Dirty Jobs: The Art of Selling Propaganda

Friday, March 25, 2011

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi  speaking on Libyan State TV on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi speaking on Libyan State TV on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 (Al Jazeera)

A good government can no more exist without propaganda, said Joseph Goebbles, than good propaganda without good government." We look at how some of the world's spokespeople have tried to spin terrible truths by selling war crimes, stolen elections, and mass murder to a watchful public. Imagine that it was your job to explain to the international community, not to mention your own neighbors, why your boss is going to war against his own people.

Comments [4]

sara k. from Brooklyn, NY

This was by far the best thing I've heard on The Takeaway since it began. I'm far from a fan of the show. I really don't care what most American's have to say about issues trivial or not—call me an elitist. I'd like to hear more smart, thoughtful editorials from John, like this. Please please! More analysis, less joking!

Mar. 30 2011 09:16 AM

Sorry, John; including an assertion of Colin Powell as a "propagandist" in the same commentary as Joseph Goebbels is incredible and unforgiveable.

But, it is what can be expected in a typical morning of public radio.

Mar. 25 2011 03:22 PM
K.O. from California

The idea that only despots use propaganda is absurd. So is the idea that propaganda is only used to obfuscate brazen lies, which is what you are implying with your Saddam Hussein example. I love America and our way of life but only a fool would think that we are not soaked in propaganda. "In God We Trust", "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" What do you think think these statements are?? Statements of fact... We are the country that made GI Joe. We are the country that made the movie "Independence Day". When the world was in threat of annihilation by asteroid in the movie "Armageddon" did the world unite to save ourselves. No, it was America who saved the world. In fact who can forget the space station scene were the cosmonaut was portrayed as a fool and purposefully juxtaposed to the competent American's. In fact this entire article can be viewed as propaganda and the writers subjectiveness sickens me.

Mar. 25 2011 02:20 PM

Nixon, Bush, but no mention of the current administration? Isn't omission also a tool of propaganda?

Mar. 25 2011 08:32 AM

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