This is a quote from the book "The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies" by Cryptome.org
...if it's not news, it didn't happen.
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2. Wax indignant. This is also known as the "How dare you?" gambit.
3. Characterize the charges as "rumors" or,
better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through "rumors." (If they tend to
believe the "rumors" it must be because they are simply "paranoid" or "hysterical.")
4. Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspects of the...