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* ''Film/VForVendetta'': Lewis Prothero, or the "Voice of London" acts as the charismatic, all-British face of the Norsefire regime. Due to his previous, somewhat dubious military career, he gets [[spoiler:put the fuck down by V early on the film. The lack of him was probably a deciding factor in the people siding with V at the end.]]

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* ''Film/VForVendetta'': Lewis Prothero, or the "Voice of London" London", acts as the charismatic, all-British face of the Norsefire regime. Due to his previous, somewhat dubious military career, he gets [[spoiler:put the fuck down by V early on the film. The lack of him was probably a deciding factor in the people siding with V at the end.]]



* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': The Ministry of Truth. They edit all information- every song, story, news report, even ''porn'' so that it completely fits the Party's definition of truth; and they don't care if [[OrwellianEditor reality says otherwise.]]
** 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."

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* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': The Ministry of Truth. They edit all information- information -- every song, story, news report, even ''porn'' so that it completely fits the Party's definition of truth; and [[IRejectYourReality they don't care care]] if [[OrwellianEditor reality says otherwise.]]
** 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 purpose -- a political, social, and religious purpose -- that our aesthetic judgments are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs."



* ''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.

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* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'': This ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel is set in the small and incredibly confrontational nation of Borogravia. Throughout the book 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 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.



** [[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.]]

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** [[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.control them. 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.]]



* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': The propaganda tower made by cathari in the tvtropes session was this to a ridiculous extent.

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': The propaganda tower made by cathari in the tvtropes TV Tropes session was this to a ridiculous extent.



* ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'': The "Word Of The Prophet" kinetoscopes serve as this for Zachary Comstock's regime in the floating city of Columbia. Other examples include the "[[RightWayWrongWayPair Duke Or Dimwitt?]]" puppets, and the huge amusement park "Soldier's Field" which subtly endorses children to enlist in the city's military regime.

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* ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'': The "Word Of The Prophet" kinetoscopes serve as this for Zachary Comstock's regime in the floating city of Columbia. Other examples include the "[[RightWayWrongWayPair Duke Or Dimwitt?]]" puppets, and the huge amusement park "Soldier's Field" which subtly endorses encourages children to enlist in the city's military regime.



** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'', NOD has a determined go at collapsing GDI support via falsified news reports. Whiles't not precisely falling under this trope in most of the 'Western world' it is noted in the background that NOD effectively controls at least 2/3rds of the 3rd world nations of today.

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** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'', NOD has a determined go at collapsing GDI support via falsified news reports. Whiles't Whilst not precisely falling under this trope in most of the 'Western world' world', it is noted in the background that NOD effectively controls at least 2/3rds of the 3rd world nations of today.



* ''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.
* 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]].
* ''{{VideoGame/Freelancer}}'': After Rhineland falls under control of the [[spoiler:Nomads]] and prepares for war with the other nations, their government gains a Ministry of Information. All the news items available in Rhineland during your brief visit there are so blatantly propaganda that it stretches SuspensionOfDisbelief as to how the people are going along with this - after all, the prewar Rhineland government was supposed to be democratic.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': The city of Ascalon was a real propaganda machine, trying to paint their foes (who were [[ForcedIntoEvil villians only by necessity]]) as mindless savages. Hiding the AwfulTruth that really their foes [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood aren't evil but rather misunderstood]] as they're a bit ticked off about having their homeland stolen.

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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 be morally righteous heroes. Also heroes, as well as to justify excluding mages and non-humans from joining the Chantry priesthood.
* 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 left over from a failed ColonyDrop by MadGod Sheogorath and later hollowed out for them to use. The nickname of their headquarters? [[BlatantLies Lie Rock]].
* ''{{VideoGame/Freelancer}}'': After Rhineland falls under control of the [[spoiler:Nomads]] and prepares for war with the other nations, their government gains a Ministry of Information. All the news items available in Rhineland during your brief visit there are so blatantly propaganda that it stretches SuspensionOfDisbelief as to how the people are going along with this - -- after all, the prewar pre-war Rhineland government was supposed to be democratic.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': The city of Ascalon was a real propaganda machine, trying to paint their foes (who were [[ForcedIntoEvil villians only by necessity]]) as mindless savages. Hiding savages -- hiding the AwfulTruth that really their foes [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood aren't evil but rather misunderstood]] misunderstood]], as they're a bit ticked off about having their homeland stolen.



