Reminder: WikiLeaks Revealed The Deliberate Construction Of A Liberal ‘Echo Chamber’
In all the excitement about Hillary and Donald and Putin and pizza during our last election cycle, there was an important WikiLeaks document that had nothing to do with any of these things which got largely lost in the shuffle. Republican outlets barely touched on it, and it didn’t make the slightest blip on the radar among Berners and DemExiters, so I’d like to write a reminder piece about Podesta email #59125 (click ‘Attachments’ and then ‘2008 Combined Fundraising, Message and Mobilization Plan’), because we need more awareness on this one.
Anyone who was reasonably woke during the leadup to the Iraq invasion has been having serious flashbacks lately. The patterns are all repeating— the strange synchronized movements of the media, the suspicious push by the intelligence community toward military action against a nation while refusing to provide evidence of their accusations, and, perhaps most disquieting of all, the way so many of your friends and family fell in line with the establishment narrative.
What makes them act like that? Why do some liberals sputter with outrage and indignation when you suggest that Russia may not have hacked the DNC? Why do so many people take it as a given fact that Donald Trump has a diagnosable mental disorder, and if that isn’t obvious to you then there’s something wrong with you? Why do establishment Democrats so often stride into a debate full of confidence that the primaries weren’t rigged or that the Podesta leaks didn’t reveal anything incriminating, only to storm off in a huff when their stock arguments are easily refuted?
RationalWiki defines an echo chamber as “a group situation where information, ideas, and beliefs are uncritically bounced from insider to insider and amplified, while dissenting views are censored and/or ignored.” The term was originally popularized in reference a Republican phenomenon which became glaringly evident sometime during the Iraq war, describing the bizarre way in which Karl Rove could rubber stamp a party line in a think tank on Monday morning, have all the pundits repeating the same line on conservative media outlets by Monday afternoon, and have rank-and-file Republicans regurgitating the exact same line at the water cooler Tuesday morning as though they’d been saying it their whole lives without giving it a second thought.
Well, apparently Democratic elites had seen this and gotten jealous, because in a WikiLeaks document from 2007 John Podesta was using that exact term to describe the party’s goals to a group of billionaire plutocrats. So if Democrats have been giving you flashbacks to the madness of the Iraq invasion lately, this is why.
On November 2, 2007, Podesta wrote an email to billionaires George Soros, Peter Lewis, Herb and Marion Sandler, John Sperling, and high-level millionaire Steve Bing with a detailed and structured overview of material the group had covered during a meeting they’d had in September. And if seeing the names John Podesta and George Soros in an article about a conspiracy of elites makes you roll your eyes a little, hang in there, because this one is legit.
The email describes with interesting accuracy the strategy Democrats would go on to use in their campaigns against Republican opponents, without even knowing who the candidates would be yet in the case of the Presidential election. Their plan to “keep the President’s numbers down and brand all conservative candidates as ‘Bush Republicans’,” for example, was used throughout the 2008 campaign in a nonstop barrage of criticisms against Bush by the liberal media while Barack Obama took every opportunity to accuse his opponent John McCain of “running for Bush’s third term.” Their plan to “use national, state and local media to define the issues and narratives that will ultimately shape the election” was used very effectively to turn out “record numbers of voters” and secure victory in 2008 as they predicted. But mixed in with those understandable strategies were two explicit references to the goal of creating a strong “echo chamber” to control political discourse in America.
On page two:
“Control the political discourse. So much effort over the past few years has been focused on better coordinating, strengthening, and developing progressive institutions and leaders. Now that this enhanced infrastructure is in place—grassroots organizing; multi-issue advocacy groups; think tanks; youth outreach; faith communities; micro-targeting outfits; the netroots and blogosphere—we need to better utilize these networks to drive the content of politics through a strong “echo chamber” and message delivery system”
And on page four:
“Create a robust echo chamber with progressive messaging that spans from the opposition campaigns to outside groups, academic experts, and bloggers.”
So to recap, an elite insider of the Democratic party met with a group of powerful neoliberal oligarchs to discuss how they would use their footholds in the media, the internet, academia, faith-based groups and think tanks to create “a group situation where information, ideas, and beliefs are uncritically bounced from insider to insider and amplified, while dissenting views are censored and/or ignored,” exactly like the idiocy-generating manipulation machine that conservative think tanks were inflicting upon Americans of the political right. They planned this, and they succeeded, which is why Democrats have been acting like raving lunatics lately.
So escape your echo chamber please, my liberal brothers and sisters. Talk to Trump supporters and Bernie-or-Busters. Ignore Occupy Democrats and Media Matters. Throw your television off a sea cliff. Escape from the psychological prison constructed for your mind by billionaires who profit from your engineered stupidity, and become a true free thinker.
Thank you. I love you. Good luck.