Propaganda

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Propaganda is the deceitful use of information, such as deliberate lying (including lying by omission). The word has negative connotations since the 19th century, so Edward Bernays coined a new phrase ("public relations") as a connotation free alternative. Since November 2016, the commercially-controlled media have attempted to spread the meme of "fake news" websites, and suggested that they should be censored.

Britannia arm-in-arm with Uncle Sam symbolizing the British-American alliance in World War I.

Origins

Leaders have long exploited enemy images to inculcate fear or otherwise extend control over subjects. Historically, propaganda has assumed critical importance in times of war, in particular when a casus belli was sought to try to inflame public sentiment when starting a war. Propaganda has been produced on a large scale for around a century - i.e. since the time of WW1. In UK, MI7 was formed to exploit the commercially-controlled media, planting "fake news" to try to rally support against Germany.[1]

Rebranding

Edward Bernays, a widely acknowledged master of propaganda, referred to propaganda as "the invisible government". He rebranded it as "public relations".[2]

Rise in 21st Century

Amir Taheri's smear against the government of Iran

Propaganda in Western Europe seems to have returned to World War Two levels after the roll-back of the state in Europe and the United States. Multinational corporations have taken more and more power, and a complicit commercially-controlled media has become an integral part of that 'power grab' and increasingly ideologically aligned with it. Secrecy has become normal, even with governments no longer seeing themselves as serving the populations that elect and pay for them.

Fake News

Full article: Rated 3/5 “Fake News”

After the 2016 US Presidential Election, in November 2016, the phrase "Fake News" was launched, with the help of commercially-controlled media. Perhaps counter intuitively to Wikispooks' readers, it was not used to describe the output of the corporate media, but instead, used to describe smaller, independent groups, especially websites. One list which has attracted particular attention was a list of 200 websites, including RT, Naked Capitalism, Zero Hedge and Wikispooks. This was published by the spooky ProporNot group, and cited as a source by the Washington Post.

 

