by Scott Creighton
“The U.S. somehow finds it difficult to appeal to the poor with its doctrine that the rich should plunder the poor.” Noam Chomsky
so they have to appeal to… something else…
“THE CHILDREN!™” is the new black.
Children, children, children. Won’t somebody think of the “THE CHILDREN!™”? Well, somebody that is, aside from the influence-peddling, agenda-setting marketing masters who spend their careers trying to craft heart-tugging narratives that will bolster whatever neoliberal/fascist agenda Washington needs at the time. Burson-Marsteller comes to mind but there are many others in this post 9/11 world.
The process of “crisis crafting” is as old as the hills and just as dirty.
Back in ’89, Bush the CIA, needed help justifying an invasion in Panama and the press was more than willing to weep crocodile tears on live feeds in the hopes of winning a Pulitzer and maybe a spot at the Big Table at the same time.
Chomsky recently wrote about that:
“Instead, a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion (Panama, 1989) were concocted that collapse instantly on examination. The media chimed in enthusiastically, lauding the magnificent achievement of defeating Panama, unconcerned that the pretexts were ludicrous, that the act itself was a radical violation of international law, and that it was bitterly condemned elsewhere, most harshly in Latin America. Also ignored was the U.S. veto of a unanimous Security Council resolution condemning crimes by U.S. troops during the invasion, with Britain alone abstaining. ” Noam Chomsky
Yes, the pretexts are often ludicrous in the career of the average Yellow Journalist. It’s a sort of occupational hazard if you will.
You might think that writing ridiculous propaganda that makes no sense what-so-ever would actually harm a reporter’s career but it’s quite the opposite these days. The Ministry of Truth rewards the loyalists. Always has.
Combating sagging polling results for ObamaGod and his surge in Iraq, while also trying to keep the current ISIS Crisis™ up to date and in fashion, the narrative builders have hacked together a brand new hearts and minds op and apparently today is the product roll-out date.
Yes folks, like a new crappy I-phone coming out every two weeks, it’s time for ISIS and “THE CHILDREN!™”