U.S. Propaganda Is Embarrassingly Bad (And Why It Matters)

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

When you want to see what U.S. deep state propagandists are up to, all you have to do is take a glance at what meme corporate media happens to be pushing any given week. It’s been almost a decade since I started observing and analyzing the corporate press on a daily basis, and I can now say unequivocally that the quality of American imperial propaganda has gone completely down the crapper.

The believability of some of the stuff being pushed these days defies all logic and is easily dispelled with an ounce of critical thought, yet there it is, in our face on a daily basis almost taunting the intelligence of the U.S. population. Indeed, it appears the current strategy is no more sophisticated that proclaiming any and all dissent as being the result of “Russia operations.” This is done to prevent any actual debate on subjects of grave national importance since the U.S. government knows its claims don’t hold up to any real scrutiny. Why look into the veracity of a deep state claim when we can just dismiss alternative viewpoints as “Russian operations.”

To see what I mean, take a look at some excerpts from a recent article published by ABC NewsBehind #SyriaHoax and the Russian Propaganda Onslaught:

As Syrian president Bashar al-Assad called videos of last week’s chemical attack a “fabrication,” a piece of propaganda promoted by a Russian cyber operation and bearing the hashtag #SyriaHoax has gained traction in the United States, analysts tell ABC News.

 

Following the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians on Tuesday, Al-Masdar News, a pro-Assad website based in Beirut, published claims that “something is not adding up in [the] Idlib chemical weapons attack.” Its author cited “holes” in the accounts provided by the “Al-Qaeda affiliated” White Helmets leading to the conclusion that “this is another false chemical attack allegation made against the government.”

 

That hoax story was promoted by a network of Russian social media accounts and ultimately picked up by popular alt-right personalities in the United States, including Mike Cernovich, one of the leading voices in the debunked ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theory. Cernovich popularized its new hashtag — #SyriaHoax — and sent it soaring through cyberspace. According to Trends24, within hours of the retaliatory missile strike President Donald Trump launched on Thursday night, #SyriaHoax was the No. 1 trending Twitter topic in the United States.

There are a few things I want to highlight when it comes to these first three paragraphs. First, anyone paying the slightest amount of attention to what’s happening in the world would have immediately and independently questioned why Assad would launch a chemical attack guaranteed to lead to widespread international condemnation at the very moment he was most secure in his own position. No “Russian operation” needed to recognize Assad’s total lack of motive. Indeed, two of America’s more respectable former Congressmen, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich both questioned the ridiculous deep state Syria narrative.

Moreover, the reason corporate media needs to call #SyriaHoax a Russian operation is because it became the No. 1 trending topic in America. The public can’t be allowed to think this train of thought represents actual grassroots thinking (which it does), because that would imply that trust in the status quo is evaporating rapidly and uncontrollably (it is).

Now here’s the very next paragraph of the article.

J.M. Berger of The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism at The Hague, who studies propaganda and social media analytical techniques, said #SyriaHoax is “a clear example of a Russian influence campaign” designed to undermine the credibility of the U.S. government.

This is pure comedy. As if the U.S. government needs Russia to “undermine its credibility.” It does a perfectly good job of doing that all on its own. Was Russia responsible for bailing out Wall Street and funneling trillions to financial criminals, thus propelling the nation into a new Gilded Age where a handful of oligarchs steal everything with impunity while the rest of the country drowns? Didn’t think so.

It’s all very reminiscent to how the pathetic Democratic establishment responded to Hillary Clinton’s loss. Rather than admitting she was a horrible candidate who ran a delusional campaign, theyers merely deflected criticism to Russia, James Comey, Bernie Bros, etc. It’s been a very embarrassing public strategy, and the deep state is now resorting to the exact same strategy through its corporate media parrots. All dissent is a Russian operation. Anything bad that happens to America has nothing to do with our corrupt, clownish leadership, but is Putin’s fault. This is where all of this is going, and it’s further evidence that the American empire has entered a much more pronounced and dangerous period of decline.

