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* Referred to as such in ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''.

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* Referred ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'': Parodied during the news reports segment on the malfunctioning spaceship. The Soviet newsreader 'happily' announces that several hundred American capitalists are expected to die... as such in ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''.an offscreen guard presses a gun against his head.



* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', Caesar Flickerman's airtime has fully devolved into this, given his "interviews" with Peeta in which the latter denounces violence and urges the districts to lay down their weapons. Though it's pretty clear that even he looks uncomfortable about it all.
* Referred to as such in ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''.



* ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'': Parodied during the news reports segment on the malfunctioning spaceship. The Soviet newsreader 'happily' announces that several hundred American capitalists are expected to die... as an offscreen guard presses a gun against his head.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', Caesar Flickerman's airtime has fully devolved into this, given his "interviews" with Peeta in which the latter denounces violence and urges the districts to lay down their weapons. Though it's pretty clear that even he looks uncomfortable about it all.



** On non-fiction front, George Orwell's essay "The Frontiers of Art and Propaganda" makes the point that [[AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues art in all forms is, indeed, propaganda]], that "propaganda in some form or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose--a political, social, and religious purpose--that our aesthetic judgments are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs."
* In the later ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, ''The Daily Prophet'' effectively exists to maintain the Ministry line and discredit anyone who disagrees with it. The Ministry line varies ''wildly'' between the three books in question, but it's always at least somewhat misguided.
* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'': This ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel is set in the small and incredibly confrontational nation of Borogravia. Throughout the book ranking officers decry any doubts, negative thoughts, or unpleasant facts as Spreading Alarm And Despondency, a crime nearly on the level of treason, and families at home are routinely sent pamphlets and updates telling them how splendidly the war's going. Of course, Borogravia has been at war for so long, with so many different countries, that the only people who actually believe the propaganda are the people putting it out; everyone else has done the math, and noticed that they're running out of sons to send to the front lines (as the climax approaches, the characters are told that Borogravia is so badly outclassed that her opponents have actually managed to get ''bored'' of slaughtering them).

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** On non-fiction front, George Orwell's essay "The Frontiers of Art and Propaganda" makes the point that [[AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues art in all forms is, indeed, propaganda]], that "propaganda in some form or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose--a political, social, and religious purpose--that purpose -- that our aesthetic judgments are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs."
* In the later ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, ''The Daily Prophet'' effectively exists to maintain the Ministry line and discredit anyone who disagrees with it. The Ministry line varies ''wildly'' between the three books in question, but it's always at least somewhat misguided.
* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'': This ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel
Squealer of ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' is set in the small and incredibly confrontational nation a pig version of Borogravia. Throughout the book ranking officers decry any doubts, negative thoughts, or unpleasant facts as Spreading Alarm And Despondency, a crime nearly on the level of treason, and families at home are routinely sent pamphlets and updates telling them how splendidly the war's going. Of course, Borogravia has been at war for so long, with so many different countries, that the only people who actually believe the propaganda are the people putting it out; everyone else has done the math, and noticed that they're running out of sons to send to the front lines (as the climax approaches, the characters are told that Borogravia is so badly outclassed that her opponents have actually managed to get ''bored'' of slaughtering them).this.



* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', Creator/FoxNewsChannel, which becomes Fox Faith & Freedom News, or F3, is this in an AlternateHistory where UsefulNotes/SarahPalin instead of UsefulNotes/BarackObama becomes President.
* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'': This ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel is set in the small and incredibly confrontational nation of Borogravia. Throughout the book ranking officers decry any doubts, negative thoughts, or unpleasant facts as Spreading Alarm And Despondency, a crime nearly on the level of treason, and families at home are routinely sent pamphlets and updates telling them how splendidly the war's going. Of course, Borogravia has been at war for so long, with so many different countries, that the only people who actually believe the propaganda are the people putting it out; everyone else has done the math, and noticed that they're running out of sons to send to the front lines (as the climax approaches, the characters are told that Borogravia is so badly outclassed that her opponents have actually managed to get ''bored'' of slaughtering them).
* ''[[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/valente_08_12/ Fade to White]]'', an AlternateHistory short story by Creator/CatherynneMValente is set in a post-WorldWarThree United States. The Department of Advertising and Information is the largest employer outside the military, maintaining the facade of TheFabulousFifties so [[CrapsaccharineWorld everyone doesn't have to think about]] how most of the population is infertile and large parts of the world are a radiation-blasted wasteland where soldiers fight a meaningless undeclared war against the DirtyCommunists.
* In the later ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, ''The Daily Prophet'' effectively exists to maintain the Ministry line and discredit anyone who disagrees with it. The Ministry line varies ''wildly'' between the three books in question, but it's always at least somewhat misguided.
* In ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', the fascist regime exerts rigid control over all media, reporting rose-colored news to the masses. The media leaves out inconvenient stories such as revolts against M.M.s, refugees fleeing to Canada, and global events. One of the tasks of the resistance is importing factual news from Canada and secretly disseminating it to citizens.



