Fake News (Wrap-up-Smears)

          Pelosi begins by explaining the “wrap-up smear” in the context of her claims about Republicans, but her glee is such that it’s clearly a “tactic” that she is happy to use.


Pelosi: "It’s a diversionary tactic. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy. You demonize and then [trails off]. We call it the wrap-up smear. . . . You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest and then your merchandise it. And then you [speaking to the press] write it, and they’ll say, see it’s reported in the press. . . So they have that validation that the press reported the smear, and then it’s called the ‘wrap-up smear.’ And now I’m going to merchandize the press’s report on the smear that we made. [Shrugging and smirking] It’s a tactic. And it’s, it’s self-evident. But I think I am worth the trouble" Then Slience.

        You can see from the transcript and video clip, toward the end she shifts from discussing it as a tactic “they” use to one “I” and “we” use

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