Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Most Trusted Name in Propaganda

Glennzilla analyzes a disgusting but typical episode in which CNN's John King interviews the Director of National Intelligence:

I know some people consider it hyperbole to compare the behavior of our establishment press corps to Pravda, and sometimes that is hyperbole. But if the Brezhnev-era Soviet Communist government were attempting to convince Russian citizens that they needed more domestic spying powers or greater benefits for government-allied corporations, and they wanted to use Pravda to achieve that end, what would be different? Be specific.
More here. This is essential reading if you want to understand how extremely distortive and false information manages to propagate -- information about war, peace, and the uses of government power, mind you, not haircuts or cackles.

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