The Jingoist’s Propaganda Playbook

On Ukraine, Paul Craig Roberts recently wrote about the US government’s unabashed use of propaganda to manage and shape the narrative.  He quotes Peter Duveen (and I will here as well, because it is so good), who suggests that having foreknowledge of news events that Washington orchestrates allows Washington to control the explanation before any evidence is available. By the time evidence is gathered, the narrative is established and the evidence ignored:

“Part of the US propaganda mill’s effort is into forming the conversation. Once certain narratives take hold, true or untrue, they edge out other narratives. So the effort is to get control of the narrative, to form the conversation with whatever materials, usually false, are available. Then, of course, the false information will be referenced as true, and the direction of the narrative will be fixed.

The narrative being lowered into place, for example, is that Russia was somehow responsible for the downing of Flight 17. With the help of the media, the hope is that the narrative will gain momentum. Eventually, if it catches properly, it will be impossible to question, just as people are considered freaks who question the official narrative of 9-11. That is why the narratives are introduced as quickly as possible.

Thus, we saw how quickly it was announced that Flight 17 was brought down by a surface to air missile. That would lead me to believe that it was actually not brought down by a surface to air missile. So also with this incredibly amateurish effort regarding Russian shelling of Ukrainian positions. Russian reaction is never obtained in the articles about it, and it is no longer mentioned that Russian territory has been shelled by the Ukrainian military.”

Thus, the US State Department points to and uses social media deliberately to bypass the arguably more rigorous and inquisitive press, and never having to actually prove their accusations with any evidence.  The Russians, meanwhile, have produced satellite images and other evidence that appears to indict Ukraine forces on the ground and in the air that had the means to down MH17.  They challenge the US to provide satellite images of their own, which the US clearly have due to a spy satellite coincidentally overflying the area during the time period the airliner was downed.  Meanwhile, the US continues to point an accusing finger and blame the Russians with fake accusations and no evidence.

The downing of MH17 is looking very much like a false flag operation, staged by the Ukraine government with full complicity of the US government.  The objective is to demonize Putin and galvanize European public opinion against Russia.  This would justify a full militarization of Ukraine by US/NATO and enable a long coveted permanent US/NATO intimidation presence on the Russian borderDoes the US/NATO really want war with Russia?  Read more here.

In this age of doctored images and other media, you can’t believe even half of what you see.

“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.” – George Orwell, from 1984

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