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While the "liberal media" was sleeping, Conservatives were busy carpet-bombing the U.S. media. Here's a partial look at how two prominent Conservative think tanks got their messages out over the past day:

Heritage Foundation


  • The Bush Tax Cuts and the Deficit Myth (Brian Riedl, Heritage Foundation) -- Wall Street Journal
  • ‘Downgrading’ Voter Intimidation (Hans A. von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation) - National Review.
  • More political stalemate for Japan (Bruce Klingner, Heritage Foundation) -- Asian Times Online.

  • Doctors vs. Obamacare—and Vice Versa (Robert E. Moffitt, Heritage Foundation) Health Care News
  • Broken Politics and Bankrupt Economics on Display (J.D. Foster, Heritage Foundation) National Review.


  • "The Heritage Foundation has released its annual estimate of how much people in the United States have come to rely on government."
  • "Brett D. Schaefer of The Heritage Foundationwill speak to the alliance at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Junction City Hall council chamber."
  • "James Sherk, senior policy analyst for labor economics, is author of a new report from the conservative Heritage Foundation, which tries to address the comparison issues."
  • "Terry Miller, director of the Center of International Trade and Economics (CITE) for The Heritage Foundation, believes the export initiative is Obama's solution to unemployment, but it is not realistic."
  • "'As a matter of fact,the Heritage Foundation has highlighted that his "2011 budget requests that food stamps spending rise from $39 billion (already a record level) to $75 billion.'"
  • "Michael Franc, vice president of government relations at the Heritage Foundation told TheDC, 'It’s a different caliber of gift if it is to go to the Smithsonian.'"
  • "'Most of the big-ticket spending items for the next few years have already been spent, so Jack will have to preside over a lot of the less-fun belt tightening,' said Brian Riedl, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research organization. (NYT)
  • "This was disclosed by Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center ofthe Heritage Foundation and is known as one of the experts on the Asian affairs."
  • "Russia ranks 143rd out of 179 countries in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, with protection of private property "weak" and the judicial system "corrupt," according to the Heritage Foundation."
  • "Put another way, increasing the price of electricity causes renewable energy standards to function like a really inefficient energy tax. A salient analogy comes from the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation."
  • "Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation and formerly with the CIA, told The Hindu, 'The CIA is not in the business of kidnapping nuclear scientists. It just doesn't happen. This is likely a fabrication by Amiri for Iran to save face.'"
  • "Brian Riedl of the conservative Heritage Foundation said Lew knew the budget would have a shorter learning curve than previous budget chiefs having done the job before." (Reuters)
  • "Now the Heritage Foundation and the National Abstinence Education Association say that, like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, they oppose implementation of the new provisions.
  • "Regardless, conservative economists such as Conerly and James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank, contend repeated benefit extensions create incentives to delay searching for work or be too picky about what jobs to take."
  • "The Congressional Health Care Caucus is holding a policy forum on "Looking at the Problems and Presenting Solutions for the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula." John O’Shea of the Heritage Foundation; and Peter Lavine of the D.C. Medical Society will be participating."
  • "But Terry Miller, director of the Center of International Trade and Economics (CITE) at The Heritage Foundation, warns that the United States still faces major economic hurdles."
  • "And James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation is likewise critical."

American Enterprise Institute


  • Reflexive Opposition to Nominations Must Stop (Norman Ornstein, AEI) - Roll Call
  • Obama's Crisis Is GOP's Opportunity (Jonah Goldberg, AEI) - Townhall, others.
  • The Return of the Jeffersonian Vision and the Rejection of Progressivism (Michael Barone, AEI) - The American, others.
  • The fading embers of Obama's coalition (Marc A. Thiessen, AEI) - Washington Post.
  • The secret to human happiness is earned success (Arthur C. Brooks, AEI) - Washington Examiner.

  • American fairness means equality of opportunity, not income (Arthur C. Brooks, AEI) -Washington Examiner
  • Beyond the Obama Nuke Policy (John Bolton, AEI) - Wall Street Journal


