HCAN Plans Counter Attack on Americans Protesting “Healthcare” Reform

I think the following memo speaks volumes. According to the following, anyone who disagrees with Obama’s healthcare legislation is a militant right-wing activist paid to disrupt the public “townhall” meetings being held across the country. God forbid we might all be actual Americans representing the entire political spectrum who don’t want Obama and his socialists gaining control over every aspect of our lives. So here’s what the organization HCAN (Healthcare for Americans Now) plans to do (the comments in caps are mine):

From: Margarida Jorge To: HCAN Field Partners

RE: HCAN—Responding to Right-Wing Attacks in the Field – August 4, 2009

Since early February, we’ve seen increasing numbers of militant right-wing activists attending public meetings across the country targeting Members of Congress and President Obama. Now in the August recess, the “tea-bagger” protesters and right-wing activists are showing up in larger numbers with a mission to be as disruptive as possible in the hopes of rattling Members of Congress and halting health care reform through pure spectacle and obstruction. EASY TO SLANDER AMERICANS EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR ASSIGN MOTIVES WITH NOT A SHRED OF PROOF TO BACK THE FALSE CHARGES THAT WE THE PEOPLE WHO PROTEST HAVE ANY OTHER MISSION THAN TO BE HEARD.

Our response is shaped by 3 things:

 Our targets are Members of Congress who must vote “yes” for this bill. THESE TARGETS MUST VOTE THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO, HUH? Our targets are not the rightwing extremists. The targets of these attacks are Members of Congress. Those Members are also our targets. We need to use these attacks as opportunities to work with the Members in ways that build our relationship in the field and bring us together as allies in health care reform. Members may be more receptive to partnering with us if they know we will help them combat the opposition. NOTE THE LIBERAL USE OF THE MILITARY TERM “TARGETS” AND THE WORD “COMBAT.”

 Our core message is effective, and we should always come back to it. Our campaign plan has always
anticipated opposition. No matter what the right-wingers bring up to distract the debate, we should always circle back to our key message. WHICH IS WHAT? THE TRUTH OR MERELY THE POLITICALLY CORRECT PROPAGANDA?

We are on the side of quality, affordable health care for everyone, and we are against turning over health care reform to the insurance companies and lobbyists who got us into this mess to begin with WHAT MESS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE? THIS MANUFACTURED “CRISIS”? NEVER LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE, EH?

We need to educate the press and the public that the protesters are aligned with the corporate lobbyists and insurance companies who are trying to stop reform. SO HERE THIS MEMO ATTEMPTS TO TURN THE FOCUS OF THE DEBATE FROM ACTUAL ANSWERS TO LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS FROM AMERICANS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM TO A LIST OF ENEMIES.

 Our ability to put the extremists into perspective helps us frame our narrative. We should be prepared to
respond to the other side, but we don’t need to be reactive or feel pressure to answer their accusations point by point. Instead, we should treat them as agents of the insurance lobbyists who want to maintain the status quo. We can dismiss their radical rhetoric by circling back to the basic things that we know most people care about—affordability, access, and quality. SO, QUESTIONS ARE ACCUSATIONS AND AMERICANS WHO ASK QUESTION ARE AGENTS OF THE ENEMY AND EXTREMISTS AS DEFINED IN THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH. AND SIMPLE QUESTIONS FROM THOSE WHO OPPOSE THIS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF OUR LIVES IS RADICAL RHETORIC. WONDER WHO REALLY PLANS ON SPINNING THE RADICAL RHETORIC HERE?

In many cases, protestors will show up at events or meetings you don’t organize but are participating in as an attendee or sponsor. You can still influence the outcome of these events or meetings, and it’s important for HCAN organizers and leaders to be ready to encounter these protesters in order to make sure that our volunteers and activists respond appropriately as well as capitalize on opportunities to also move our message, work with Members, and educate the public. EDUCATE THE PUBLIC? TO WHAT? THE POLITICALLY CORRECT PROPAGANDA OR THE TRUTH?

Who are these people? YEAH, WHO ARE THESE SO-CALLED RIGHT-WING AMERICANS THAT SHOW UP UNPAID, UNORGANIZED TO PROTEST A HEALTHCARE BILL THEY DON’T WANT? UNLIKE HCAN MEMBERS WHO MARCH IN STEP WITH THEIR LEADERSHIP…

The people who show up are far right-wing ideologues recruited by paid organizers. AND THE PROOF OF THAT IS WHERE? NOT HERE, CERTAINLY. 

