Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: George Bush - The "Propaganda President" ?
What exactly is your definition of "propaganda"? Believe it or not, the US Government is prohibited by law in engaging in it. The general defintion of propaganda is information that is a mixture of truth, half truth and out right lies put together in a way that sounds plausibly true. The ethical argument for it is that the "cause" it serves is so great, this behavior is justified. The orginator of that argument is Joesph Goebbels. I think you have the definition of "propaganda" and "slanted" confused. Propaganda as part of daily life is something totally new in this country. The Republicans have set up an enormous propaganda machine that operates as a virtual part of government in this country, and a lot of what makes it run is the propaganda fed into it from people like Mr. Cheney. Read that Fox interview again. Mr. Cheney is not presenting information in a favorable light to his interests - he is engaging in propaganda, by pushing the lie Social Security is going to go broke. Why? Because the truth will never sell the public on what they want to do, just as happened in Iraq and God knows what else - do you think it was any different for Hitler when he talked the Germans into invading Poland? What the hell has happened to us? Clinton, in fact all the presidents before Bush, if caught in a single lie were pilloried by the press unmercifully. Now - the lies are reported without refutation. What the hell happened?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address