The Weekend Wonk: Why Obvious Lies Make Great Propaganda

September 8, 2018

The tobacco industry pioneered scientific approach to manipulating public perception of reality with the “doubt is our product” approach.

Climate deniers refined that approach over decades.

But the Trump/Putin administration has truly brought the art form to next level.

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4 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Why Obvious Lies Make Great Propaganda”

  1. doldrom Says:

    The video starts with what is supposed to be a slam dunk case of lying (the little green men in Crimea), ignoring the fact that there was no fighting and that these troops did not invade Crimea but were already present in long established bases. Russia was allowed to by treaty to have 25,000 troops on the peninsula (though for arguably different ends), and never exceeded the 16,000 that were already present. People should pause at the fact that a there is a lot of propaganda on all sides, even the side you agree with.

    • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

      Little relevance to the point of the video.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      The cloud of lies about the Russian forces in the Ukraine (not the Crimean Peninsula part of Ukraine) was about their *participation* in the Ukrainian civil war well within the mainland, sometimes described as non-Russians, sometimes described as “volunteer” fighters, as if Putin had nothing to do with it.

      And yes, they were fighting, with bullets and mortars and everything, tovarich.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      “they’re all the same” is a key part of the plan here.
      You can believe no one, under this reasoning, except the strong man.
      or, believe what you like, there is no real truth.
      either way, mission accomplished.


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