The Imperial Propaganda Machine

Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

By Caitlin Johnstone

November 05, 2019 "Information Clearing House" -  Itís important to avoid fake news, Russian media or conspiracy theorists. We must only trust those reputable news outlets who tell us that neoliberalism is working fine, that US foreign policy is perfectly sane, and that protests are only happening in Hong Kong and nowhere else.

The difference between state media and western media is that in state media the government controls what information the public is given about whatís going on in the world in order to prevent political dissent, whereas in western media this is instead done by billionaires.

Any attempt to understand the world which fails to take into account the fact that extremely powerful people are pouring massive amounts of money and resources into manipulating your understanding of the world will necessarily result in a distorted worldview.

Whenever news media reports unsubstantiated assertions from anonymous sources in government agencies, just mentally insert ďHere is something the government told us to tell you:Ē into the beginning of the report, because thatís all theyíre doing.

Russia and China havenít become any more of a threat to you than they were three years ago, yet you think about them many times more often than you did back then. Thatís propaganda at work, FYI.

All the establishment loyalists you argue with are ever really saying is, ďNo! The TV would NEVER lie to me!Ē

Sometimes all I can do is stare in awe at the power and efficiency of the imperial propaganda machine. When I first started this gig in 2016 Assange had way more support, from Berners, Greens, Trumpers, all across the spectrum. Now a large amount of that support has been eroded. For Trumpers Assange is being extradited for his own good to bring down the Deep State. For liberals heís a Russian asset. For leftists heís a rapist and fascist enabler. Thereís a narrative for everyone, no matter where you are on the political spectrum. Itís really impressive.

   

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