Saturday, October 31, 2015
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Leaders lead with truth. Of course truth is passé in our culture and therefore governance has become a function of technocrats managing, massaging and manipulating public opinion, which is of course, the very definition of propaganda; herding the rudderless masses wherever the enlightened elite want them to go.
There is no getting around the fact that without a revival of truth there can be no leadership. There can be no enlightening of the mind and setting fire to the spirit, only calculated appeals to base motivations of security, fear, class envy, race envy; worn admonishments to tow the line of science, progressivism and trampling upon traditional ideology in the name of fairness, tolerance and non-offensiveness.
Today Propaganda Infographic 2.0 is being released for general use and distribution.
Let’s Be Done With The Seven Propaganda Techniques
Banish from your mind once and for all that identifying propaganda consists in simply recognizing 7 rhetorical techniques. This is a severely outdated (1938) way of conceptualizing what has become a multi-billion dollar industry using multiple highly sophisticated schemes for creating alternative realities; so called narratives that control opinions, attitudes and behaviors of United States Citizens.
The purpose of this infographic is to help dispel current muddled concepts of propaganda and to reclaim its use by citizens young and old to see clearly through the fog of battle for the minds of men.
Of course there will be those who object to the idea of truth as presented in the infographic, but this ideal is a foundation of western civilization and persisted unchallenged in this country until after the First World War. The rise of mass media and the unprecedented success of WWI propaganda forever changed politicians relationship to truth and therefore changed the balance of democratic power.
The Decade of Propaganda
Volumes were written in what I call the decade of propaganda awareness (1920’s) warning that the manufacture of consent (deciding policy first and then creating public opinion to align with pre-determined paths) and democratic ideals were utterly incompatible, which of course is true.
Unfortunately for us, this battle over propaganda and its use in America was lost and with it went the dignity of man. The genie is now out of the bottle; the power of some men to control and manipulate other men’s minds and attitudes can now be unleashed at will.
Here, almost 100 years later, the clandestine shift from leadership to technocratic tyranny is almost complete. The American propagandist is alive and well in the 21st Century.
Please feel free to share this infographic on facebook, twitter, a blog or in a local community. Students, take this to school, throw a wrench in the indoctrination process and talk about the characteristics of propaganda in a new way.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Yet another controversy over a “racist” cop allegedly “assaulting” a black teenager. A video went viral last night showing a white police officer take down a black high school student, drag her across the floor, and cuff her. Naturally, the cop is now being investigated for civil rights violations, because not only do we automatically assume he did something wrong, but that he was motivated by racial animus. It’s insane. It’s just insane. This country is insane.
Anyway, of course nobody cares about the details of this situation any more than they cared with Mike Brown or Freddie Gray or whoever else. But if context does matter to you — if you’re in the sane minority that doesn’t immediately assume all cops are bad and all black suspects are good — then the rest of the story is relevant.
According to reports from the school and witnesses, the girl was using her phone in class. The teacher told her to hand it over, she refused. Teacher told her to go to the office, she refused. Administrator came and told her to go to the office, she refused. School resource officer was summonsed. He told her to get up and come with him, she refused. She was asked again, and again, and she refused, and refused. Finally, after one last warning, she was dragged out of her chair and physically extracted from the building.
Here’s the thing: no matter if you think the cop was “too rough,” the point is that this girl could have avoided all of this SIMPLY BY OBEYING THE RULES AND HAVING SOME BASIC RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY. Sorry for yelling. I’m just tired of this “Oh no, black kids are being attacked by cops, what ever will we do about it?” thing. Here’s what you do about it: teach your kids to be decent, respectful human beings, for God’s sake. This isn’t hard, everyone. It really isn’t.
Yet we’re not allowed to expand the conversation beyond “white cops are too rough with black people” to “hey, maybe parents need to do a better job of instilling, like, some minuscule amount of discipline in their kids.” We aren’t allowed to, but I am anyway. Read and share, because I think this is and important conversation:
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Monday, October 26, 2015
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Germaine Greer the long time champion of women’s issues has violated sacred orthodoxy and has now received a public shaming. The shaming, conducted by the BBC clearly attempted to out Greer as an intolerable bigot, highlighting her aberrant views of transgendered people as insensitive, offensive and insulting.
