The American press is totally entranced with the neocon vision. It’s because of who owns them. We don’t need a propaganda ministry when the people who own the state and choose the candidates are the same ones who own the press organs. And I’ve noticed the move to refuse credentials to non-corporate media reporters.
By Robert Parry and cross-posted from Consortium News
Cover of a February 2014 issue of The Economist magazine. (Photo: Gwydion M. Williams/cc/flickr)
If you wonder how the lethal “group think” on Iraq took shape in 2002, you might want to study what’s happening today with Ukraine. A misguided consensus has grabbed hold of Official Washington and has pulled in everyone who “matters” and tossed out almost anyone who disagrees.
Part of the problem, in both cases, has been that neocon propagandists understand that in the modern American media the personal is the political, that is, you don’t deal with the larger context of a dispute, you make it about some easily demonized figure. So, instead of understanding the complexities of Iraq, you focus on the unsavory Saddam Hussein.
This approach has been part of the neocon playbook at least since the 1980s when many of today’s leading neocons – such as…
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