The purpose of the weekly Resistance Report is to “get ourselves grounded in the facts and prepare for the week of action ahead”. But getting grounded in the facts doesn’t just mean understanding the news of the past week.
The Big Lie
Often to understand what’s happening in the news we need context – sometimes of larger events, but sometimes of the techniques that are being used. The continued Republican attack on the FBI (using the debunked Nunes memo) is such an example. In order to see what’s being done, we need to understand the power and use of the propaganda technique, the “Big Lie”:
The Rule of Law Attacked
The big story of the week was the Republican attack on the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISA”) in an effort to discredit the Mueller investigation. The attack was nominally about the attempt to make public Chairman Devin Nunes’s memo from the House Intelligence Committee purporting to show that the FISA surveillance of suspected Russian asset and former Trump campaign official Carter Page was politically motivated.
The Shutdown Crumbles
It may seem like a long time ago now, but when the week began, the government was shut down, lacking enough votes in the Senate to pass a continuing resolution to keep it funded. The sticking point was the fate of the DREAMers, approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and have grown up here.
THE BIG NEWS of the past week was the government’s inexorable movement towards its shutting down at midnight Saturday morning. A little backstory is important to understand why this happened and why it matters.