Much of this recruitment and organizing is funded by industry lobbyists and public relations firms to engage radical right-wing groups. AGAIN, WHERE IS THE PROOF?

Many of these groups are motivated by far right ideology in general – not by health care as an issue. WHERE IS THE PROOF? HOW CAN A MEMBER OF THE “OPPOSING” SIDE EVEN DO MORE THAN GUESS AT WHAT THE MOTIVES OF PROTESTING AMERICANS ARE?

They are held together by a common vision of the world that centers on defeating Obama and his agenda. WHAT ARROGANCE, TO ASSUME OBAMA IS SO DAMN IMPORTANT THAT WE WHO WOULD PROTEST THE CONTINUING RAPE OF OUR COUNTRY–ITS FREEDOM AND RESOURCES–ARE CENTERED ON DEFEATING THE MAN VERSUS DEFEATING LEGISLATION WE KNOW IS WRONG FOR THIS COUNTRY. 

We can expect to see anti-abortion groups, pro-gun groups, insurance company employees (mandated by employers to come out AND WHERE IS THE PROOF?), militia groups, and antiimmigration groups. AGAIN, WHERE IS THE PROOF?

What are their goals in turning out disruptive mobs? FIRST ANSWER THIS: WHAT WAS THE GOAL OF THE SEIU UNION THUGS WHO RECENTLY BEAT UP BLACK CONSERVATIVE, GLADNEY, IN ST. LOUIS? AND WHY HASN’T OBAMA OR ANY HIGH-RANKING DEMOCRAT, OR EVEN HCAN, PUBLICLY CONDEMNED THIS BEATING OR INVITED GLADNEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR A BEER SUMMIT? WHY HASN’T THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTED THIS BEATING?

Their goal is to stop Obama, influence the media, and scare Members of Congress into thinking that there is more resistance to health care reform than really exists. OH, THERE’S A LOT MORE RESISTANCEE TO THIS HEALTHCARE “REFORM” THAN EVEN THE RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS WOULD ADMIT.

The attendees are not reflective of the middle or average Republican Party member AND HOW WOULD ANYONE IN HCAN KNOW WHAT IS REFLECTIVE OF THE AVERAGE REPUBLICAN MEMBER? AND WHY DOES THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEMO ASSUME THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS ARE AGAINST A VERY BAD PIECE OF LEGISLATION?.

Insurance industry lobbyists and public relations firms recruit mostly right-wing extremists WHERE IS THE PROOF? who are willing to employ militant tactics THIS MEMO IS VERY MILITANT IN ITS USE OF MILITARY TERMS in order to demonize Obama by tapping into fear and anger in the electorate. SO, ONE OF THIS MEMO’S PURPOSES IS NOT TO DEMONIZE THOSE WHO WOULD DARE PROTEST? 

The fear comes from both aggressive communications tactics and rhetoric: anti-tax, anti-abortion, anti-immigration, and other themes that resonate with the farthest right wing of their party. REALLY. AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS BEEN KISSING WHO’S HALF-BLACK ASS SINCE THE ELECTION?

What is the strategy of the lobbyists and right-wingers who are orchestrating these protests?

The most important thing to remember about this type of mobilization is that it is foremost a media strategy, not an organizing strategy. WHAT A CROCK–LIKE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA CAN GET ITS COLLECTIVE HEAD OUT OF OBAMA’S ASS LONG ENOUGH TO REPORT ANYTHING CLOSE TO HONEST, FAIR OR OBJECTIVE.

These angry mobs are not trying to persuade Members of Congress or the folks who are attending the event about their point of view. NO, WE MOBSTERS WANT ANSWERS IS ALL.

Their goal is to disrupt the event as much as possible in order to:

1. Prevent our message from getting out. RIGHT. LIKE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTS ANY VIEW OPPOSING OBAMA. NOT LATELY.

2. Scare Members of Congress into silence and submission. ARE THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SO EASILY COWED? KNOW THAT FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, DO YA?

