where hypotheses come to die (madman101) wrote,
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CLIMB DOWN FROM THE SUMMIT OF HOSTILE PROPAGANDA

Whoa…. There is an avalanche of you-know-what rolling downhill at warp speed toward @realDonaldTrump over this summit. Republicans – even the DNI are throwing bucketsful at him. - — John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) July 16, 2018


The Russiagate frenzy is largely about punching up contrasts between the United States (angelic and victimized) and Russia (sinister and victimizer).

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme

Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme. Mainline U.S. journalists and top Democrats often bait President Trump in zero-sum terms. No doubt Hillary Clinton thought she was sending out an applause line in her tweet Sunday night: “Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”

A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought -- and that makes it all the more hazardous. After President George W. Bush declared “You’re either with us or against us,” many Americans gradually realized what was wrong with a Manichean view of the world. Such an outlook is even more dangerous today.

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Noam Chomski - Manufacturing Consent
Tags: books - 'manufacturing consent', chomsky - noam, countries - russia, history - 2018, hysteria, media bias, media madness, presidents - trump donald trump, propaganda, russiagate
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