The shaming occurred after a petition circulated to disinvite Greer from speaking at an event entitled Women in Power: Lessons of the 20-Century.
Rachael Melhuish, the author of the petition to no platform Greer, describes herself as a lover of intersectional feminism and food and is the proud tweeter of the following:
How to Silence Opposition
The irrepressible logic of their protest, if you can call it that, goes like this…
- Speech that offends others should be labeled “hate-speech”
- “Hate speech” should not be allowed in safe spaces (Who knew universities were suppose to be ideologically safe places?).
- “Hate-speech” should be minimized, controlled and possibly even criminalized
- People who participate in “hate speech” should be socially punished by shaming, ridicule, being denied honors, promotions, platforms to speak etc..
- People who disagree with the present groupthink should be labeled “something-phobic” or “something-exclusionary” to marginalize the substance of their arguments without really having a counter argument.
- These are all readily identifiable propaganda tactics used consistently to silence opposition, not that Rachael and her buddies have any awareness that they are willing propaganda shills.
Free speech welcomes debate and dialogue, silencing opposition belongs to tyrannical cultures not democracies.
To Ms. Greer’s credit she handles the inquisition admirably and never backs down. Belonging to a bygone age when ideas, opinions and lively debate were roadmaps to the truth, she responds with tart, indignation and frustration in the face of trite sentimentalism, and outright deceit.
Intolerance and hatred for anyone expressing a view outside of the approved transgender propaganda has now been enshrined on college campuses. Suffer not the children to hear anything not to their liking.
Must Watch: Greer’s utter honesty and disgust at the ridiculous and relentless line of questioning
In the age of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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Friday, October 23, 2015
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Abortion devotees are very good at changing the subject. The problem is that we on the pro-life side almost always let them get away with it. I watched this play out yet again yesterday when news came down that Texas defunded Planned Parenthood in the state.
Naturally, Planned Parenthood fans went berserk, flailing their arms and crying about all of the “services” Planned Parenthood provides other than abortion. Even some self-professed pro-lifers often argue that Planned Parenthood ought to be funded based on the “other stuff” it does. Abortion is just three percent of their business, they claim. Planned Parenthood gives out birth control and birth control prevents abortion, they say. And so on.
This is where pro-lifers drop the ball. We respond to these arguments by trying to explain how abortion is actually more than three percent of their business, and how Planned Parenthood actually doesn’t offer mammograms, and how birth control actually doesn’t prevent abortion, but what we should be saying is this: it doesn’t matter. Planned Parenthood should be defunded and ultimately destroyed because it murders human beings. Period. That’s all. That’s it. That’s the whole argument.
What percentage of their business is murder? Doesn’t matter. What else do they do besides murder? Doesn’t matter. Have many women gone their for cancer screenings and STD tests and other important things? Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter.
Look, if ANY OTHER COMPANY IN THE WORLD purposefully, as a policy, murdered people — even just a few people a year — everyone would agree that the company should be dismantled and burned to the ground. There would be no conversation at all about the “other stuff.” Just like nobody talks about the “other stuff” Hitler did.
Planned Parenthood kills humans. I don’t care if they also do cancer screenings. I don’t care if they give out birth control. I don’t care about the percentages or the figures or the pie charts.
Do they murder people? Yes. End of story. They should be defunded and all of their employees should be in jail. Nothing else they do matters. Nothing. I think this is how we need to start approaching this debate:
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Monday, October 19, 2015
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
The Man Behind The Presentation
Sam Killermann is a “social justice” comedian who gives presentations about snap judgments, identity and oppression.
It’s going to be embarrassing explaining to future generations that battling oppression in this age meant standing up to …categories of reality.
Sam, presumably having just descended from the mount with the new tablets of stone in hand, explains to the audience that everything they know about gender is wrong.
His mission he believes, is to indoctrinate college students into the fantasy of multiple genders “discovered” in the last minute of recorded history.
The Moonies weren’t this crazy yet the ever tolerant public schools and colleges willingly embrace the macabre self-suicide of civilization.
Sam goes on to say that “It’s important to remember that one [sexuality] does not dictate the other [gender].” Is it possible that college students in social sciences are not allowed to take real science courses where the bubble of this myth would burst on the hard rock of chromosomal identification?
