Posts Tagged ‘propaganda’

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This is how you brainwash a society

They are creating an environment where censorship is the norm here in the “Land of the Free.”

More troubling still, Newsguard — by virtue of its deep connections to government and Silicon Valley — is lobbying to have its rankings of news sites installed by defaulton computers in U.S. public libraries, schools, and universities as well as on all smartphones and computers sold in the United States.

How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media

 

Here’s the real issue:

The Washington Post, whose $600 million conflict of interest with the CIA goes unnoted by Newsguard, has also published false stories since the 2016 election, including one article that falsely claimed that “Russian hackers” had tapped into Vermont’s electrical grid.

 

By their own bullshit you shall know them…

 

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From January.

Full email from William Arkin

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Sydney Ember’s Secret Sources

NYT reporter hides corporate ties of Sanders’ critics she highlights

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By David William Pear

Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong have explored the albatross of myths, legends, lies and damn lies around America’s neck in their book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the “War on Terror.” They look into America’s closet of historical secrets and expose them. They knock down the stuff that is just made up. The authors explain why the US habitually denies its own bad behavior, and projects it onto others.

Over the centuries the US has developed an illusion of grandeur. It imagines itself as indispensable and exceptional, unlike any nation that has ever existed. Exceptionalism means not having to say you are sorry or pay for your mistakes. Being exceptional means you are the law. You are the policeman, the judge, the jury and the executioner.

To enforce its exceptionalism the US has built a mighty military. The price for its grandiose military has been the neglect of the American people. The US is addicted to militarism and violence. From its founding the US was a violent country. It used violence to acquire and occupy the land, and to gain independence from Great Britain. The US maintained that God was on its side, and it was innocence of any wrongdoing. The US just made it up that it was Manifest Destiny that it should become an empire. Americans saw themselves as being on a civilizing mission for God.

The Myth of Manifest Destiny

Movies glorifying and romanticizing the westward expansion of the US were an early theme of motion pictures. One of the first silent movies was a Western produced in 1903: “The Great Train Robbery”. Right from the beginning motion pictures created false narratives and myths.

Manifest Destiny was an expression of white supremacy. A 1915 silent move spectacle was The Birth of a Nation, which falsely recasts the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. It portrays the South as a victim, depicts blacks as depraved, and the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic white protector of America’s virginity. After featuring the movie in the White House, President Woodrow Wilson said:

“It is like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”

Hollywood perpetuates America’s spirit of exceptionalism, often in cahoots with the power elites of the ruling class. Up until the late 1960’s Western movies were a regular theme, which was later adapted to television too. Movies, radio and television were revolutionary forms of entertainment, information, advertising, and propaganda in the 20th century.

 

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Read this twice. Understand it.

REPRESENTATIVE TULSI GABBARD: Me and my campaign, we’ve been on the receiving end of very intentional smear efforts trying to undermine our campaign coming through NBC News, quoting articles that are completely baseless. Not just like hey you’ve got a couple of things wrong in it. No. Completely baseless.

I did an interview with George Stephanopolous. He’s like, “This article in The Daily Beast says Putin supports your campaign.”

Based on what? Nothing. Really, nothing. Because I have three donors out of nearly 80,000, who like me. Three Americans–I hate that I have to say that–three American donors. Susan Sarandon, one of them. Professor Stephen Cohen, another, both of whom are outspoken as I am saying: we need to de-escalate tensions between the United States and nuclear-armed countries like Russia and China, because otherwise we are headed down a path that inevitably takes us to nuclear war.

 

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Propaganda Is The Root Of All Our Problems