Consultants Without Borders

  • Aired:  11/28/12
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Jason Jones investigates American political strategists who teach foreign consultants how to disrespect their clients and spread unwanted American-style democracy. (5:04)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK!

THE 2012 ELECTIONS -- 2012 ELECTIONS ARE OVER, BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THE TRUE HEROES OF

OUR POLITICAL PROCESS HE?

NOW THAT THE SPOTLIGHT HAS MOVED ON, JASON JONES HAS MORE.

>> THE U.S. ELECTIONS ARE OVER.

>> BARACK OBAMA WILL BE REELECTED --

>> BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR THE PROFESSIONALS WHO WERE THE TRUE BACKBONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY?

AMERICAN POLITICAL CONSULTANTS.

NOT ALL OF THEM WORK AS CABLE NEWS PUNDITS.

SOME FOLLOW A DIFFERENT PATH.

>> PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO WORK PRINCIPALLY ON CAMPAIGNS LOOK ELSEWHERE, OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY,

YOU KNOW, CAMPAIGNS IN OTHER COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

>> TONIGHT WE HEAR THE STORY OF THESE AMERICAN STRATEGISTS WHO CROSS THE GLOBE HELPING LESS

FORTUNATE DEMOCRACIES.

THEY ARE CONSULTANTS WITHOUT BORDERS.

♪ A HERO COULD SAVE US -- ♪

>> LISTEN, EVERY PLACE IS NOT LIKE, YOU KNOW, OUR COUNTRY IN TERMS OF THE STAGE OF

DEVELOPMENT OF DEMOCRACY.

U.S. POLITICAL CONSULTANTS JUST HAVE A LOT MORE EXPERIENCE.

>> AND THAT EXPERIENCE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR NATIONS IN NEED.

>> WELL, IN IRELAND, FOR EXAMPLE, THE INCUMBENT GOVERNMENT HAD A WEB SITE AND

THE WEB SITE HAD A LINK TO "PLAYBOY" AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT THE MINISTER WHO WAS IN

CHARGE OF THAT DEPARTMENT'S NAME WAS PAT RABBIT.

SO WE SHARED THAT INFORMATION.

IT MADE FOR A GREAT HEADLINE, "RABBIT'S BUNNIES." (LAUGHS) WHICH WAS PERFECT!

(LAUGHTER)

>> JUST TO THINK, THAT MEANINGLESS TITTY SCANDAL MIGHT HAVE GONE UNUTILIZED.

>> IT MIGHT HAVE GONE UNNOTICED BUT FOR MY SMALL CONTRIBUTION.

>> THEY SAY GIVE A MAN A SMEAR AND HE'LL WIN A CAMPAIGN, BUT TEACH A MAN TO SPEAR AND HE'LL

WIN FOR A LIFETIME.

SO AMERICAN CONSULTANTS ARE ALSO TRAINING THEIR FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS AT CONFERENCES LIKE THIS.

>> IN AUSTRIA WE -- THE CONSULTANTS SOMETIMES HAVE TOO MUCH RESPECT AND THE AMERICAN

CONSULTANTS COME IN AND HAVE NO RESPECT.

>> HOW GREAT IT IS TO HAVE THAT KNOWLEDGE NOW?

>> I FEEL INSPIRED.

>> THOSE AMERICANS HELP YOU WIN.

>> YES.

>> WHAT AN INCREDIBLE GIFT THAT IS TO THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE.

>> YES, YES, OF COURSE.

>> I KNOW YOU'RE RUSSIAN AND NOT USED TO EXPRESSING JOY, BUT CAN YOU SHOW A LITTLE JOY?

>> YES.

YES.

YES.

YES.

(LAUGHTER)

>> OKAY, I'LL TAKE THAT.

OF COURSE, ALL OF THIS IS TO BENEFIT THE CITIZENS OF THESE EMERGING DEMOCRACIES.

THE PEOPLE OF BOLIVIA, THE UKRAINE AND HONDURAS COULDN'T BE MORE THANKFUL.

I'M LOOKING AT YOUR FACES AND JUST SEEING HOW GRATEFUL YOU ALL ARE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WE DON'T LIKE IT ONE BIT.

>> YOU DON'T LIKE IT?

>> NO, IT'S NOT A GOOD THING.

THE AMERICAN POLITICAL CONSULTANTS CAME IN TO DO A FULL OVERHAUL OF HIS IMAGE AFTER HE

SHOULD RIGHTLY HAVE BEEN PUT TO JAIL.

SO THEY CAME UP WITH HIM SMILING ON POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS AND THERE WERE SIMPLE SLOGANS "I'M

LISTENING."

>> THAT'S GREAT!

>> NO, NOT REALLY.

HE THREW HIS OPPONENTS IN JAIL.

>> THAT DOESN'T MEAN HE WASN'T LISTENING.

PROBABLY HEARD SOMETHING HE DIDN'T LIKE AND THREW THEM IN JAIL.

>> NOT REALLY HELPING DEMOCRACY.

>> HE WON.

OUR SYSTEM WORKS.

>> JUST BECAUSE IT WORKS DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT'S NECESSARILY RIGHT.

A PERFECT EXAMPLE WAS GONZALEZ POSADA.

HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT AND THAT WAS A DISASTER.

>> DISASTER MUST BE THE SPANISH WORD FOR SUCCESS BECAUSE TAD DEVINE HAD BEEN IN BOLIVIA

WORKING ON THAT EXACT CAMPAIGN.

>> IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT CAMPAIGN.

OUR PRINCIPAL OPPONENT HAD TWO THINGS GOING FOR HIM: NUMBER ONE, HE HAD A TREMENDOUS MUSTACHE.

(LAUGHTER) HE ALSO HAD AN INCREDIBLE LAMA AD.

HE HAD AN AD WITH HIM AND A LAMA.

BUT OUR CANDIDATE WOUND UP WINNING ELECTIONS.

>> THAT'S TERRIFIC.

>> WELL, YES, HE GOT ELECTED BUT THE RESULTS FOR THE COUNTRY WERE AWFUL.

>> WHAT DOES THIS BOLIVIAN GUY KNOW ABOUT BOLIVIA?

>> LISTEN, IT'S VERY COMPLICATED THERE AND UNFORTUNATELY AFTER HE WAS ELECTED THERE WAS

INSURRECTION IN THE STREETS.

RIOTS AND ULTIMATELY HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN.

>> AMERICAN STYLE DEMOCRACY UNDONE BY THE WILL OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

(SIGHS)

>> IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION.

>> HOW DID YOU PICK YOURSELF UP?

>> I WENT ON TO THE NEXT CAMPAIGN.

>> GOD BLESS YOU, SIR.

AND THEIR PERSEVERANCE IS RIVALED ONLY BY THEIR GENEROSITY.

>> IT'S BEEN GREAT TO TRAVEL TO THESE PLACES, TO WORK WITH PEOPLE.

>> AND TO DO ALL THIS WITHOUT GETTING PAID IS JUST INCREDIBLE.

>> WELL, I GET PAID FOR IT.

>> YES, BUT LESS THAN YOU DO HERE.

>> I SOMETIMES GET PAID LESS AND SOMETIMES I GET PAID MORE.

>> WELL, FINANCIAL COMPENSATION DOESN'T DIMINISH THE VOLUNTEER SPIRIT.

>> WELL, IT'S SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS THE WORK AND IS HAPPY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT.

>> A HERO.

>> I'LL JUST POLITICAL CONSULTANT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

>> THEY SAY THAT A HERO CAN SAVE US.

AND LUCKY FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD WE HAVE PLENTY OF THOSE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: JASON JONES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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