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10/22/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Republican Noise Machine Busted
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin More White House propaganda and another arrow in the liberal media myth: Identical unsigned editorials are appearing on the op-ed pages of papers nationwide. What is an unsigned editorial? It's the official majority position of a newspaper's editorial board, usually...

08/22/05 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Dueling Frames: Views on Iraq
Categories :: Framing - Foreign Policy :: George W. Bush :: Iraq :: Propaganda/Spin

Two different views of Iraq keep emerging: is it more like World War II or like Vietnam?

07/04/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Right-Wing Propagandists to Visit Iraq
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

A group of talk radio reactionaries are visting Iraq so that they can tell Americans that things are going just ducky in the country.

06/06/05 :: By P. M. Carpenter
The left-right screamfest
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin have previously mentioned columnist Matt Miller’s state-of-the-political-union musings, in which he asked the questions, “Is persuasion dead?… Is it possible in America today to convince anyone of anything he doesn't already believe? If so, are there enough places where...

04/10/05 :: By Stu Finkel
The Agitprop Administration, pt. 173
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Henry Waxman asks the GAO to investigate whether the $2.2 million that the Busheviki have spent on propagandizing their social security "reform" (read: destruction) crosses the line.

03/24/05 :: By Drew Johnston
Audrey and Terri - A Study in Fraud
Categories :: Outrages :: Propaganda/Spin :: Religion

In 1981, Audrey Santo became a living relic after an accident left her permanently brain damaged. Today, we compare Audrey to our own living relic of political convenience.

03/23/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Privatization Propaganda Failing
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin :: Social Security

Bush's daily attacks on Social Security are still failing to win converts.

03/14/05 :: By S.M. Dixon
Pay No Attention to the President Behind the Curtain
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Media :: Propaganda/Spin

The Bush Administration's deceptive Public Relations offensive, funded by tax-payer dollars, is more widespread than once thought.

03/09/05 :: By Tom Ball
Was Saddam's Capture a Hollywood Production?
Categories :: Iraq :: Lies :: Propaganda/Spin

We've all come across the type who still believe that man's landing on the moon was just a production of good old American cinematography. Ironically, these same people are the ones who would sacrifice their dignity to fawn over recent works of Bush propaganda. You can bet they were gaga over the manner in which Saddam was captured -- how appropriate it was that he had to be dragged from his vermin infested, rat hole... like the cowardly filth that he is. To others however, the 'capture' seemed just a bit too perfect in its symbolism -- as though the entire thing had been a staged event, perhaps even requiring signed 'affidavits of loyalty' to behold.

03/02/05 :: By Stu Finkel
Guckert/Gannon to Take Questions from Bloggers
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Liberal bloggers over at Daily Kos have pooled their resources in order to investigate the Propagannon scandal. Now they prepare to ask questions of Guckert/Gannon himself.

02/20/05 :: By Stu Finkel
An Interesting Question
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

An interesting question: what does Bobby Eberle mean when he says that Guckert was a volunteer? That he wasn't paying him this entire time? Then who was?

02/20/05 :: By Stu Finkel
PropaGannon in the Sunday Papers -- Not So Much
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

A look at some of the coverage of Guckert/Gannon. The NY Times talks to Eberle and Guckert, but there's not much information in the piece.

02/17/05 :: By Stu Finkel
Your PropaGannon Update
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Media Snake Oil :: Propaganda/Spin

the real importance of the Gannon story had nothing to do with sex or prostitution but about our growing knowledge of the elaborate Soviet-style White House propaganda network, and, potentially, about how a paid propaganda agent may have been involved in the outing of an undercover CIA agent.

02/15/05 :: By Tom Ball
America Loves Traditional Progressive Values
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Let's see, Hillary performs significantly better than Kerry, handily stowing her victim in the electoral trunk -- and yet, Hillary is perceived as being nontrivially more liberal than Kerry. How does that synch with the assertion that liberalism is 'out of touch with mainstream America'?

01/31/05 :: By Tom Ball
Keeping Track of Bush Payola Propaganda Puppets
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Okay, okay. I guess we have to start keeping track of these asses. So far, the Bush Payola Propaganda Puppets include -- but I’m sure are not limited to:

01/13/05 :: By Drew Johnston
The Amazing Mr. President
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Propaganda/Spin

It's bad enough that Bush's "town hall meetings" are obviously scripted. You'd think * would at least try to get his lines right.

01/11/05 :: By Stu Finkel
On Media Travesties
Categories :: Media Snake Oil :: Outrages :: Propaganda/Spin

Atrios blasts apart any remaining iota of credibility to the long running myth that there is a liberal media by looking at who gets canned and who gets a pass when they fuck things up.

