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Category Archive: Propaganda machine

Apr 11 2008

The propaganda machine-12: Thinks tanks and the media

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The main goal of the think tanks and the third tier pundits has always been to control the public discussion on major issues to make sure that the pro-war/pro-business view dominates to the virtual exclusion of other views, while at the same time hiding its ideological basis. …

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Apr 09 2008

The propaganda machine-11: Becoming a think tank ‘expert’

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Part of the role of think tanks is to take people with a specific ideological viewpoint and transform them into ‘experts’ (at least in the eyes of the media and the public) on the cheap, without having them go through the hard work of studying a subject …

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Apr 07 2008

The propaganda machine-10: How some think tanks operate

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) While some of the people at some of the think tanks do actual research following the same protocols used in academia, many others are simply hired guns, pursuing an ideological agenda under the guise of scholarship. The latter kind of people do things like arrange for books …

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Apr 04 2008

The propaganda machine-9: How think tanks advance ideological agendas

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) One of the oldest right-wing think tanks is the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), started in 1943. It started out promoting more mainstream conservative views but in recent years it has become effectively the headquarters of the neoconservative movement, relentlessly pushing that particular agenda. If you look at …

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Apr 02 2008

The propaganda machine-8: The difference between academia and think tanks

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The right-wing think tanks are awash in money since there are many wealthy business people eager to portray themselves in a positive light. A lot of them channel their contributions to the think tanks through conservative foundations. In the previous post in this series, I argued that …

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Mar 31 2008

The propaganda machine-7: The rise of think tanks

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) As I said in the previous post, a key development in the growth of the propaganda machine over the last three decades has been the growth in the number of so-called ‘think tanks’. So what exactly is a ‘think tank’ and what does it do? If you …

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Mar 28 2008

The propaganda machine-6: The Powell memo and its aftermath

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Lewis Powell’s confidential 1971 memo to the US Chamber of Commerce laid out the framework that was largely followed by the business community in the subsequent decades. In it he admits quite frankly that the media and academia are already owned or controlled by big business interests …

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Mar 27 2008

The propaganda machine-5: The Fairness Doctrine and the Powell memo

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Three factors discussed so far in the creation of the propaganda machine are the rise of 24/7 cable news networks, nationwide talk radio enabled by satellite communications and toll-free numbers, and the relaxation of media ownership rules that resulted in the concentration of ownership. The fourth factor …

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Mar 21 2008

The propaganda machine-4: Major developments in its creation

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The third tier pundits are a byproduct of five significant developments in media ownership and control. The first is the rise of 24/7 cable news networks that has created a voracious demand for people to fill all that airtime. There is just not enough real news to …

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Mar 17 2008

The propaganda machine-3: The third tier pundits’ role and purpose

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In my previous post in this series, I described the kinds of arguments put out by some of the better-known third tier pundits. You can probably discern a characteristic common to all of them. They start by identifying an enemy (people or ideas) and then throw everything …

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