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Obama's Foreign Policy Guru Boasts of How the Administration Lied to Sell the Iran Deal
2016-05-06
Somewhat lengthy post about the "Blob" of reporters. Story cut down for topic
Those readers who found Jeffrey Goldberg's picture of Obama in his March Atlantic profile refreshing for the president's willingness to insult American allies publicly will be similarly cheered here by Rhodes's boast of deceiving American citizens, lawmakers, and allies over the Iran deal. Conversely, those who believe Obama risked American interests to take a cheap shot at allies from the pedestal of the Oval Office will be appalled to see Rhodes dancing in the end zone to celebrate the well-packaged misdirections and even lies‐what Rhodes and others call a "narrative"‐that won Obama his signature foreign policy initiative.

"Like Obama," writes Samuels:
Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writer's tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics but is often quite personal. He is adept at constructing overarching plotlines with heroes and villains, their conflicts and motivations supported by flurries of carefully chosen adjectives, quotations and leaks from named and unnamed senior officials. He is the master shaper and retailer of Obama's foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press.

As Rhodes admits, it's not that hard to shape the narrative. "All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus," Rhodes said. "Now they don't. They call us to explain to them what's happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That's a sea change. They literally know nothing."
Yep. The news has gotten that stupid. They are asking the Minister of Truth for the story now.
As Rhodes admits, it's not that hard to shape the narrative. "All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus," Rhodes said. "Now they don't. They call us to explain to them what's happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That's a sea change. They literally know nothing."
And the NYT wonders why its readership is falling like the panties of a cheap whore
In Rhodes's "narrative" about the Iran deal, negotiations started when the ostensibly moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president, providing an opening for the administration to reach out in friendship. In reality, as Samuels gets administration officials to admit, negotiations began when "hardliner" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was still president. It was Rhodes who framed the Iran deal as a choice between peace and war, and it was Rhodes who set up a messaging unit to sell the deal that created an "echo chamber" in the press. "[Al Monitor reporter] Laura Rozen was my RSS feed," says Tanya Somanader, the 31-year-old who managed @TheIranDeal twitter feed. "She would just find everything and retweet it."
Nothing like lazy millennials that don't want to put in the work to help spread the lie
legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. "We created an echo chamber," [Rhodes] admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. "They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say."

"In the spring of last year," Samuels writes:
When I suggested that all this dark metafictional play seemed a bit removed from rational debate over America's future role in the world, Rhodes nodded. "In the absence of rational discourse, we are going to discourse the [expletive] out of this," he said. "We had test drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked." He is proud of the way he sold the Iran deal. "We drove them crazy," he said of the deal's opponents.
If you can't dazzle them with facts, confuse them with a spew of bullshit
The press has given up any shred of objectivity, or even basic journalism, and need to be destroyed. Little wonder the public is so ignorant of the world and little wonder the US is completely falling into tyranny.
Posted by:DarthVader

#7  A few days ago we had a thread about White House press credentials and who should get them. Some of these outlets need to be delegitimized and denial of press credentials would be one way to begin that process. Media outlets that deliberately distort the news to mislead the public need to be called out for it and exposed just like Dan Rather was when he lied about Bush's National Guard service. Where is old Dan these days? Same place David Muir should be.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2016-05-06 12:39  

#6  Obama Lied? This isn't news.

What would be news is if he was honest had sold the deal on merit.
Posted by: CrazyFool   2016-05-06 10:52  

#5  The adults leading the Republican congress weren't 'dazzled' by this twerp.

For whatever reason they actively supported the rotten deal by passing the failure theater bill.
Posted by: Hupirt Snusotle2958   2016-05-06 10:47  

#4  Freedom of the Press was about the means of technology to distribute information as it existed in 1792. Freedom of the Press was not about an social institution which did not exist in 1792. The former was about the free flow of information. The latter is about the distortion, corruption, and fabrication of information.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2016-05-06 08:39  

#3  Democrat Stenographers
Posted by: Frank G   2016-05-06 07:22  

#2  The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old

Millennial genius then, amirite ?
Posted by: Besoeker   2016-05-06 02:51  

#1  The press lied and carried a lie for Obama? So what else is new. Our press unlike Pravda and Izvestiya willingly and enthusiastically put the shackles, manacles and blinders on themselves. And indirectly they put ignorance and slavery on the people as well by spewing propaganda and lies.
Posted by: Shinert and Company9663   2016-05-06 00:21  

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