Remember when the Obama Administration repealed the Propaganda Ban?
Remember when the Obama Administration repealed the Propaganda Ban allowing government-made news to be given directly to news outlets as if it we're legitimate?
For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2 , that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs.
For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened?
The initial push to prevent propaganda occurred when Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright stood up against the legislation by noting that "American taxpayers shouldn’t be funding propaganda for American audiences".
If a program or legislation is good, we don't need to tax Americans in order to finance a marketing campaign telling us how good it is.
Specifically, the news media is supposed to be the much-heralded "Fourth branch of government" which would be utilized to 'check and balance' government.
Fast Forward to 2016.
President Obama Signs Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill into Law claiming it "Promotes Coordinated Strategy to Defend America, Allies Against Propaganda and Disinformation from Russia, China & Others"
You probably didn't hear of it's passing. The law was passed within the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate "Russian Propaganda" with "fake news" (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially "fake"), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also "fake news" and thus falls under the "Russian propaganda" umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be "foreign propaganda."
Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.
The problem is that, even before talk of "Fake News" became commonplace around the workplace water fountain, legislation was put into place allowing news stories directed towards a domestic audience which are bought and paid for by taxpayer money pushing government interests.
What have you seen lately in the mainstream media which could have been planted by the US Government? What are some of the worst-case scenarios? What are some of the benefits to allowing government to do this?