[Ads-l] dog whistle # 2

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 30 20:53:33 EST 2017


Surely not just alerting to action and WRT racism! I don’t really know anything about this topic, but I would think this could be used to earn support, alert activists to action and foment solidarity. And that it can be used WRT racism, homophobia, misogyny or many other issues. And surely it can be used in a conservative setting for liberals, such as talking about “gun safety” to mean “gun restrictions” or “government non-interference” to mean “allow abortion.”

This seems to be something that belongs on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_rhetorical_terms <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_rhetorical_terms>, not a term to refer only to terms for conservative appeal.

Are there no such examples?

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 30 Dec 2017, at 05:28, David K. Barnhart <dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM> wrote:
> 
> Thanks, gentlemen.  All good points.  [A lexicographer’s is never punched
> out on the day’s clock.] See what I did last night:
> 
> 
> 
> dog whistle, {m}  n.phr.  a signal used to alert activists to action; a code
> word or phrase intended to excite racism.  See dog-whistle politics.
> Nonstandard (used in slang contexts dealing especially with party politics
> throughout the English-speaking world; frequency?)
> 
> 
> 
> “Is ‘Merry Christmas’ a dog whistle for white nationalists,” Fox News
> (Google), Dec. 26, 2017,
> http://video.foxnews.com/v/5693560654001/?#sp=show-clips
> 
> 
> 
> Re. “Virginia neo-Nazi rally exposes danger of dog-whistle politics,” Paula
> Simons, Aug. 15 If references to “ordinary Albertans” represent a “dog
> whistle,” what do the references to “embarrassing cousins” and “sewer rats”
> represent? Paula Simons’ self-righteous assumptions about what conservative
> commentary really means don’t contribute to mutual understanding nor does
> rejection of progressivist “wisdom” automatically imply support for
> neo-Nazis and fascists.  Herb Schultz, “Don’t stereotype conservatives,” an
> editorial in the Edmonton Journal [Alberta] (Nexis), Aug, 18, 2017, p A10
> 
> 
> 
> Now, when Reagan campaigns using that same term in 1980, that’s just 16
> years after these civil rights workers had been slain there. There isn’t a
> voter alive in that town who hadn’t been alive when these civil rights
> workers were lynched. And for him to go and say “states’ rights,” it’s a
> clear dog whistle, saying, “I understand that this term is about the ability
> of whites to resist integration.”  Amy Goodman, “Dog Whistle Politics: How
> Politicians Use Coded Racism to Push Through Policies Hurting All,”
> Democracy Now (Google), Jan. 14, 2014
> https://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/14/dog_whistle_politics_how_politicians_
> use
> 
> 
> 
> —adj.  Especially written dog-whistle.
> 
> 
> 
> Media images were engineered by the Government to make asylum seekers appear
> a threat, rather than a tragedy. It was a classic example of what they call
> “dog-whistle” politics, where a subliminal message, not literally apparent
> in the words used, is heard by sections of the community. And the more media
> controversy there was, the more the dog-whistle message was amplified and
> broadcast.  It was hardline, authoritarian, and, in its essence, racist.
> Mike Seccombe, “The wages of spin,” Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]
> (Nexis), Nov. 5, 2001, p 6 
> 
> 
> 
> —v. 
> 
> 
> 
> WEDNESDAY, 20 August, 2003 was a bad day for Pauline Hanson, but it will
> prove to be a very, very bad day for John Howard too, because the voters he
> dog whistled at the last election are very upset, and will come back at the
> next election and bite him soundly on the bum.  Rosalie Watson [Tasmania],
> in a letter to the editor in The Weekend Australian (Nexis), Aug. 23, 2003,
> p 16
> 
> 
> 
> The goal is “respect” for women’s bodies and women’s abortion rights. It’s
> part of the coordinated campaign to fight the right’s purported “war on
> women.” The Vagina Puppets’ Democratic Party sympathizers, from professional
> birth control freeloader Sandra Fluke to first lady Michelle Obama,
> dog-whistled the same messages of “choice” and “freedom” from the convention
> stage. 
> 
> “We are ... focusing on the issue of the GOP’s war on women and trying to
> take away women’s reproductive rights, so we have been going around in our
> vagina costumes,” Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin told The Daily Beast.
