The Parrot Technique
About 25 years ago, assertion training was very big. The primary technique for holding your own was to say the same thing over and over again, sort of a way of insulating yourself against repeated requests from someone manipulative. It was actually called the "Parrot Technique." It's as though the extreme right, including fundamentalists, have borrowed this technique. Sarah Palin is a great example. No matter how many people point out that there is nothing about death panels in the health care reform package, just keep saying there are. No matter how many people point out that the end-of-life consultation is voluntary, just keep repeating that it is mandatory.
Someone needs to invent an antidote to the Parrot Technique. Fox News has proven how well it works. I hate the idea of a counter-parrot.
And I hear about how the left has to get better talking points and get off the defensive. Talking points on details are necessary, but wouldn't it be nice to have someone really rise up out of the mud and address the bigger issue?
Bill Moyers was interviewed by Bill Maher last weekend. He said, without equivocation, "As a moral nation, we should have health coverage for everyone. This is a moral imperative." He compared it to John Kennedy's speech about Civil Rights, where he made the case that change needed to happen because it was a moral imperative. I felt such relief hearing someone talk so clearly, stating what should be obvious. He said that he wished President Obama would take this approach. So do I.