* ''VideoGame/JustCause2'': There's LITERAL Propaganda Machines (Trailers, actually) all over the place in the second game which you have to destroy; you can hear when one is nearby by the distinctive anthem they play, followed by [[BigBad Baby Panay's]] talking. Although his "Propaganda" doesn't seem so much "lying to the people that everything is fine", and more of apparently stroking his own ego:

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* ''VideoGame/JustCause2'': There's LITERAL Propaganda Machines (Trailers, (trailers, actually) all over the place in the second game place, which you have to destroy; you can hear when one is nearby by the distinctive anthem they play, followed by [[BigBad Baby Panay's]] talking. Although his "Propaganda" doesn't seem so much "lying to the people that everything is fine", and more of apparently stroking his own ego:



** There is also a more traditional propaganda mouthpiece in the form of "Radio Panau: [[BlatantLies The Voice of Truth]]" which chimes in after every major mission to remind the public that "Everything is fine. The government and President Panay have everything under control. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial The communists and gangsters aren't taking over the island.]] Go back inside."

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** There is also a more traditional propaganda mouthpiece in the form of "Radio Panau: [[BlatantLies The Voice of Truth]]" Truth]]", which chimes in after every major mission to remind the public that "Everything is fine. The government and President Panay have everything under control. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial The communists and gangsters aren't taking over the island.]] Go back inside."



* ''Tropico'': This RealTimeStrategy game has this trope ''implied'', especially in the third installment, as there are many news reels during gameplay, where the anchorman, ''Juanito'', actually tells the people (and of course the player) how the political stability, the finances, citizen life quality, and other important aspects of the game, currently are. Although he sometimes deliberately twists facts, he can be quite openly skeptic at times. El Presidente CAN have Juanito executed in the expansion, however he is then replaced by a snarky anti-governmental anchorwoman, who unfortunately can not be rid of.
* ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}} 2'' has a VC propagandist who tries to convince the civilians in Hue to rise up against the Americans using the town hall's radio. His voice can be heard in the fifth US level and you can even sneak up to him and kill him two levels later.
* ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'': Worth mentioning is a hazard in this game which is a machine that is shooting the word "LIES" at a television multiple screens to the right. [[EverythingTryingToKillYou The machine, television, and LIES can all kill you]].

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* ''Tropico'': This RealTimeStrategy game has this trope ''implied'', especially in the third installment, as there are many news reels during gameplay, where the anchorman, ''Juanito'', actually tells the people (and of course the player) how the political stability, the finances, citizen life quality, and other important aspects of the game, game currently are. Although he sometimes deliberately twists facts, he can be quite openly skeptic at times. El Presidente CAN have Juanito executed in the expansion, however expansion; however, he is then replaced by a snarky anti-governmental anchorwoman, who unfortunately can not be gotten rid of.
* ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}} 2'' has a VC propagandist who tries to convince the civilians in Hue to rise up against the Americans using the town hall's radio. His voice can be heard in the fifth US level level, and you can even sneak up to on him and kill him two levels later.
* ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'': Worth mentioning is a hazard in this game which is a machine that is shooting the word "LIES" at a television multiple screens to the right. [[EverythingTryingToKillYou The machine, television, and LIES can all kill you]].you.]]



* The ''Xtended'' mod for ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'' introduces a BBS system for news stories and important messages. Each major faction - including the SpacePirates - have their own news network with [[StrawmanNewsMedia varying degrees of reliability]]. Split Family News is owned by the ruling Family Rhonkar and mostly dedicates itself to accusing the largely pacifistic Boron Kingdom of trying to destroy the Split Dynasty. The ConspiracyTheorist Solara News Network is accused of being a propaganda machine by the equally conspiracy-prone Terran Morning News, and both of the news networks often end up sabotaging their own empire's efforts in trade agreements and public outreach.

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* The ''Xtended'' mod for ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'' introduces a BBS system for news stories and important messages. Each major faction - -- including the SpacePirates - -- have their own news network with [[StrawmanNewsMedia varying degrees of reliability]]. Split Family News is owned by the ruling Family Rhonkar and mostly dedicates itself to accusing the largely pacifistic Boron Kingdom of trying to destroy the Split Dynasty. The ConspiracyTheorist Solara News Network is accused of being a propaganda machine by the equally conspiracy-prone Terran Morning News, and both of the news networks often end up sabotaging their own empire's efforts in trade agreements and public outreach.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Fire Nation. Their schools warp history and facts to promote the 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 it's 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 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 Avatar can supposedly "run faster than the wind" and one of them scoffs that it's just Fire Nation propaganda. Guess who zooms past right at that moment?