Gender Propaganda And Indoctrination
School district’s and colleges that allow presentations that include the “Gender bread” Person infographic are participating in culturally subversive activities and deserve your highest scorn.
The slick comedy routine and cutesy infographic are part of an effort to present an alternative reality to college-age students. Materials and information from this source are already making their way into high school sex-ed curriculums and are freely available online.
Co-opting and corrupting a traditional symbol like the gingerbread man is a way to identify deviant cultural ideas with homespun goodness and is targeted to influence the youngest and most vulnerable of the population.
Somewhere in the cesspool of minds called academia, a stone-age myth of epic proportions has been created. Gender is non-binary, they declare, implying that the categories of male and female have become just too self-limiting. In fact, there are now 56 genders.
Rightfully this slice of academia should be laughed all the way back to the insane asylum for creating a movement fighting the oppressiveness imposed by categories of reality. Instead, perhaps making gender hopelessly complicated will contribute to job security, no one will be able to explain it except the school psychologist.
It also stands as potent criticism of a society willing to tolerate misfit professors creating an entire nomenclature of absurd genders, as one clinging tenuously to the threads of reality.
No doubt the presentation will not be identified as dangerous ideology but will euphemistically be titled “Preventing Bullying in the Schools” and other similar unarguable tenets of fairness.
This is nothing less than a planned mutiny of what it means to be fully human. If we can’t be men and women, what shall we become?
Non-Binary Gender and 2 + 2 =5: Delusion Rules The Day
I challenge any teacher, academic or social scientist to provide any shred of scientific proof that there are 56 genders. Appeals to lame and worthless “survey” research will be instantly discounted.
Indoctrinating students into a different political structures is one thing, indoctrinating them into self-deluding figments of imagination using home spun icons are crimes against humanity that will have far reaching effects.
The stone-age myth about gender is out of the bag, should we all sit back passively and let our children’s future to be “deconstructed”?
This is social treachery that has reached unprecedented levels.
Get to know Sam Killermann from his TED Talk
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Usually I write pretty quickly, but this one took me a few days to finish. I had to pray about it and go back to Scripture several times to be sure I was making my case as convincingly as possible. I’m responding, here, to an email from an unrepentant gay Christian who tries to explain why Christian churches should start being more “inclusive” of him and his sexual perversion. He seems to use his orientation as a sort of emotional blackmail against me. As if I must sugarcoat or abandon the truth just because the truth is uncomfortable to him personally.
Obviously I’m not going to play that game. But, at the same time, I do want to take the time to explain the truth to him, and hopefully at least plant some seeds in his heart. Many will read this and likely accuse me of being “hateful” and “angry” and so on, but I don’t think either hate or anger can be found in my comments to him.
I thought this conversation is worth having publicly because we all hear all the time nowadays that different “lifestyles” should be “welcomed” and “included” in our churches. “Inclusiveness” has become the popular Christian buzzword of the moment. Yes, the Faith is inclusive in the sense that it is universal, open to everyone, so long as they are willing to FOLLOW and ACCEPT the Truth. But that’s now how progressives mean it when they say it.
They want to be included on their own terms. They want to be “accepted” along with their sin. They want the road to salvation to be broad, when in fact our Savior says quite clearly it is narrow and many will not be able to pass through it.
The Faith is “inclusive” and “welcoming” of those who wish to embrace the truth, but it does not welcome sin:
The post No, Christianity Should Not Be “Inclusive” Of Your Sinful Lifestyle appeared first on The Matt Walsh Blog.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I watched the Democrat debate last night. Do me a favor and read and share my write up so that I didn’t endure that torture in vain. I have to tell you: it was brutal. I was physically grimacing the entire time. My wife thought I needed Metamucil, but really I was just trying to contain my visceral revulsion and disgust. It was bad. Really bad.
You know I am not shy about criticizing Republicans, but there is no question that the Democrat Party is, at this point, rotten and corrupt to its core. We’ve reached a moment in history where wildly popular, mainstream Democrat politicians can enthusiastically endorse socialism, attack the Constitution, attack the family, celebrate baby murder, claim that “climate change” is our greatest national security threat, and openly suggest that the law shouldn’t apply to them, and they will be applauded by millions of American voters.
