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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.


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]


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.



     Page name     TypeDateAuthor(s)Subject(s)Description
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.
Ambassador News Service
Big lie
British Briefingmagazine, secret
British Information Services
British Satellite News
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.
Casus belli
Central Office of Information
Corporate media
Defence Online Engagement StrategydocumentDirectorate General Media and Communications
Dodgy DossierreportMI6?
Tony Blair?
Weapon of mass destruction
2003 Iraq War
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.
Domestic extremismAn 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.
Fox News
Hit piece
Information Department
Is Fukushima's nuclear nightmare over? Don’t count on itarticle12 March 2016Chris BusbyFukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
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.
Islamic Media Unit
Islamic News/Jehad is Crap!
Leaked Karl Rove emailemail27 August 2011Karl RovePropaganda
Limited hangoutA propaganda technique to try to suppress the revelation of secret information.
London Radio Service
File:Nato-master-narrative-2008.pdfhandbook6 October 2008NATO2001 Invasion of Afghanistan
International Security Assistance Force
Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ
News Department
Omnibus magazine
Operation Mass Appeal
Operation Mockingbird
Operation Nicole
Overseas News Agency
Public Diplomacy Department
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.
File:Report on Terrorism 2014.pdfreport30 April 2014United States Department of StateTerrorismA summary of global "terrorism" in 2014.
Rogue state
School"The reproductive organ of the consumer society", coming to resemble prisons more and more closely, especially in USA, where attempts have been made to criminalize those who feed the hungry or comfort the afflicted.
September Dossier
Soldatensender Calais
The Defence Communication Strategystrategy
The Green Bookbook
File:The Kremlin's Trojan Horses.pdfpaper18 November 2016Alina Polyakova
Marlene Laruelle
Stefan Meister
Neil Barnett
RussiaA cartoonishly over-the-top piece of anti-Russian hysteria from the Atlantic Council.
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Related Quotations

Corporate media“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”George Orwell1943
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
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
William Casey“We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”William CaseyFebruary 1981