If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then somewhere (Hell, perchance?) Joseph Goebbels is basking in celebration. Certainly the infamous propaganda minister for The Third Reich has to be proud of the Obama administration's bold use of his tried and true tactics of mass deception. Coordinated and "manufactured" stories and pseudo-events pour through the media daily, all in deliberate lockstep with the "Community Organizer In Chief's" agenda to remake Amerika into a socialist/fascist state more susceptible to deception and, ultimately, control. Consider these headlines which appeared in newspapers across the country on April 7th and 8th, 2009:
• Third of Illinoisans went without health insurance in last 2 years: Sun-Times
• Report: 2.5M in Michigan lacked health insurance: Chicago Tribune
• Study: 29% of Ohioans have gone without health insurance: BizJournals
• Report: More NJ residents lacking health insurance: Forbes
• Study: Many Kansans are uninsured: BizJournals
• Report tallies uninsured in Hawaii: KPUA AM 670
• Study: 1 in 3 Alabamians have no insurance: BizJournals
• 1 out of 4 NH residents lacked health insurance within last two years: WBZ
• 1 out of 3 Coloradans lacked insurance in past two years: Denver Post
• Nearly 1 in 3 Idahoans lack health insurance, study says: Idaho Statesman
• One in four nonelderly Minnesotans has been without health insurance, study shows: Twin Cities
• 1 in 3 are uninsured in Georgia, study says: Augusta Chronicle
• 1.3 million Louisiana residents uninsured: Independent
• Millions in N.C. lack health plan: Winston-Salem Journal
• Uninsured are mostly working: Sun-Herald
• Nearly one-third of Wyoming residents went without health insurance in past two years: Wyoming Tribune
• Report finds health insurance lacking in W.Va.: Charleston Gazette
• Nearly 1/3 Of Kentuckians Uninsured Says Report: WFPL Radio
• REPORT: 254K Rhode Islanders Uninsured at Some Point from 2007-2008: ABC 6
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There are considerably more examples than this but I think you get the idea. All of these stories were "supplied" by an organization called "Families USA." Actually they are nothing more than one of many liberal/progressive advocacy groups working under the larger umbrella of something that calls itself the "Progressive States Network." And who, praytell, would you imagine that they receive their orders from? Why none other than our good friends at ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union).
Incidentally, aren't these the same people who are attempting to backdoor engineer the so-called "fairness doctrine" under the concept of "localism?" Yet none of these stories that appeared all across the country in "local" media sources were actually generated locally. Oh, the hypocrisy of the progressive/socialist left!
"I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country." -Barack Obama
President Obama made this claim during the campaign that got him elected. Now he has initiated the propaganda campaign that he hopes will help him to fulfill that promise. Unfortunately, as with most propaganda campaigns, accuracy, honesty and truth take a back-seat to partisan objectives. The mainstream media, an active participant in the Obama propaganda machine, continues to tout the figure of 47 million Americans without health insurance. However, as always, this figure is both misleading and distorted. Data from the Census Bureau reveals:
• 9.5 million people are illegal aliens.
• 8.3 million uninsured people are those who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and choose not to purchase insurance.
• 8.7 million uninsured people are those who make over $75,000 a year and choose not to purchase insurance.
Not particularly the kind of uninsured "victims" that the American people should be enthusiastic enough to overhaul their entire medical apparatus just to rescue are they? Why do so many people CHOOSE not to get health insurance that they CAN afford? Because 60% reported being in "excellent health or very good health" and purposefully decided not to buy insurance, a not unreasonable choice. Once we subtract these willfully uninsured from the original number we are left with approximately 20 million uninsured, that less than 7% of the population! Does 93% of the population really want to jeopardize the best health care system in the world over something that is most definitely NOT a crisis? There are ways to help the remaining uninsured that do not involve such a radical response as this president is proposing. The "crisis" in health care is false. You want to improve the system? Put limits on the judgements one can recieve for a malpractice/negligence lawsuit. However, since almost EVERYONE in government is a lawyer, and they tend to profit from such litigation, I wouldn't hold my breath for such tort reform.
