Quotes: Propaganda Machine

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"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"
Sparks, "Propaganda"

"I learned our government must be strong
It's always right and never wrong
Our leaders are the finest men
And we elect them again and again"
Tom Paxton, "What Did You Learn in School Today?"

Employee: You think people will buy this?
Dascomb: Why not? This is the BTN. Our job is to report the news, not fabricate it. That's the government's job.

"If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied"

"The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats."
Aldous Huxey, ''Chrome Yellow'

"Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn't come out of this tube! This tube is the Gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers. This tube is the most awesome God-damned force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls in to the hands of the wrong people. And when the twelfth largest company in the world controls the most awesome God-damned propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network?"
Howard Beale, Network

Mulder: You can't protect the public by lying to them!
Cigarette Smoking Man: It's done every day.
The X-Files, "F. Emasculata"

Jake: What about freedom of the press?
Weyoun: Please tell me you're not that naive.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "A Time to Stand"

Warhead: The Enemy is ruthless! They are violent!
Harry: Have you ever met the "Enemy"? You're just spouting propaganda! What you've been programmed to believe.
Star Trek: Voyager, "Warhead"

"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!"

"In war, truth is the first casualty."
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Duchess of Mandalore"

    Real Life 
"freedom: A very simple, effective rebuttal for anyone that dares to attack our leader's policies. Additionally, this word is a trademark of the leader."

“A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

"In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."
Edward Bernays, father of public relations

“There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.”

"It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success."
Joeseph Goebbels

"Politicamente, só existe aquilo que o público sabe que existe."note 
Antonio De Oliveira Salazar on the foundation of the Secretariado Nacional de Informação (Portugal's propaganda ministry during the dictatorship), 1933

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y. 5.24.05

"The reason propaganda works is that most people are too involved or too stupid to recognize it as propaganda. People claim to understand the bias and filter it out, but that's absurd. Of course they don't."
Ann Coulter

"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 nationalist myth often implodes with a startling ferocity. It does so after the lies and absurdities that surround it become too hard to sustain. They collapse under their own weight. The contradictions and tortuous refusal to acknowledge the obvious becomes more than a society is able to bear. The collapse is usually followed by a blanket refusal, caused by shame or discomfort, to acknowledge or examine the crimes carried out...By the time the British had landed on the Falklands and were rolling over the poorly supplied and ill-clad Argentine soldiers, the Argentine public had retreated into a mythic world that was not unfamiliar to Germans in the last days of the Third Reich. There was no hint in the national press that the Argentine forces were being defeated. It appeared that the British were losing the war. When the Argentine forces surrendered it hit the country like a tidal wave."
Chris Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

"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."
Noam Chomsky

"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

"We need racist stereotypes right now of our enemy in order to encourage our warriors to kill the enemy."

Newspapers seldom print whole speeches these days, so they are typically anchored around vacuous sound bytes. News channels are so busy rushing to get to the celebrity gossip that we get an entire political address condensed down to a word — arguably the greatest orator of our times (though, to echo above I’d suggest he may be good, but he’s “no Jack Kennedy or even Ronald Reagan) has his speeches condensed down to single ambiguous words/concepts like “hope” and “change”...It should be noted that it was arguably this soundbyte-fixation which led to the rush to war back in 2003, with the focus on individual words and snippets (“axis of evil”, for example) rather than statements or arguments.

"The fascist narrative comes, in effect, in two parts. The first involves a nostalgic belief in a past golden age — a historical moment in which things were good. In the fascist narrative, this golden age was ended because of an act of disingenuous betrayal — what’s called the “stab in the back myth”...The second part is a vision of what should happen, which centers on a heroic figure who speaks the truth of the conspiracy and leads a populist restoration of the old order. The usual root of this figure is (a bad misreading of) Nietzsche’s idea of the ubermensch — a figure of such strength that morality does not really apply to him."
Dr. Phil Sandifer, "Guided By the Beauty of Their Weapons"

"Holy Terror is tough for me to wrap my head around, because propaganda is a tricky beast. It requires convincing everyone of the righteousness of your country’s cause, turning your enemy into something other than you, and simplifying matters to an almost absurd level. In World War II, propaganda was easy. There was a clear enemy, notably the Nazis, who had committed clearly hateful crimes. And even then, the otherizing aspect of propaganda gave rise to a metric ton of racism and bigotry, which was nonetheless seen as justified or even acceptable in the face of the atrocities that had been committed."
David Brothers on Frank Miller's Holy Terror

"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)

"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 on Russia Today, "Watching the Eclipse"

"Information war is now the main type of war, preparing the way for military action."

"If you aren't careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."