10/14/2005

Daily Kos: Propaganda Alert: al-Zawahri letter "found" in Iraq(w/poll)

Kossack maxschel says: The [pro Bush] propaganda [on Zawahri's alleged letter] is chilling, I believe, because of its professionalism. As I read the article, I knew something was wrong, but as I began to pull it apart, I actually began to respect the author (ewww!). I mean, it is truly a piece of work... And so, in this age of Millerism, we have yet another example of propaganda posing as real journalism.

* maxschell's diary :: ::

What are the signs of propaganda? ..We all know the Dobson's of the world speak in code. But do we realize that the MSM does too? I know it, because I have done some journalism in my time. The first thing you learn is slant. And, of course the things you choose to include or exclude in an article, and the way you characterize them, determine slant.

So, I would hope we can all be on the lookout for propaganda, and start to pay attention to it, and analyze/dissect it for everyone here. The propaganda to which I have referred above is chilling, I believe, because of its professionalism. As I read the article, I knew something was wrong, but as I began to pull it apart, I actually began to respect the author (ewww!). I mean, it is truly a piece of work. Check it......

First, the setup:

"Things may develop faster than we imagine," Ayman al-Zawahri wrote in a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam -- and how they ran and left their agents -- is noteworthy. ... We must be ready starting now."

Fear creation
: if we pull out now, this would be a sign of weakness (just like Vietnam) and al-Qaeda will take control of Iraq.

Of course, we Kossacks know that nothing could be farther from the truth.

Next, the propaganda payoff, which has been promoted by Bushco for the last 2 years, and has repeatedly been shown to be false (where was this AP reporter):

"Senior U.S. military commanders have said that Iraqi security forces are improving significantly and some U.S. forces could return home early next year. Yet skeptics have raised concerns about whether such statements simply let the insurgency know how long they must wait for the U.S. to leave.

Classic manipulatio
n. This is a good example of "he said, he said." The "skeptics" here do not challenge the veracity of the statement that "Iraqi security forces are improving". Rather they raise the spectre of the threat to U.S. interests IF WE EVEN DISCUSS WHETHER THE U.S. SHOULD BE LEAVING OR NOT.

We may also observe the equivalence that has subtly been created here between "the insurgency" and al-Qaeda. We know that the insurgency is not just al-Qaeda. However, in this piece they are transparently equated.

Onto the "facts":

The letter is dated July 9, and was acquired during U.S. operations in Iraq. It was written in Arabic and translated by the U.S. government. The Pentagon briefed reporters last week on portions of the document, but the full text was not available until Tuesday.

In a statement, the National Intelligence Director's office said the letter "has not been edited in any way" and its contents were released only after it was clear no military or intelligence operations would be compromised...

Heh. Priceless is, the "'has not been edited in any way'" money quote. Wow.

And so, in this age of Millerism, we have yet another example of propaganda posing as real journalism.

Daily Kos: Propaganda Alert: al-Zawahri letter "found" in Iraq(w/poll)

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