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Palin to rally conservative online army

In Sarah Palin, Smart Power on June 5, 2012 at 7:40 am

PALIN TO RALLY CONSERVATIVE ONLINE ARMY

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has committed to delivering the keynote address at Right Online, the annual gathering of conservative bloggers and online activists organized by the Koch-backed non-profit group Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

This year’s meeting is focused on higher-level tactics and strategies than past year’s editions of Right Online, which sometimes had the feel of a crash course on blogging 101. The Vegas conference features training on video exposes to be conducted by guerrilla video journalist James O’Keefe, a session on polling featuring conservative’s favorite pollster Scott Rasmussen and a session moderated by columnist Michelle Malkin entitled “How to Use Facebook & Twitter to Win,” which will include instruction on using social media to drive narratives.

It’s an area in which Palin can rightly be considered a pioneer, having mastered a high-impact, communication style that almost completely circumvents a traditional media from which she’s sometimes gotten rough treatment.

In addition to her regular, paid appearances on Fox News, Palin tapped social media such as Facebook and Twitter, combined with her own star power, to deliver endorsements of allies and cutting attacks on opponents that sometimes drove the political debate for days. While her impact had diminished somewhat after she announced that she wouldn’t seek the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, she’s increasingly carved out a place for herself in recent months as a Triple-A level political kingmaker and conservative movement figure.

“Sarah Palin is an expert at harnessing social media technology and tactics to shape the narrative,” Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, said in a statement announcing Palin’s Right Online keynote address. “Few others have demonstrated Palin’s prowess at breaking the rules of the Old Guard Media.”

The conference is going to be heavy on Breitbart hagiography, with Palin scheduled to introduce the team behind Breitbart’s network of conservative websites to toast his memory at a June 15 tribute.

After Breitbart died unexpectedly of heart failure in March, Palin wrote in a piece published on his Big Government website that “the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General — we lost an entire Special Forces Division.”

Palin will introduce the premieres of two Breitbart-related movies at Right Online. “Hating Breitbart” is a documentary two years in the making that chronicles Breitbart’s rise, the controversies he helped spur, and his impact on conservative and mainstream media alike. “Occupy Unmasked,” which features interviews with Breitbart, is billed as an exposé of the Occupy Wall Street protests that “will rock the crazed Left to the core,” according to David Bossie, president of the conservative group Citizens United, which produced the movie.

Americans for Prosperity wouldn’t comment on how much it’s paying Palin to speak. But she commands speaking fees ranging into the low six-figures. And in 2010, AFP spent $253,000 on honoraria, including a $128,000 payment to the speakers’ bureau that represents Palin, with whom AFP had contracted to speak at its Defending the American Dream Summit in Clarkston, Mich., in May 2010.   (More)

A shrug of the shoulders and an indication millions of Poles should just “get over it”…

In foreign policy, Obamanation, Poland, President Bill Clinton, United States on June 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Obama Refuses To Apologize For Polish Death Camp Gaffe

Suggesting a shrug of the shoulders and an indication millions of Poles should just “get over it”, the Obama White House makes light of President Barack Obama’s glaring gaffe against Poland during a Medal of Freedom presentation this past week.

(President Obama poking the chest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  It should be noted that the former Israeli Special Forces member Netanyahu could likely and quite effectively incapacitate Barack Obama in seconds…)

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It is interesting to note that while Barack Obama has repeatedly been quick to apologize to the world for America, he rarely if ever is willing to apologize to others for himself.  Such is the case yet again when the president incorrectly used the term “Polish death camps” when referencing Nazi death camps located inside Poland during WWII – a distinction particularly important to Poles who lost many many lives during those horrific years of war.

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“We regret the misstatement, but that is what it was,” said Obama spokesman Jay Carney, reiterating that the president “misspoke” during a ceremony awarding the highest US civilian honor to late Holocaust hero Jan Karski.

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Obama’s words had hurt all Poles and he expected more from Washington than just regret.

“I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman — a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors,” Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.

“Today, this is a problem for the reputation of the United States,” the prime minister said.   LINK

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Prime Minister Tusk is correct – President Obama should have quickly made a personal apology to Poland, and yet, the dismissive attitude by this president to America’s long standing allies is nothing new and has been on display before with others such as Israel and Great Britain.  Do not forget the reports that had former French President Nicolas  Sarkozy declaring Barack Obama “insane” – a dispute that apparently arose out of Obama’s dismissive attitude toward Sarkozy’s concerns over the growing threat of Muslim dominance in Western Europe.  Just as he is now doing with Poland, Barack Obama’s attitude toward that threat was also for France and other nations to simply “get over it”.   LINK