Last night, the candidates spent most of the time promising to give free college tuition, free health care, more paid leave, and a doubled minimum wage to all citizens and non-citizens in the country. They never once explained how this could be accomplished. They never once even mentioned the phrase “national debt.” In fact, none of them ever used the word “liberty,” either.
But the thing we must remember is that tyrants like Hillary Clinton and kooks like Bernie Sanders didn’t ascend to prominence by accident. They represent what millions of Americans want: tyranny, oppression, insanity, and death. They are merely expressions of our cultural sickness, not the root causes of it.
Read this to find out how lost many of our fellow countrymen are, and then pray:
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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We Live in a Democracy- Of Course the Press Is Free!
There is one article of faith upon which the whole propaganda foundation must be built: that the media while perhaps slightly biased (right perspective versus left perspective) are for the most part still free and independent.
During the 20th century the prevailing opinion was “that the media are independent and committed to discovering and reporting the truth and that they do not merely reflect the world as powerful groups wish it to be perceived. Leaders of the media claim that their news choices rest on unbiased professional and objective criteria…” (Chomsky, Noam, Manufacturing Consent, p.l)
After all, we live in a democracy with a storied history of a free and independent press!
“If however, the powerful are able to fix the premises of discourse, to decide what the general populace is allowed to see, hear, and think about, and to “manage” public opinion by regular propaganda campaigns, the standard view of how the system works is at serious odds with reality.” (Chomsky, Noam, Manufacturing Consent, p.l)
Propaganda More Effective In a “PRIVATE” System
A propaganda system that operates through the news media within a democracy would be much preferred to a state run system for under the guise of independence the propaganda becomes phenomenally more effective. Ask yourself, “Is it impossible to protect yourself from a threat you do not know exists.
So the question remains, does the press in America operate as the powerful wish it to operate, managing and manipulating public opinion?
Walter Lippmann holds an important key to answering this question. You remember Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), hailed as the greatest journalist of his age and who for more than sixty years exerted unprecedented influence on American public opinion through his writing.
Lippmann, in describing how the French would repeatedly magnify German casualties by constant repetition of certain formulaic phrases without regard to the battlefield realities (‘according to prisoners the German losses in the course of the attack have been considerable’…‘it is proved that the losses’…‘the enemy exhausted by his losses has not renewed the attack’) remarked that “We have learned to call this propaganda. A group of men, who can prevent access to the event, arrange the news of it to suit their purpose.” p. 26
He explains that by putting dead Germans in the focus of the picture, and by omitting to mention the French dead, a very special view of the battle was built up.
He also goes on to say, “Without some form of censorship, propaganda in the strict sense of the word is impossible. In order to conduct propaganda there must be some barrier between the public and the event. Access to the real environment must be limited, before anyone can create a pseudo-environment that he thinks wise or desirable.” p. 27
Creating Pictures of a Pseudo Environment
“The way the world is imagined determines at any particular moment what men will do…. But what is propaganda, if not the effort to alter the picture to which men respond?” p.19
The meaning of intricate, perplexing and veiled modern events could be condensed and summed up into simple pictures: Muslims are bad; Russia is always bad; China is getting bad; bombing Syria is good; corrupt banks are good; corrupt debt is good; war is normal; government dependence is good: tolerance is good etc. etc.
To the extent that the powers that be shape these attitudes they have unlimited power to arrange public sentiments on their behalf.
Who creates the pictures of an event? The news media of course
Representative Government Does Not Work?
In 1922, he wrote the book Public Opinion, in which he argued that the modern world had become so complex and the issues so distant from the common man, that it was impossible for the masses to have an accurate opinion on most public issues.
With neither the time, nor the inclination to research the facts, the average citizen was encumbered by local biases and prejudices that made him a poor prospect to render fair and impartial conclusions affecting the future of the nation.
Lippmann’s conclusion was that “representative government, either in what is ordinarily called politics, or in industry, cannot be worked successfully, no matter what the basis of election, unless there is an independent, expert organization for making the unseen facts intelligible to those who have to make the decisions.”
Who Organizes The Opinions?
Later he argues “the real sequence should be one where the disinterested expert first finds and formulates the facts for the man of action, and later makes what wisdom he can out of comparison between the decision, which he understands and the facts, which he organized.” p. 201
Who will be responsible for organizing public opinions for the press? Who is this disinterested expert? Lippmann’s thesis demands answers.
