Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama's Department of Agitation and Propaganda

A few months ago, a colleague sent me this ABC blog post by Jake Tapper titled "Do You Want Your OTV" regarding an event at the White House in which the White House press corp was banned.

After the event, President Obama went to the White House basketball court to shoot hoop with the Lady Huskies. The White House press corps was not allowed to attend.
At first, the idea that the President was spending time with the Lady Huskies without the press seemed rather innocous to me, but Tapper then realized why they were banned:

...Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who's speaking. Also, just like a network, they have their own little logo!
If you watch the video, you will see their logo appear as if it is an actual network.

This story came on the heels of the New York flyover incident in which Obama had an Air Force One 747 flyover New York to get pictures of it with the Statue of Liberty in the background - an incident which caused a panic in lower Manhattan.

Then, I read an excellent post titled "Feast of Fools: Washington Style" at The Dougout where the author, Grant Jones, links to a You Tube video of the White House Congressional picnic in which Obama invited guests to playfully dunk his senior advisers. If you notice, the video once again has the mysterious logo which means that it was created and produced by this White House media network. Jones' post is excellent and I will only add that the video is propaganda at its finest. My favorite is the heavily cut scene where Obama throws a ball like a girl from point blank range to the hearty laughs of all who attended. They cut his throwing motion quickly so you only have a split second to see it. Let me add that given the context, the background music is horribly unnerving.

Of course, we now know that ABC ignited an "ethical firestorm" by broadcasting a phony "townhall" type meeting from inside the White House to cheer lead socialized medicine in which opposing voices were not allowed.

Apparently, America now has its own Department of Agitation and Propaganda or Agitprop as it was known under the Soviets.

3 comments:

Grant Jones said...

Thanks for the link to my post on the latest Obama spectacle. You're right, this administration is using a willing media to diseminate rank propaganda. The scary thing is how many "Americans" are drinking the Kool-aid being served. Academia has done its job well.

Doug Reich said...

Grant,

Indeed they have. The formula for dictators is so obvious by now that someone should write a "Dictators for Dummies" book. Agitprop would be chapter 3. Only a culture completely disarmed intellectually could be taken in by it which is exactly your point.

I really enjoy your blog and recommend others follow it. I have linked on my sidebar. Thanks!

Nick Utrie said...

Let's write that book... I take care of the pictures.
I think it will be an surreal absurdist children's slant...