How the Iraq War Launched the Modern Era of Political BS
Source: Mother Jones
Factual divides over whether Iraq had WMD, and whether Saddam was working with Osama, set the stage for today's battles over reality.
By Chris Mooney | Wed Jun. 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
That queasy sensation of déjà vu you're experiencing is understandable. With Iraq back in the news, and Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol on TV sounding off about the situation, there's every reason to worry that a new wave of misinformation is on the way.
There is no debate that the Iraq War was sold to the American public with a collection of claims that ended up being proved false. Iraq was said to have weapons of mass destruction, but this wasn't the case. Advocates for the war insinuated that Saddam Hussein was colluding with Al Qaeda and was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks. That, too, was false.
Yet many Americans (and some of their leaders) still believe this stuff. It's a tragedy, but it's also a kind of natural experiment in misinformation, its origins, and its consequences. And since 2003 social scientists, psychologists, and pollsters have been busy examining why false beliefs like these are embraced even in the face of irrefutable evidenceand what impact this sort of disinformation has on American political discourse.
The resulting research shows that the Iraq War looks like an early version of a current phenomenon: the right wing rooting its stances in simple untruths about the world (see climate change). So here's a quick trip through some of the ground-breaking scholarship on how the Iraq war polarized the US public over the acceptance of basic facts: The role of Fox News.
Read whole article, here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/iraq-war-wmds-saddam-political-unreason
Both parties lie to our faces. Our govermental agencies lie to our faces. Candidate lie their way through campaigns, with the help of a lying, purchased media.
And the government pours our tax dollars into incessant disinformation, smear, and propaganda campaigns aimed at us.
It is brazen to the point of being Orwellian.
Obama taps "cognitive infiltrator" Cass Sunstein for Committee to create "trust" in NSA:
Salon: Obama confidants spine-chilling proposal: Cass Sunstein wants the government to "cognitively infiltrate" anti-government groups
The US government's online campaigns of disinformation, manipulation, and smear.
Snowden: Training Guide for GCHQ, NSA Agents Infiltrating and Disrupting Alternative Media Online
The influx of corporate propaganda-spouting posters is blatant and unnatural.
U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans
The goal of the propaganda assaults across the internet is not to convince anyone of anything.*
The government figured out sockpuppet management but not "persona management."
The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)
Seventeen techniques for truth suppression.
Just do some Googling on astroturfing - big organizations have some sophisticated tools.