  • "Indeed, as Leon Aron, director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute, noted in a recent essay, President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia just announced plans to build an "Innovation City" in Skolkovo, outside Moscow." (NYT)
  • "Michael Rubin, an Iran expert at the American Enterprise Institute, said he expects Iran to reap propaganda value from Amiri's return."
  • "But, generally, every 13 weeks of additional benefits adds one more week to the length of unemployment, said Alex Brill, an economist and research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit research group."
  • "'It's a pretty cost-effective way to create jobs,' Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute."
  • "Back in April, the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, released a compilation of data from various public opinion surveys that revealed, ta-da!, we hate paying taxes."
  • "In an interview Philip I. Levy, resident scholar at theAmerican Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C says that he Yuan appreciation is quite gradual but it is not going to settle the American Economy."
  • "'America faces a new culture war,' declares Arthur Brooks, president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute."
  • "Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch parliament and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, pointed out that the internet was used as a recruiting tool for fundamental Islamists."
  • "Said tax expert Howard Gleckman, a resident fellow at the nonpartisan Urban Institute, and Joseph Antos, a health policy expert with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a nonpartisan think tank with conservative roots."
  • "John Makin, an economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, calls the tax break 'a drop in the bucket.'" (USA Today)
  • "Karlyn Bowman, polling analyst for the conservative American Enterprise Institute, doesn't go that far, but she agrees that the environment is growing increasingly hostile for Obama and his party."
  • "Eileen Norcross of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, and Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute say such assumptions are optimistic, and should be much lower."
  • "John Fortier, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said he expects Palin to run in 2012."
  • "Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and a Bloomberg news columnist, talks with Bloomberg's Mark Crumpton about the impact of the home-buyer tax credit on the U.S. housing market." (video- WaPo).

Keep in mind, this is an incomplete list from the past 24 hours, and the majority of these stories and quotes have been passed on by other media entities, big and small. And,of course, this is just two of an army of Conservative think tanks, and doesn't take into account Conservative Think Tankers appearing on television.

And they'll all be at it again today. And tomorrow. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, forever.


Crossposted at William K. Wolfrum Chronicles

Originally posted to WilliamKWolfrum on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:29 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Wasn't the Heritage Foundation (7+ / 0-)

    the source of Mitt's recent nuclear/START pronouncements which began wrong and went downhill from there?
    OTOH this is traditional MSM type stuff.  Tom Friedman is now hoping for an Ali/Liston rematch blissfully unaware that Sonny is long since dead.  

  •  Can it be considered carpet bombing (6+ / 0-)

    when the media is actually the conservatives' best ally? It's more like the media invited the conservative deluge than that the media was the victim of a hostile takeover.

    You don't bring a knife to a gunfight and you don't bring a chicken to the doctor.

    by beltane on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:40:20 AM PDT

  •  Don't we have ANYone (3+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Mama, DianeNYS, kid funkadelic

    who even tries to do this on out side of things? If not, why not?

    The uninformed will listen to the ones who talk the most and the loudest. We better counteract that and soon.

    Beyond petroleum my ass! ~ Rachel Maddow

    by Purple Priestess on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:07:01 AM PDT

    •  One word: Money (2+ / 0-)
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      DianeNYS, Purple Priestess

      Even well-off and successful progressives are not really into putting money into countering the Republican think tank phenomenon.

      You might check out Yes! Magazine and its Positive Futures foundation.  This is one of the better progressive efforts.  They concentrate on collecting a network of people who can create or organize programs, projects, etc that are focused on bringing about a future that is a positive departure from the status quo.  

      hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

      by Stuart Heady on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:58:37 AM PDT

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      •  It's not too many liberal think tanks because (2+ / 0-)
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        o the umanity, Purple Priestess

        Liberal is not a product. The right has to sell their "brand" and market it. You don't have to sell the truth.

        Think...It ain't illegal yet ! George Clinton

        by kid funkadelic on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:32:46 AM PDT

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        •  you do when the lies are preemptive (1+ / 0-)
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          Purple Priestess

          it took how many decades to convince people in america of the truth that cigarettes cause cancer?

          Important diary, and TIMELY.
          Pop quiz kossacks;
          Did anything important happen last August, while the democrats slept through the dog days?
          Anything come to mind?

          They're dangerous not just because of their repugnant idology, but because they never. fucking. sleep.

          The Republican Party will never die until there is a new political home for racists.

          by kamarvt on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:42:52 AM PDT

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    •  all communications infrastructure (1+ / 0-)
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      Purple Priestess

      has been co-opted by capitalist sellouts.

      We don't just need a "liberal channel" (or 20); we need to get it on all the cable and satellite systems. As long as the handful of conglomerates are allowed to continue cornering the market on The News, this will continue.

      We need to scuttle the Telecomm Act--that's what made all this shit possible...

      one of these days, I need to figure out how to embed links in my sig line ;)

      by o the umanity on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 11:05:11 AM PDT

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  •  We must collaborate and Create an Army (4+ / 0-)

    We The HONEST faction of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA is being exhausted by trying to keep up and deflect the lies and deception slung with the sword of Satan - Republicans and its Corporate Treasure Chests.

    We try to produce progress, but then we are stalled by needing to correct and then get the message out on the correction when Republicans lie and and create hysteria with there lies.

    Take for instance the Recovery Act Signs along the Highway. Claims from right wing media that they cost 10,000 dollars is almost double their actual cost, and they create jobs for people who will put that money into the economy and create more private jobs. And most of all, it's absolutely nothing new.