From a personal perspective, I know for a fact that the corporate media has a very specific narrative to falsely categorize anyone who questions the status quo as a Russian operative, because it happened to me via The Washington Post. As I noted in the piece, Liberty Blitzkrieg Included on Washington Post Highlighted Hit List of “Russian Propaganda” Websites:

Let’s take Liberty Blitzkrieg for example. Despite the fact that my site is mentioned on “the list,” nobody from PropOrNot bothered to contact me while doing their “research.” They could’ve asked very simple questions about how the site is run, who owns it, and who makes decisions about editorial content. Furthermore, I doubt they did any such research with regard to any of the mentioned sites before slandering them.

 

Since they failed to do any real work, let me answer several of these questions. I, Michael Krieger, am the 100% owner of Liberty Blitzkrieg. I am the only person who makes decisions on what to publish and when. I have absolutely no connections, financial or otherwise, to the Russian government, Russian interests, or the interests of any other government or government related group. Moreover, there is simply nobody on planet earth who has any influence on what I write or what I publish. I left a very successful and financially lucrative job to do what I do now because my passions and ethical grounding pushed me in this direction. If I was interested in making enormous sums of money, I could’ve easily stayed on Wall Street.

 

Moreover, I rarely write about Russia, with the exception of trying to prevent insane neocons and neoliberals in our government from actively seeking a military confrontation, because I — like most normal human beings — would prefer not to contribute to the manifestation of World War 3. Likewise, I try to prevent war breaking out in all circumstances where I think it can and should be avoided. I intentionally almost never use RT as a source, and I’ve never quoted anything from Sputnik. Unlike The Washington Post, I try to be extremely diligent about not publishing fake news, but I am a very strong critic of U.S. government policy, because much of U.S. government policy is certifiably insane and unethical. You can disagree with my opinion on that all you’d like, but I challenge anyone to find anything that could reasonably be considered pro-Russia propaganda on my website. If Liberty Blitzkrieg really is a Russian propaganda site, this should be easy to do since I’ve published thousands of articles over the years.

I have yet to receive an apology from The Washington Post for the lies it shamelessly promoted, but I digress.

Perhaps most importantly, the U.S. deep state is increasingly losing the very people it depends on to sustain even the slightest degree of public credibility. I’m one example. Born in the belly of the financial beast of New York City, I was raised privileged, went to the right schools, graduated from a top university and launched my Wall Street career at the age of 22. Ten years later, I was earning a stupid amount of money for adding absolutely nothing to society, but the response from the powers that be to the financial crisis was so grotesque and unethical I could no longer in good faith continue my career. This isn’t the sort of thing that’s supposed to happen. People like me are supposed to stay loyal to the system for life due to the rewards the system bestows upon us. The fact that someone like me became opposed to a system that was so personally lucrative should be seen as a red flag for those in power. If it happened to me, it’s happened to countless others.

Due to my upbringing and career on Wall Street, many of my close friends are from a socioeconomic class that should be deeply loyal to the power structure. The big secret is that they aren’t. Sure, many of them are forced to work in jobs and industries they despise due to familiar obligations and responsibilities, but don’t mistake this for faith or trust in the status quo. The vast majority of people I know fully understand that the U.S. system is a corrupt cesspool of shifty operators and rent-seeking scamsters. While they may need to play the game to survive and protect their families, they have no loyalty to or trust in the current paradigm and that will ultimately be very important. Multiple people told me that The Washington Post’s slandering of my website was a huge wakeup call for them, which highlighted just how dishonest the corporate press has become.

My theory is that the U.S. has entered a more dangerous period of late-stage imperial collapse. Donald Trump was elected by many to reverse this course, but with his recent pivot away from domestic concerns to focus on war, he’ll likely preside over a dramatic and chaotic period of decline. When this happens, all sorts of people will come out of the woodwork, and you’ll see very quickly how little support the deep state actually has amongst the populace. This period will be frightening to witness, but it’s also a necessary evil.

We must harness the opportunity and replace the corrupt, warmongering, Wall Street controlled dead-end culture and economy with a new paradigm after the old one crashes and burns, which it undoubtably will.