3. Paint a picture for the media that conveys widespread disapproval for health care reform in order to influence the narrative. NO NEED TO PAINT A PICTURE–I THINK THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS HAVING TROUBLE CONTAINING THE TRUTH THAT OPPOSITION TO THIS HEALTHCARE “REFORM” IS GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS. AND IT’S MEMO’S LIKE THIS ONE THAT FUEL THE FIRES OF DISSENT AND DISCONTENT.

4. Create as much tension as possible at these events so that the average spectator is completely turned off and disengages totally from this issue. SO, WHO’S COMING TO THESE MEETINGS WITH A BATTLE PLAN? LOOKS LIKE HCAN TO ME…

What can we expect them to do?

• They will be loud: They will “Yell, stand up and shout out, and rattle” the Members of Congress. They will be
disruptive and not follow the agenda. They won’t wait for an opening to speak. They will just interrupt and shout from the minute the event opens until it ends. AND LIBERAL PROTESTERS DIDN’T ENGAGE IN THIS VERY BEHAVIOR ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHEN CONSERVATIVES WERE ASKED TO SPEAK. WHY IS IT SUDDENLY TERRIBLE NOW? AND WHO SAYS REAL AMERICANS ARE GOING TO DO THIS? OR DOES THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEMO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT UNION THUGS AND ACORN MEMBERS PLAN TO DO THAN SHE IS TELLING?

• They will paint a picture: They will carry a lot of signs. They will have gimmicks and props to get attention from the MOCs and from the media. REALLY. AND THIS WASN’T DONE AD NAUSEAM BY LIBERALS BEFORE THE DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF THE WHITE HOUSE?

• They will look bigger than they are: They will spread out and distribute their signs widely. They will also get in front of any TV camera or press people in order to make sure the story that is reported is their story. WELL, I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW TODAY, HOW TO LOOK BIGGER THAN I AM WHEN PROTESTING.

• They will seek confrontation: The right-wing protesters will foster confrontation at every turn because that’s what draws media and distracts the public. They will use any means to do this including abusive language, arrests, props, and physical violence. Be prepared. AND THIS WASN’T DONE BY LIBERALS AND DEMOCRATS FOR YEARS LEADING UP TO THE OBOMINATION BEING ELECTED…AND THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR WON’T BE USED BY CLOSET LIBERALS ATTENDING IN CONSERVATIVE CLOTHING IN HOPES OF MAKING AMERICANS WHO WOULD DARE OPPOSE THEIR GOVERNMENT LOOK BAD? AGAIN, WHO IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA STUMPING FOR? AND WHAT IS HCAN PREPARING FOR?

How should we prepare to encounter the right wing protesters at MOC events?

1. Contact friendly MOCs and let them know you are coming to make sure our side is heard and that the
event is positive. Provide constructive support for Members of Congress who are holding public events to
promote health care reform by turning out constituents and anticipating problems ahead of time. Ask the
Member’s staff what would be most helpful and talk through a strategy for making sure the right messages don’t get drowned out by chaotic protesters. THE RIGHT MESSAGES=THE POLITICALLY CORRECT MESSAGES, NOT NECESSARILY THE TRUTH.

2. Inoculate your staff and your volunteers by telling them what to expect and what purpose lies behind the
right-wing demonstrations. The more that the attendees know what to expect; the less startled they will be by the irrational tone and militancy of the protesters. SO, ANYONE WHO PROTESTS IS IRRATIONAL AND MILITANT.

3. Bring more people than the other side has. MIGHT BE HARD TO DO.

Their side will be smaller but noisier. REALLY, SMALLER? YOU SURE HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN YOUR ORGANIZATION’S ABILITY TO PULL THE WOOL OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S EYES WITH THIS BATTLE PLAN.

You must bring enough people to drown them out and to cover all our bases so as to marginalize their disruptive tactics. SO, WHO’S PLANNING ON DISRUPTING THE EVENT?

You don’t want to get into a screaming match, but it must be obvious to everyone—including press—that you represent the majority. AND WHAT IF YOU DON’T REPRESENT THE MAJORITY? WHAT IF HCAN IS JUST ANOTHER FRINGE GROUP HOPING TO REAP FUNDING AND POWER BY DELIVERING MORE MINDLESS SHEEP TO OBAMA’S FOLD?

