- "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating
it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained
only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political,
economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally
important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for
the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth
is the greatest enemy of the State." -- Joseph Goebbels, NAZI Propaganda
- Here in Southern California , the biggest newspaper,
the Los Angeles Times, quarantines Ron Paul like he carries the plague.
No subtlety about it, and no apologies or denials either. As part of
the vast Tribune Company, the LA Times must toe the party line and mimic
the slanted, Soviet style news orgs, Tass and Pravda. In their heydey
of the Russian Communist, Tass and Pravda only carried what that totalitarian
regime wanted them to carry.
- What is the Tribune Company, you ask? Just the second
largest news media corporation in America , capable of shape shifting
minds and influencing national elections.
- Take a look at these happy faces. What do you see? Anyone
missing? Where is that fellow, that Constitutionalist, who wants to disband
the Federal Reserve? Where is Ron Paul, that fellow who actually beat
Time Magazines "Man of The Year" by more than a two to one margin
among Iowa voters? Like the old Soviet-era newspapers, the US mainstream
media (MSM) controls ALL the news, without apology or denial.
- Now take a look at the faces of those who prefer to play
ball, who profess change while offering no new or original or bold thinking.
Look at those who want to continue to bomb (spend), invade (spend), sanction
(spend) or otherwise occupy foreign countries (spend & spend some
more). These happy shape-shifters have the official Tribune sanction and
it doesn't really matter who wins among them, whether Democrat or Republican.
- Here in America , to paraphrase GWB, the "propaganda
must be repeated over and over and over again," whether in news reports
or happy pictures, conveying resolute, confident leaders.
- Take a look at Obama. Doesn't that photo convey certain
Messianic powers? Obama Messiah, I call it. Or how about Mitt Romney
casting his shadow on the American flag? Certainly he'll do what's best
for America, right? Or how about John McCain? The photo says to the
viewer: I am strong, forceful yet fully committed to the War On Terror.
No matter how many centuries it takes, and trillions it costs your kids.
- As you'll notice, ALL the pre-approved candidates are
shot in flattering poses, usually from below. Usually surrounded by adoring
masses. Each candidate, exuding folksy charm in the photos, assures us
that they are just like us.
- And if a man or woman or IDEA can be effaced, by catapulting
the propaganda forward over and over again, that idea can be effectively
controlled, if not erased altogether. Like the effective effacement of
Ron Paul from the LA Times website. Nope, not a single photograph did
I see from New Hampshire, nor mention of him. Guess Ron Paul doesn't exist.
- So you see that big corporations already have their winners.
With corporate-controlled black boxes in place and the MSM controlling
the messages and the messengers, controlling the status quo, however
precarious, can be maintained. Nothing to see here (but smiling faces);
- A famous man once said: "Through clever and constant
application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell,
and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life
as paradise." That quote, by master propagandist and warmonger, says
it all. Adolf Hitler always tried to spin paradise out of hell, as his
country was collapsing around him, pretty much the way our own corporate
propagandists and their happy, hand-selected warmongers do today.
- Longtime Rense writer and recent professional photographer
Douglas Herman has had his work published in two national magazines recently.