Tagged: Propaganda

One Popular Certainty That Is Patently False

The vast majority of Trump supporters who wanted to prevent the certification of the 2020 electoral votes, including those who were prepared to fight on Capitol Hill to stop Joe Biden from becoming president on January 6th, 2021, were not, as per the standard talking point of our day, “trying to overturn an election.” Nor were they “trying to destroy American democracy.” On...

Leaving Nothing to the Imagination

I have nothing new to say about Vladimir Putin’s official international media celebrity of choice, Tucker Carlson, or Carlson’s official Putin talking point mouthpiece, “Colonel” Douglas Macgregor. The truth is that after two months of explaining and analyzing their duplicity for Putin, their alternative reality optics for Putin, their historical revisionism for Putin, their overt lies for Putin, their blatant cheering for Putin’s...

Moral Equivalency

One country, ruled by a thuggish oligarch from the KGB with a long history of butchering masses of people to achieve his personal expansionist ambitions, and poisoning or imprisoning dozens of domestic critics who get a little too influential, has attacked a non-aggressive, non-threatening neighbor whose only “provocations” were to express disapproval at having its territory invaded by that thuggish oligarch eight years...

“Oopsie-Poopsie,” squirms little Tucker

The profiteering populist fraud that is the American “conservative media” is only allowed to survive at this point because its millions of viewers, listeners, and readers, feeling long abandoned by the mainstream, lack the dignity to trust their own ears and eyes, and to remember how thoroughly they have had their hearts and their principles looted by these money-grubbing pretenders who pose as...

Rules for Recognizing a Tyrant’s Propagandists

I am going to show you a short clip of Tucker Carlson, on February 16th, interviewing a supposed retired U.S. Army colonel who, like Carlson, is cheering for Vladimir Putin to regain control of the former Soviet slave states, and ultimately to establish dominance over all of Europe. Why do I describe Carlson’s wishes this way? Because everything Carlson and his supposed U.S....

Advertising

The reason advertisements consistently portray everyone as a smiling idiot, a self-absorbed advantage-seeker, a gushing sentimentalist, a self-righteous slogan-spouter, a hypersexual poseur, or an all-knowing and assertive fake expert, is that professional advertisers know how to do their job. The essence of their job is to attract the greatest number of targeted consumers by appealing to the most common tastes and tendencies of...

Alien Logic, Part Five: The Disturbing Truth

The New York Times, followed by its usual partners in crime, CNN and The Washington Post, has “learned from high-level sources” — i.e., received a memo from its employer, the government — that the UFO report due in Congress this month will claim to have no direct evidence of alien spacecraft. The mainstream media, eager to maintain both its revenue stream and the...

Hollywood

Allow me to state the main conclusions of this essay right up front: I would not care if I never saw another Hollywood movie or television program as long as I lived. I do not think there is a single actor or director in Hollywood today who has enough intelligence or artistic talent to justify my spending thirty minutes or more of my...

News

A dumb police officer (I do not defer to the now-standardized thug lingo, “cop”) carelessly uses excessive force to restrain a crime suspect, accidentally killing the man. There is no way to interpret this event as anything other than a run-of-the-mill sad story — a very local, ultimately insignificant story — of your average (or slightly below average) modern police officer, too taken...

Phobias

If a person who disapproves of homosexual behavior, or is disturbed by what is somewhat euphemistically called “the homosexual lifestyle,” is a homophobe, and a person who refuses to accept a biological man who wishes to be called “she” as an actual woman, for purposes of legal identification, public bathroom admittance, or sports participation, is a transphobe, then why isn’t a person who...