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David Axelrod To Appear On Bill Maher Show

From The Daily:

Obama adviser slams Romney for Limbaugh while planning to go on Maher

By Daniel Libit and Sam Goldsmith
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CHICAGO — While slamming Mitt Romney for not standing up to the “strident voices” on his side, a top Obama advisor is planning to spend some quality time with one on his own, The Daily has learned.

David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior campaign strategist, is scheduled to appear on Bill Maher’s late-night talk show within the next few weeks, according to Kelley Carville, an HBO spokesman.

As the controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke continued, a former Obama White House official today joined Republicans in pointing out that Maher, who recently donated $1 million to a pro-Obama super PAC, has a history of his misogynistic slurs.

Last year, he was rebuked by the National Organization for Women for calling Sarah Palin a "dumb tw*t."

“palin is right to point out that bill maher has said some pretty disgusting things about women, comedian or not. they are rush like,” Austan Goolsbee, the former chairman of President Obama’s Council on Economic Advisors, and currently a professor at the University of Chicago, tweeted.

After Obama spoke with Fluke, the Georgetown University Law Student called a “slut” and “prostitute” by Limbaugh, Palin challenged Priorities USA to return Maher’s donation.

"Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters. For the sake of everyone’s daughter, why doesn’t his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?," Palin wrote Tuesday on her Facebook page.

In a conference call with reporters today, Axelrod invoked Limbaugh on several occasions.

“He’s going to continue to lose independent voters when he walks away from issues like the one involving Rush Limbaugh last week, where he essentially refused to comment on what was a really egregious set of comments by Limbaugh,” Axelrod said. “Why? Because he’s afraid to challenge a guy who’s the de-facto head of his party.”

If it weren’t for double standards, Democrats would have no standards at all.

The number of advertisers to pull spots from the The Rush Limbaugh Show hit 43 yesterday — and even the band Rush had bad news for the embattled talk show host

It is pathetic to see even The Daily reprinting these misleading figures that were most likely dreamt up by Media Matters and the rest of the Obama campaign.

But speaking of ‘grassroots’ organizations, as we were the first to note back in April 2009, David Axelrod is an acknowledged master at "Astroturfing." That is, ginning up phony grassroots movements, like advertising boycotts.

From the March 14, 2008 archives of Business Week:

The Secret Side of David Axelrod

The Obama campaign’s chief strategist is a master of "Astroturfing" and has a second firm that shapes public opinion for corporations

By Howard Wolinsky
March 14, 2008

David Axelrod has long been known for his political magic. Through his AKP&D Message & Media consultancy, the campaign veteran has advised a succession of Democratic candidates since 1985, and he’s now chief strategist for Senator Barack Obama’s bid for President. But on the down low, Axelrod moonlights in the private sector.

From the same address in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Axelrod operates a second business, ASK Public Strategies, that discreetly plots strategy and advertising campaigns for corporate clients to tilt public opinion their way. He and his partners consider virtually everything about ASK to be top secret, from its client roster and revenue to even the number of its employees. But customers and public records confirm that it has quarterbacked campaigns for the Chicago Children’s Museum, ComEd, Cablevision, and AT&T.

ASK’s predilection for operating in the shadows shows up in its work. On behalf of ComEd and Comcast, the firm helped set up front organizations that were listed as sponsors of public-issue ads. Industry insiders call such practices "Astroturfing," a reference to manufacturing grassroots support. Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward, who has been battling the Children’s Museum’s relocation plans, describes ASK as "the gold standard in Astroturf organizing. This is an emerging industry, and ASK has made a name for itself in shaping public opinion and manufacturing public support."

It is probably safe to say that Media Matters is profiting from Axelrod’s vast experience at mounting such phony ‘grassroots’ campaigns as this one again Mr. Limbaugh.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “David Axelrod To Appear On Bill Maher Show”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    It’s the Age of Confusion Ruled by the New Dumb

  2. BillK says:

    For anyone who isn’t familiar with Maher’s comments, our friends at ShePAC have produced this video:

    Bill Maher: Obama’s Million Dollar Man

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate
    Posted By Craig Bannister on February 27, 2012

    A Georgetown coed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they’re going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control.

    Speaking at a hearing held by Pelosi to tout Pres. Obama’s mandate that virtually every health insurance plan cover the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing products, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said that it’s too expensive to have sex in law school without mandated insurance coverage.

    Apparently, four out of every ten coeds are having so much sex that it’s hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke’s research shows.

    “Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception), Fluke reported.

  4. wirenut says:

    Thank’s for the numbers Tater! Nine out of ten, Kennedy’s agree. Gratuitous and out of wedlock sex is just too damn expensive for the, average collegian woman to “bare”. Oop’s. How do we “spread” the wealth? Oop’s. If you want a diploma that means a damn, crack open the books and cross your legs.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    As regards Axelrod’s “and has a second firm that shapes public opinion for corporations.”

    You know, although I’ve heard of “public opinion” I am still in awe of its apparent power. That is, I fail to see on what basis it exists. I know it has some sway, that it seems predominantly populated by morons who go out and buy more beer because three frogs say “bud-weis-er” but is it really that easy to manipulate? Or is it more that the ones being manipulated are both arrogant and stupid at the same time? I mean, the two so often go hand-in-hand.

    Personally, I don’t like crap when I hear it. When I’m in a company meeting and the “leaders” start talking about how great we are, it has to pass the litmus test of sincerity. It never does, so I never listen. I mute the TV when commercials are on. I don’t look at advertising at all. Maybe that’s why, over the years, that billboards have gotten just that much bigger and obnoxious.

    So when someone like Axelrod devotes his life to “sell” something, he’s running up against a guy like me who has devoted his life to the elimination of advertising. No, I’m a capitalist at heart, I like that businesses thrive and make money but our sound-bite, contrite, snarky society is all about flash with no substance and advertising is the top of the pyramid for that; Distilling something that requires long discussion into a 5-second catch-phrase that only gets into a very small part of the human brain.

    I used to have teachers that would say to kids mimicking TV commercials, “If that’s what truly motivates you, I pity you”. That was back in the day when teachers could actually say such a thing and they were right. Kids having a loyalty to Chevrolet not based on any critical assessment of the product but because the emotional appeal of “USA 1” had them putting the stickers on their books and such. All over the emotional appeal of feeling that their at the top of something. When properly analyzed, it’s just a rubric in its more neanderthal sense.

    I hate to be told what to think. My mind is mine and when people try to tell me what to think, I feel invaded. I fight back. Axelrod also lives under the delusion that he “controls” the minds of millions when in reality he has simply given them all treats the way a dog-trainer does. But his treats are poisonous.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Piggy-backing on that, I think social collectivism can bring people a sense of relevance and purpose. The problem that you illustrate Rusty, is how vapid and hollow the ideas and principles are that popular culture promotes – and worse even, how successful they are in the marketplace. Like you said, it’s become alarmingly easy to seduce people into believing and viscerally supporting faulty products and ideas, even that which can be dangerous and destructive.

      The impulse to collectivize is part of human nature I think. Liberals are masters at manipulating the mob, and fundamentally believe race, gender, sexuality are integral to it. Conservatives believe in free will and collectivize voluntarily around wholly different premises which are usually meant to further empower the individual.

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