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Lessons in Corporate Propaganda by Fortune Mag, Mitch Daniels & Chomsky

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Todd Smekens
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MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG - Once a year Fortune Magazine bestows a list of the top 50 leaders in the world. One of our Twitter fans sent us a link to the story showing Mitch Daniels with a 41st ranking. From the icon placed beside the link, we could tell they weren't impressed. Normally, we wouldn't bother, but since we just finished an article about moral leadership, thought it might be enlightening. Then we saw Taylor Swift was ranked as a top 50 leader, and we figured it was another piece of public relations propaganda put out by the corporatist machine.

What Kind of Leader is Mitch

Anyway, since we just discussed moral leadership last week, we thought we'd apply principles of moral leadership taught by Bass & Covey. We got really excited after reading Fortune's opening statement of:

Governments are failing, companies are under siege, and age-old institutions are losing their grip. How do you lead in a time when everyone is a free agent, following his own star? We've found 50 living lessons.

It's a captivating opening paragraph, but how were they going to connect this analysis of today's tumultuous environment to a political hack like Mitch Daniels. We've never pictured Mitch Daniels as navigating through chaos - more likely a creator of confusion or Captain Chaos.

Quality leaders use acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness, honesty and persuasion to lead people toward a vision. They aren't admired for what they do, but how they accomplish it. When you consider how he got his current job at Purdue, Mitch appointed 80% of the Purdue board, who then hired him during an off campus ruse in a Chicago airport hotel. When reporters asked why the hiring wasn't done on-campus, the board said it was more convenient to meet in a hotel. When asked for documents surrounding the interview and eventual hiring of Mitch Daniels, the board declined. We're sure the reporters wanted the evidence of how the board reconciled the facts they hired the least qualified candidate for the job. As a public university, which accepts taxpayer dollars, we should have demanded the new governor fire him immediately, but since the new governor was Mike Pence, also a corrupted conservative in Indiana, it wasn't going to happen.

You would think a "respectable trade magazine" like Fortune would have ruled him out based on the unethical way he was hired as president, or the immoral way he transacts business, but it must have slipped thru their thorough "vetting process".

It's obvious that Fortune and Time Mags are both part of the same corporate media like our newspapers in Indiana owned by Gannett. We suspect the other ones play by the same rules which keeps them from holding each other accountable.

Americans Are Fed Propaganda by Corporate Owned Media

We just finished listening to one of the greatest intellectuals of our time, Noam Chomsky. This MIT professor is a genius on many topics, but you rarely see him on television, or discussed on public radio, especially in major media-zines like Fortune. Why? Because he tells the truth.

Please take time to watch his video:

Americans aren't told the truth - the media tells you a general narrative. We are not to tell you the truth which guides us along evolutionary awakenings leading toward a progressive society - our goal is to feed you what you want to hear and sell stuff for corporations.

It's an enabling process, we don't challenge you to become better, so you'll demand better, we tell consumers exactly what they want to hear. Look at the Gannett owned StarPress in East Central Indiana, they don't inform readers, they brand the criminals because you can't offend them. They report about gossip, but never discuss the truth. They tailor their message to the 5th grade reading level because educated people leave the state for more progressive communities.

If you look at our paper from the outside world, our branded message is Muncie is full of criminals and people should stay away. When you consider we are a college town, it reinforces why students and professors want to stay on campus - exactly the opposite of what residents/business owners want them to do.

Fortune Magazine Brands the Myth of Capitalism

For Fortune Magazine, they create the myth of business, or narrate stories about successful CEO's and companies. If you're interested in climbing the corporate ladder, read successful magazines like Fortune, and follow the brave leaders like Mitch Daniels, and you too, can become a success. Or, better yet, buy his book and learn how he did it. Do you think he's going to tell you the truth? Do you think he'll explain how he scammed IPALCO workers while he was a board member? Of course not, it's 100% pure propaganda, just like the history he professes we should follow.

Listen to what Noam says about the media:

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