I introduced Joel Harding as Ukraine's King Trol l for a reason. He is the force behind how mainstream media around the world portray the Ukraine war and the people involved. The strategy he devised is so encompassing it is the first time an entire country is directly involved in Inform and Influence Operations (IIO).
Its because of his work American and western journalists are being targeted by the Ukrainian Government through the Information Ministry and getting on what he describes as "bad lists" around the world.
If every American were targeted and bombarded when this effort extends to every avenue you have to learn about history, politics, or current events; How long would it be before even Adolf Hitler could be branded a conservative? Let's find out.
If we start with his definition of Propaganda. "The word is frequently used to describe any news emerging from one's opponent."
Used this way its only natural that all the news coming from our side is labeled "the truth" regardless of what that news actually is. Second and just as important is who is "our side." In American democracy is there room left for dissenting opinions? Should the government be taken to task for mistakes and mismanagement due to policy moves? Are voices that ask for or demand reasonable solutions still "our side" and relevant?
What does it mean to be irrelevant? The following exchange was given at the Heritage Foundation in June 2014. The opinions of over 1 billion peaceful Muslims are deemed irrelevant. The opinions of over 8 million Muslim Americans are irrelevant because they also don't support the agenda to change regimes in countries like Libya, Syria, Egypt, or Yemen.
When it is looked at in context, it is American interventionism in the Middle East gone terribly wrong, Gabriel's slant on the agenda is clear. The US armed Al Qaeda Libya to overthrow Quadaffi and it cost us lives in Benghazi. Revenge must be extracted, but on whom?
I know that we portray Islam and all Muslims as bad , but there are 1.8 billion [followers] of Islam," the law student, who identified herself as Saba Ahmed, began. "We have 8 million plus Muslim Americans in this country, and I don't see them represented here. But my question is: how can we fight an ideological war with weapons? How can we ever end this war? The jihadist ideology that you talk about, it's an ideology. How can you ever win this thing if you don't address it ideologically?"
Terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel, the CEO of ACT! for America responded- The peaceful majority were irrelevant. I'm glad you're here, but where are the others speaking out? As an American citizen, you sat in this room and instead of standing up and [asking] something about our four Americans that died [in Benghazi] and what our government is doing to correct the problem, you stood there to make a point about peaceful, moderate Muslims.
Ahmed did not seem defensive or angry over Gabriel's response, kindly responding that "as a peaceful American Muslim," she would like to think that she is not "irrelevant."
Gabriel- The radicals are estimated to be between 15 to 25 percent. " But when you look at 15 to 25 percent of the world Muslim population, you're looking at 180 million to 300 million people dedicated to the destruction of western civilization.
Gabriel's agenda is for the US to deal with 180-300 million people who in her eyes are terrorists and she's angry because American Muslims don't agree with that assessment.
Even more succinctly Ukraine's King Troll defines the role of all peaceful people in American society. Both he and others in his field gravitate to large media outlets and gain positions that define the agenda of the network or news publications. They decide the truth you hear, what you see, and what makes mainstream news. They are "our side."