Search This Blog

Monday, January 23

A Controlled Mass Media

Chris Matthews compared Michael Moore to Osama.
Bob Schieffer said Osama bin Laden may have borrowed some of Sen. John Kerry's talking points.
Pat Buchanan compares Osama to Bill Clinton on the McLaughlin Group yesterday.

How much do these pundits get paid by the GOP to come up with this stuff? True newsmen would know that they were spewing propaganda and lies.

From the 14 Signs of Fascism:
6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame forfailures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective.

No comments: