The Heirs of Joseph Goebbels
Promoted by GH. Originally posted 2009-06-15 14:04:50 -0400.
Joseph Goebbels was Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister from 1933 to 1945. In that position, he perfected an understanding of the "Big Lie" technique of propaganda, which is based on the principle that a lie, if audacious enough and repeated enough times, will be believed by the masses.
Goebbels used modern propaganda techniques to psychologically prepare the German people for aggressive war and the annihilation of civilian populations. Among other propaganda devices, he accused many of Germany's ethnic and national minorities (such as the Poles, the Jews, the French) of trying to destroy Germany.
Is there really any significant difference between the propaganda of Joseph Goebbels in the 30s and 40s, and the propaganda of people like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh?
Not long after the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 the propaganda whores at Fox News began repeating the lie that Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks. There was absolutely no evidence that Saddam Hussein or anybody in Iraq had anything to do with the terror attacks of 9/11, however "News" anchors and guests at Fox repeated the Big Lie over and over again and millions of Americans believed it. Joseph Goebbels' Big Lie technique was put into practice by Fox "News" and it worked.
In addition, Fox told more lies and by sheer boldness and sheer repetition they managed to get the American people to swallow those lies.
They conditioned millions of Americans to swallow the lies that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program. They conditioned millions of Americans to believe that Iraq was building biological weapons. They conditioned millions of Americans to believe that Iraq was building chemical weapons. They conditioned millions of Americans to believe that Saddam had the capacity to launch an air attack on the United States with weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of Saddam Hussein giving the order.
It was all completely bullshit. Iraq's airforce had been destroyed. They had no capacity to launch an air attack on even their closest neighbors (like Kuwait or Iran), and they certainly couldn't launch an attack on the far away United States!
And there was no evidence of an active nuclear weapons program, chemical weapons program or biological weapons program in Iraq. The CIA, the Department of Energy and the IAEA all looked into it. Iraq had nothing other than small arms and short range rockets. The claims about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction were pure fiction.
But Fox "News" and right-wing radio DJs kept repeating these lies and millions of Americans believed them. The Big Lie technique worked beautifully.
However the Big Lie technique was not the only Goebbels technique that Fox "News" and Right-Wing radio used.
Back in the 1930s Goebbels accused many of Germany's ethnic and national minorities (such as the Poles, the Jews, the French) of trying to destroy Germany. In 2002 and 2003 Fox "News" accused the Democrats, the Liberals, the French and the United Nations of much the same thing.
People that questioned the lies told by George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh or Fox "News" were attacked as "Saddam lovers", "Traitors" and "Cheese eating surrender monkeys". The U.N. was called "irrelevant" for refusing to give Bush legal authorization to invade Iraq and boycotts were called for against French products. Democrats were accused of "hating America" if they didn't pledge 100% cooperation with George W. Bush's plans to invade and occupy Iraq.
Americans were psychologically conditioned not just to accept George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, but embrace it as patriotic. Indeed those who did not embrace the invasion of Iraq gleefully and eagerly were labeled as anti-American and almost certainly wanted the terrorists to win!
No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq, however millions of people who watch Fox "News" believe that there were. Fox repeated the lies about weapons of mass destruction being found in Iraq over and over again, and the lie stuck.
Just like Joseph Goebbels taught it would.
And now the same people who claimed that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program are saying the same thing about Iran.
Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapons program. However the "news" anchors at Fox keep repeating the lie over and over again and millions of viewers have become convinced that they do.
So, once again I ask the question....
Is there really any difference between the propaganda of Joseph Goebbels in the 1930s and 1940s and the propaganda of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mike Savage, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly in the early 21st century?