Saturday, March 20, 2010

Talking Points

This is just a quick post to demonstrate the use of "Talking Points" as a political tool. I have had a few discussions with people who doubt that members of the President's administration and members of Congress collaborate on talking points. As a news junkie, I tend to obsess a bit on this trend, and I have seen countless examples of this practice. Members of Congress are the worst offenders, and you will often see several Congressmen and Congresswomen repeat the same tired rhetoric over and over on TV news network, after TV news network.

On February 25, 2010, President Obama, in essentially a solo performance, took on the entire Republican leadership in this unprecedented meeting. The Republicans repeated many of the same talking points, most of which where committed to memory. Phrases like "scrap this bill", "start over", "clean sheet of paper" where repeated over and over and over and over throughout the meeting with Obama.

If you don't have time to watch the entire video, I have captured a few examples of Republicans reading their talking points from what appear to be 3x5 index cards, 4x11 sized lists, and letter sized printouts of materials.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.Va)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

In this clip from May 2008, Keith Olbermann delivers a special comment on Countdown about the Bush Administration talking points used to promote the War on Terror. Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Sean Hanity and other talk show hosts highlight some of the more catchy phrases including "Stay the Course", "Cut and Run", 'appeasement' 'fight over there so we don't fight them here', 'they hate our freedom', and many more.

In this video clip from Sept. 2007, Katie Couric reported live from Baghdad. But instead of using that opportunity to ask tough questions and dig for the truth, Couric asked softball questions and repeated false Bush talking points.

I can't say that I blame political pundits and elected officials for sharing and repeating each other's talking points, because I am sure I would probably do the same thing on occasion if I was an elected official. It does seem a bit sad that some politicians can't always speak frankly and from the heart.


  1. But 400 BILLION on unconstitutional health care is ok?

    Prescription Drug Benefit.
    The final version (conference report) of H.R. 1 would create a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. Beginning in 2006, prescription coverage would be available to seniors through private insurers for a monthly premium estimated at $35. There would be a $250 annual deductible, then 75 percent of drug costs up to $2,250 would be reimbursed. Drug costs greater than $2,250 would not be covered until out-ofpocket expenses exceeded $3,600, after which 95 percent of drug costs would be reimbursed. Low-income recipients would receive more subsidies than other seniors by paying lower premiums, having smaller deductibles, and making lower co-payments for each prescription. The total cost of the new prescription drug benefit would be limited to the $400 billion that Congress had budgeted earlier this year for the first 10 years of this new entitlement program. The House adopted the conference report on H.R. 1 on November 22, 2003 by a vote of 220 to 215 (Roll Call 669).
    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR this bill.
    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

  2. Thanks for your comments Mickey! I am grateful for your expression of your opinion here on my blog. I hope you come back to read more posts, and I look forward to more of your comments in the future.


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