message control

Earlier this month federal auditors said that the Bush administration violated the law by paying commentators like Armstrong Williams for favorable coverage of their various initiatives. Of course, they won’t pay a price for it, politically or otherwise. They’ll just continue on in the same fashion, justifying it by calling it “aggressive message management” instead of what it really is, which is propaganda… The only good news is that, without Rove manning the ship (as he prepares to be indicted), it’s more likely big mistakes will be made, allowing us to peak behind the curtain and see how they’re using the media against us.

Case in point — earlier today, a satellite feed was picked up which clearly shows a Bush administration official coaching US soldiers in Iraq as to what should happen during a discussion that they were about to have with the President, a discussion which had been billed to the American people as unscripted… It seems to me that things might be starting to unravel.

While we’re on the subject of propaganda, this week’s On The Media had a brilliant interview with former Soviet spokesman Vladimir Posner on what it was that he used to do (propaganda), why he feels as though it was ultimately ineffective, and what chances he gives the Bush administration of winning the “hearts and minds” of the Arab world.

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2 Comments

  1. dorothy
    Posted October 14, 2005 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    loved the posner interview. esp. “don’t get mad at the mirror if you have an ugly face.” lmao

  2. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 14, 2005 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Historians are going to have a field day with this period of American history, if we actually make it out alive.

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