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 Stern, Seth. "Now, trial lawyers could use a good lawyer - The long-maligned group faces a host of legislative moves to curb its influence." Christian Science Monitor. June 10, 2003. Viewed August 7, 2003 <http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0610/p02s02-usju.html>
Section 1 of "The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law"
Tort Reform Organizations and the Far Right
"For the last 15 years, insurance companies, manufacturers of dangerous products and chemicals, the tobacco industry and other major industries have been engaged in a nationwide assault on the civil justice system. In nearly every state and in Congress, corporations and their insurers have waged a relentless campaign to change the laws that give sick and injured consumers the ability to hold their offenders responsible for the injuries they cause. . .
Section 3 of "The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law"
Section 3 - Effectiveness of the Tort Reform Campaign
The Right Sets the Public Agenda
In recent years, the Right and the tort reform movement have enjoyed unprecedented success in influencing both federal and state legislation and policies by: 1) using organizations perceived by the public as independent, 2) repeating the anti-tort message as consistently as possible through multiple channels, 3) employing sophisticated communications methods, 4) following a coherent long-term plan, and 5) coordinating both ideologically and tactically with the Right's network of advocacy organizations.
As a result, the Right's message amplification infrastructure successfully drowns out significant opposing voices. As People for the American Way Foundation's study "Buying a Movement" has put it:
Appendix 4 of "The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law"
Examples of the Involvement and Funding of Right-Wing Organizations That Advocate Tort Reform
Section 2 of "The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law"
The right-wing foundations described in Section 1 fund a coordinated network of advocacy organizations, providing general operating support rather than funding narrowly-focused programs. At the center of this network are multi-issue, e.g., tort reform, school privatization, pro-life, etc., think tanks that are marketing and communications organizations, oriented aggressively toward media relations and public communications, as well as traditional scholarly idea generating institutions. Because they address a variety of issues from the same philosophical perspective, the think tanks are able to advance an underlying ideological agenda.
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Example of Coordinated Dissemination of a Strategic Message
One of the tactics used by the Right is repetition of messages that are designed to resonate with the public and evoke a desired reaction. This appendix presents an example of coordinated use of one such strategic message, which has been repeated in various media, and by various organizations and prominent individuals. In this example the strategic message is that lawyers, lawsuits, etc. are "out of control." The unspoken, subliminal implication of this phrase is that "we have to get it under control."