Walter Spawr: Propaganda and the press
Regarding your “Our View” editorial of Aug. 16, titled “No, the press is not the enemy of the people,” I think you overlooked some historical facts.
For decades the press has been routinely used, by unidentified “official government sources,” to distribute false information to “the people” for pacification reasons.
It used to be called “disinformation” but now it is called “fake news.” It is the same thing, just under a different name. The mainstream news media has allowed it to happen, knowing there is no true factual supporting evidence available. During the 1960s and 1970s, it was “the Russians are coming”, give us more tax dollars and we (the government) will protect you. The people were so scared they started digging bomb shelters in their back yards. During the 1980s it was “the communists are stealing our technology,” we need more money and governmental authority to stop it. The press ignored the fact that the “Communists” were already here, attending our military conferences, and given tours of our military facilities, as guests of our government.
The government has learned that brainwashing can be accomplished easily through constructed manipulation, with pretend facts, distributed through news channels. President Trump is bringing this problem to the forefront and, in opposition to your allegation that Trump is doing a disservice to the press, he is actually doing a great service to the press and the country.
Lake Havasu City