Karl Rove is like Osama: over-hyped and over-rated.
He acts as a convenient hate figure for the Left in the same way that Osama appeals to the Right. The elite gambit is to get the Right so entranced by hatred of Osama that they uncritically accept every snippet of news which signals his imminent demise.
What makes you think that their ploy with the Left would be any different?
Don't expect disinformation to be signed personally by Karl Rove. Give these people some credit for brains at least. In fact, right now the best possible Rovian disinformation is 'news' pitched as if it were leading to the downfall of Rove!
Which is why you should be careful about the Jeff Gannon story.
Remember back in the summer of 2004. Everybody Knew Bush was going down. Despite the official polls, true sentiment in the U.S. was running 60:40 against the president. Actual votes on the day were likely to run around Kerry 55/Bush 45.
Nobody expected Karl Rove to take this lying down, so when pundits predicted he was about to stage the 'capture' of Osama, or was plotting a fake terrorism attack to boost Bush, it seemed credible.
This perception was reinforced by the like of Wayne Madsen's confidential 'sources', who in the closing stages of the election campaign reported that the terror strike was imminent.
It never happened. The elite didn't ensure Bush's reelection by means of a fake terror strike.
They stole the fucking election instead.
As they had always planned to do.
While carefully misdirecting us to look elsewhere during the run up.
Now that's good quality disinformation. Notice the emotional surface appeal of the terror attack spin. Always the appeal to the emotions -to get reason looking the other way.
And when we finally realized that ballots -not bullets- were Rove's KO punch, we saw key election fraud activist Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org stage her own spectacular self-destruction on Air America's Randi Rhodes show.
Just to make sure your votefraud outrage was axed by one of it's 'leaders'. Just to make sure you could blame Bev when nothing happened about the stolen election. Another convenient scapegoat -just like Kerry. All of which disillusioning of opposition comes copyright COINTELPRO, 2004 via Air America, MSNBC and the Green's David Cobb Democracy Memorial Fund.
But, hey! Bev looked good for a while there. As did MSNBC Countdown's Keith Olberman -stolen election hero of the left- while he helped box a national controversy into 20 minute slots on liberal cable. Yeah that was a breakthrough, wasn't it? NOT.
Anyway, that was then.
Now they are pulling the same tired old stunts with Jeff Gannon.
This time the objectives is to feed us GannonGate: a mutedly salacious gay version of MonicaGate. This time the sex scandal is rocking the Blogsphere -conveniently giving investigative blogs a discrediting tabloid sheen in the process.
The psyop hasn't really taken hold though. From the start, many saw that Rove is not as dumb as the GannonGate spin presumes him to be. The 'discovery' of Gannon was way too easy. And if GannonGate was a real embarassment, Jeff would be quietly tending sheep in Mongolia -not waving his dick around at the National Press Club.
Realizing this, the GannonGate team are accelerating a planned downmarket shift into the cosy, elite-funded internet conspiracy market. Where GannonGate has to compete with Peak Oil, imminent asteroid impacts, earthchanges, alien abductions, the nuke that caused the tsunami and other fantasies designed to give 'conspiracy theory' a bad name.
The wild spin is that Gannon is actually Johnny Gosh -kidnapped as a child and used as a plaything of Washington politicians. BlackBoxVoting's Andy Stephenson is back, widening his interests from of election fraud to help out with this latest angle.
Meanwhile, an affidavit in a lawsuit is being used as part of 'evidence' that a "vast network of children [was] trained to work for the government and participate in deviant sexual acts to make the blackmail of politicians possible."
His cedibility freshly dented by authoring an 'April Fool' story about the U.S. Army recruiting 14-year-old children [also 1 2]), Cityview's Tim Schmitt is now writing:
"In 1999, [Paul] Bonacci won a $1 million lawsuit against Larry King, the former head of the Franklin Credit Union in Nebraska, whom he claimed forced him into the pedophile ring. The federal judge ruled Bonacci was truthful in his testimony, which included his claim that he was one of several young male prostitutes known to have toured the White House in the 1980s."So a judge ruled this account truthful, eh? That subtly constructed phrase sounds good, unless you have been told that the lawsuit was uncontested.
Listen up. If I sue you with a claim that you kidnapped me with the help of two nine-foot-tall aliens. And if you don't contest the lawsuit. Then the judge will make just the same ruling. But he will have a hard job not laughing out loud as he does so.
It doesn't mean it's all true.
The same applies to the story of Clint Curtis and Florida Republican Tom Feeney. Wayne Madsen's active here again -moving from predicting the 'terror strike' that never happened, to helping to launch this account of a computer vote-stealing plot in Florida. Bradblog is a key vehicle for the Feeney tale, and a tame mainstream hack has recently been wheeled in to try kickstart some interest in the story.
To little avail. Nobody's buying it.
None of these internet sensations will ever discomfort the mainstream. They, and a plethora of similar spins are intended to waste your time and divert your energy as surely as the Osama no-show terror attack:
- Don't organize an antiwar group in your area.
-Campaign for the 'truth' about Gannon instead.
- Don't rally against the Patriot Act.
-Demand that Clint Curtis be heard instead.
- Don't even consider that the U.S. is being defeated right now in Iraq.
-See their confident plans to invade Iran as well.
- Don't focus on the record profits of the oil corporates.
-We are running out of oil is all. Honest.
The Orwellian news managers have the market beautifully segmented by see-no-evil Chinese walls, which allow the manufacture of crude opinion zones: Fox News fanaticism; gun-totin' Patriots; Mainstream myopia; Soros-funded MoveOn; Deaniac Dems; the Green Gremlins; CounterPunching Lefties; 9/11 Truthers; God-dammed Communists; and End of the Worlders.
The information war boys have a gambit for each of those markets. And they have a wide range of specialist media fronts, well placed to roll out these ploys. It must cost a bundle, but hey, your taxes pay for it all anyway.
That's the difference between BreakForNews.com and the host of 'alternative' websites and radio feeds carrying a diet of information, rich in subtle (and not subtle enough) disinformation. We don't have their kind of reach or that level of unlimited budget for unprincipled bullshit.
Jeff Gannon is leading to the inevitable downfall of Karl Rove.
Just like that terror attack in October '04 which got Bush releected.