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eatapeach's picture

i think he said it was the Zio-tank Trump was in all along

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

With all the self-harming media onslaught after Trump's election and putting a "nutcase" like Bannon in office I have problems with accepting that he was a swamp creature all along. But your theory is valid, we will never know it for sure.

Turbo_diesel's picture

The president is a figurehead. His/Her job is not to wield power, but to destract from it. Obama knew this. Trump is learning.

yttirum's picture

It really is pretty lame. It's a reflection on the collective intelligence, on both sides, but i'd have to say, people are getting more aware of it by the day. I don't know if I should feel bad for making fun of our propaganda mill, though, it's like picking on a toddler.

Twee Surgeon's picture

"People are getting more aware of it by the day" I fully agree with that. I get to meet Random Americans from all walks of life and I think a lot of them are still distracted by the old paradigm, still holding on to the way things were but it seems more and more are waking up to a realization that something is horribly wrong.

The 'Collective intelligence' is just a Statistical Average but the truth is, there are a Lot of Smart people out there and not everyone is cut out to be an Assistant manager at Starbucks. Some people are just going to collect Beanie Babies and that's OK.

Individuals are the people that make real changes in societies throughout history and the followers follow.

Reality is starting to go viral in the US population, I think the same may be true in Brexit land and France, Greece, Sweden,Wherever. It looks like a FORCE OF NATURE at work. The old grand camp of Aristocracy, Banking, Corporations et al, are just now beginning to comprehend that the tide is turning.

King (CEO) Canute demonstrated long ago that with all worldly power, you can not turn back the tide. The Tide is turning. You can dive under a wave or Surf it, float over before it breaks if your timing is right. Ask any Surfer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip0STTdlM3k

 

dna1's picture

QUOTE: "The fact that someone like me became opposed to a system that was so personally lucrative should be seen as a red flag for those in power. If it happened to me, it’s happened to countless others."

 

Yes indeed, to me, for example.

Van_Helsing's picture

Trump has become the "Swamp thing".

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

"When you want to see what U.S. deep state propagandists are up to, all you have to do is take a glance at what meme corporate media happens to be pushing any given week."

 

Specifically FOX news sunday on network broadcast. 


stant's picture

Its a product . Subsidized by the .Gov so yeah

runnymede's picture

People need to believe in something 'official'. Takes away their self accountability to think for themselves, the prospect of which scares the shit out of them.

They need to believe smart  people are on it. Or their heads would explode.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

"This period will be frightening to witness, but it’s also a necessary evil."

I think you're quite right, Mike. What we're witnessing is the process of the bottom falling out of the bucket.

The deep-state powers that be, continue to dance on an ever thinner edge. At some inevitable point (though hard to predict in time), the ground beneath their feet will drop entirely (i.e. "the emperor has no clothes" moment).

Let's just hope, it won't go up in the flames of a thermo-nuclear war to whipe out all traces of it!

NuYawkFrankie's picture

"Good" propaganda requires a modicum, at least a 'bare minimum', of believability to sugar-coat the delivery-system of the poison-pill beneath.

ZIO-Media USSA dispenses with this requirement by serving up the same steaming sh!t-sandwich - claiming its an ice-cream sundae - and that those maggot-larvae crawling out are actually candy-sprinkles - even though there are mountains of corpses, in various states of decay, outside its "store" that attest to the terminal noxiousness of its "delicacies".

Thom Paine's picture

Amrerican Govt, American media, American swamp, American Intelligence - all the world and its governments know that they speak propaganda and lies only.

Paid for governments will go along with the lies with a wink, the public are more aware than ever before that they are all Liars.

US government and media and intelligence are one giant masturabation party, and of course it didn't take long for Trump to drop his pants.

andrej's picture

The believability of some of the stuff being pushed these days defies all logic and is easily dispelled with an ounce of critical thought, yet there it is, in our face on a daily basis almost taunting the intelligence of the U.S. population.

Propaganda is doing this deliberately. Ruling classes always force their underlings to think & act stupid, to show who's boss. See

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEp9d1bUTecfrom 11:20

"Are they taking us as fools?"

"They are not taking the masses as fools. They've stopped doing that a long time ago . . . They are not taking us as fools, they are actually taking us as cowards, because they know we won't do anything about it."

mendigo's picture

I agree.

