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August 6, 2011

Propaganda Techniques by Corporate Media



"Psychologic Operations.  The Planned use of propaganda and other measures to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile, neutral, or friendly groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives." ~Field Manual No. 88-1, Psychological Operations, U.S. Army Doctrine, June 1968


In July 2011, Dr. Cynthia Boaz published an opinion piece entitled, "Fourteen Propaganda Techniques Fox 'News' Uses to Brainwash Americans."  While the piece provides useful information, it is necessary to note that mass manipulation techniques using propaganda and other methods are tactics that have been used by government leaders throughout time and using all mediums.  Don't be fooled into thinking that it is only Fox News. 

Mass media has an enormous and immeasurable influence on society.  It is known that starting in at least the 1950s the media had been recruited and infiltrated by the CIA for propaganda purposes (see Operation Mockingbird).  In the late 1970s, Carl Bernstein identified over 400 American journalists that "have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters."

On the topic of propaganda, watch the documentary PsyWar (linked below), and on Rupert Murdoch and Fox "News" in particular, watch OutFOXed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (also linked below).  Be aware so that you can identify and dismiss such techniques and educate your fellow man on such tactics.  Knowledge is power.






"Television is one of the most effective media for persuasion.  Television offers many advantages for PSYOP, and its wide application in other fields contributes to its acceptance and use.  Television is applicable in limited, general, and cold war.  It has the potential to educate and influence on a scale never before possible through other media.  Television, like radio, can be emloyed to reach mass audiences.  In areas where television stations are not common, television receivers may be distributed to key communicators, public installations, and selected individuals." ~Field Manual No. 88-1, Psychological Operations, U.S. Army Doctrine, June 1968


"Motion pictures combine many aspects of face-to-face communication and television by creating a visual and audio impact on target audiences.  U.S. Army PSYOP units do not have to capacity to produce motion picture films.  Appropriate films are selected from available sources to include indigenous films and films produced by responsible U.S. agencies.  Careful consideration is given to film contents and their effect on local target audiences.  Motion pictures are used to gain attention, establish credibility, and overcome illiteracy.  Many films have limited application because they address areas peculiar to local interest or minority groups.~Field Manual No. 88-1, Psychological Operations, U.S. Army Doctrine, June 1968 (One can only wonder how this has changed????)