Allow me to introduce you to Joeseph Goebbels … er, Steve Bannon – Getty Images
Breitbart, Fox News, Alex Jones, and countless other conservative websites practice propaganda—or what is now called “fake news.” Of course you would not know that it’s propaganda because the mainstream media refuses to call it what it really is. Most of us (myself included) had never heard the term fake news until an innocent business targeted by the purveyors of this “fake news” created a wild fantasy, a hoax story that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex abuse ring from the basement of a D.C. pizza parlor. This was not fake news: it was propaganda.
- Information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to helpor harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
- The deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
- The particular doctrines or principles propagated by anorganization or movement.
The Soviets were not the only ones to push propaganda. Who can forget Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka Baghdad Bob:
This is why it’s so disturbing to see the likes of Steve Bannon on Donald Trump’s staff. He runs what amounts to a propaganda website. The items his website publishes are often based on reality, twisted just enough to make them believable—but they are often far from the truth. This feeds the other Internet trolls like Alex Jones, a man who just makes shit up. There is no pretense of reality in anything he puts out.
It has been said that a lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.* Hillary Clinton is crooked, Hillary broke the law, Hillary is a child molester, Hillary cannot be trusted, and so on. How many times over the last 30 years have we heard that the Clintons are horrible people?
How many times have they been investigated, with nothing resulting from those investigations? The GOP went so far as to go on a fishing expedition led by Ken Starr that could only come up with the fact that the president got a blow job. Yet even those on the left view the Clintons with suspicion, all because of years of lies and propaganda—and an all-too-willing media that has been reinforcing the misinformation for 30 years.
When I see and hear Trump and his surrogates speak, I am reminded of that summer of 1987 and listening to Soviet propaganda, the demeaning of the press, and outright lying. It is not “fake news.” It is propaganda, and we should start calling it what it is.
Now I know some of you will come into the comments on this post and say that the U.S. government has practiced propaganda for years, and I‘m not denying that. What’s new here is lying, propaganda, and disparaging of the mainstream media at levels that the world has not seen since Joseph Goebbels. Just imagine what he would have been able to accomplish with a platform like Twitter …
*I have no idea who really said this: Goebbels, Lenin, Hitler, or the half-dozen other folks who have been given credit for it.