis Firm who labored on the firm from 1997 by the early 2000s, informed Salon that Luntz’s declare to ship goal knowledge is a “whole shtick and a rip-off.”
The takeaway is that this: Frank Luntz was employed to have interaction in what can solely be described as a “psy-op” in opposition to Republicans in Michigan. They have been extra reluctant to bend to Whitmer’s will, so Luntz got here in to assist with the bending.
‘The Purge’ by Large Tech targets conservatives, together with us
Simply after we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns have been ending and our capability to remain afloat was enhancing, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the previous few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for help in staying afloat by Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn within the economic system has restricted our capability to generate correct advert income simply as our visitors was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over 1,000,000 guests in November, December, and January, however February noticed a dip.
It wasn’t simply the shortened month. We anticipated that. We additionally anticipated the continuation of dropping visitors from “woke” Large Tech corporations like Google, Fb, and Twitter, however it has truly been a lot worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Each of our YouTube accounts have been banned. Fb “fact-checks” all the things we put up. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? As a result of we imagine within the fact prevailing, and which means we are going to proceed to debate “taboo” subjects.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You’ll be able to’t say that on Large Tech platforms with out risking cancellation, however we’d reasonably get cancelled for telling the reality reasonably than staying round to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They’ve been overlaying it up since earlier than the election and so they’ve satisfied the overwhelming majority of conservative information retailers that they are going to be harmed in the event that they proceed to debate voter fraud. We refuse to again down. The reality is the reality.
The lies related to Covid-19 are solely barely extra prevalent than the suppression of legitimate scientific info that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We ought to be allowed to ask questions in regards to the vaccines, for instance, as there may be ample proof for concern. One doesn’t need to be an “anti-vaxxer” with the intention to need solutions about vaccines which can be nonetheless thought of experimental and which have a monitor file in a brief time period of getting side-effects, together with demise. One among our tales in regards to the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” inflicting blood clots was “fact-checked” and eliminated in the future earlier than the federal government hit the brakes on it. These questions and information objects aren’t allowed on Large Tech which is simply another excuse we’re getting canceled.
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