* Squealer of ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' is a pig version of this.
* ''[[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/valente_08_12/ Fade to White]]'', an AlternateHistory short story by Creator/CatherynneMValente is set in a post-WorldWarThree United States. The Department of Advertising and Information is the largest employer outside the military, maintaining the facade of TheFabulousFifties so [[CrapsaccharineWorld everyone doesn't have to think about]] how most of the population is infertile and large parts of the world are a radiation-blasted wasteland where soldiers fight a meaningless undeclared war against the DirtyCommunists.
* In ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', the fascist regime exerts rigid control over all media, reporting rose-colored news to the masses. The media leaves out inconvenient stories such as revolts against M.M.s, refugees fleeing to Canada, and global events. One of the tasks of the resistance is importing factual news from Canada and secretly disseminating it to citizens.

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* Squealer of ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' is a pig version of this.
* ''[[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/valente_08_12/ Fade to White]]'', an AlternateHistory short story by Creator/CatherynneMValente is set in a post-WorldWarThree United States.
''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'': The Department of Advertising Vidona faction are responsible for propagating the Hexarchate High Calendar and Information is the largest employer outside the military, maintaining the facade of TheFabulousFifties so [[CrapsaccharineWorld everyone doesn't have to think about]] how most of the population is infertile its doctrine. They also torture and large parts of the world are a radiation-blasted wasteland where soldiers fight a meaningless undeclared war against the DirtyCommunists.
* In ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', the fascist regime exerts rigid control over all media, reporting rose-colored news to the masses. The media leaves out inconvenient stories such as revolts against M.M.s, refugees fleeing to Canada,
reform heretics, and global events. One of the tasks of the resistance is importing factual news from Canada and secretly disseminating it oversee every citizen's compulsory education, giving them ample opportunities to citizens.indoctrinate people.



* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', Creator/FoxNewsChannel, which becomes Fox Faith & Freedom News, or F3, is this in an AlternateHistory where UsefulNotes/SarahPalin instead of UsefulNotes/BarackObama becomes President.



* ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'': The Vidona faction are responsible for propagating the Hexarchate High Calendar and its doctrine. They also torture and reform heretics, and oversee every citizen's compulsory education, giving them ample opportunities to indoctrinate people.



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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': The [[TheEmpire Romulans]] and ''especially'' [[PoliceState Cardassians]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': The [[TheEmpire Romulans]] and ''especially'' [[PoliceState Cardassians]].Public Control Department in Wilfred Greatorex's ''1990''.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Full Circle]]'', a handful of youngsters live in the wilderness, convinced that Mistfall is a myth put out by the Deciders to control. Then Mistfall comes. [[spoiler:When they manage, through various ways, to get to safety, the Deciders solemnly consider their youth and their new knowledge and only put them to work.]]
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]'', we hear the plans -- twice -- for covering up what happened.
* The Public Control Department in Wilfred Greatorex's "1990"

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Full Circle]]'', a ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle "Full Circle"]]: A
handful of youngsters live in the wilderness, convinced that Mistfall is a myth put out by the Deciders to control. Then Mistfall comes. [[spoiler:When they manage, through various ways, to get to safety, the Deciders solemnly consider their youth and their new knowledge and only put them to work.]]
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin]]'', Assassin"]], we hear the plans -- twice -- for covering up what happened.
* ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E8TheLieOfTheLand "The Lie of the Land"]]: The Public Control Department in Wilfred Greatorex's "1990"Monks have conquered Earth, and the propaganda is provided by the BrainwashedAndCrazy [[spoiler:Doctor]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': The [[TheEmpire Romulans]] and ''especially'' [[PoliceState Cardassians]].



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* In ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'', Bauhaus has its own department called the Ministry Of Truth which tells people what they want them to hear, mostly good things about their corporation, and bad news from the other mega corporation.



* In ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'', Bauhaus has its own department called the Ministry Of Truth which tells people what they want them to hear, mostly good things about their corporation, and bad news from the other mega corporation.



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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', The Ministry of Truth, as its Orwellian name suggests, is this for the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]]. They are tasked with suppressing dissent and stamping out heresy. For added kicks, they're headquartered in a [[FloatingContinent moon floating above]] their holiest temple, which was leftover from a failed ColonyDrop by MadGod Sheogorath and later hollowed out for them to use. The nickname of their headquarters? [[BlatantLies Lie Rock]].