4. Arrive earlier than the other side does. THIS SOUNDS LIKE WAR, DOESN’T IT? TERMS LIKE THE “OTHER SIDE” ONLY PROMOTE CONFLICT, DON’T YOU THINK?

We need to stack our folks in the front to create a wall around the Member, SO IS THIS A GANG OF THUGS PREPARING TO PROTECT THE POOR WEAK CONGRESSPERSON FROM HIS OR HER CONSTITUENTS? and we need to stake out the best spots for visibility and signs. Reconnaissance on the venue and an understanding of the staging will be important here. Make sure you do your homework so you can position your
folks most effectively. RECONNAISSANCE ON THE VENUE, STAGING, THE BEST SPOTS, EFFECTIVE POSITIONING–SURE SOUNDS LIKE WAR TO ME.

5. Be more visible than the other side. Bring more signs and leaflets, and whenever possible, post your signs all over the place so that you visually out-perform the other side. VISUALLY OUT-PERFORM–THIS MUST BE A CONTEST, NOT PREPARATION FOR A CIVIL DISCUSSION.

Make sure you have people holding signs in every place where a TV camera is likely to be SO THE TELEVISION CAMERA IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE ISSUE and that next to every right wing sign, there’s one of your signs with your message.

6. Have a real plan for the media. Remember, this is a communications strategy that the right wing is using and our goal is to stop them from hijacking and changing the message and tone of these events. AND WHO’S ATTEMPTING TO HI-JACK AND CONTROL THE TONE OF THESE EVENTS? LOOKS LIKE THE STRATEGY’S BEEN LAID OUT HERE.

Assign 3-5 people to speak with the reporters who attend and make sure the reporters understand the scope and message of the event. If you let the media just report on what they see, they will invariably focus on the mayhem. That is a far juicer story than affordability and the public health insurance option. Don’t wait for the reporter to approach you. You must approach the reporters and be assertive in shaping the narrative that they write. Have someone assigned to greeting the media or checking in media as they arrive. That way you will know who they are and be able to work with them both during the event and afterwards. SO, ATTACK THE REPORTERS, EH? DO YOU REALLY NEED TO GO THAT FAR?

Also, plan to record both the events you attend and the events you organize. TV stations will use amateur footage to round out their stories, and the other side is recording and posting video online. We need to be able to give the press video of successful events too. ARE THERE SO FEW “SUCCESSFUL” EVENTS THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS GOING TO MISS ONE? SUCCESS IS DEFINED HOW? THAT ALL THE SHEEP SWALLOWED THE BRAIN-WASHING AND NO ONE SAID A DISCOURAGING WORD?

How should we interact/what do we say to the other side?

1. Do not debate on their “policy” points. Remember, they are seeking a platform to distort the truth about
reform by making health care about abortion, rationing, euthanasia, etc. REALLY, AND NONE OF THOSE ITEMS ARE IN THAT BILL, EH? Rather than try to reply with the truth RIGHT–WHAT GOOD IS TRUTH?(which won’t move them anyway) we should respond with our message SO YOUR MESSAGE IS NOT ABOUT TRUTH and at every turn re-focus the agenda on communicating with the Member of Congress.

2. Interrupt them when they get disruptive and refocus the meeting WHAT IF THE ONLY DISRUPTION IS COMING FROM LIBERAL PLANTS IN THE AUDIENCE TO CAUSE TROUBLE?:

Line up a number of people who feel comfortable interrupting and prepare them with statements like: GET YOUR SOLDIERS IN LINE HERE

• “Excuse me, I came today to listen to Representative XXX explain how this bill is going to make health
care more affordable for me and my family. We’re being gouged by insurance companies that just want
to make more profits while we struggle to keep up with premiums and co-pays. Representative, how are
you going to fix that?” WHO REALLY PLANS TO DO THE GOUGING?

• “I’m retired and can’t afford my prescription drugs because I’m on a fixed income. Representative, how is
this bill going to affect me?” YEAH, WHAT ABOUT THAT MANDATORY “END OF LIFE” CONSULTATION? OR THE BACK-ROOM DEAL OBAMA MADE WITH THE DRUG COMPANIES? CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT?

• “I want to hear the Representative speak. He’s the one voting on the bill. Representative, how will this
bill help people who already have insurance at work?” IF YOU READ THE BILL, YOU REALIZE YOU WON’T GET TO KEEP YOUR INSURANCE.