* If you believe Noam Chomsky then all media is part of a propaganda machine. The argument goes that all media is profit motivated and as such they are not particularly interested in defending freedom, they are interested in protecting their profit. The only reliable source of stories about governments comes from the governments themselves, and the little access they do get is revocable if they do bad things. Also, the owners of almost all media groups are rich, white men who have a a certain social agenda, and a personal relationship with the government and they can dictate who gets employed and what they write (or at least fire them if they do it the wrong way). So yeah. Add all of that up and it means that we only hear about what our various governments want us to hear about. Sure people complain about those stories, but that just helps to create the illusion. The idea is that in the end you can't even imagine that other bad things could be happening. Well, that's the theory anyways. Decide for yourself if it's true or not.

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* If you believe Noam Chomsky Chomsky, then all media is part of a propaganda machine. The argument goes that all media is profit motivated profit-motivated, and as such such, they are not particularly interested in defending freedom, freedom; they are interested in protecting their profit. The only reliable source of stories about governments comes from the governments themselves, and the little access they do get is revocable if they do bad things. Also, the owners of almost all media groups are rich, white men who have a a certain social agenda, and a personal relationship with the government government, and they can dictate who gets employed and what they write (or at least fire them if they do it the wrong way). So yeah. Add all of that up and it means that we only hear about what our various governments want us to hear about. Sure Sure, people complain about those stories, but that just helps to create the illusion. The idea is that in the end end, you can't even imagine that other bad things could be happening. Well, that's the theory theory, anyways. Decide for yourself if it's true or not.



* 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'' [[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.
* 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 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.

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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'' [[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.place -- e.g. UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}--and UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} -- and what little trust they had in the competence of the government collapsed.
* 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 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.



** The xenophobic militarists who controlled the country viewed intellectualism as suspect and cosmopolitanism as treason and anyone who demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of a foreign culture was suspected of being an enemy sympathizer, which meant the nation was denied their services crafting or interpreting foreign communications.
** The famous TokyoRose broadcasts were written by Allied prisoners who turned the broadcasts into parodies since any Japanese with a sufficient fluency in the English language to detect the subtleties was considered too politically unreliable for government employment (and probably was).

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** The xenophobic militarists who controlled the country viewed intellectualism as suspect and cosmopolitanism as treason treason, and anyone who demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of a foreign culture was suspected of being an enemy sympathizer, which meant the nation was denied their services crafting or interpreting foreign communications.
** The famous TokyoRose broadcasts were written by Allied prisoners who turned the broadcasts into parodies parodies, since any Japanese with a sufficient fluency in the English language to detect the subtleties was considered too politically unreliable for government employment (and probably was).



** Their other attempts were equally, almost childishly, unsophisticated, as in "every battle is a great victory and if we lost one ship then the enemy must have lost ten" made worse by their tendency to accept the wildly exaggerated claims of their sailors and pilots at face value because to do otherwise would question their sincerity. Eventually their ever-wilder claims started working against them as they implied that the enemy had unlimited resources and anyone with a map could see that each "great victory" was closer to Japan than the last.[[note]] For example, after the the Air Battle off Formosa--which is effectively behind Japan in relation to the United States--Imperial Headquarters claimed to have sunk 45 ships, including 11 carriers and 4 battleships, when they only damaged seven.[[/note]] By the time US firebombing destroyed 60% of their urban areas they'd switched to whipping up hysteria for a suicidal national LastStand. It is a testament not to their skill but to how insular and isolated Japan was that the surrender actually came as a colossal ''shock'' to some people in rural areas of the home islands because they'd been led to believe they were still winning the war. People who lived in areas devastated by the firebombing were under no such illusions.
** This is not dissimilar to what happened to the Germans after World War I, which in part set the stage for World War 2. All the good news from the front lines had been let through by the censors, but the tales of defeat were not. Since the Germans leaders surrendered before the Allies actually invaded Germany itself, some people thought they'd been betrayed by their leaders while they were winning the war.
** Something similar to this has taken place in United States a few times. Many people with expertise in China and Southeast Asia were drummed out of the State Department, the Pentagon, and other government agencies in 1950s because they were suspected of too much sympathy with the locals, who were increasingly supporting communists, and US was dangerously underinformed about goings on in East Asia until 1970s at least. Even now, US government is dangerously bereft of expertise in the Middle East since those with expertise in the region have trouble gaining positions of responsibility. The consequence of these is that some US propaganda, eh, public diplomacy, targeted at these regions (and presumably elsewhere) have been singularly misinformed and misguided, reflecting American prejudices that were occasionally even offensive to the targeted audiences more than the realities on the ground.
* And in the People's Republic of China, we have a group literally called the Central Propaganda Department. Yes, the group meant to lie to people named itself with a truth, and [[WhatAnIdiot didn't think that through]]. It's important to note that in Mandarin, "propaganda" is a neutral term; nevertheless, to outsiders and Chinese who know about the connotations of the term to non-Chinese audiences, (an increasing number these days), the significance is not lost.

