What this looks like is calculated willing media exploitation -- get the bus tour on the local news, get a lot of exposure from friendly “Authorized Journalists” on friendly turf to create the impression of widespread grassroots support -- and then move on, doing it in a way to minimize the chances of the opposition having time to mount an effective counter-protest.The suspected tactic reminds met of a pre-packaged immigration rally Al Sharpton had in downtown Atlanta a couple years back. Buses reportedly pulled up, demonstrators unloaded and staged for the waiting media. A short time later, folks loaded back up and moved on.
Friday, June 14, 2013
An Astroturf bus tour?
A Bloomberg-backed gun control bus tour appears intentionally designed so only its information gatekeepers know where it's going. David Codrea notes the stealthy scheduling at Examiner.com: