"Where's your will to win, to act like Gunga Din?
Through propaganda, propaganda
Where's your will to fight, to know what's wrong and right?
And propaganda, propaganda"
"If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied"
"Who are you fighting for anyway? The people? Newsflash! The people hate you! I made sure of that!"
— Bob Barbas, DMC Devil May Cry
"What we need right now is a clear message to the people of this country. This message must be read in every newspaper, heard on every radio, seen on every television. This message must resound throughout the ENTIRE InterLink! I want this country to realise that we stand on the edge of oblivion! I want every man, woman and child to understand how close we are to chaos! I want EVERYONE! To REMEMBER! WHY THEY NEED US!"
“There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.”
"To America's Iago, Ann Coulter, for rewriting history to suit her own nefarious purposes."
—John McNally, book dedication for America's Report Card
"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.”
—Henry A. Wallace
"It was (Dean) Acheson who elegantly explained all of the lies that he was obliged to tell Congress and the ten-minute-attention-spanned average American: 'If we did make our points clearer than truth, we did not differ from most other educators and could hardly do otherwise...' Thus were two generations of Americans treated by their overlords until, in the end, at the word 'communism,' there is an orgasmic Pavlovian reflex just as the brain goes dead."
—Gore Vidal Vanity Fair, 1999
"The trick is not to be isolated—if you're isolated, like Winston Smith in 1984, then sooner or later you're going to break, as he finally broke. That was the point of Orwell's story. In fact, the whole tradition of popular control has been exactly that: to keep people isolated, because if you can keep them isolated enough, you can get them to believe anything."
"On the morning of September 22, fishermen of the fishery station in Rajin-Sonbong city caught a 10cm long white sea cucumber while fishing on the waters off Chongjin. They said the rare white sea cucumber has come to hail the auspicious event of electing Secretary Kim Jong Il as Party General Secretary. Seeing the mysterious natural phenomena, Koreans say Secretary Kim Jong Il is indeed the greatest of great men produced by heaven and that flowers come into bloom to mark the great event."
— Korean Central News Agency (29 Sep 1997)
"Dmitri Kiselyov, the head of Russia Today, Putin’s newly created information agency, and the host, on Sunday nights, of the TV magazine show 'News of the Week,' is a masterly, and unapologetic, purveyor of the Kremlin line. With his theatrical hand gestures and brilliantly insinuating intonation, he tells his viewers that Russia is the only country in the world that can turn the U.S. into 'radioactive dust,' that the anti-gay-propaganda laws are insufficiently strict, and that Ukraine is not a real country... As a master of theatrical sarcasm and apocalyptic rhetoric, Kiselyov eclipses Bill O'Reilly , and as a theoretician of conspiracy he shames Glenn Beck. He tells his viewers that, in Ukraine, fascists abound, the U.S. State Department underwrites revolution, and 'life is not worth a single kopeck.' But he insists, 'The presentation of me as a minister of propaganda is itself a form of propaganda.'"
—The New Yorker, "Watching the Eclipse"
"Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires, as if one shouldn't trust the evidence of one's eyes watching the destruction and the misery and death brought by the latest mission civilizatrice."
— Edward Said, Orientalism