Gaslighting behavior to watch for

Anthony Watts: The 11 gaslighting characteristics of the climate debate – “This was originally from Psychology Today by Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. but I immediately recognized how this is wholly applicable to the climate debate.” The term is making enough of an impression the Left has it moving up to joining accusations of racism as popular in smearing its opposition. Projection, anyone? “Gaslighting is a manipulation tactic used to gain power. And it works too well.” Here’s a summary:

1. They tell blatant lies.

2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.

3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.

4. They wear you down over time.

5. Their actions do not match their words.

6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.

7. They know confusion weakens people.

8. They project.

9. They try to align people against you.

10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.

11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.

Brian C. Joondeph: Remember the H1N1 Pandemic? I Don’t Either – “Swine flu came and went, leaving a far greater swath of destruction compared to the current coronavirus outbreak. Yet the reactions are far different.

Frederic Lardinois: Trump says Google CEO Sundar Pichai called to apologize – “Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now. They have made tremendous progress

“What is clear, though, is that Google and Alphabet CEO Pichai today posted an update to Google’s blog that outlines Google’s efforts. In it, Pichai clears up some of the confusion and describes the work the company is doing to get more information about the virus and COVID-19 to its users, as well as the work Alphabet’s Verily life sciences unit is doing to build a screening site for the Bay Area (and potentially for a nationwide rollout).

On Friday, Trump promised a nationwide website, developed by Google, that would be at the core of the government’s screening process. Google wasn’t ready for that announcement. The site didn’t exist yet. Even the limited version of that site, which wasn’t developed by Google, was ready and for the most part, a lot of us in the media probably now regret ever taking the president at his word. As of now, this is one of the most bizarre Google stories I’ve covered in recent years.

Now, it’d be great to hear more about what Pichai apologized for.

Perhaps if Lardinois got past his bias, realized that the situation is fluid, that misunderstanding is not unusual in fluid situations, and that jumping to conclusions (e.g. Trump lies. Always) in spite of wondering about Pichai does not help anyone. Trump’s word is still valid. He relayed what he understood from Pichai and the reason there is a bizarre Google story and a Pichai apology is because of the nature of the communications. Assuming lies and deceit in a rapidly evolving reveals a dangerous bias. In this case Google appears to have been a little ahead itself and unprepared for Trump speed. “Google wasn’t ready for that announcement.”

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