Whether serial intimate partner abuser or totalitarian politician.
Harper has made this particular Karl-Rove-perfected tactic the centre-piece of his
Reframe whatever criticism that is directed at you as an *attack* upon yourself or your party.
Wildly exaggerate what was said; prevaricate outrageously.
Shrieeek loudly to drown out any objections.
Discredit whoever had the temerity to express the notion that the Emperor might be prancing about, nekkid and weenie-wagging at small children.
Demand an apology.
Use the manufactured outrage and putative victimhood to elicit support from acquaintances or your political base.
The Parti Québecois' spin doctors are attempting to deflect attention away from their crass veer to the rightwing corporate agenda by demanding an apology from Amir Khadir of Québec Solidaire, the only progressive political party currently active in Québec.
Khadir related his personal experiences in Iran when left-leaning progressive activists and militants joined forces with right-wing traditionalist folks, to oust US imperialism and invite a leadership that spoke to the needs of oppressed Iranians.
The rest of that history is known: Ayatollah Khomeini took power; he and his fundamentalist islamist entourage established an anti-democratic, repressive, totalitarian regime in Iran.
From what Khadir stated, the PQ propagandists spun a tale that claimed Pierre Karl Péladeau was compared to the Ayatollah.
The intended criticism was likely directed at Pauline Marois and her party, but the shrieeek potential there was not as meaty for the spin doctors.
Delusional fabulations. It's what bullies do.
Added: Rob and Doug Ford. They use manufactured outrage not only as a political strategy, but engage in it as though it were an Olympic event. More examples forthcoming. Stay tuned.