> Michelle Malkin, “Code Pink Circus,” The Augusta Chronicle [Georgia]
> (Nexis), Sept. 10, 2012, p A4
> 
> 
> 
> His campaign found an untapped audience willing to trade civility for
> “telling it like it is,” even if the telling is offered with overt or
> dog-whistled racism and misogyny.
> 
> And having set the stage on so many stages, then watching others get rich
> off his ratings draw, perhaps Trump’s ready to bump it up to a higher
> constant platform. John Baer, “Baer: Trump TV could be huuuge!” The
> Philadelphia Daily News (Nexis), June 23, 2016, p 03 
> 
> 
> 
> Second, whatever strength Democrats have gained from identity politics
> appears to have reached a natural ceiling. Candidate Trump built his
> campaign on his willingness to offend people. He bashed immigrants, linked
> Mexicans to violent crime, dog-whistled to white supremacists. Yet when the
> votes were counted, Trump outperformed 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney among
> African American voters and matched Romney among Latinos. David Von Drehle,
> “Democrats, cut the cheer,” Dayton Daily News [Ohio] (Nexis), Nov. 19, 2017,
> p wapo21  
> 
> 
> 
> [1988; 1989]  Semantic shifting (specialization): formed from dog whistle
> (eOED: 1801) [ultimately from dog (BDE: about 1050), as in dog lead (eOED:
> 1906), + whistle (BDE: about 1000), as in police whistle (eOED: 1872)].
> 
> 
> 
> dog-whistled, part. adj. (): Either way, there’s no conspiracy or idiocy
> about it. And just because you don't have kids, doesn’t mean you have
> Cruella de Vil fantasies about them.
> 
> Of course, underlying all of the above is the dog-whistled view that women
> with “normal” personal lives are somehow more “real” and better equipped to
> understand the world than those without. “Do you want a mother or a
> professional as PM?” Canberra Times [Australia] (Nexis), July 3, 2010, p A25
> 
> 
> 
> dog whistler, n. Also written dog-whistler.  (frequency?): The Americans
> call this “dog-whistle politics”. Blow a dog whistle, and you won’t hear
> much to get excited about. But the target of the whistle—the dogs—will
> detect a sound beyond the audible range of the rest of us, and will react to
> it. Two quite different messages are contained within the one action of
> blowing the whistle: the one benign, the other designed to be heard and
> heeded only by the ears tuned to it.
> 
> The beauty of this approach is that if your critics claim they have detected
> a secret message, you can deny it, and accuse your accusers of deliberately
> and mischievously seeking the non-existent. Tony Wright, “The Dog Whistler,”
> The Age [Melbourne] (Nexis), April 8, 2000, p 1
> 
> 
> 
> The more some ideas are frozen out of politics ccc for better or for worse
> ccc the less they thrive “in peoples’ heads.” And, more important, only when
> politicians highlight those ideas do they escape from peoples’ heads and
> become political issues.
> 
> Yes, neither Trump nor earlier Republican dog-whistlers created the audience
> they played to. But there are many potential audiences in the electorate.
> Politicians and political parties choose which ones to nurture ccc and are
> fairly held responsible for those choices.  Jonathan Bernstein, “Republican
> Party got the voters it deserved,” an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune
> (Nexis), May 25, 2016, p  not given 
> 
> 
> 
> dog-whisting, (): Winston Peters has accused Labour of “dog-whistling” on
> the immigration debate after Andrew Little’s comments on Chinese and Indian
> chefs.
> 
> The Labour leaders told reporters at Parliament yesterday that large inflows
> of semi-skilled migrants were putting pressure on jobs, especially in
> Auckland. The Government needed to “turn the tap down a bit” until
> conditions improved, he said. “Labour accused of ‘dog-whistling’ on
> immigration debate,” The New Zealand Herald (Nexis), March 17, 2016, p not
> given 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> dog-whistle politics, {w}  Also written dog whistle politics.  See the
> quotations for description.  Compare alt-right and lipstick on a pig.
> Nonstandard (used in slang contexts dealing especially with party politics
> throughout the English-speaking world; frequency?)
> 
> 
> 
> We look at how politicians have used coded racial appeals to win support for
> cuts like these and similar efforts since the 1960s with Ian Haney López,
> author of the new book, “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have
> Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class.” A senior fellow at Demos and
