DOES A GOVERNMENT CONTROL JOURNALISTS?
IN RUSSIA, PRETTY MUCH. THEY SHOOT THE ONES
THAT DON'T LINE UP WITH PRAVDA. BUT HERE?
YA THOUGHT NO, RIGHT? THINK AGAIN!
I took the money. I wrote what you told me to
Stop threatening me. I'm the PRESS, damnit!
HOW BOUGHT JOURNALISTS GET BOUGHT
GOV coughs up SECRET MONEY for BUSH WAR PLAN PUBLICITY. (PAID JOURNALISTS)
(Note, though this article refers to Bush II period, issue still relevant today)
Propaganda is deceit, deception by the government. It has long been a necessary tactic of evil regimes. Such evil governments need to convince their people and the world of their lies.
Before the Nazi's shaped it into a science during the 1930s, most propaganda was simply "disinformation" and censorship; tell lies and prevent others from telling the truth. While disinformation and censorship are still part of the craft of propaganda, its scope and virulence have greatly increased under the George W. Bush conservatives and their insidious cronies. They've elevated political deceit, dishonesty and distortion to a much higher and more costly level.
The Bush Republicans and their co-conspirators such as Fox "News," are instruments of the wealthy class and of big business, of business and big oil, of the worst elements in the US society. Their "conservative" goal is to keep the people docile while milking them of their money and enslaving them. Lies are the heart of the strategy. 0rdinary people would object to being ruled and gouged if they were allowed to realize what was happening.
Certainly human beings lie. You lie, I lie, chances are you wife lied the last time she spoke to you. Presidents are people, so they lie, too; Clinton about a blow-job, Nixon about burglary, Eisenhower about a U-2. In none of those cases, except, perhaps Republican Richard Nixon, was systematic dishonesty a government policy.
Under the conservatives and George W. Bush, dishonesty is government policy. The Bush administration lies about almost everything. You'd be a fool to believe them. Its propaganda organs such as Fox spread the lies.
While others lied mostly about policies and events, the Bush Republicans also lie about personalities, threats and pure Christian mythology.
What's different about the propaganda under the Bush conservatives is that it's now a big business. The tricks of advertising have been honed to politics. For example, we taxpayers spent over $300,000,000.00 to plant lies and distortions in Iraqi newspapers. Bush didn't want Iraqis to realize that we'd invaded, occupied and destroyed their country so three hundred million tax dollars were spent to lie to them. It wasn't enough. They know that they're worse off today under our tyranny than under Saddam's ruthless tyranny.
Huge amounts of tax money were spent to spy on American news producers and journalists. CBS and CNN news sources were "monitored." The Bush conservatives excused the spying because, in getting to the truth, the news people "had connections with" terrorists. Conservatives oppose truth and prefer mythology.
George W. Bush was furious that the Arabs had their own news service. He couldn't manipulate or intimidate it like he did with the cowardly US media. The Arabs were reporting the facts as they saw them. Bush intended to bomb Al-Jazeera. Your president felt that it was perfectly conservative to kill people who said things he didn't like. That's the ultimate censorship. Conservatives are notoriously intolerant.
The Fox "News" folks were especially rabid in their attacks on AI-Jazeera. Of course Fox is intolerantly rabid about all sorts of conservative dogma. One of its "news" readers bragged up how nice it was that big oil had gouged ten billion dollars in profits from us. Another preached the intolerance of the "holiday" season over the Christian "Christmas" season.
It's wrong to call their persons news readers. They're really simply propagandists, liars.
In the Bush propaganda Attack the Messenger is another technique. It's used to obscure the message. Where a person has a message that the conservatives don't like, they ignore it. Instead, they attack the messanger. Movie maker Michael Moore had a powerful condemnation of Bush and the Iraq war. Conservatives ignored the facts of his criticism and maligned him as a person; the message was no good because the messenger was laughable.
They pulled the same tactic on John Dean. Dean was liberal and the only Democrat who was likely to beat Bush in the 2004 election. He had to be stopped. His policies and proposals were ignored and he was attacked as a personality. His exuberant cheer was characterized as a "yell." Somehow that translated into ignore his message.