• “What I’m worried about is how we’re going to keep the insurance companies from continuing to charge
people more for being sick and keep them from taking away coverage when we need it most. What’s the
plan for that?” READ THE BILL, SEE IF YOU CAN ANSWER THAT.

3. Don’t get into a shouting match with them. Instead, prep people on our side to keep raising the questions
that we want answered. WELL, WHAT ABOUT THE QUESTIONS WE THE PEOPLE WANT ANSWERED?

Repetition is the key. We need to arm our side with questions that play to the strength of our message AND THAT MESSAGE IS NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH AS NOTED ABOVE, AND AGAIN THE USE OF VIOLENT TERMS SUCH AS ARM OUR SIDE, and make sure we keep bringing them up over and over so that the press recognizes those central themes LIKE THEY DON’T KNOW THEM ALREADY.

We should also phrase those questions strategically to help move the message, WHICH AGAIN IS NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH (SEE ABOVE).

• “Over the last XX years, insurance company profits have risen XXX %; in this bill you would regulate
insurance companies so that they can no longer deny people with pre-existing conditions and would have
to play by fair rules. Isn’t that right, Representative XX?” THERE ARE NO FAIR RULES WHEN THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PREVENTED IN THIS BILL FROM SIGNING UP NEW CUSTOMERS. READ THE BILL.

• “Isn’t it true that this bill would guarantee everyone a choice of public health insurance option that will
lower cost overall in the system?” ONLY AFTER THE GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS SHOWS US THEY CAN RUN MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY EFFICIENTLY AND IN THE BLACK, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL I BELIEVE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A CHANCE IN HELL OF RUNNING A HEALTHCARE PROGRAM FOR ALL OF US.

4. Address the MOC directly with a positive message: Remember, these Members need cover and they are
getting beaten up by right wing zealots in these meetings. NO, THEY’RE BEING BEATEN UP BY REQUESTS FOR THE TRUTH, FOR ANSWERS TO LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS FROM REAL AMERICANS. NOTE AGAIN THE USE OF ANOTHER MILITARY TERM: NEED COVER.

We want to let the Member know that we appreciate his efforts to hear constituents WHO ARE MOUTHING THE RIGHT MESSAGE, BUT NOT THE TRUTH, and that we, the majority, agree with him. SAYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT YOU’RE A MAJORITY DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. ESPECIALLY IN THIS CASE.

5. We should demonstrate that we are the majority by chanting: When the other side gets too loud, we should shut them down with chants that counter their message like “Health Care Can’t Wait!” and “Health Care Delayed is Health Care Denied” and prep people to chant at key points when the other side gets most disruptive. SO, YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOU’RE THE MAJORITY BY OUTSHOUTING THE “OTHER SIDE”. THOUGHT THIS BATTLE PLAN DIDN’T CALL FOR SUCH TACTICS–SEE ABOVE–THOUGHT SUCH TACTICS WERE VERBOTEN.

6. Follow up with the Member one-on-one: This experience may have been trying for your MOC. YEP, VERY TRYING, TRUTH HURTS.

Make sure that you thank him and that you let him know that the majority is with him. He needs to know that we will provide cover and support him at every turn for his leadership on this issue.

Organizing your own events with a Member of Congress

One advantage to organizing your own Town Hall or public event with Members of Congress is that you will have much more control over the event and limit the other side’s opportunities for disruption. SO, YOU NEED CONTROL TO LIMIT FREE SPEECH.

Still, you should take precautions to make sure that you can keep meetings you organize under control.

Here are some basic tips TO GET AND MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE PEOPLE:

a. Talk to the Member of Congress ahead of time so that you agree on a format that is comfortable for the
Member and that you can troubleshoot roles or concerns that the Member may have about the event. It
is important to know how much time the Member will have, when he will arrive, what staff he’s bringing, and how many questions he’ll answer so that you can anticipate any issues that may arise and can plan your program appropriately. AND PLANT YOUR QUESTIONS PROPERLY.

b. Know who you are turning out to attend the event. Make sure you turn out a substantial number of people
from your base OF OPERATIONS and that everyone signs a sign in sheet upon entering the event. Give everyone name tags so they are easily identifiable. If you want to ensure greater control–YES, MORE CONTROL–over turnout, you can ask attendees to rsvp or even issue tickets to the event TO LIMIT LEGITIMATE DISCUSSION AND/OR QUESTIONS–AFTER ALL, THE MESSAGE IS NOT ONLY DIFFERENT THAN, BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN, THE TRUTH, RIGHT? and require presentation of the ticket at the entrance.

c. Choose a venue that is difficult for the opposition to access without being noticed. GOD FORBID, THE AUDIENCE SHOULD BE REAL AMERICANS ASKING QUESTIONS.