01/10/05 :: By Stu Finkel
More on Taxpayer Funded Bushevik Propaganda
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Propaganda/Spin Armstrong Williams, who was outed last week as having accepted $240,000 of taxpayer money to propagandize for the Bush administration's stupendously misnamed No Child Left Behind education initiative claimed in a conversation with the Nation's David Corn (via Kos) that,...

01/07/05 :: By Tom Ball
Are There Any Limits to the Propaganda of Goebbels W. Bush?
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Propaganda/Spin

Remember the question that I asked at the end of my last post on Bush Propaganda? Well, the answer is... we haven't even begun to see the extent to which this administration will go when it comes to asserting their agenda. And why should we? They committed atrocities beyond compare in their first term and the American electorate gave them a free pass. I don't blame the Republicans one bit for relentlessly pursuing their agenda.

01/07/05 :: By Stu Finkel
More Bushevik Propaganda
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Propaganda/Spin

The USA Today reports that the Bush administration paid a prominent black commentator $240,000 to plug No Child Left Behind. Your tax dollars at work, promoting Bushevik propaganda.

01/07/05 :: By Tom Ball
GAO Says Bush Administration Broke Law with 'Covert Propaganda'
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Propaganda/Spin

Who in their wildest crackpot imagination (prior to Bush’s takeover of the White House) would think that the US would be found in criminal violation of producing and distributing propaganda within our borders? Sure, during war you have Psych-Ops dumping this crap on the opposition and other foreign targets...but within our borders...on a domestic topic.

12/17/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
“Frivolous” Justice: Bush on Trial
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Framing 101 :: Hypocrisy :: Propaganda/Spin

Finding credible information at the Economic "Summit" is proving to be more illusive than Bernie Kerik's "nanny." I doubt anyone familiar with Bush's record on the economy took the Economic “Summit” this week seriously, but at least the outrageous comments and mock discussions have gotten some fair criticism this time around.

11/23/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Framing News vs. Propaganda
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Media :: Progressive Strategy :: Propaganda/Spin :: Reference

There is definitely a need and a place for commentary and editorials but when obvious opinions and partisan politicking replace news and journalism, the "truth" becomes quickly lost in the shuffle. When one looks at the current climate of news and information in the US, specifically the mainstream corporate media, the lines of demarcation are not as clear.

11/23/04 :: By Tom Ball
UK Government Softens Up the Public for a New Series of 'Patriot Acts'
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

What incredible timing -- amazingly convenient for the Bush-lapdog we all know as Tony Blair. On the eve of the 'Queen's Speech' where government officials plan to roll out such civil-liberty-trouncing policies as national ID cards, there is a 'report' that ensures us that these policies are just what the doctor ordered.

11/21/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Presidential Yacht and the Democrats
Categories :: Democrats :: George W. Bush :: Hypocrisy :: Propaganda/Spin One of the many items of pork in the omnibus bill passed yesterday is $2 million to buy back the Presidential Yacht. As Atrios observes, if the Democrats don't know how to foment outrage with this, all may very well...

10/30/04 :: By Tom Ball
More on the Pentagon's Newest Al Qaqaa Assertion
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

More on Friday's CNN press conference with Pentagon Spokesperson Lawrence de Rita, and Major Austin Pearson regarding the Pentagon's newest assertion that some of the Al Qaqaa explosives might have been removed by US troops.

10/12/04 :: By Tom Ball
Former FCC Chairman Confronts Sinclair Broadcasting Group Over Anti-Kerry Propaganda
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Does a former FCC chairman have any pull in a situation like this? Is this a sign that the current FCC, and hopefully the FEC are addressing this aggressively?
Yesterday, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt sent the following message to executives at Sinclair Broadcasting Group (Thanks to TPM)

10/06/04 :: By Tom Ball
Friday's Payroll Numbers Could Sway the Election
Categories :: Economy :: Election 2004 :: Propaganda/Spin

Regardless of Friday's release of payrolls and the unemployment rate, one of the candidates will be touting it as proof of their assertions...either Kerry, "I told you Bush's economic policies suck." or Bush, "I told you my economic policies don't suck." Also regardless of this data release's outcome, Kerry will be right.

09/29/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Spin With a Grin
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Something's making me smile, and I'm sure you want to know what it is. Because you do. You really do.

09/10/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Tale of the Document, Part 2
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

OK, so we now that yes, Virginia, there were typewriters with proportional spacing in 1972. But, alas, that fact alone is not enough. You see, the “forgery” would-be scandal is what brother-in-arms Tbogg refers to as an “evolving smear”. If you check the post on Powerline (no, I’m not linking to it) you’ll learn that the original accusation has been modified 14 times. Basically, a series of self-styled experts wrote in to talk about what else is wrong with the documents, and the ‘wingers treat it as gospel.

