Article on Stuff is a fantastic example of Dirty Politics


I know all about so-called Dirty Politics. I know how we define it and I know how ?the left define it. Either definition does not involve lying. Dirty politics is about getting a message into the media by?using a middle man/woman/blog or by having a good ?working relationship with a journalist. That message will be factual but designed to support a particular point of view in order to influence people. I call this spin, hence ?the term Spin Doctor.

Political parties have always found a way of getting their messages into the media which is why we say it’s not Dirty Politics it’s just plain old garden variety politics. The only difference ?I can see is that some spin doctors are more skilled ?and effective than others.

In an ?article on Stuff written by Stephanie McCrummen, ?there is a brilliant Dirty Politics hit piece on Trump disguised as an investigation into an ordinary supporter. The headline is ‘Finally. Someone who thinks like me’ ?The headline is to design to make the reader think that the person in the article is a typical Trump supporter and therefore her views are Trump’s views and her flaws are Trump’s flaws.

?The article is a brilliant dirty politics hit piece because if this is an ordinary, supporter of Trump I’ll eat my hat. The reporter appears to have gone out of her way to find the strangest and most unlikable person possible. Everything she says about this person is no doubt true but the clear inference from the article is that Trump supporters are crazy.

Here ?is just a small sample of the tone of the article to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

She lit a cigarette. Her boyfriend, Kevin Lisovich, was next to her on the couch, drifting to sleep, a pillow over his head. On the ottoman was her cellphone, her notes on the speakers so far – “LOCK HER UP!!” she had written – and the anti-anxiety pills she kept in a silver vial on her key chain.

Like millions of others, she believed that President Barack Obama was a Muslim. And like so many she had gotten to know online through social media, she also believed that he was likely gay, that Michelle Obama could be a man, and that the Obama children were possibly kidnapped from a family now searching for them.

…The first time she had seen him, at a rally in June, she was just beginning to realise how many people saw the world the way she did, that she was one among millions.

At the time, her hips were still sore from a series of injections intended to calm her. She had gotten them in February, during a difficult time in her life, when she had been involuntarily hospitalised for several weeks after what she called a “rant,” a series of online postings that included one saying that Obama should be hanged and the White House fumigated and burned to the ground.

On her discharge papers, in a box labelled “medical problem,” a doctor had typed “homicidal ideation.”

…”Trumpslide 2016!” she posted on Facebook a few days after she got home in March.

…Someone honked.

“Oh, be quiet!” she yelled out the window.

She was late taking her afternoon anti-anxiety pill.

…”Yippeeee!” she wrote when Trump pulled ahead in the South Carolina primary.


She posted the name of a local firehouse official with a circle and a slash through it. She wrote to a local council member, “Buzz off blubberlips!” She wrote #hangslickwillynow, and in reference to Hillary Clinton, #hangtheskanknow, and then she turned her attention to Obama.

The president should be hanged and the White House fumigated and burned to the ground, Austin wrote, and soon after that, the state police were knocking on her front door.