> law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, López argues that
> “this is about race as it wrecks the whole middle class. This sort of racism
> is being used to fool a lot of whites into voting for Republicans whose main
> allegiance is to corporate interests.”  Amy Goodman, “Dog Whistle Politics:
> How Politicians Use Coded Racism to Push Through Policies Hurting All,”
> Democracy Now (Google), Jan. 14, 2014
> 
> https://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/14/dog_whistle_politics_how_politicians_
> use
> 
> 
> 
> The deputy leader said the Lib Dem’s pro-EU stance had helped them recover
> from a crushing defeat after five years of coalition government, and achieve
> the party’s highest ever membership.
> 
> Ms Swinson said her party fought against “racist, dog-whistle” politics in
> defeating the former Conservative London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith in
> a byelection in 2016, and continued to stand against “rabble-rousing,
> hate-stoking” populism. “Jo Swinson: Dems are the Chumbawamba' party,”
> Scotsman (Nexis), Sept. 16, 2017, p not given
> 
> 
> 
> Palmerston North political candidates are divided over proposed measures to
> deal with the scourge of methamphetamine, with one describing them as
> “dog-whistle politics”.
> 
> Deputy Prime Minister and Police Minister Paula Bennett announced a raft of
> measures against both gangs and methamphetamine, also known as P, as
> National continued election campaigning on Sunday. Jono Galuszka,
> “Politicians sparring over Nat’s meth plan,” Manawatu Standard [New Zealand]
> (Nexis), Sept. 5, 2017, p 3
> 
> 
> 
> President Trump has deplored the violence that occurred in Charlottesville.
> 
> To claim that he has a “role in the resurgence of far-right violence” and
> indulges in “dog-whistle politics of hate” is not only wild nonsense but
> suggests that Mr Amery has succumbed to the fake news and views that
> proliferate in sections of the media.
> 
> This is indicated by his attempt to denounce what he calls “alternative
> facts” which obviously clash with his views. “Distorting facts to serve an
> opinion,” The Mercury [South Africa] (Nexis), Aug. 28, 2017, p 6
> 
> 
> 
> Republicans have also employed so-called “dog whistle” politics: coded
> words, policies and imagery that preserve deniability while speaking with
> implicit clarity to white racial and cultural fears. From the Willie Horton
> ad that helped George H.W. Bush become president to the suggestive white
> woman ad that helped sink a black candidate’s Senate bid in Tennessee, from
> photo ID voter suppression to birther conspiracies, from Newt Gingrich
> condemning a “food stamp president” to Paul Ryan’s complaining about “a
> tailspin of culture in our inner cities,” the GOP has seldom missed a chance
> to lay out the welcome mat for white supremacists. Leonard Pitts, Jr.,
> “Charlottesville didn’t spring from nowhere,” Spokesman Review [Spokane,
> Wash.] (Nexis), Aug. 21, 2017, p 003
> 
> 
> 
> [1995] 1997 (See quote at dog whistler, above?)  Composite (compound):
> formed, with semantic shifting, from dog whistle (eOED: 1801), meaning “a
> whistle for calling a dog, especially such a whistle with a high-frequency
> sound inaudible to people” (WBD), + politics (OED: 1638), as in message
> politics.
> 
> 
> 
> dog whistle politician, Also written dog-whistle politician.  (): Atwater’s
> comments underscore the reality of covert racial appeals that can be part of
> an election strategy.  Dog whistle politicians realize they would be broadly
> condemned if they openly appealed for white solidarity. n74 Thus, they use
> covert racial appeals to attain their electoral objectives.  In this way,
> covert race-based machinations wind their way into American politics.
> William Y. Chin, “The Age of Covert Racism in the Era of the Roberts Court
> During the Waning of Affirmative Action,” Rutgers Race & the Law Review
> (Nexis), 2015, p ?
> 
> 
> 
> As Jo understood, the European Union stands for co-operation, not hostility,
> for discussion, not aggression. It is a club for the mutual benefit of its
> members, freely entered in to, not an alien tyranny. Yet it's so easy for
> self-interested “dog-whistle” politicians to stir up fears and hatreds which
> go on to destroy the innocent and the good.  Margaret Williams Bryn de
> Winton [Brecon, Powys] in a letter to the editor “Think about Jo Cox when
> you go to vote,” The Western Mail [Australia?] (Nexis), June 22, 2016, p 20
> 
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