Why do we have to pay for Spin Doctors/Information Terrorists who aim to mislead us about their Masters ?

cyberianpan

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Why do we have to pay for Spin Doctors/Information Terrorists who aim to mislead us about their Masters ?

In Ireland most "Special Advisers" tend to have a media / PR background

A few have policy background

Even fewer have an operations / getting things done background

The Media incessantly accept "off the record" briefings from them - we have almost no open on-the-record press conferences

These people who we pay €60-180k p/a to - are specialised at information manipulation (distortion, omission, mistruths etc)

Weaker or ambitious Ministers ened up having to plump for a high caliber Information Terrorist

After the fall of the government - the Information Terrorists tend to find lucrative lobbying/PR roles. Also the Information Terrorists band together , guild style, and whisper against any Minister who does not sanction their dark arts being used

I propose that Ministers hiring anyone who has more than 2 of the past 5 years in lobbying/PR/media should not be allowed (or similarliy if a preponderance of their total private sector experience was in the same categories)

GIS should be the only unit allowed to hire Information Terrorists - and their number should be strictly limited - a dirty dozen seems right

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The bottom line is that the make gobshítes look good. Wonder if some P.ie mods have aspirations of being hired by Gombeens Inc? (the government)
 

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Would love to know:
- the proportion of time government politicians spend on manipulating the message vs deliberating the associated decision
- the proportion of time they spend with their "special (media) advisors" vs policy-makers and subject matter experts
- the amount of access those PR advisors have to decision-making meetings

Something tells me that all three ratios have risen substantially in recent years.

I would be in favour of far less press access to politicians if the access we got was far less mediated.
 

im axeled

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the truth has to be massaged, goverment policy has to be massaged, the publics perception needs to be massaged, there are more but coming to the end of a really sch1t day i cant be arsed
 

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I missed the bulletin from the 'information terrorists' at 6.01. Anything interesting?
 

West-Cork

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Stop watching TV, stop renewing the licence and paying to be told how to think. Same goes for many of the national newspapers. Let them know they're pissing in the wind.
 

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The bottom line is that the make gobshítes look good. Wonder if some P.ie mods have aspirations of being hired by Gombeens Inc? (the government)
Indeed - also there's serious questions as to why political parties have not disowned some of the viler information terrorists who claim to act in thier name here

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See ... when a dumb politician is elected ...they get a smart media handler ... and do what it takes to preserve the status quo

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Would love to know:
- the proportion of time government politicians spend on manipulating the message vs deliberating the associated decision
- the proportion of time they spend with their "special (media) advisors" vs policy-makers and subject matter experts
- the amount of access those PR advisors have to decision-making meetings

Something tells me that all three ratios have risen substantially in recent years.

I would be in favour of far less press access to politicians if the access we got was far less mediated.
Thatcher had Bernard Ingham as her chief press secretary. From reading their respective biographies it is very clear that they saw his job as being on of presentation, freeing up her time for policy discussions.
 

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See ... when a dumb politician is elected ...they get a smart media handler ... and do what it takes to preserve the status quo

cyp
That coupled with lazy Journalists. Rather than journalists pulling in the reigns on these PR folk they facilitate them.
 

Franzoni

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Pull in their reins and find themselves sacked more than likely as has happened to few brave souls who exposed wrongdoing and lies to largely disinterested public in the past....

It's yet another example of how little many people care on how this country in governed or what's really going on once they are ok.... .....and many of those who still care are slaves to debt afraid to rock the boat including whats left of a lot of the aforementioned journalists i'd imagine.......
 


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