Every non-democratic political activism group has had their propaganda machine. Hitler had his. Castro had his. Hussein had his. Lenin had his. Putin has his. Propaganda machines are necessary in order to convince people you are correct in your views. When used properly, as in the examples above, they can bring about the type of change non-democratic political activism wants. Mainly that they gain total control of a country.
The whole premise of propaganda machines is to spread rumors, lies, hate, and then tell everyone you have the solutions to everyone’s woes. You make some other group or the current political system the fault of all of the problems in the world. You victimize people who look and think like you to gain their support. You don’t even have to be specific about what you will do to “fix” things, all you have to do is make sure someone else is to blame.
Roger Ailes over at Fox News appears to be taking pride in the fact that his “news” station has become that propaganda machine. He has even stopped pretending that Fox News is “fair and balanced” in recent comments. We all know that Fox News has lied about the ACA. They have run untrue stories about welfare and food stamps. They have tried their best to make sure that “white” people feel victimized because the demographics of the country are changing. They villainize minorities and women. Things they don’t believe in become “agendas” like the “gay agenda”, the “black agenda” the “illegal agenda”, etc. They are following the propaganda machine rule book to a tee.
They have now landed on a new hero. Cliven Bundy! Here is a rancher in Nevada who has stolen from the American People for over 20 years to make a profit for himself. When the government tried to stop him, he and his militia buddies showed up on government land, not his land, armed to the teeth and threatened the federal officials with bodily harm. Fox News hopped on the story faster than you could blink. Especially Sean Hannity! According to Mr. Hannity, Cliven Bundy is an American Hero who deserves better. Even though he owes the government over 1 million dollars in grazing fees and fines for illegally grazing on land he does not own.
Sean Hannity said that the BLM’s action lacked proportionality. He claims that federal officials should not have shown up on Mr. Bundy’s land with guns to round-up the cattle. Problem number one is that the officials never went onto Mr. Bundy’s land. They only rounded up cattle on government land. There were no guns pointed until Mr. Bundy and the rest of his wacko buddies showed up with their guns. Plus, if you have ever seen a foreclosure or other re-possession by court order, you will note that the people who show up are law enforcement officials who carry guns. So this argument is a lie.
He also asked “What is wrong with Bundy’s cows cutting some grass for free?” Well for one thing, Mr. Bundy does not own the grass. For another, he has been offered to let his “cows cut the grass” but would need to pay a fee like all the other ranchers who use public land for grazing. Secondly, Mr. Bundy is using federal grass to “feed” his cows for free. Making his profits higher because he isn’t paying to feed them. If nothing else, that is putting the other ranchers in the area at a competitive disadvantage. Stealing is stealing. Stealing by the way is a crime. Seems Mr. Hannity thinks it is okay for a rancher to steal from the government, but not okay for the government to help the poor. I have an idea, why doesn’t Mr. Hannity tell Mr. Bundy on air that Mr. Bundy can bring his cattle to Mr. Hannity’s property to “cut the grass for free”!
Cliven Bundy could easily be called a thief, he could be called a felon, he could be called a welfare rancher. All things that Fox News claims that the poor are because they are poor. If violence breaks out in poor areas of a city, it is because “those people” don’t understand right from wrong. It is their “culture” of violence. But a white man who has been stealing from the government for 20 years is a hero. How does that happen?
Maybe, just maybe it is because Mr. Bundy shares Mr. Ailes and Mr. Hannity’s view of the world and the problem they see of changing demographics in the country. Mr. Bundy told a group of people who went to his house to talk to him, including a reporter from the New York Times:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.” Bundy told of driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he continued. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
“Never learned how to pick cotton,” really? He uses this to justify his theft, and Fox News want to make him a hero? To date, Mr. Hannity has said nothing about the welfare rancher’s racist comments. I doubt he will. That may take the mask off of his hero. Propaganda machines don’t work that way. Keeping the mask on is the important thing in their rule book.