The Revolution Has Already Taken Place
In Lippmann’s own words…
The creation of consent is not a new art. It is a very old one that was supposed to have died out with the appearance of democracy. But it has not died out. It has, in fact, improved enormously in technic, because it is now based on analysis rather than on rule of thumb. And so, as a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power. p. 138
Within the life of the generation now in control of affairs , persuasion has become a self-conscious art and a regular organ of popular government. None of us begins to understand the consequences, but it is no daring prophecy to say that the knowledge of how to create consent will alter every political calculation and modify every political premise… p. 138
It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the original dogma of democracy… p. 138
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Monday, October 5, 2015
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These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives. It is as if political reality has been privatized and illusion legitimized.
The following reprinted article by John Richard Pilger an Australian journalist based in London is the text of a speech given for the launch of the book, The WikiLeaks Files.
Pilger chronicles the heart breaking reality of illusion triumphing over truth today. The launch of The WikiLeaks Files, herald’s the first attempt to pair expert commentary on cable content to historically relevant events. Pilger has high praise for the modern day warriors of truth and his cautionary warnings about propaganda should be of interest to readers of this blog. Those wanting more of the Files can get the book on Amazon
Pilger is a well known and honored journalist having twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries, screened internationally, have gained awards in Britain and worldwide. In addition, Pilger has received numerous honorary doctorates.
Originally printed September 30th, 2015 on Information Clearing House
The Revolutionary Act Of Telling The Truth
By John Pilger
John Pilger, speaking at the launch in London of The WikiLeaks Files, with an introduction by Julian Assange.
George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives. It is as if political reality has been privatized and illusion legitimized. The information age is a media age. We have politics by media; censorship by media; war by media; retribution by media; diversion by media – a surreal assembly line of clichés and false assumptions.
Wondrous technology has become both our friend and our enemy. Every time we turn on a computer or pick up a digital device – our secular rosary beads — we are subjected to control: to surveillance of our habits and routines, and to lies and manipulation.
Edward Bernays, who invented the term, “public relations” as a euphemism for “propaganda”, predicted this more than 80 years ago. He called it, “the invisible government”.
He wrote, “Those who manipulate this unseen element of [modern democracy] constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country …we are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…”
The aim of this invisible government is the conquest of us: of our political consciousness, our sense of the world, our ability to think independently, to separate truth from lies.
This is a form of fascism, a word we are rightly cautious about using, preferring to leave it in the flickering past. But an insidious modern fascism is now an accelerating danger. As in the 1930s, big lies are delivered with the regularity of a metronome. Muslims are bad. Saudi bigots are good. ISIS bigots are bad. Russia is always bad. China is getting bad. Bombing Syria is good. Corrupt banks are good. Corrupt debt is good. Poverty is good. War is normal.
Those who question these official truths, this extremism, are deemed in need of a lobotomy – until they are diagnosed on-message. The BBC provides this service free of charge. Failure to submit is to be tagged a “radical” – whatever that means.
Real dissent has become exotic; yet those who dissent have never been more important. The book I am launching tonight, The WikiLeaks Files, is an antidote to a fascism that never speaks its name.
It’s a revolutionary book, just as WikiLeaks itself is revolutionary – exactly as Orwell meant in the quote I used at the beginning. For it says that we need not accept these daily lies. We need not remain silent. Or as Bob Marley once sang: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
In the introduction, Julian Assange explains that it is never enough to publish the secret messages of great power: that making sense of them is crucial, as well as placing them in the context of today and historical memory.
That is the remarkable achievement of this anthology, which reclaims our memory. It connects the reasons and the crimes that have caused so much human turmoil, from Vietnam and Central America, to the Middle East and Eastern Europe, with the matrix of rapacious power, the United States.
There is currently an American and European attempt to destroy the government of Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron is especially keen. This is the same David Cameron I remember as an unctuous PR man employed by an asset stripper of Britain’s independent commercial television.
Cameron, Obama and the ever-obsequious Francois Hollande want to destroy the last remaining multi-cultural authority in Syria, an action that will surely make way for the fanatics of ISIS.
