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Deception taken to a higher level

While researching information to include in an article describing what is taking place in Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) I came across this snippet from Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf. As noted in the article, Hitler devoted two chapters to the study and practice of Propaganda.  Propaganda means to misinform and spread half-truths along party lines.

When one listens to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingram, Neil Boortz, and other purveyors of thinly disguised hate and misinformation along party lines, one can not ignore the likeness of their rhetoric to what Hitler espoused.  How Hitler saw the masses is exactly how the above mentioned folks see them-a group of people, who, for the most part, are just waiting to be misinformed and mislead.

The two chapters devoted to the art of Propaganda should make clear to the average individual, what motivates CTR jocks behavior.  CTR jocks know most of their listeners are easily led and unlikely to seek information that might conflict with CTR position on almost anything. These jocks also know the majority of their listeners are extremely devout and are reluctant to take opposite positions on any matter, even if they disbelieve what spews from the mouths of CTR locks.

Many CTR jocks have gotten extremely rich while producing nothing of value-unless one assesses the value of damaging misinformation and foolishness.  Maybe it is time to put a value on the damage these folks are wreaking on society. The cost must be tremendous. Many people, following, their advice and logic are making tragic and costly decisions based on what CTR jocks are spouting.  CTR jocks are especially effective during times of a downturn in the economy. Many people are searching for someone to blame for their misery and CTR jocks are quick to give them someone or a segment of society to blame for their misfortunes.

Anyone remotely interested in looking into the inner workings of Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) should take a minute and read the two chapters of Mein Kampf mentioned in this article. It is certainly enlightening and informative. CTR jocks behavior, demeanor and messages have the flavoring of Mein Kampf and the folks that put its propaganda blueprint into action.    Is it possible that Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Ingram, Boortz and a host of other unnamed CTR jocks are regurgitated and resurrected examples of folks like Otto Dietrich, Hermann Esse, Joseph Goebbels, Max Blokzijl and Fred W. Kaltenbach?

Mein Kampf contains the blueprint of later Nazi propaganda efforts. Assessing his audience, Hitler writes in chapter IV:

“Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (…) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (…) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (…) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood.”[5]

As to the methods to be employed, he explains:

“Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side. (…) The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. (…) Every change that is made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula.”

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September 19, 2009 - Posted by | Media, Politics

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