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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', The Ministry of Truth, as its Orwellian name suggests, is this for the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]]. They are tasked with suppressing dissent and stamping out heresy. For added kicks, they're headquartered in a [[FloatingContinent moon floating above]] their holiest temple, which was leftover from a failed ColonyDrop by MadGod Sheogorath and later hollowed out for them to use. The nickname of their headquarters? [[BlatantLies Lie Rock]].



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* Basically ALL North Korean media is propaganda, be it the praising of the "Grand Leader," demonizing the enemies of the state, or both ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGXUsWP6A00 often]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujtp-70zQME being]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj66IqtDcWY unintentionally]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH3Kw2QtxrQ hilarious]]). Some of the items listed on their website is listed as "Propaganda", while also maintaining a radio station they say is broadcasted from the Southern traitors ([[CaptainObvious it isn't]]) to corrupt the true Korean people to evil capitalist ways.

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* Basically ALL North Korean media is propaganda, be it the praising of the "Grand Leader," Leader", demonizing the enemies of the state, or both ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGXUsWP6A00 often]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujtp-70zQME being]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj66IqtDcWY unintentionally]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH3Kw2QtxrQ hilarious]]). Some of the items listed on their website is listed as "Propaganda", while also maintaining a radio station they say is broadcasted from broadcast by the Southern traitors ([[CaptainObvious it isn't]]) to corrupt the true Korean people to evil capitalist ways.
27th May '17 12:16:45 PM nombretomado
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* Stalin had Trotsky, Yezhov, and many, many others [[{{Unperson}} edited out]] of pictures, for starters; later Soviet premiers shied away from being ''quite'' as blatant, though the propaganda machine remained in place. The untrustworthy nature of the news sources at the time sparked a joke in the USSR spoken amongst those not prone to reporting people to the Central Committee: There is no Pravda ("truth") in ''Izvestia'', and there is no Izvestia ("news") in ''Pravda'' (or some variation thereof; both papers are still around, by the way, although they have become two remarkable cases of InNameOnly). Since people had to read between the lines to determine what actually happened (there being few to no real news alternatives depending on the circumstances, and open discussion being obviously dangerous), some Russians believed that America ''won'' [[TheVietnamWar in Vietnam]]. Too much propaganda in Russia (and presumably elsewhere) wound up creating a huge backlash. As noted above, some people wound up believing the exact opposite of the official story. In cases where bad news did appear in the official media, many people believed far worse things have taken place--e.g. UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}--and what little trust they had in competence of the government collapsed.

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* Stalin had Trotsky, Yezhov, and many, many others [[{{Unperson}} edited out]] of pictures, for starters; later Soviet premiers shied away from being ''quite'' as blatant, though the propaganda machine remained in place. The untrustworthy nature of the news sources at the time sparked a joke in the USSR spoken amongst those not prone to reporting people to the Central Committee: There is no Pravda ("truth") in ''Izvestia'', and there is no Izvestia ("news") in ''Pravda'' (or some variation thereof; both papers are still around, by the way, although they have become two remarkable cases of InNameOnly). Since people had to read between the lines to determine what actually happened (there being few to no real news alternatives depending on the circumstances, and open discussion being obviously dangerous), some Russians believed that America ''won'' [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar in Vietnam]]. Too much propaganda in Russia (and presumably elsewhere) wound up creating a huge backlash. As noted above, some people wound up believing the exact opposite of the official story. In cases where bad news did appear in the official media, many people believed far worse things have taken place--e.g. UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}--and what little trust they had in competence of the government collapsed.
19th May '17 7:15:10 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'': The Vidona faction are responsible for propagating the Hexarchate High Calendar and its doctrine. They also torture and reform heretics, and oversee every citizen's compulsory education, giving them ample opportunities to indoctrinate people.
15th May '17 3:59:33 PM eroock
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Compare with RecruitersAlwaysLie. Compare & contrast with the CensorshipBureau.

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Compare with RecruitersAlwaysLie. Compare & and contrast with the CensorshipBureau.
23rd Apr '17 6:38:12 PM justanid
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Compare with RecruitersAlwaysLie.

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Compare with RecruitersAlwaysLie.
RecruitersAlwaysLie. Compare & contrast with the CensorshipBureau.



%%The jury is still out on what to describe as "propaganda" in RealLife, as it is impossible to play it straight nowadays (one would think). So let's apply the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and concentrate on ''historical'' examples (ie, AcceptableTargets). The modern day has become a particular problem as underground (VoiceOfTheResistance) but more accurate news sources and official or mainstream media have started dressing up as one another for credibility, publicity, and lulz. There's a reason PropagandaPiece is a YMMV trope.


