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 Successful propaganda2003-10-06 15:06
by Flemming Funch

According to this press release a series of polls carried out between January and September in the U.S. shows the correspondence between the prevalence of certain key misunderstandings about the Iraq war and the news source people primarily used. People were asked if they believed that evidence of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda has been found, whether weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and whether world public opinion favored the US going to war with Iraq. The correct answer to all three is NO. But here's the result of the polls:
One or more misconceptions:
FOX – 80%
CBS - 71%
ABC - 61%
NBC - 55%
CNN – 55%
Print Sources – 47%
NPR/PBS – 23%

None of the three misconceptions:
NPR/PBS – 77%
Print Sources – 53%
CNN – 45%
NBC – 45%
ABC – 39%
CBS – 30%
FOX – 20%
It shouldn't be any great news to thinking people who've watched Fox News that they're leading the pack in mis-information. But it is great to have it measured. And it paints a rather dismal picture. Government propaganda is 80% effective in the leading network. I'd bet that's much better percentages than any communist or fascist country has ever achieved.

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6 Oct 2003 @ 15:29 by istvan : Isn't that amazing
Having a two year degree in behavior modification i am increasingly aware of the skill with which the establishment PR people succeeding in brainwashing.
Of course there may be other reasons for their successful propaganda also.
1)the power if TV may be more seductive than older methods.
2) The american people may be more stupid (sorry, more naive) than other people.
3) The science of behavior modification is more advanced than that of Pavlov.
4) the science and skill of lying is considerably improved.
5) Nobody really gives a damn’
6) most people are to busy making dumb comments in chatrooms
7) None of th above.  

7 Oct 2003 @ 18:08 by littlewolf : *lol*
I think the pr is probably more effective in fascist and communist countries...do we have any way to measure that hypothesis?  

8 Oct 2003 @ 00:42 by jazzolog : Bush-Cheney-Powell Tells Us Why We Went
"I have been trying to concentrate on the pragmatic lately. Even if we were wrong to go into Iraq, let's focus on what can be done now to save the situation.

"But sometimes -- such as when the president admits that Saddam had nothing to do with 9-11 or our official WMD searchers admit they have nothing -- it seems useful to go back and review the bidding.

"The fact that 70 percent of the American people are under the misimpression that Saddam was connected to 9-11 seems to me a shocking indictment of the news media. I think we need to go back and explain how we got where we are."

Molly reviews what these guys said...step by step~~~


13 Oct 2003 @ 11:26 by ming : Polls
Yes, it is a basic problem with polls. I look at CNN's website once in a while, and they always have polls. But typically polls that are very biased. And which, yes, I don't agree with the premises on. Like "Is the war in Iraq progressing 1. too slowly, 2. exactly right, 3. ahead of schedule?". Wrong questions. I don't agree with the war in the first place.  

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