Get to your location early and make sure you set up the venue in a way that ensures that the attendees you want are at the front INSTEAD OF ATTENDEES, YOU MEAN PLANTS, DON’T YOU? OR IS IT UNION THUGS? and that any protesters who come are sequestered as far as possible from the stage.  YEAH, WOULDN’T WANT ANYONE TO ASK A QUESTION OUTSIDE OF THE MESSAGE OR ANYTHING…

Make sure that you have signs and visuals up and that you adequately understand the layout of your venue so that you know where the entrances are, where the press will be positioned, where your speakers will be, etc. WHERE THE TARGETS ARE

d. Select a strong moderator to move the agenda in a disciplined way. Make sure you select someone who is
comfortable interrupting rowdy protesters, who can command the attention of the room, and who understands how to de-escalate tensions and re-direct people to the agenda, AGENDA = THE MESSAGE, WHICH IS NOT THE TRUTH (SEE ABOVE).

e. Lay out goals for the meeting and establish ground rules for conduct in the meeting at the beginning of the
event. Among these ground rules should be a protocol for asking questions. One way to do this is to ask people to submit questions ahead of time on cards, to permit only one question at a time, and to limit the topic of questions. IN OTHER WORDS, TO BE ABLE TO PICK AND CHOOSE THE “CORRECT” QUESTIONS AND TO LIMIT THE TOPICS OF DISCUSSION.

f. Plan for disturbances and assign marshals. YEAH, MARSHAL DILLON, WE NEEDS US A POSSE. Make sure that you assign marshals to take care of moving the crowd, keeping people organized and orderly, and acting as security should any need arise to ask noisy or disruptive protesters to leave. If you have cause to think that you will need more back-up, notify the police ahead of time. WHAT’RE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN THE POLICE DON’T AGREE WITH YOU OR OBAMA?

g. Collect signs and leaflets that are not provided by you or your organization. Another way to limit
protesters’ ability to hijack your event is to confiscate signs or leaflets that they may bring into the venue from outside. SO, NOW WE NEED TO TAKE AWAY ANY UNAPPROVED SIGNS IN ORDER TO GAIN EVEN MORE CONTROL.

The best way to do this is to make a blanket rule that no one can bring signs or leaflets and to advertise this fact as you do turn out in the weeks preceding the event. You can distribute your own signs in the event and offer them one as they enter if you choose to allow them to enter. OH, NO ONE CAN BRING SIGNS, BUT YOU CAN DISTRIBUTE YOURS. AND THIS IS FAIR? AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL BE IN CHARGE OF DECIDING WHO LIVES AND DIES UNDER THIS HEALTHCARE “REFORM?” UH, NO THANKS.

h. Assign people to greet the media and to stay close to reporters both as they enter and leave the event. OH, YEAH, WOULDN’T WANT THOSE REPORTERS REPORTING ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE FEDERALLY-APPROVED OBAMA PROPAGANDA.

It’s important that you take away right-wingers opportunities to talk with reporters IF YOU’RE RIGHT, WHY ARE YOU SO SCARED? by making sure that your staff or leaders are in constant contact with the media who attend. You should set up a special table or area for the press to sit during the event and that area should be close t the stage and away from any areas of the venue where protesters may gather. YEAH, THOSE DISSENTERS HOPING FOR A LITTLE TRUTH MIGHT TALK TO A REPORTER WHO ISN’T BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. UNLIKE HCAN…

Also make sure you have materials ready for the reporters so that they know the purpose and message of the event AH YES, THE PURPOSE AND THE MESSAGE, WHICH IS NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH (SEE ABOVE).

Here’s a link to this HCAN memo in .pdf: HCAN: Responding-to-Right-Wing-Attacks-in-the-Field

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