Is Government Laying The Groundwork For Propagandist State Media?

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The law that has long kept government-supported media outlets – such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe – from being broadcast here in the U.S. was repealed on July 2nd with President Barack Obama’s signing of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act.

In practical terms, that means that propagandist state media outlets ostensibly funded by taxpayers can now be aimed at the very taxpayers who’re funding them, right here in the U.S. Supporters of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 – the embedded legislation that lifted the ban – say the change actually opens the government to greater scrutiny by sharing with all the Nation the propaganda it’s been piping over to Europe, the Middle East and everywhere else but here.

Lynne Weil, a spokesperson for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (that’s a government agency) said that Americans would now “be able to know more about what they are paying for with their tax dollars – greater transparency is a win-win for all involved.”

Benevolent, no doubt. But John Hudson of Foreign Policy magazine offers a nice reminder of just how inevitable abuse is for government to begin interjecting its own voice in an effort to subvert the domestic enemies of the ruling class or to sell policy with half-truths (or outright lies):

[I]f anyone needed a reminder of the dangers of domestic propaganda efforts, the past 12 months provided ample reasons. Last year, two USA Today journalists were ensnared in a propaganda campaign after reporting about millions of dollars in back taxes owed by the Pentagon’s top propaganda contractor in Afghanistan. Eventually, one of the co-owners of the firm confessed to creating phony websites and Twitter accounts to smear the journalists anonymously. Additionally, just this month, The Washington Post exposed a counter propaganda program by the Pentagon that recommended posting comments on a U.S. website run by a Somali expat with readers opposing [al-Quaeda group] Al-Shabaab.

 

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  • yennikcm

    its already here….Where you been?

  • Fred

    …..as if they weren’t already ???

  • d s

    It’s as plain as the nose on your face. The trouble is the blacks and the poor have bought in to the scam and they are to ignorant to understand what the government is up to.

    • Stuart Shepherd

      As if that wasn’t the whole PURPOSE of the scam and what will be the government-run media outlets. The old maxim (PT Barnum?)- “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time” has calculatingly and successfully disproved by the cunning left and now includes (largely) blacks, women, young people, hispanics, legal immigrants- an insurmountable majority on its way to a permanent supermajority if “Immigration reform” is passed. We ARE going socialist/communist, if not worse.

  • boyscout

    Four legs good Two legs better. Bye Bye Boxer.

  • US Army Retired

    When your family or friends cannot explain why they voted for a Democrat, give them this list.

    1. I voted for a Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

    2. I voted for a Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

    3. I voted for a Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

    4. I voted for a Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers, rapists, thugs, and thieves.

    5. I voted for a Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will disappear in ten years because of Global Warming if I don’t start driving a Prius or a Chevy Volt.

    6. I voted for a Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

    7. I voted for a Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

    8. I voted for a Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

    9. I voted for a Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution regularly to suit some fringe folks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

    10. I voted for a Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill for our own because it might upset some useless endangered beetle, gopher, or fish.

    11. I voted for a Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised “HOPE AND CHANGE.”

    12. I voted for a Democrat because my head is so firmly buried in the sand that it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.

    • jag

      U NEED the system cause u got greedy with the free koolaid in the army and now your brainwashed mind is so freakin tiny u have to have the GOVERNMENT take care of
      ALL UR NEEDS so now tell urself….. Thats y u vote demo crat! P.S.demo means to tear apart!

  • securityman

    now the media, who have been reporting all the bull that obummer has been putting out, are starting to realize that this idiot is after them also. he wants the media to put out what he wants and to hell with the truth. that,s why he made his comments and sent his baiters down to fla for the gz trial. he wants to spread as much hate and discontent as he possibly can so he can take over this country a lot easier, in the name of allah.but, as a Christian, I will keep my guns loaded and ammo on standby…….

  • mari

    I know it is not PC, but we really should look at history to see what role the media takeover meant in other countries before they fell to communism, socialism, and fascism.

    • Combat Veteran Seabee

      Screw P.C. That is the ROOT of all of our current problems. P.C. shuts down freedom of speech!

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    Right out of Rules for radicals, Alynski’s book.

  • Alan

    Tokyo Rose is alive and well- Who knew.

  • Progressive Republican

    Of course. It’s called, “FOX News”. Pay attention before you ask a question this stupid, eh?