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Be Afraid. The U.S. Government Can Now Feed You Propaganda

I don’t talk about it much, but my day job lies in the realm of public relations. Daily, I am creating news through which I am casting a positive light on my clients; or obscuring something that may be unfit or damaging to them. I know how the truth can be altered and I know how public perception can change with a slight shift in how something is presented. That brings us to the latest tragic news: the ban on government-created propaganda being disseminated to the U.S. public coming to an end.

A bit of reference – this all started back in 1948 with the Smith-Mundt Act, which dictated the way in which the government could interact via global communications (propaganda) and banned dissemination of propaganda to U.S. citizens. This was coming off of WWII, where both the U.S. and the Nazi propaganda machines were churning full-bore. The reasoning behind this act was very simple: Congress did not trust the government to properly police itself and be responsible enough with content to be trusted. One look at the brainwashing that took place in Nazi Germany and it’s easy to see why.

What most Americans don’t know is that our government has been producing broadcasts nonstop for decades, targeted at foreign audiences both friend and enemy. From ForeignPolicy.com:

Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. The programming varies in tone and quality, but its breadth is vast: It’s viewed in more than 100 countries in 61 languages. The topics covered include human rights abuses in Iran; self-immolation in Tibet; human trafficking across Asia; and on-the-ground reporting in Egypt and Iraq.

Now all of this programming has the green light to reach our American eyes and ears due to two despicable members of Congress – Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State. They introduced an amendment, titled “The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012” that was embedded in the 2013 version of the NDAA that passed.
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The government has been feeding us propaganda...

since the 19th Century, probably even before that, since the founding of the Republic.

FiresofFreedom's picture

I just saw some government propaganda today

It was called law and order

It started in 1948?

That's news to the local Sons if Liberty who dress up like Indians every year to throw boxes of tea into the river and scream DOWN WITH KING GEORGE. The way they tell it, the whole dressing up like Indians was propeganda.

I remember this happening a few years ago

Probably 2009 or 2010
I'd bet it has been in every NDAA for years and it just gets recycled as news every so often.
It's kinda obvious that tv is nothing but propaganda. Not just the news, 99.99% of all programming is just that, "programming". Whether it's programming political boundaries, personality-types, proper attire, or family structures, tv programs people. What self-respecting secretive agency WOULDN'T use tv to control people?
Nothing good has ever come from tv.

Waitaminnit... I thought the

Waitaminnit... I thought the mainstream media was government propaganda.

Indeed it is.

What the OP has referenced however, is about feeding propaganda to us directly from other countries. This means that they will have a broader and more prevalent platform to present foreign issues in a way that is in line with any given agenda. It seems this is even more propaganda piled on top of the moronic mainstream media propaganda.

As "MarcMadness" says

As "MarcMadness" says (below), what difference would it make? At least in the US there are many alternatives to simply accepting propaganda.

NOM NOM NOM

Serve it up!

This will be fruitless, the government is so far behind the times it's laughable. Cable news is already dying because people are waking up and turning to the alternatives on the internet.

The U.S. gov is about 50 years too late here.

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