Category Archives: Communication

Running From the Polls, Democrats Stumble Into Leading on Impeachment

As I’m not the first to point out, when Democrats see bad polls, they run from them. When Republicans see bad polls, they change them, through persuasion.* With polls showing a dramatic swing in favor of impeaching President Trump, Congressional … Continue reading

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Beto: Wrong on Guns, Right on Guts

Are Democrats impeaching the president? Yes. No. Maybe. You see, it could be the right thing to do, but it’s also the risky thing to do. So they kind of are and kind of aren’t. God forbid they just choose … Continue reading

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How Liberals Lose by Being Right

Liberals’ greatest advantage is that, because we care so much about facts and logic, we’re often right — as Stephen Colbert said, “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” But being right is also liberals’ greatest weakness. How can that be? … Continue reading

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How TV Has Changed Us: Barr Didn’t Need to Make an Argument, Just a Video Clip

What we saw from Barr yesterday was a deeply cynical exploitation of how television has changed us. Barr wasn’t trying to make an argument — he knew he didn’t have to. Instead, he was just trying to make a video … Continue reading

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What the Feinstein-Kids Video Teaches About Effective—And Ineffective—Advocacy

About the kids and Dianne Feinstein. I understand why some people feel outraged by what they think they’re seeing in the video, but I’d like to ask them to step back for a moment and try something that may feel … Continue reading

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Branding and Incantation

One thing that President Trump understands is branding, although with “steel slats” I really think he’s losing his touch (panic will do that to you). His more successful efforts have included MAGA, Crooked Hillary, Fake News, and, of course the … Continue reading

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Arguing Over Their New Slogan Is Why Democrats Lose

Democrats, being Democrats, are having a big argument right now about their new slogan, “A Better Deal.” Is it on point? Does it suck? What do the polls say? It doesn’t freaking matter. Quick, now. What was Barack Obama’s slogan … Continue reading

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How Kellyanne Conway Won Her Debate With CNN’s Brian Stelter — Despite Being Wrong About Everything

[Also published at Huffington Post.] White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter had a widely anticipated debate Sunday about the fairness of media coverage of the Trump administration. On every point that came up, Stelter exposed Conway … Continue reading

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A Prison Of Lies: How Misinformation Became a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry and Broke Democracy

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Imagine if counterfeiting suddenly became legal. Say we asked people not to do it — but there would be no penalty if they did. What would happen? Simple: There would be an explosion of fake money. … Continue reading

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Here’s the Scam That Makes Conservatives Believe the Mainstream Media Is Lying

[Also published at Huffington Post.]  Recently a Facebook friend shared this outrage-inducing headline: BREAKING: Massive Illegal Immigrant Welfare Fraud Discovered. My first reaction was, “Obviously fake news.” The source was something called WorldNewsPolitics.com, a website with no masthead, no physical … Continue reading

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