The CIA memo specifically refers to these propaganda initiatives as “psychological operations” (PSYOPS), that include contracting polling companies to create fraudulent polls that show the NO vote with an advantage over the SI vote, which is false.
Why it matters: planted questions deny your right to question candidates asking for your vote. It’s like trying to buy a car, and the dealer telling you only certain questions may be asked of him if you wish to make a purchase. You can’t ask the final price, you can’t ask about fuel economy, you can’t ask about reliability, or about any particulars of the car’s engine or maker because the dealer has arrogantly assumed you have no choice.
“To argue against a Straw Man is to interpret someone’s position in an unfairly weak way, and so argue against a position that nobody holds, or is likely to hold.”
“The conventional wisdom these days — as heard on radio talk shows in Virginia, in town meetings in New Mexico, or from taxi drivers in Boston — is that Americans just don’t like the press. What do they think? Would you be surprised to learn that reporters are held in the same low regard as undertakers and insurance salesmen…. and only slightly higher than politicians?”