Russian Journalist Exposes Propaganda Lies about Houla Massacre
Washington's bloodstained hands responsible for Houla massacre.
by Stephen Lendman
Going to war depends first on selling it. Gaining public support is vital. Previous articles discussed it. Walter Lippmann coined the phrase "manufacture of consent."
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky discussed the "propaganda model" in their book titled "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media."
Media scoundrels use it to manipulate and control public thinking and perceptions. News and information are filtered. Acceptable "residue" only is reported.
Dissent is marginalized. Government and dominant private interests are prioritized.
Michael Parenti explained:
"The enormous gap between what US leader do....and what American's think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments...."
In their book titled "Propaganda and Persuasion," Garth Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell defined their topic as "the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist."
Richard Alan Nelson described the technique as follows:
"Propaganda is neutrally defined as a systematic form of purposeful persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of specified target audiences for ideological, political or commercial purposes through the controlled transmission of one-sided messages (which may or may not be factual) via mass and direct media channels."
"A propaganda organization employs propagandists who engage in propagandism--the applied creation and distribution of such forms of persuasion."
Propaganda has different forms. Advertisers use it to generate sales. So do politicians to get elected. Religious leaders use it to indoctrinate the faithful. So do nations to promote their agendas.
When war is planned, it's used to create fear, demonize enemies, dehumanize them, falsely accuse them of atrocities and other crimes, and enlist public support for intervention for alleged humanitarian reasons.