Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 9, 2011
By now we all know about the silly little frat boy editor of the American Spectator‘s having confessed to having been the agent proschlockateur at the Smithsonian the other day.
The question a lot of folks have been asking is: Why? Why did he a) do something so blitheringly stupid and b) compound the stupidity by admitting it in print?
Here’s my guess:
The guy is an idiot frat boy and the AmSpec piece is most likely damage control, in my view.
I can just imagine the conversation he had with his bosses afterwards:
FratBoy: Hey, isn’t this great! I impersonated a lefty protester and made them look bad!
AmSpecBoss: Idiot! They got pictures of you, you moron! The pics are all over the place now! They’ll soon figure out you’re one of us!
AmSpecBoss: This is a disaster. Our only hope is to try and spin this by outing you as one of us before they do. Do it NOW before I decide to fire your stupid ass, dipwad!
FratBoy: …uhh, uhh, yessir! Rightawaysir!
This is the only scenario that makes sense to me, because to assume that this was planned in advance with the intention of being revealed to the world is to assume that the people running AmSpec are too stupid to know how to breathe. We can’t quite rule that out — wingnut-welfare outfits like AmSpec are known for being dumping grounds for otherwise-unemployable trustfarian kids of powerful right-wing sugardaddies — but it seems highly unlikely to me.
(Crossposted to DailyKos. See also this previous post on Republican agents proschlockateur.)
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: agent proschlockateur, agent provocateur, American Spectator, OccupyDC, occupywallstreet, Patrick Howley | 4 Comments »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 25, 2011
This will almost certainly be the funniest story you read today:
An Indiana deputy prosecutor and Republican activist resigned Thursday after the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism uncovered an email to Gov. Scott Walker in which he suggested a fake attack on the governor to discredit union protesters.
Carlos F. Lam submitted his resignation shortly before the Center published a story quoting his Feb. 19 email, which praised Walker for standing up to unions but went on to say that the chaos in Wisconsin presented “a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”
“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said.
“Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam.”
Donald Segretti, he’s not.
Bear in mind that this was three days before Walker would discuss, on the phone with the man he thought was “David Koch”, the possibility of having some of his people go out and cause trouble while pretending to be union members. And it would be nine days before some .22 caliber bullets oh-so-conveniently made themselves found when Walker needed additional pretexts to justify shutting down the Capitol Building.
Now, either Walker or one of his staff read Lam’s e-mail and got the ideas for both these stunts, or (and what I think is more likely) they didn’t have to be told by anyone to try and pull false-flag stunts — it’s just something that’s hardwired into all Republican operatives to attempt whenever the chips are down.
(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: agent proschlockateur, agent provocateur, Carlos F. Lam, false flag operation, Indiana, Republicans, Scott Walker, wisconsin | 2 Comments »
Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2011
While the national media is busy yammering about nonexistent “chaos” even as the Madison cops still haven’t found anything that rates writing out an arrest warrant, a really stupid teabagger named Mark Williams wants to get together with his buddies and go to Madison to cause actual trouble while posing as SEIU members:
we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures… signs under our shirts that say things like “screw the taxpayer!” and “you OWE me!” to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters.
Our goal is to make the gathering look as greedy and goonish as we know that it is, ding their credibility with the media and exploit the lazy reporters who just want dramatic shots and outrageous quotes for headlines. Even if it becomes known that we are plants the quotes and pictures will linger as defacto truth.
This is exactly the sort of thing right-wingers love to do. See, for example, Mitch Berg and his buddies at “Protest Warrior”. So it’s no surprise that they’re trying the same old agent proschlockateur silliness.
Posted in libertoonians, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, Tea Party | Tagged: agent proschlockateur, agent provocateur | 23 Comments »