The new U.S. Propaganda ministry (a.k.a. the mainstream media) doesn't satisfy itself with the mere misrepresentation of facts. Deliberately manufactured events and photo opportunities are just as useful in portraying our new president as something other than what he is. A recent "surprise visit" (c'mon "Clockwork Orange" fans) by the president to visit the troops in Iraq was plastered in the media all around the world. If you believed your lying eyes you thought the troops were elated to see the president. They were cheering and gathering around him in much the same way as they did for his predecessor who was very popular with them. The Associated Press expressed it thusly:
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama went for the defining television shot by capping his first extended foreign tour with a surprise visit to Iraq. He got it – pictures of hundreds of U.S. troops cheering wildly as he told them it was time for the Iraqis to take charge of their own future. The war-zone photo opportunity produced a stunning show of appreciation for Obama from military men and women who have made great sacrifices, many serving repeated tours in a highly unpopular war. - AP
But alas, you didn't see what you thought you saw. As it turns out the entire event was no "surprise visit" at all, but was instead a thoroughly planned and orchestrated event. When the curtain is pulled back we learn that all of the soldiers that were invited to greet the president on this fabricated "surprise visit" were, in fact, questioned beforehand so that only those who revealed themselves as having voted for Obama would be in attendance.
That wonderful cheering welcome that President Obama received with his unscheduled surprise visit to the troops in Iraq, was entirely a staged event. The troops were interrogated beforehand, with those military members who had voted for President Obama given identical digital cameras and placed in front of the media cameras covering the event. - Minority Report
A sergeant who was there explained the subterfuge. “We were pre-screened, asked by officials ‘Who voted for Obama?’, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.” - Minority Report
Isn't it strange that all these soldiers managed to have their cameras with them when the president "surprised" them with his visit? And don't they all look remarkably similar? Isn't that curious considering the plethora of different cameras there are on the market? But really, has this administration shown any competence at ANYTHING? Why would we presume they would be all that good at deception?
Do you remember that episode of the classic TV show "The Brady Bunch" where Greg Brady was made into a rock star because he fit the suit that the record company already had? They even hired girls to attack him everywhere he went so he would look like a star. Barack Obama's presidency is playing out much the same way. Everything is controlled and contrived, and he is not going to deviate from the pre-arranged plan. It worked to get him elected and as long as he keeps the mainstream media in his pocket, he hopes he can continue to manipulate public opinion through these deceptions. And boy does he have the media in his pocket!! Consider these recently revealed facts from the Center For Media & Public Affairs:
Total network news coverage for the first 50 days:
Obama 27 hours- 44 minutes-- Reporting 58% Positive
Bush 7 hours- 42 minutes -- Reporting 33% Positive
Clinton 15 hours- 2 minutes-- reporting 44% Positive
Obama’s news coverage for the first 50 days:
CBS 10 hours 46 minutes -- Reporting 58% Positive
NBC 9 hours 38 minutes -- Reporting 61% Positive
ABC 7 hours 20 minutes -- Reporting 57% Positive
Fox- Bret Baier 10 hours 24 minutes ( from the first 30 minutes of the show)--
Reporting 13% Positive
I would like to say these numbers are surprising but, unfortunately, we all knew this to be true. However what IS surprising is how blatantly and shamelessly journalists have sold their integrity. And for what? Like Esau in the famous Bible story, it would appear to be for food! Well, maybe not for food but certainly the transaction did take place over dinner. A recent report from Howard Kurtz revealed that David Bradley of the Atlantic Monthly has been, for over a year, regularly hosting dinners that allow certain elitist journalists to mingle with A list members of the Obama campaign and administration. These exclusive dinners are ongoing even as his campaign has become his administration. Who are these elitist journalists that merit invitations to these exclusive dinners?
"Among those in regular attendance are David Brooks and Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gene Robinson and Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, NBC's David Gregory, ABC's George Stephanopoulos, PBS's Gwen Ifill, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum, former Time managing editor Walter Isaacson and staffers from Bradley's Atlantic and National Journal, including Ron Brownstein, Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch." - Washington Post
And you wonder how Obama gets such favorable reporting!! Don't be too impressed by all those polls that show Obama to have a high approval rating either. Numbers and statistics are even easier to manipulate than journalists...and they eat less! Barack Obama first conquered the media and effectively made them into his propaganda ministry. They have a lot invested in him. They need him to succeed to cover their own asses. Those polls that originate from media sources reflect a higher opinion of Obama than the more respectable (and accurate) polls used to track elections. He is not nearly as well approved of as is being reported. But remember, according to the media in Germany during WW II, they were always winning the war, even as the American and Russian armies were destroying their country. When your entire government is built on a foundation of deception and manipulation, you cannot ever abandon those methods. Certainly Joseph Goebbels would approve of Obama's methods. But then again, both Joseph Goebbels AND Barack Obama are...SOCIALISTS!!
Der Angriff (meaning "The Attack" in English) was a newspaper founded in 1927 by Joseph Goebbels.