It’s work to get our worldview across with well framed messages; work made harder when the opposition is intentionally misstating our positions and then arguing vehemently against them.
That technique is a specific propaganda trick known as the “straw man” and it’s the one employed most often by conservative strategists and conservative media types like one Wesley Pruden whose opinion piece creates a virtual army of straw men.
Here are a few examples and you can click to the article if you really want more:
” …“straight” folks and particularly straight white men, are so bad they’re not entitled to rights, civil or otherwise. Cops are all bad because they’ve set out to wipe out black folks, and therefore it’s OK to kill as many cops as possible.”
“…there’s no such thing as a Muslim terrorist, and besides, radical Islamic terrorism is a myth (you could ask Hillary), and Muslims wouldn’t be terrorists if they were not oppressed by Jews and Christians in the West. You could ask Bernie Sanders, who wants to bar believing Christians from holding public office. “
“An important Democratic message is that a woman has the right to choose when and whether she has an abortion, but she doesn’t have the right to choose not to have one.”
Liberals do not believe any of these things, but the trick is so powerful that many conservatives do believe these things about us. For the record, we do not ever suggest that you use this, or any other propaganda technique in your messaging. We must frame our messages with integrity and honesty.