Tactics of the CDTC
Guest Post by Michael Chambers (guest posts are moderated, but not approved or endorsed by the CCA Steering Committee)
I was once affiliated with the Democratic Party or as many people say a card carrying member. My wife continues to be counted on the Democrats roles in Charlestown, but I switched to Independent once I saw the tactics employed by the local party members. I cannot abide by the lies, character assassinations, and mud-slinging practiced by these so called Democrats. I have always voted for the best qualified candidates and will continue to do so, regardless of party affiliation. To vote for a single party is the politician’s game, not mine.
First, I will emphasize that I do not buy into the lie that the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) and the insidious Progressive Blog are separate entities. They work hand in hand playing off one another, presenting a Jekyll and Hyde routine with the residents of Charlestown. Knowing the pitfalls of being up front politically, the CDTC has persistently avoided criticism and left the role of lightning rod to several nit picking, self-indulgent blogging mudslingers. Although I have commented several times about the underhanded tactics of these bloggers, I have been relatively quiet about the role of the CDTC in this town. If the residents of Charlestown believe that the connection between the CDTC and the bloggers does not exist, they have become exactly what the local Democratic establishment desires: apathetic and uniformed. Henceforth, when I refer to the CDTC, I am including the committee membership and the bloggers because the overlap of players is too great to differentiate.
The CDTC should change its name to the Charlestown Disinformation Town Committee. I am not addressing the State and National issues that the Town Committee relishes, but the disinformation that seems to be the bread and butter of the local Democrats. Disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately. It is an act of deception and false statements to convince someone of untruth. Disinformation should not be confused with misinformation that is unintentionally false. Disinformation is part of the strategy that the CDTC employs to distort the truth rather than present the facts. While part of the committee is smearing local residents who disagree with the arguments of Party, the rest of the administrators are acting like there is nothing wrong with the antics of their members and do not discuss the situations. They just deny the connection. In this way they never have to deal with the issue.
Recall the three monkeys, each strategically placing their hands over their eyes, ears, or mouth. When we comment on the obvious connection of the two sides of the same Town Committee, this is what the residents get: see no, hear no, and speak no evil. Not discussing certain information is one tactic of providing misinformation because it relies on the uninformed listener to fill in the blanks.
The CDTC has been attempting to convert national strategies to the local level; the only difference is that locals usually know a lot more about the liars and not as much about the issues. Unlike traditional propaganda designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions. A common disinformation tactic is to mix some truth and observation with false conclusions and lies, or to reveal part of the truth while presenting it as the whole truth. This is a big leap of faith for the disinformation purveyors, because voters at the local level are harder to manipulate than at the national level.