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** Their other attempts were equally, almost childishly, unsophisticated, as in "every battle is a great victory and if we lost one ship then the enemy must have lost ten" ten", made worse by their tendency to accept the wildly exaggerated claims of their sailors and pilots at face value because to do otherwise would question their sincerity. Eventually Eventually, their ever-wilder claims started working against them them, as they implied that the enemy had unlimited resources and anyone with a map could see that each "great victory" was closer to Japan than the last.[[note]] For [[note]]For example, after the the Air Battle off Formosa--which Formosa -- which is effectively behind Japan in relation to the United States--Imperial States -- Imperial Headquarters claimed to have sunk 45 ships, including 11 carriers and 4 battleships, when they only damaged seven.[[/note]] By the time US firebombing destroyed 60% of their urban areas areas, they'd switched to whipping up hysteria for a suicidal national LastStand. It is a testament not to their skill but to how insular and isolated Japan was that the surrender actually came as a colossal ''shock'' to some people in rural areas of the home islands islands, because they'd been led to believe they were still winning the war. People who lived in areas devastated by the firebombing were under no such illusions.
** This is not dissimilar to what happened to the Germans after World War I, which in part set the stage for World War 2. All the good news from the front lines had been let through by the censors, but the tales of defeat were not. Since the Germans German leaders surrendered before the Allies actually invaded Germany itself, some people thought they'd been betrayed by their leaders while they were winning the war.
** Something similar to this has taken place in United States a few times. Many people with expertise in China and Southeast Asia were drummed out of the State Department, the Pentagon, and other government agencies in 1950s because they were suspected of too much sympathy with the locals, who were increasingly supporting communists, and the US was dangerously underinformed about goings on in East Asia until the 1970s at least. Even now, the US government is dangerously bereft of expertise in the Middle East since those with expertise in the region have trouble gaining positions of responsibility. The consequence of these is that some US propaganda, eh, public diplomacy, targeted at these regions (and presumably elsewhere) have been singularly misinformed and misguided, reflecting American prejudices that were occasionally even offensive to the targeted audiences more than the realities on the ground.
* And in the People's Republic of China, we have a group literally called the Central Propaganda Department. Yes, the group meant to lie to people named itself with a truth, and [[WhatAnIdiot didn't think that through]]. It's important to note that in Mandarin, "propaganda" is a neutral term; nevertheless, to outsiders and Chinese who know about the connotations of the term to non-Chinese audiences, audiences (an increasing number these days), the significance is not lost.
8th Aug '17 7:13:15 PM Luigifan
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At least, that's what they say. In fact, a Propaganda Machine is only employed by TheEmpire and used to [[BrainWashed brainwash]] people into GullibleLemmings who believe that everything is all right when in fact, it isn't, and that the very people who could help them are their enemies. Vigorously hated by LaResistance because it turns the very people they are trying to do good for against them.

The machine exists to create {{Propaganda Piece}}s and habitually indulges in MaliciousSlander, AstroTurfing and DivideAndConquer toward its [[TheScapegoat scapegoats]] and enemies. CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker is a common tool employed by the Propaganda Machine. They are opposed by the VoiceOfTheResistance. The PropagandaHero is their carefully embellished national hero and TokyoRose is their representative to the outside world.

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At least, that's what they say. In fact, a Propaganda Machine is only employed by TheEmpire and used to [[BrainWashed brainwash]] people into GullibleLemmings who believe that everything is all right when when, in fact, it isn't, and that the very people who could help them are their enemies. Vigorously hated by LaResistance because it turns the very people they are trying to do good for against them.

The machine exists to create {{Propaganda Piece}}s and habitually indulges in MaliciousSlander, AstroTurfing AstroTurfing, and DivideAndConquer toward its [[TheScapegoat scapegoats]] and enemies. CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker is a common tool employed by the Propaganda Machine. They are opposed by the VoiceOfTheResistance. The PropagandaHero is their carefully embellished national hero and TokyoRose is their representative to the outside world.
28th May '17 4:53:59 PM AthenaBlue
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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]].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.
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** [[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.
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Compare with RecruitersAlwaysLie. Compare & contrast with the CensorshipBureau.

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Compare with RecruitersAlwaysLie.

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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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* ''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]].
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