Hannity, Palin next targets: Who is Angelo Carusone?
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Get it? The very next day — Thursday — the Commissar was at work instilling fear into Rush’s sponsors. Result?
One of the advertisers on the receiving end of this kind of garbage was businessman Mark Stevens. As seen in this interview yesterday with Fox’s Megyn Kelly — and make a point of listening to it if you can — Stevens had the guts to say he was the target of what he called “internal American terrorism” because he refused to drop his local ads that appear on the Limbaugh show in the New York market. Stevens pulled no punches. He understood exactly what was happening to him and had the guts to stand up to the bullies. And while he wouldn’t say who was doing it — he clearly knows. So too does Rush –—who cites Media Matters by name. So do we all.
And by the way, Stevens recognized exactly that what was happening to him and the people in his company — one woman in particular — was nothing less than an attempt to “invoke fear.” In other words, Chinese Roulette had come to America. And Mark Stevens was being told he had to live with the bullet of fear in his head everyday — and Mark Stevens boldly refused.
But not every advertiser has Mark Stevens’ courage — something Commissar Carusone understands full well.
Says the Raw Story article of Carusone’s tactics: “Many times, that [is] enough to make advertisers pull their commercials, although Carusone admits that by now his reputation for peskiness may help grease the wheels.” Thus… seven sponsors departed the Limbaugh show.
But not Mark Stevens.
• Methodically Catalogue Results of Smear and Fear Campaign: Next step? After having sprayed an AK-47’s worth of bullets of fear at Rush’s advertisers?
Commissar Carusone, Raw Story reports, then “catalogues his activities… which includes one running list of sponsors that have dropped the show and another of those that have not.”
Stop right here.
This is the 21st century Americanization of a very old leftist tactic. It is described thusly in The Black Book of Communism, revealing how Stalin’s “State Political Directorate” Commissars kept precise lists of exactly who among “enemy” social classes had been arrested, deported, or shot. Or, ominously, who needed to be. Say the authors of the procedure:
The mania for planning and maintaining statistics… was also an important weapon in the arsenal of terror.
This was exactly the Carusone procedure created for dealing with Glenn Beck.
This of course is, what causes Commissar Carusone to say of Rush’s view of Fluke that Rush spoke “almost 50 smears for three days” about Fluke. Count ‘em. Not 49 “smears”. Not 51 “smears.” Precisely 50. With not a soul asking: “Who gets to determine what is a smear?” Answer: Why, Commissar Carusone, of course.
This is straight from the playbook of Stalin’s “State Political Directorate.” One of the oldest tricks in the leftist playbook is given new life in 21st century online America. Using a site, found here, that Carusone says was “started… in 2009, 2010.”
So if we go to StopRush.org, like clockwork in the evolution of leftist political police, we find what was described in that June 2010 interview. There it is, the “running list of sponsors that have dropped the show and another of those that have not.” Indeed, at the very top of the site are sections labeled “Dropped Sponsors” and “Remaining Sponsors.”
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