Propaganda wars (Updated)

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  1. While the folks we are talking about are professionals,they are subject the feeds of bad information. The political communication structure in this country has evolved into a very effective and very ugly disinformation machine, and the standards of journalism, bending to pressure from these same sources, resort to he said/she said stenography in which anyone can plant just about any story they like into the cycle.
    Until journalists step back from the spin cycle and start to take apart the information they are fed more effectively, they’re going to be about as reliable as bloggers.

  2. I’m reminded of Dan Rather’s insistence that his story about Bush’s National Guard service was true, even though the documents that supported it were faked. Hello? How can a story be true if the sources are not?
    In many ways our society has abandoned belief in objective truth. When everything is viewed as subjective and open to interpretation, it’s only a small step from willfully misrepresenting evidence to completely manufacturing it. What’s the problem, as long as the larger story is still “true”?
    Iran is prejudiced against Jews and Christians, even if there’s no law that they must wear different clothing to distinguish themselves. Saddam did consider weapons of mass destruction a legitimate tool, even if he didn’t possess any in 2003. The feds are watching telecommunications closely, even if they aren’t necessarily tapping into phone record databases.
    Why should we allow our concept of truth to be limited so punctiliously by what’s actually occurring in the world?
    (tongue in cheek …)

  3. It’s simple, forester. Other sources verified the truth of the story in outline, and that was lost in all of the whining of the right wing blogger bots. They successfully turned the truth into a lie. My children do this all the time, but I ain’t dumb enough to fall for it at either level.

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