But I think also they have learned to take the public lightly. Somewhat deserved.

And now they are making progress to replace us with a new more receptive public.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

"The fact that someone like me became opposed to a system that was so personally lucrative should be seen as a red flag for those in power. If it happened to me, it’s happened to countless others."

It did to me, too. Quit a high paying corporate job out of protest and refusal, ultimately incited by madmen immigration policies to my home country Austria.

It was interesting to see how lots of people tried to push my narrative away from the "protest and refusal" one. They would have accepted everything, burn-out, bore-out, bad employer (which it wasn't), drop-out, midlife crisis, everything. But not this one. It drove them nuts and still does, that I openly spoke and insisted on my motivation.

 

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture

 

28th Amendment

 

 

 

Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:

 

1, prohibitions against any corporation;

 

a, owning another corporation,

 

b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or

 

c, otherwise distorting the general economy;

 

2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;

 

a, government,

 

b, education, or

 

c, news media, and

 

3, provisions for;

 

a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and

 

b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system

 

c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.

    

Kat Daddy's picture

Only natural born citizens with a valid Birth Certificate may vote in national elections.  Only natural born citizens may contribute funds to national elections up to and limited to 10,000, adjusted annually by the CPI.

ilw4e's picture

it's just absurd ppl believe in their propoganda. It doesn't matter if Assad is evil or not, or even if he is Satan himself. There's just absolutely no reason for the US to give aids to ISIS and Al-Qaeda when they were portrayed as the biggest enemies of US in the past years by the US government. It's Al-Qaeda who bombed US in 911 not Assad.

Let it Go's picture

Anyone who doesn't believe that countries use psychological warfare and propaganda to sway the opinions of people both in and outside of their country should be considered naive. To many people America is more than a little hypocritical when they criticize other countries for trying to gain influence considering our history of meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Americans have every reason to be concerned and worried considering revelations of just how big the government intelligent agencies have grown since 9-11 and how unlimited their spying and surveillance operations have become. The article below explores this growth and questions whether we have lost control.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2017/04/psychological-warfare-and-propaganda.html

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Black lives matter and people marching around dressed as giant vaginas, what else do you need to know about propaganda in the US. Anything to divert from the truth of a constitution drawn up to protect individual liberties and prevent tyranny of just the sort the propaganda masters vomit forth on MSM daily. To say nothing of shiny new corporate hucksters like Elon Musk showing off his shiny new rocket to Mars for just a few more trillion of taxpayer money. Sometimes I feel like we're just a few replicants away from a "Bladerunner" society but instead of hunting replicants, they hunt unbelievers through a digital universe that records everything, including the rash on your inner thigh. Think about it.

DuneCreature's picture

Feeling a little 'Thrown Under The Bus' by Donald Trump?

Tire tracks all across your back.

A cover of the Jimmmmmmi classic ... LOOK OUT!

The Jon Butcher Axis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__x4BKDuqt8

Live Hard, The Don Been Accused Of 'Hit And Run', Die Free

~ DC v5.0

SummerSausage's picture

Of course, let's ignore the fact that the last time Assad gassed his people when all the world's eyes were upon him nothing happened.  Remember Obama's original red line?

Now Assad has something he didn't have before - the support of Russia.

What's to stop a man who has gassed his people and gotten away with it hundreds of times before?

number06's picture

PUKEON must be writing a lot of checks now days

fourQ's picture

A map,
Why gas a population, what is the strategic benefit for Assad and Russia? To understand you need only look at a map. 
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/09/30/world/middleeast/syria-co...

(yea I know, the failing NY Times, but it's a good map) 
The Highway from Aleppo to Damascus, the M5, runs through a rebel held 'island'. in the middle of what will be the new Alawite homeland. Strategically It has to be cleared out. Guess where the gas has been used on an ongoing basis? Guess where the Russian's have been bombing the hell out of. Yep, that little patch of yellow between Damascus and Aleppo. To them, all that island 'must' go. You need to make people want to cross the desert and leave dispite the fact their families have lived there for (1000) years