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%% The jury is still out on what to categorize as "propaganda" in RealLife. So let's apply the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and concentrate on ''historical'' examples (AcceptableTargets) of propaganda creators. Part of the problem is underground news sources (VoiceOfTheResistance) and MainstreamMedia dressing up as one another for credibility, publicity, or lulz (see AstroTurf). There's a reason PropagandaPiece is a YMMV trope.


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23rd Apr '17 12:48:28 AM Idek618
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Fire Nation. Their schools warp history and facts to promote the firelords agenda, like any good Evil Empire would. Subverted in the first season, though. Two Fire Nation guards are reading about how the avatar can supposedly "run faster than the wind" and one of them scoffs that its just Fire Nation propaganda. Guess who zooms past right at that moment?

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Fire Nation. Their schools warp history and facts to promote the firelords Fire Lord's agenda, like any good Evil Empire would. Subverted in the first season, though. Two Fire Nation guards are reading about how the avatar can supposedly "run faster than the wind" and one of them scoffs that its it's just Fire Nation propaganda. Guess who zooms past right at that moment?



%%The jury is still out on what to describe as "propaganda" in RealLife, as it is impossible to play it straight nowadays (one would think). So let's apply the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and concentrate on ''historical'' examples (ie, AcceptableTargets). The modern day has become a particular problem as underground (VoiceOfTheResistance) but more accurate news sources and official or mainstream media have started dressing up as one another for credibility, publicity, and lulz. There's a reason PropagandaPiece is YMMV.

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%%The jury is still out on what to describe as "propaganda" in RealLife, as it is impossible to play it straight nowadays (one would think). So let's apply the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and concentrate on ''historical'' examples (ie, AcceptableTargets). The modern day has become a particular problem as underground (VoiceOfTheResistance) but more accurate news sources and official or mainstream media have started dressing up as one another for credibility, publicity, and lulz. There's a reason PropagandaPiece is YMMV.a YMMV trope.



* In UsefulNotes/EastGermany under the socialist[[note]]What you Americans falsely refer to as "communist". Communism was the supposed political ideal for some far-off future, not the actual form of economic organisation.[[/note]] dictatorship, the government's control over the media was so absolute and the media therefore so mistrusted by the people, that the area in Saxony that couldn't receive West German radio and television (boosting those signals was what West Berlin was kept for, despite all the expense of supporting an island in enemy territory) and where it took a while for the smuggled West German newspapers to make their way to, was refered to as "the valley of the clueless". Of course, a lot of the West German media turned out to be propaganda, too - compare the Russian joke below.

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* In UsefulNotes/EastGermany under the socialist[[note]]What you Americans falsely refer to as "communist". Communism was the supposed political ideal for some far-off future, not the actual form of economic organisation.[[/note]] dictatorship, the government's control over the media was so absolute and the media therefore so mistrusted by the people, that the area in Saxony that couldn't receive West German radio and television (boosting those signals was what West Berlin was kept for, despite all the expense of supporting an island in enemy territory) and where it took a while for the smuggled West German newspapers to make their way to, was refered referred to as "the valley of the clueless". Of course, a lot of the West German media turned out to be propaganda, too - compare the Russian joke below.
31st Mar '17 2:54:48 PM nombretomado
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* The Voice of Fate from ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. In TheMovie this was changed to "The Voice of London", an obnoxious pundit more than a little reminiscent of BillOReilly.

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* The Voice of Fate from ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. In TheMovie this was changed to "The Voice of London", an obnoxious pundit more than a little reminiscent of BillOReilly.Creator/BillOReilly.
15th Mar '17 8:14:19 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', The Ministry of Truth, as its Orwellian name suggests, is this for the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]]. They are tasked with suppressing dissent and stamping out heresy. For added kicks, they're headquartered in a [[FloatingContinent moon floating above]] their holiest temple, which was leftover from a failed ColonyDrop by MadGod Sheogorath and later hollowed out for them to use. The nickname of their headquarters? [[BlatantLies Lie Rock]].
11th Mar '17 12:08:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''MetalWolfChaos'': The Government Policy Promotion Department, where the password is "[[BlatantLies Overflowing love, and daily benevolence.]]"

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* ''MetalWolfChaos'': ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'': The Government Policy Promotion Department, where the password is "[[BlatantLies Overflowing love, and daily benevolence.]]"
8th Mar '17 9:55:30 PM Give1Take2
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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'': [[TheChurch The Chantry]] does everything in its power to present [[EnslavedElves elves]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction mages]] in the worst light possible, often embellishing historical conflicts between Andrastian human muggles and mages/elves to make the latter look worse, and downplay, [[UnPerson erase]], or {{race lift}} historical mage/elven heroes [[spoiler:Shartan, Ameridan, and others]] to keep the population believing that only Andrastian human muggles can me morally righteous heroes. Also to justify excluding mages and non-humans from joining the Chantry priesthood.
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