Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Media War on You Moth to the Flame - art by relaxeder

Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of
human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.
Edward Bernays - Propaganda (1928)

Commitment to exposing the lies of the media 'who pull the wires that control the public mind'
is one undertaken by the few.

Detain This is one of them.

AP's Latest Zionist Lies about Iran

In the span of a few hours on February 25th, The Associated Press released two versions of the same news report: “Iran tests its first nuclear power plant” in the morning, and “Iranians in test run of first nuclear power plant” in the early afternoon. Both reports carried the byline “Nasser Karimi” and both carried this editor’s note: “Associated Press Writer Matti Friedman in Jerusalem, George Jahn in Vienna contributed to this report.” In other words, the afternoon report was a revised version — or rather, what AP refers to as a “corrective” — of the morning report.

And what were the errors in the first release that had to be corrected in the second? Well, that is not clear because, in apparent violation of their own journalistic principles, the AP editor didn’t thus specify in the editor’s note. But while we may never be able to prove exactly what the editor had in mind when releasing the “corrective” report, any shrewd reader, upon reading the reports concurrently, will conclude that what compelled the editor to rewrite the original was not necessarily a technical error but a political one.

Take for example this excerpt, which is found in the penultimate paragraph of the morning release yet omitted from the afternoon version:

Russia says there is no evidence that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons . . .

What on earth drove the AP editor to strike that paragraph from the “corrective” report? (If it was a factual error, it would show up in the editor’s note.) We might never know for sure, but, in the very least, AP is egregiously breaking its own journalistic “values and principles.” At worst, AP is lying for the U.S. and Israeli governments. read more

wagelaborer takes a look at the media.

In George Orwell's book, 1984, Winston Smith's job at the Ministry of Truth was to rewrite history. Part of the job was to literally send the old documents down the memory hole to be incinerated. Then he wrote the new history as ordered by the ruling class. No traces of the old history were allowed to be saved.

As it turned out, none of that was necessary. By the time of the actual 1984, Ronald Reagan was President. The United State was supporting "freedom fighters" in Central America and in Afghanistan, sending billions to fund the muhajadeen, and setting up schools in Pakistan, where children were trained with US suppplied textbooks in the ways of jihad. We were officially supporting Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war, sending him arms, intelligence, and biological and chemical weapons. But we also sold arms in secret to Iran, although they were officially our enemy.

All of this is now down the memory hole, but only figuratively. Today the documentation isn't burned, you can still find it, but it doesn't matter. The Ministry of Truth, now called the corporate media, simply presents the new truth in an authoritative manner and the proles accept it without question. We are now told that everyone loved Ronald Reagan, and the 2008 election was about who got to be the new Reagan. The Afghan freedom fighters turned into terrorists, but the Central American ones remained heroes, all without historical comment. The madrasses are now bad. We have always been at war with Iran and Iraq. more

Elements of Propaganda

Propaganda can serve to rally people behind a cause, but often at the cost of exaggerating, misrepresenting, or even lying about the issues in order to gain that support.

While the issue of propaganda often is discussed in the context of militarism, war and war-mongering, it is around us in all aspects of life.

As the various examples below will show, common tactics in propaganda often used by either side include:

  • Using selective stories that come over as wide-covering and objective.
  • Partial facts, or historical context
  • Reinforcing reasons and motivations to act due to threats on the security of the individual.
  • Narrow sources of “experts” to provide insights in to the situation. (For example, the mainstream media typically interview retired military personnel for many conflict-related issues, or treat official government sources as fact, rather than just one perspective that needs to be verified and researched).
  • Demonizing the “enemy” who does not fit the picture of what is “right”.
  • Using a narrow range of discourse, whereby judgments are often made while the boundary of discourse itself, or the framework within which the opinions are formed, are often not discussed. The narrow focus then helps to serve the interests of the propagandists. more

It is virtually impossible to escape the daily propaganda. You can turn off the TV, throw away the newspapers and unplug the internet connection but the lies are still there and affecting our lives.

Speaking out against the media who refuses to be a voice of the people and profits from being the paid social engineer of the criminal state is our duty as citizens.

Believing in and supporting the media whores of lies is a dangerous situation.

Doing so risks losing the war for your mind, body and soul.

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