Big business believes in lies and money. It simply bought journalists, paying them to recite propaganda as if it were true. Part of the White House "news" corps was simply bought so that they would lie.
In a larger sense, that's what the whole Fox outfit is, the mouthpiece for billionaire Rupert Murdoch's unsavory extremism. As a group they are paid liars.
Another technique of the Bush propaganda machine is the Drum Beat. It's very simple. All the puppets in the conservative camp repeat the same phrase in the same way. They use the slogan instead of facts. "Blame game" is an example of the technique. Bush left the Democrats in New Orleans foundering after a hurricane. They complained that he'd done wrong. The conservative drum beat was "don't play the blame game," time after time. They never would respond to the facts, never admit failure and never correct another Bush blunder.
Such repetition of slogans is the conservative rap music, meaningless drivel. About the war it was "stay the course." Pretty soon the public starts to believe the lie simply because it's been repeated so often; "we do not torture!" ****!
The conservative propaganda relies heavily on fear. By keeping the public afraid they are foolishly willing to give the conservatives power. You are expected to be afraid of "terrorists," for example. I don't even know what a terrorist is. Do you?
You are required to be afraid of the avian flu, of weapons of mass destruction and of everyone's nuclear weapons except for our own. What should scare you is Bush.
An important angle to the fear ploy is to make us fearful or at least disdainful of our neighbors. Dividing the people is a conservative speciality; them versus us. The exclusion tactic cultivates hatred of Muslims, non-Christians, criminals, aliens, academics, liberals, the Northeast and so on. The conservative propaganda want you to be afraid and to hate, to keep us from uniting against them.
The Fox bunch are accomplished hate-mongers. One of their primary objectives is to divide people. They excite prejudice against aliens (especially non-English speakers) and homosexuals, for example. Christians who are already pretty well nuts, are told to be afraid of other religions who are trying to "take over." Why are you supposed to hate and fear these people?
Bush's conservative propaganda relies on emotions and never on reason. You're not supposed to think, just feel, usually to feel afraid. Failing that, the Bushites push patriotism and/or duty. Those are especially useful methods to dupe young people into joining the military where they can get killed. The conservatives and politicians aren't going to do that themselves. How is it patriotic to get killed so that big oil companies can have bigger profits? It benefits nobody but the conservatives.
Tricking people is what conservative propaganda is all about. Most of us realize that Bush is evil and that conservative doctrine is simply un-American. To feel otherwise, we must be tricked.
Listen to everyone. Think. Don't be afraid. Make up, your own mind. If you don't like the lies, get rid of the conservatives and the Bush tyranny. http://www.prisoners.com/foxlies.html
The above was printed during the Bush Administration when such things as propagandizing the heroics of the Jessica Lynch rescue and the failings of the Iraq war strategy from Donald Rumfelds were being called successes from the White House. The Republican and conservative tactics are not new. The Klu Klux Klan was notorious in the US for starting misinformation on the character of blacks to create far and seclude them the constitutional rights. The Nazis and socialist parties have used many similar brain washing tactics for focusing news and information from one source.
The primary smear campaign today by this primitive set is to just start a sentence off with the name of Obama and put any thing in that sentence that sounds fearful or suspicious. For instance, "Obama seeks more gun control." Obama favors tax supported abortion," "Obama hates small town America", etc. The smear campaign that has begun since the election is just to connect everything wrong in the US to Obama or characterize Obama in a false manner. Obama had not been president 10 months and a white kid is beaten on a school bus and Rush Limbaugh states this is what happens in Obama's America. The smear tactic today is a simple drill of repetition. Obama plus negative. Obama plus negative. Obama plus negative. This tactic in their minds, will help to associate the name of Obama with everything bad and fearful. The recognition tactic to keep from the mindless brain washing is noticing the negativity and suspecting the source as the right wing propaganda. If you think the information is negative, Google it and research it. Those on the mind numbing reception end already converted to the propaganda are not likely to do that. They obey the guidance of the source of the propaganda and will not likely view the prevailing opinion and research. They are already lost.
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