“Dr” Luntz

Posted May 14th, 2007 by Sylvia S Tognetti and filed in Civics 101

Doctor Frank Luntz now wants to advise Democrats about the use of words, and asks “why can’t we have a civil discussion in this country?” Bill Maher, Paula Poundstone and Arianna Huffington tell him. (So did I in this post). For some cathartic release, see the video on HuffTV. Bill Maher and Paula Poundstone have much better advice for the Dems. Global warming is now “extended allergy season.” But for more advice, watch the video. More commentary from Arianna here.

And Dr. Luntz:  if you would like to be a guest commentator on The Post-Normal Times, my invitation stands,  to come over and talk about the climate of increasing uncertainty – that you have helped to create, while polluting public discourse. Frankly, civil discussion doesn’t happen without integrity on all sides.  There are many people, including myself, who have not only advocated but have tried to have exactly this kind of a civil discussion, and have built careers looking for ways to “be environmentally protective and not be anti-economy” as you put it. According to you, we (i.e., all “those who advocate a change to global warming”) are all angry and hysterical. But what makes you so reasonable? Name one reason anyone should listen to or pay you? I really don’t care about the shirt on your back but I do have a vision of the future in which you flip burgers for a living.


Update: Jeffrey Feldman at the Frameshop has a detailed analysis of what is now called, The Luntz – a term now among the numerous synonyms for common street crimes collectively known as “The Confidence Trick.” In this case, it is about selling Luntz’s book – don’t buy it. Feldman tells you everything you need to know.

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