Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans
* 9% in U.S. trust mass media “a great deal” and 31% “a fair amount”
* 27% have “not very much” trust and 33% “none at all”
* The percentage with no trust at all is a record high, up five points since 2019
Complaints of “the lying news media” are common, but the purveyors of propaganda are much more subtle that that. Most of the press does not outright lie, they instead rely upon artistic use of tone, tenor and shading to sculpt key sentences in a story for maximum propaganda value.Here is an excellent example: One sentence from a CNN article designed not to convey the news that Tennessee has passed an anti-CRT bill, but rather to ridicule the conservatives who passed the bill:
Section 51, part 6 of the Tennessee law makes lesson plans illegal if students “feel discomfort, guilt, or anguish.”
That Tennessee law sounds idiotic and legally unsound, doesn’t it?
(a) An LEA or public charter school shall not include or promote the following concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or instructional program, or allow teachers or other employees of the LEA or public charter school to use supplemental instructional materials that include or promote the following concepts:
(6) An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or another form of psychological distress solely because of the individual’s race or sex;
Tennessee public schools are banned from teaching that “An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or another form of psychological distress solely because of the individual’s race or sex.”
See the difference?
If dragged into a court of law, CNN could defend every word of their deliberate misstatement, because it has all been vetted by their lawyers. So, CNN is broadcasting fact-checked, legally parsed propaganda designed to inflame, outrage and ridicule.CNN–and most of the rest of our Infotainment Media Complex–is only a hair’s breadth better than sensationalist tabloids full of Elvis sightings, Gordon Ramsey’s sex dwarf, 500 pound house cats and Dick Cheny is a Robot headlines.
But is that really what we want? We deserve better than barely-legal propaganda disguised as news.