This is insane, of course, and the big lie justifying this insanity is that it is in support of Syrians who rose against Bashar al-Assad in the Arab Spring. As The WikiLeaks Files reveals, the destruction of Syria has long been a cynical imperial project that pre-dates the Arab Spring uprising against Assad.
To the rulers of the world in Washington and Europe, Syria’s true crime is not the oppressive nature of its government but its independence from American and Israeli power – just as Iran’s true crime is its independence, and Russia’s true crime is its independence, and China’s true crime is its independence. In an American-owned world, independence is intolerable.
This book reveals these truths, one after the other; the truth about a war on terror that was always a war of terror; the truth about Guantanamo, the truth about Iraq, Afghanistan, and Latin America.
Never has such truth telling been so urgently needed. With honorable exceptions, those in the media paid ostensibly to keep the record straight are now absorbed into a system of propaganda that is no longer journalism, but anti-journalism. This is true of the liberal and respectable as it is of Murdoch. Unless you are prepared to monitor and deconstruct every specious assertion, so-called news has become unwatchable and unreadable.
Reading The WikiLeaks Files, I remembered the words of the late Howard Zinn, who often referred to “a power that governments can’t suppress”. That describes WikiLeaks, and it describes true whistleblowers that share their courage.
On a personal note, I have known the people of WikiLeaks for some time now. That they have achieved what they have in circumstances not of their choosing is a source of constant admiration. Their rescue of Edward Snowden comes to mind. Like him, they are heroic: nothing less.
Sarah Harrison’s chapter, ‘Indexing the Empire’, describes how she and her comrades set up an entire Public Library of US Diplomacy. There are more than two million documents, now available to all. “Our work,” she writes, “is dedicated to making sure history belongs to everyone.” How thrilling it is to read those words, which also stand as a tribute to her courage.
From the confinement of a room in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the courage of Julian Assange is an eloquent response to the cowards who have smeared him and the rogue power seeking revenge on him and waging a war on democracy.
None of this has deterred Julian and his comrades at WikiLeaks: not one bit. Isn’t that something?
Friday, October 2, 2015
Euphemistic Names For Propaganda
On June 30, 2015 Friends of the Earth released a report entitled “Spinning Food: How Food Industry Front Groups and Covert Communications Are Shaping The Story of Food.
The organization, Friends of the earth, has done an incredible service identifying and highlighting front groups spreading propaganda in the food industry. Yes, this is propaganda and it can’t be covered over by sweet sounding modern euphemistic phrases like “shaping the story”, “defining the narrative”, “creative messaging”, “having a conversation” and “shaping public opinion”.
The use of front groups to spread these messages coincides with growing opposition on the net to decry food industry practices and standards. The food industry must find a way to counteract this competition before it has time to erode industry profits and reputation.
Just What Are Front Groups?
Front groups are simply organizations funded by industry giants set up to look like natural, organic organizations that are dispensing truth. They have deceptive sounding names that create an impression of neutrality and independence while hiding their ties to big industry. They can be used to target and attack the message of opposition groups allowing industry giants to stay above the fray and keep their hands clean.
Industry giants have been in the thrall of the propaganda spell ever since Big Tobacco’s smashing success misleading the public on the dangers of smoking.
100 Year Old Propaganda Trick
Around 1915, Bernays launched the Celiac Project, touting the benefits of bananas for celiac sufferers -without revealing that its sole funder was the United Fruit Company, the biggest banana producer and importer in the country.
The Celiac Project is the front group that is used to promote banana consumption in a way that seems neutral and very natural.
It takes a lot of money to erect what amounts to elaborate façades of support for industry sentiments.
As the report says, “A particular segment of the food industry-we refer to it here as the industrial food and agriculture sector, including biotech, agrochemical, pharmaceutical, and agribusiness companies, as well as industrial livestock producers- is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate the public conversation about our food. “
If you have a million dollar budget today in America, you can easily confuse, mislead and misdirect the public by creating multiple front groups.
Top Front Groups In The Food Industry
Here is a chart of top front groups in the food industry as identified by Friends of Earth
By the way, the food industry is just one of many big players doing the exact same thing, extinguishing truth wherever they find it and creating alternative realities instead. No wonder they prefer to call it “shaping the narrative”. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE