Be Afraid. The U.S. Government Can Now Feed You PropagandaSubmitted by McWilly on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 14:13
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.