    Then we have the sign in Chicago relating Obama to hilter and stalin if I'm not mistaken. Complete non-sense when we all know history will correctly tell us that Obama will be the most Democratic President in decades while Bush will be seen to resemble not just more closeley, but actually will resemble hitler and stalin.

    Liberals and the Faction of Honest Peoples don't have Billions of dollars in marketing and Think Tank treasure chests. That is part of the message we need to get out somehow. We need an army of the people to fight against Satan's sword - Republicans and their Corporate Treasure chests that take away unemployment that will put money into the economy and create private jobs, they want to take your medicare, take your medicaid, take your social security, take your retirement, take your local jobs and give some to wallmart and the rest to china, change laws to give comfort to terrorists by letting corporations and its foreign backers buy any US senator or president they want, taking away our rights and on and on while at the same time accusing their opposition of these same things to confuse the people.

    We need to fight. We need to protect our country from satan's sword.

  •  Look, this has been going on for a long time (9+ / 0-)

    People here get surprise to hear this and think it has just sprung up.

    The history of the conservative think tank goes back a ways, but a study of the development of this phenomenon can be had by concentrating on the daily activities that this diary produced, or the history of such people as William F Buckley and William Kristol.

    Bill Kristol's father, a contemporary of Buckley's was a promoter of such ideas as the Supply Side economics that Reagan became enamored of.  

    Buckley was funded by Texas Oil money, and a lot of this is because the larger oil and petrochemical interests (centered in Houston) saw that spending a few million here and a few million there could mitigate the development of the environmental movement and ensure that electing people, especially in Washington, would be a worthwhile investment.

    Is there a progressive counter to this much oil money, invested in an effort to fund the careers of brilliant promoters and articulators?  

    Probably the only alternative is staring you right in the face.

    The difference is that this is the opposite of recruiting the best Harvard and Ivy League standouts and paying them well enough to develop careers on the most glittering cocktail circuits.  

    This is the great symphone of chaos of democracy.  However, in the long run, the evolution of the American system will be enhanced by whatever comes of this.

    In the meantime, it would be nice if there were strategically oriented progressives able to operate in a competitive way.  

    Right wing conservatives set about spending the money needed to buy into the media and set up myriad efforts to hammer on the media to make sure that publishers, producers, editors and writers would feel the heat for crossing them.

    It has been very effective.   Most people here are not fully aware of what all has been going on, though the effects are right in front of all of us.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:53:38 AM PDT

  •  I'm so frustrated with this (2+ / 0-)
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    DianeNYS, Statusquomustgo

    It's overwhelming and disgusting how much slant they inject into the news. I'd like to see a much bigger range of opinion.

    However, aren't there some liberal think tanks? How can we get more?

    In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

    by Lefty Mama on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:56:54 AM PDT

    •  Positive Futures Foundation (4+ / 0-)

      You might check out Yes! Magazine and its Positive Futures foundation.  

      This is one of the better progressive efforts.  They concentrate on collecting a network of people who can create or organize programs, projects, etc that are focused on bringing about a future that is a positive departure from the status quo.  

      However, I think this is an example of the larger trend.  Conservative think tanks tend to be funded by big money interests that are making investments in protecting their profits from progressive policy.

      Progressive think tanks tend to be about discerning a way through to a better
      future, past issues that are real, such as worldwide food distribution, or global warming, etc.  They don't seem to be consumed by an interest in endlessly fighting regressive forces.  

      hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

      by Stuart Heady on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:01:47 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks! Tipd and recd (2+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, WilliamKWolfrum

    This should be on the wreck list, hope it will be rescued.

    Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

    by SoCalSal on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:23:25 AM PDT

  •  Propaganda works... (0+ / 0-) long as there are clueless morons who will swallow it whole - but the truth is, the population of morons in this country is not what it used to be. Sure some 25%-30% of the voting public will always vote against their own interests because they simply hate liberals too much, much more than they love this country, but you can't win national elections with 25%-30% of the vote.

    I'm not worried. No amount of polish can polish the Republican turd. It simply stinks too much.

    Batshit Crazy Beck/Batshit Insane Bachmann 2012? Sure, I'll buy that for a Dollar. ;)

    •  Better propaganda works better (0+ / 0-)

      it doesn't take a clueless moron to be duped by propaganda. I know plenty of really smart people who believe some seriously stupid shit. I say that as someone who's studied English, etymology, and psychology. English is such a manipulative language :-)

      At any rate, the point really is not "polishing a Republican turd to make it pretty enough for consumption". The point is "getting the counter-message to the turd-polishing out", unfettered by opposition spin.

      That message does not get out without the help of the handful of media companies that produce ALL NEWS for US consumption.

      one of these days, I need to figure out how to embed links in my sig line ;)

      by o the umanity on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 11:13:48 AM PDT

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