Before looking at some of the aspects involved with propaganda, the word itself must be defined.
noun1.information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help orharm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.2.the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.3.the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
"Rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group etc..." There have been several of these types of "rumors," reported by the mainstream media over the past year. Here's just one example.
The Travel Ban Lie
On February 1st, 2017, A Fox news affiliate in Detroit released a news story about, "A local Iraqi business man," who was forever scared by the effects of Trump's "travel ban."
The man's mother who lived in the United States, had flown back to Iraq to visit family. The report stated that Trump's travel ban meant that she had to wait for a long period of time to get approval to re-enter the US. The man had said that his mother was in dire need of medical treatment, but because she had to wait so long for approval, she ended up dying.
Not only did the Detroit Fox affiliate report this tragic story, but the Huffington Post, quickly picked it up. The story went viral on Facebook with over 123,000 shares that included both news outlets. Twitter also had thousand of thousand of re-tweets. Keith Olbermann got over 36,000 retweets when he shared the story.
The story spread far and wide, and liberals screamed, ""No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!"
Trump's travel ban was now "racist, evil, Hitler inspired, fascist and sexist."
Turns out that Detroit news station didn't bother doing any research to see if the allegations had any merit. The man had lied about the whole situation. His mother had died, but she passed away before the "travel ban," was in place.
Still, the anti-Trumpsters were in a frenzy. Many simply didn't care about the facts, and apparently, neither did the original news station that reported the story. They didn't bother to check into it to see if it was true until after the damage was done.
Propaganda At Work
One example of successful propaganda is revealed through the fast growth to power of the Nazi party in Germany.
Not only did news agencies sway listeners by reports that supported the Nazi political stance. The educational system taught German children through demonizing the Jewish people. In many cases German schools taught children the common features of Jewish men so that children could differentiate between a Jew and a German. They literally taught children to be fearful of Jewish people.
The "fear based" education that was prevalent during Nazi Germany made me wonder if the "safe-spaces," that we often hear about today, originated in Germany. I decided to search and see where the concept originated. I didn't find it's origin, but I did find an article by the Washington post titled, "Anti-semitism: The only hate allowed in campus "safe spaces." The story was reported in April of 2016. The article states that:
The State Department has made clear that it regards demonizing Israel or “applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation” as anti-Semitism.
The Article covered different aspects of "racism," including Halloween costumes that are deemed "offensive."
Does anyone doubt that applying standards to African countries that were not applied to other countries or singling them out for sanction when other non-African countries were guilty of much greater sins would be deemed racism?
Instances of anti-Semitism by this standard are ubiquitous in American academic life. Nearly a dozen academic associations have enacted formal boycotts of Israeli institutions and in some cases Israeli scholars.
Student governments at dozens of universities have demanded the divestiture of companies that do business in Israel or the West Bank.
Guest speakers and even some faculty in their classrooms compare Israel to Nazi Germany and question its right to continued existence as a Jewish state.
I personally found it interesting that the article was posted by the New York Post. However, I did take note that it was posted prior to the election of President Trump.
The Rise Of The Nazi Party
In 1928, the Nazi German party only consisted of 12 seats out of 600 parliament members. Nobody considered those members to be any type of threat. From that point on the Nazi party grew very quickly to power.
The media used simplified reporting and played upon the voters emotions to gain political support for Hitler's agenda.
If anyone has ever wondered how nearly an entire nation could be swayed to accept war, persecution and mass-murder, wonder no-more. The media, the educational system, and the entertainment industry are all powerful tools that have been used in recent history to accomplish political goals within different nations.
Let's not forget that the Holocaust took place less than 100 years ago. It isn't an ancient event, but relatively near to our present time.
Power of Nazi Propaganda
This video covers a little about how propaganda worked during the rise of communist Germany. It is short, and hits on several key points. It's worth the watch.
Clinton Describes Some of The Nazi Strategies
In a Press-Telegram article from 2014, during an interview of Hilary Clinton by Karen Robes Meeks, Hilary said this of Vladimir Putin:
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” she said. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Hilary hit on a key point involved with propaganda. Hitler used the victimization of a specific group of people, saying, "they're not being treated right," "I must go and protect my people," She continued by saying "that's what's gotten everybody so nervous."
Anyone who has been paying attention to the majority of the mainstream media can see the same tactics described by Clinton, at work. There has been no shortage of race baiting news stories, along with victimization of different groups of people.
Thank you Mrs. Clinton, for explaining how that works.
Some Examples Propaganda Over the Past Five Years
In 2013 an Egyptian news paper published a picture of Obama depicting him as the devil.
In 2016 Obama was depicted as a "murderous devil," in downtown Moscow.
I've personally never been a fan of Obama, but when anyone is demonized via the mainstream media and entertainment industry, we should be able to recognize it and call it what it is. Propaganda.
The Russian news agency that first reported on the devilish image of Obama stated that:
“Many experts” believe coups, civil wars and civilian slayings in the countries shown in the clip were “organized by a direct or indirect participation of American political consultants … and NGOs, as well as directly on the orders of the U.S. president,” according to an English translation.
Propaganda in the USA
Most people tend to think of propaganda as being tied to national unrest and wars, as was the case during World War II. However, if we all stop and pay attention to current events and the blatant media bias, anyone can see that political propaganda is currently at work right here at home.
Whether we want to admit it or not, emotional reporting has effects that are wide spread.
Far too many reporters tie their personal emotions into political stories. With true, "unbiased," reporting, emotions have to take a backseat, and only the actual investigated facts should be reported.
When anyone mentions the enormous amount of media bias that is so evident today, we often hear responses like, "Obama was criticized relentlessly."
There are simply no comparisons to the levels of biased reporting that took place during the Obama presidency, and Trump's presidency.
The Gateway Pundit shared an article in September of this year that revealed that only 5% of all media coverage of President Trump was positive.
A Harvard study done earlier this year revealed the massive extent of anti-Trump media bias within his first 100 days in office.
Here the Harvard study chart.
The enormous amounts propaganda, driven by pure negativity that we are seeing today should cause every American to consider that perhaps, a long history of corporate driven elections who back the educational system, and pay the news agencies in the form of advertisements, have been behind every person elected into high-office throughout much of the history of our nation.
Seeing the continued, and relentless drive by the leftist media, to try to remove an "outsider," should convince some that we definitely voted the right man into office.
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