Three Classic Propaganda Techniques. Teachable Moments.

The mainstream media here in NJ applied three classic propaganda techniques in its biggest stories last week.  These techniques were perfected by Communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Russia, and public relations pioneer Edward Bernays in America just over a hundred years ago.

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Both Lenin and Bernays were admired and imitated by German National Socialist (Nazi) Minister of Propaganda Josef Goebbels in the 1930s, and American Communist organizer Saul Alinsky in the 1950s and 1960s.

These techniques are #1. Omission, #2. Labeling, and #3. Mocking. Easy to recognize. They are explained in the Prager University video. Who Does the Media Most Want To Silence.

Here are examples of how our local media used these techniques to turn important news into pro-left propaganda last week.

Example #1: State law enforcement authorities accuse sheriffs in two NJ counties (Robert Nolan of Cape May, Shaun Golden of Monmouth) of helping federal immigration authorities capture and deport undocumented immigrants (once correctly described by the legal term illegal aliens) Every mainstream news outlet report quoted in detail orders from Governor Murphy and his Attorney General telling every sheriff and police officer in New Jersey not to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

However, there was a big Omission.  Not a single mainstream media report even mentioned that Article VI of the U.S. Constitution requires all state and local officials to take an oath swearing to enforce all federal laws, which include immigration laws!

Article VI:  This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof. . . shall be the Supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary. . .  All executive and judicial officers both of the U.S. and the several States shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation to support the Constitution.

It was NJs Governor and Attorney General who were breaking the law! They had no legal right to order any Sheriff or police officer in New Jersey to ignore his/her oath of office and the U.S. Constitution!?Yet that possibility was not even mentioned!

Example #2: Last Thursday’s tragic death in Egg Harbor City. The headlines and radio and TV bulletins were unlicensed driver kills 7 year old boy in Egg Harbor City. The boy’s mother was critically injured. The unlicensed driver was Jorge Rodriguez, 30, of Horsham, Pennsylvania. He was got a summons for not having a license, and was released that night. The local news on several radio stations falsely reported the driver’s name as George Rodriguez. Why?

Was this driver an illegal alien? Does he really live in Pennsylvania? Or did he just register his pick-up truck there?The public needs to know. Besides holding every driver accountable, Americans need to know whether failure to enforce immigration laws is causing other laws to be broken and making our country dangerous.

If law enforcement officials no longer give out this information, that should be a major news story.?However, because of omission, these issues were never mentioned, and we got propaganda instead of news.

Example #3: Mainstream news reports on last weeks Social Media Summit at the White House used all three propaganda techniques.

President Trump held the summit to raise awareness of systematic bias and censorship by social media giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter against anyone critical of ?progressive? Democrats or their leftist/socialist agenda.

Last May, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Paul Joseph Watson were banned from Facebook.?An undercover investigation by NJs James OKeefe of Project Veritas confirmed that top Google executives refer to respected conservatives like Dennis Prager, Jordan Peterson, and Ben Shapiro as Nazis. OKeefe also captured a top Google executive on video explaining how Google would adjust its algorithms and search engines so that the Trump situation doesn’t happen again.

During the past several months, both Facebook and Twitter systematically cut the number of people we reach.  Facebook suspended and throttled down our Facebook posts.   Twitter shadow-banned us.

We applaud President Trump for addressing this problem.  We also applaud social media pioneers like Jordan Peterson who are actively developing alternatives. 


Yet applying the technique of ?omission?, the Associated Press story run on the front page of last Friday?s Press of Atlantic City left out all of these facts.  It also added mocking and labeling to create this ugly propaganda.

WASHINGTON?President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs, even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views.

Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a social media summit of like -minded critics of Big Tech, excluding representatives from the very platforms he exploits.

(Notice the additional omission that radical left-wing Democrats routinely use mainstream media, schools, colleges, and Hollywood/TV entertainment far more to eviscerate opponents and promote themselves? than anything Trump or conservatives do on social media. Notice the false far right? label, and mocking President Trump for using social media, even though he is forced to use social media because he is denied the use of any other platform.)

It may be impossible to discuss political issues with people who already programmed to hate Trump and the Make America Great Again agenda. However, it may still be possible to have normal conversations on how news is presented, and how to recognize propaganda.

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  • Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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