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Posts Tagged ‘public opinion

Propaganda Semantics

September 29, 2011

As PBS put it, Frank Luntz’s expertise is “testing language and finding words that will help his clients sell their products, or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate.” In other words, propaganda. Here are some actual examples of Luntz’s fine work: Don’t say “oil drilling.” Say “energy exploration.” Don’t say “global warming.” […]

Widespread Corruption Contributed to Decline of the United States of America

September 17, 2011

“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” —Montesquieu (Charles Louis de Secondat) (1689–1755) Around the world, many are baffled by what’s happening to the United States. The American economy is in the doldrums, the American political system is dysfunctional and paralyzed, and a series of […]

The U.S. Information War and the Mythological City of Marja Afghanistan

March 10, 2010

For weeks, the U.S. public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan War against Marja,  a “city of 80,000 people” as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban. It turns out, however, that the picture of Marja presented by military officials and obediently reported by major news media is one of the clearest and […]

Paid Lobbyists use the media to form our opinions for us

February 14, 2010

A four-month investigation by The Nation has found that since 2007 at least seventy-five registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials–people paid by companies and trade groups to manage their public image and promote their financial and political interests–have appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure of […]