Examples

     Page name     TypeDateAuthor(s)Subject(s)Description
"Domestic extremism"An enemy image used to try to justify repression of alternative ideas
"Fake News""Fake news website" is a meme started after the 2016 US election, to disparage websites that dissent from the opinions expressed by commercially-controlled media.
"Iraq/WMD"
"Russian Propaganda""Russian Propaganda" is much talkad about recently by NATO-aligned countries.
2008 Counter-Terrorism advertising campaign
2016 Brussels Bombing/Media manipulation
9-11/Commission/Reportreport22 July 20049-11/CommissionAn official narrative crafted to deceive the ignorant, which highlights the roles of Al Qaeda and the 19 hijackers.
Advertising
Ambassador News Service
BBC/Propaganda
Big lie
British Briefingmagazine, secret
British Information ServicesThe New York based information department of the British Consulate in New York
British Satellite NewsA semi covert propaganda operation funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Casus belli
Central Office of InformationThe main UK government body dealing with official advertising and publicity
Corporate mediaThe corporate media refers to itself as 'mainstream' in an effort to marginalize so-called "alternative" media. While some instances (e.g. BBC) are not strictly commercial, all the corporate media is hierarchically structured, so a very small number of editors can censor or modify its output.
Defence Online Engagement StrategydocumentDirectorate General Media and Communications
Document:Is Fukushima's nuclear nightmare over? Don’t count on itarticle12 March 2016Chris BusbyFukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
BBC/Propaganda
Geraldine Thomas
Update on the developing Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster and a good illustration of BBC use of "Experts" to present and give credibility to outrageous falsehoods in support of the "nothing to see here" propaganda of the nuclear industry.
Document:Leaked Karl Rove emailemail27 August 2011Karl RovePropaganda
Document:Ukrainian soldiers' organs tradedcorrespondence6 July 2014Sergey Vlasenko
Olga Wieber
Semyon Semyonchenko
2014 Ukraine coup/Civil war
Organ trafficking
An apparent hoax about hacked correspondence between Donbass Battalion commander, Yulia Tymoshenko's lawyer and a German medical practitioner evidencing a burgeoning trade in the organs of Ukrainian soldiers
Dodgy DossierreportMI6?
Tony Blair?
2003 Iraq War
"Iraq/WMD"
A concoction of lies which successfully eased the UK public's reluctance to enter the Iraq War - notwithstanding its exposure as lied by David Kelly.
Doublespeak
File:Carter-Ruck Syria Report.pdfreport20 January 2014Desmond de Silva
Geoffrey Nice
David Crane
2011 Syrian InsurgencyA text-book example of the how and why of demonising one's enemies. A widely reported shock-horror document is 'leaked' just prior to a conference, the outcome of which is regarded as crucial to Western global policy interests.
File:Nato-master-narrative-2008.pdfhandbook6 October 2008NATOInternational Security Assistance Force
2001 Afghanistan war
File:Report on Terrorism 2014.pdfreport30 April 2014United States Department of State"Terrorism"A summary of global "terrorism" in 2014.
Fox News
Hasbara/History
Hit piece
Information DepartmentA successor to the Overseas Information Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Islamic Media UnitResponsible for managing news about British foreign policy in the UK
Islamic News/Jehad is Crap!
Limited hangoutA propaganda technique to try to suppress the revelation of secret information.
London Radio ServiceA semi covert propaganda run by the British government's Central Office of Information for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
NATO/PropagandaNATO's propaganda has been systematic and organised. Its Operation Gladio staged false flag attacks intended to subvert the democratic process. In recent years it has been promoting Russophobia and talking of a Cold War 2.0.
Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ
News DepartmentResponsible for managing news about British foreign policy in the UK
Omnibus magazine
Operation Mass Appeal
Operation Mockingbird
Operation Nicole
Orwellian languageLanguage chosen to hide rather than expose the truth.
Overseas News Agency
Public Diplomacy DepartmentA successor to the Information Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Public Diplomacy Group
Public Diplomacy Policy Department
Radio Free Europe
Rebranding BritainA propaganda initiative started by the Conservative government and picked up by New Labour along with the Foreign Policy Centre.
Rogue state
Russia/PropagandaThe USSR was active rather than subtle about propaganda.
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Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:25 Rules of Disinformationessay28 May 2011H. Michael SweeneyRules covering most of the tactics and stratagems employed by disinformation artists to promote official narratives and counter information and arguments that expose them as fraudulent.
Document:Ampiric Myopiaarticle28 April 2014Edmund DalpeAn examination of unfolding events in Ukraine and the role of the media, informed by the philosophical approach of Linguistic determinism
Document:Architecture of Modern Propagandawebpage20 August 2011Zahir Ebrahim
Document:Cabinet Publicity Committeebook extract1994David Miller
Document:Elites Link Anti-Government Thought to Mental Illnesswebpage11 March 2016Daily Bell Staff
Document:Filtering Sources On The Syrian Wararticle4 February 2014David EdwardsA cogent demonstration of the gross bias of the mainstream media in its coverage of the ongoing 2011 Syrian insurgency. It shows that they are immune to any lessons of their similarly mendacious reporting both before and during the 2003 Iraq war
Document:Hijacking the word 'Islam' for Mantra Creationwebpage31 May 2009Zahir Ebrahim
Document:Is media just another word for control?audio transcript2 January 2014John PilgerThis is a transcript of John Pilger's contribution to a special edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme, on 2 January 2014, guest-edited by the artist and musician Polly Harvey.
Document:Leaked Karl Rove emailemail27 August 2011Karl Rove
Document:Manufacturing Dissentarticle1 June 2008Zahir Ebrahim
Document:NATO’s new Cold War runs into trouble in Germanyarticle2 May 2014Christoph GermannEvidence of a substantial and growing disconnect between the German establishment and its population. The official narrative of an agressive expansionist Russia is being comprehensively rejected and it spells trouble for NATO
Document:Northern Ireland Information Service - Planting Storiesbook extract1994David Miller
Document:Overthrow Incarticle6 August 2009Stephen Gowans
Document:Politics and the English Languageessay1946George Orwell
Document:Real Lives - Extract from Don't Mention the Warbook extract1994David Miller
Document:Russia, Novichok and the long tradition of British government misinformationarticle12 April 2018David Miller
Document:Staged ISIS Videos Exemplify Fake Newsarticle7 September 2014Jay DyerISIS and the methodology, motivations and people behind the production and stage management of FAKE NEWS
Document:Terrorism as Seen From Washingtonarticle5 May 2014Thierry MeyssanA brief expose of the US Annual Report on Terrorism in the world as the propaganda.
Document:The British Media and Gibraltarbook extract1994David Miller
Document:The Committeebook extract1994David Miller
Document:The Dominant Grand Narrative Of Our Timearticle27 January 2014David CromwellMainstream media spokesmen, journalists and reporters are corralled into supporting and promoting the Establishment 'Dominant Grand-Narrative of our Time' while most appear blissfully unaware of the gross deceptions their careers are harnessed too - 'a man cannot see what his livelihood requires him NOT to see' - as the saying goes
Document:The Propaganda Modelarticle5 October 2011David CromwellAn overview of the 'Propaganda Model' that accurately defines the nature of the western mainstream media. It also illustrates why "Commercially Controlled Media" is probably a better and more accurate term
Document:The Weaponisation of Informationarticle9 August 2007SATS
Document:Towards the End of US Propagandaarticle21 April 2014Thierry MeyssanAn analysis of Anglo-US propaganda techniques from their post-WWI origins to the absurdities of their explanations about the 2014 Ukraine coup and it aftermath. It's author opines that its days are numbered
File:Hotel Rwanda.pdfreport1 November 2007Keith Harmon-Snow
File:ISAF-Spokesperson.pdfpresentation17 September 2012ISAF Staff
File:Persona-Management-Contract.pdfofficial document22 June 2010United States Air ForceA USAF 'specification and invitation to supply' for 'persona management software'
File:Propaganda.pdfbook1928Edward BernaysA seminal work on the systematic manipulation of public opinion.
Document:Korea and the "Axis of Evil"article2002Brian Willson
 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
"Fake News"“In the article, the [Washington] Post blurred the lines between “fake news” – stories that are simply made up – and what was deemed “propaganda,” in effect, information that didn’t jibe with what the U.S. State Department was saying.”Robert Parry28 February 2017
William Casey“We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”William CaseyFebruary 1981
Corporate media/Mendacity“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”George Orwell1943
Government“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable...”H. L. Mencken
Internet/CensorshipTerrorist propaganda online has a direct impact on the radicalisation of individuals and we work closely with the internet industry to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas.”James Brokenshire2014
Claire Sterling“The Judith Miller-like journalist in those days who spun the story about Agca's Soviet Bloc connections was Claire Sterling, whose disinformation was quickly picked up by The Reader's Digest, New York Times, NBC News, and other mainstream media outlets.”Claire Sterling
Wayne Madsen
28 May 2007


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