Nothing is easier than leading the people on a leash. I just hold up a dazzling campaign poster and they jump through it. Joseph Goebbels
When on February 28th 1933, the Reichstag building in Berlin was set on fire, Chancellor Adolf Hitler obtained an emergency decree from President Paul von Hindenburg placing restrictions on personal liberty, including freedom of press. Thirteen days later, on march 13, the Ministry For Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda was founded under the direction of Dr. Joseph Goebbels, to control the press as well as all other means of expression-radio, film, art and literature. It is most appropriate that propaganda in Nazi Germany should have been considered worthy of an entire government department.- Propaganda-The Art of Persuasion:WW2 (1987) p11.
I was given this book by my mother and father for Christmas in 1988.
Now I know the roots of my skepticism, especially when the federal Government gets in the way of free flow of information. It is more apparent now than ever that the Free flow of Information that personifies the ‘age of information’ we live in is a great big pain in the ass to the powers that be. Whether it’s the Director of the FBI, the head of the DOJ or the executive branch controlling information on the airwaves, especially on the internet is often more important than policy. When power, especially the unchecked variety, wants to fight or control something it is generally not with the facts but with bullying, alarmism, ad hominem smears and yes fake news. The 2016 election was proof positive to this point. Never before had such propaganda, fake news been disseminated by the government controlled mouth pieces otherwise known 4th estate. It was a watershed moment of “in your face” bias that over 60 million Americans can not be considered as potential subscribers to the fakery that was their news. It was operation mockingbird on steroids. The effect will be long lasting and will create economic distress to the once comfortable outlets. Even now the CEO and The chief editor for the tabloid New York Times lost their corner offices. The whole building is being converted to a REIT. Apparently Salzburgers Mea Culpa letter fell on deaf ears. I guess it’s the never cry wolf syndrome. One thing that is certain however the trust in once considered venerable media institutions is at an all time low. Why? The reasons are known. And the fault is the Clinton Machine. Both media and Clinton family crime syndicate will never regain the trust of American public again. Interestingly Even HRC supporters were not happy with the Clinton media camp, but for different reasons proving the cliché: you can make some people happy some of the time but you can never make all people happy all the time. So what will they, the press do?.
If post election reporting is any clue they will double down as the oppositional press. Fine and dandy, but will the free market support this approach? No, no never no more. Just like the NPR and other failed liberal biased outlets bought and paid for by big democratic donors and candidates, the only way this will be supported is through direct and indirect governmental subsidy. Enter the lamest duck president in the history of the free world, BHO and the point of this post.
On Friday before Christmas, BHO gave another gift to the Deep State and its embedded media. Besides signing the yearly renewal of the Continuity of Government (COG) and of course its visible and very unconstitutional Patriot act he went one step further. Late on Friday he signed the NDAA. So what all presidents do that! But true to form according to an article at zerohedge.com, you know the Russian government site! in the NDAA is an act called the “countering Information war fare act 2016. This according to ZeroHedge is a defacto Ministry of Truth. This provision buried deep in the act, and without the industry of Tyler Durden, would have gone unnoticed, provides the Government money and tools to fight disinformation with the US Federal governments’ own style of disinformation. Because if there is one state actor in the world that is the most guilty of lying, misusing intelligence and distributing Fake News it is the US Federal Government. (Think Iraq1, Waco, Ruby Ridge, ERM in OK, WTC1, Kosovo, 911 etc). So besides a no fly list and a no buy list now there will be a no print list.
The new ministry of Truth will spin whatever it can so the official narrative can be supported, even going as far as providing sources, cover and funding to the faithful fake news media outlets. You know the ones. They are the ones who got the 2016 election wrong like NYT, WAPO and the alphabetic echo chambers. What will often amount to “life support” the cheerleaders of official fake news will do their best to ostracize, minimize, belittle and attack alternative news sites, you the ones…any and all that got the election right!
Prepare to see more popular mechanic style articles sealing the fate on narratives that fit the facts. What amounts to trying to catch the wind, the governments attempts to interject propaganda to counteract propaganda will undoubtedly create a whirlwind of distrust in the citizens of this country. We know that truth will and always is the first casualty of war. The fact that the Feds acknowledge the war of information almost guarantees deception.
A quick search on other operations of this style will bring up: the Cointel program, Operation Mockingbird and Operation Gladio. Three strategies that did not represent the best that America can be. Chaos, confusion and division, death and destruction , pain and misery and much suffering by the collateral damage that was rationalized by the Federal Provocateurs as necessary to win the infowars of their day.
And of course true to form what we got from the mediots was…silence. With all the alarmist op-eds about DJT being Adolfs lost child and a closet fascist, not one of the members from the punch and judy show said a word about this disturbing and yes hidden in plain sight move towards even more government control of the media. A government department is more than likely to be created from this jack booted Orwellian push by…put down the drink or food…swallow…The most transparent presidency…the constitutional scholar.
Let me say this, BHO is the worst example of a compromised president, the man will most likely be on anti-depressants for the rest of his life after he finally realizes what a disastrous failure he is. Even his “wife” secretly despises his weakness in the face of power. Reminds me of a Dylan phrase:
“Even the president of the United States sometimes has to stand Naked”, and when the kleig lights turn off and he is alone and basic brainwaves begin to move in his peanut size brain his whole self will be naked in front of his damaged conscience.
Whereas GWB considered himself the “decider in Chief”, what will be BHO’S moniker? “Vacillator in Chief” History will only reflect kindly on him because he is half black and the political correct censors of textbooks and other BS disinformation scribble would not want facts to get in the way of perception. The worst, or as my kids would say “yuck” and spit it out, such a distasteful waste of 8 years of globalist consolidation. And now he will be playing golf, dining and being protected by the Secret service till his death bed confession. Can you imagine being an agent on his detail!!!!! Exactly…”yuck”!
The silver lining in this great turd of a presidency will be watching the house of cards come down on the globalist’s house of cards.
And as far as BHO’s Ministry of Truth goes, time will tell what DJT will do with this now legitimized Deep State tool. Will he use it or not? DJT will most definitely benefit from the executive consolidation of power begun by GWB and accelerated by BHO, but will he like countless presidents before especially the last 3, sanction outright lies to manipulate the masses?
It is my earnest hope that DJT will not become seduced by the intelligence agencies, the Deep State and Defense Contractors that intend on using this hackneyed approach that is patterned after Joseph Goebbels. So far he has set himself apart from precedent calling out the fake news history of the CIA and it is rumored will not have a Obama-like relationship with the crooked spooks.
If DJT keeps his healthy skepticism of the CIA, DIA, NIA, NSA ETC watch for take down or hit pieces from “unnamed” sources against DJT, to spin the already divisive narrative that the mediots have alarmed half the population with.
Time will tell…