Government propaganda - George Bush Style
Just like it's modern equivalent, political
spin, the turn propaganda is generally accepted to mean an attempt to manipulate
a whole population's thoughts, attitudes and beliefs by a variety of means which
include, but are not limited to, radio and television broadcasts, music,
insignia, Cheer leading, speeches, rabble rousing, and newspaper articles. The
difference between propaganda and the free exchange of opinions is that the
propagandist is not interested in hearing any other points of view, but intends
only to push forward the official line of thought. Facts become myths, lies
become truths and logic is seconded to mob emotion. A propaganda exercise is
stage-managed with the express purpose of blotting out as many influences as
possible that can divert the audience, and prevent the message from being
expressed firmly and effectively.
We were told that Saddam Hussein had 'weapons of mass destruction'. The message was given to us by no less a person than the President of the United States and it was repeated by the British Prime minister and the top officials of both governments. The doubts of those who thought for themselves were swept aside and the official message was repeated over and over again in newspapers and on the television and radio, at huge stage-managed political rallies and by subliminal whispering. The lie became a fact, and facts were dismissed as lies. The result has been hundreds of thousands of deaths, of men, women and children, most of whom were guilty of nothing more than being of the wrong nationality, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.