09/10/04 :: By Tom Ball
Debunking the 'Typewriter Experts'
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Okay, so now they are 'questioning' the authenticity of the Bush Gaurd documents presented on '60 Minutes' this week. They are in a quandary as to how the documents from the early 1970s could possibly have 'proportional spacing' when that phenomenon at the time was only available in a sparsely distributed word processor that was virtually nonexistent in governtment ranks. For some reason, the 'experts' seem to have overlooked a conventional, widely used typewriter born of IBM in 1941 that had as its claim to fame...none other than....proportional spacing!!

09/04/04 :: By Tom Ball
There's Bush and There's Reality
Categories :: Economy :: Propaganda/Spin

Today, it was announced that the economy added 144,000 new jobs in August.

07/29/04 :: By Tom Ball
BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan captures a "Most Wanted" Qaeda Man
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Reuters Headline "PAKISTAN CAPTURES A "MOST WANTED" QAEDA MAN WITH UP TO $25 MLN BOUNTY-MINISTER TO CNN" Recall the article written in the New Republic that accurately reported that the 'July Surprise':

07/29/04 :: By Tom Ball
BREAKING NEWS: Abu Musab Zarquawi Arrested
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin Bloomberg is reporting that Abu Musab Zarquawi has been arrested...just as the New Republic magazine had predicted. ...Right on the day Kerry is nominated. How long have they known where this guy is and put off arresting him for the...

07/23/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Conventional Wisdom
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Atrios links to the priceless Daily Show bit on GOP talking points from last week, which is now up at the Comedy Central website. If you are able to view streaming video, it is a must see.

07/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
A Parable of Taxation and Propaganda
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin :: Taxes

A friend of mine sent me the following to illustrate the way taxes work in America. What it succeeded in illustrating was that my friend is either blindly partisan or grossly ignorant.

06/26/04 :: By William Hare
New York Times: Stop Fawning Over Schwarzenegger and Start Analyzing His Policies!
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Bill O’Reilly recently lamented that the New York Times has vacated its former position of being America’s great newspaper of fact and has become instead a liberal mouthpiece. Yes, Bill, we remember how the New York Times was in the forefront of turning Al Gore into, in the media’s jaundiced eyes, a “serial exaggerator” when he allegedly boasted of having invented the Internet and having been the true life example used by Erich Segal portrayed by Ryan O’Neal in Love Story. In the first instance there was egregious misquoting. Those of us who took the trouble to read the full quote in question know that Gore stated that he had voted in the Senate to provide the Internet’s original federal funding. Gore made no claim about being Erich Segal’s true-life lead character in Love Story. That erroneous claim resulted from a story in Gore’s hometown Nashville newspaper which he did not inspire and over which he had no control.

06/24/04 :: By
Tactic: Know the Criticisms of "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin :: Tactics

Progressives at every level must be prepared to defend Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11". This involves not only exposing the lies and misstatements intended to undermine Moore's credibility, but also keeping the focus on the big picture.

06/21/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tactic: Implement Radical Policy in Baby Steps
Categories :: Iraq :: Propaganda/Spin :: Tactics :: Women's Rights

Technique: Focus on Major issues piecemeal. Do not address them as a controversial whole. Instead, focus on the least objectionable parts. Once these have been accepted, then it is much easier to lead logically from the accepted piece to the more controversial whole.

06/17/04 :: By William Hare
"It's the Blood, not the Dress Stain, Stupid!"
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

In Bill Clinton’s 1992 winning presidential campaign adviser James Carville achieved enduring recognition with the famous strategy saying he tacked up on the wall of the Little Rock war room, “It’s the economy, Stupid!” The succinct message was that the overriding issue gripping the attention of Americans in the election was the economy. Now a new message should be appropriately delivered to the partisan Republican ranks, “It’s the Blood, not the Dress Stain, Stupid!”

06/16/04 :: By William Hare
Russo's Double Play Try
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Russo and his Republican allies are using the same tactic employed by Karl Rove and George W. Bush. You avoid honest debate and instead fall back on a huge cash reserve to attack. They are unaccustomed to nothing but rigged games played with a stacked deck. The time to stop them is now!

06/12/04 :: By Tom Ball
Death is Death: Terrorism vs. Military Strikes
Categories :: Anti-War :: Philosophy :: Propaganda/Spin

Which is worse, death by terrorism or death by military strikes? Is there a difference? And if there is, does that difference matter? Do you think the families of the victims of either methodology feel any less pain and suffering because of the capabilities of the killer?


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