His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
- United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile
This phrase could easily be used to describe Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sen. James Inhofe or all the other right-wing blowhards. Whether you agree with the daily drivel Fox News passes off as “news” is immaterial. The reason FNC continues to gain viewers and power over the public agenda is because THEY MAKE THEMSELVES THE STORY. The outrageous, unsubstantiated and downright weird and dangerous opinions vomited nightly by Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly et al are cornerstones of the age-old process of propaganda. It’s why Joe McCarthy became an enduring legend, not his maniacal and misguided Communist witchhunt.
The “Big Lie Theory” was implemented and executed to perfection by the Hitler-Goebbels Nazi machine (we remember the Nazis alright but we remember little about what they stood for). Meaning, the bigger the lie and the more often you repeat it, the more people will believe it. It’s sad to think that America hasn’t learned anything from the Nazi nightmare and in fact are falling for it right here at home again.
Fox News’ viewers are being duped into believing that FNC is looking out for them (like the Republican Party also wants you to believe) when in reality, they are both exploiting their loyal legions of lunatics to raise money (political contributions or commercials- it’s all the same) and manipulate the social agenda in their favor i.e. defending corporations from health care reform, keeping our tax money flowing into the pockets of defense contractors by maintaining our pointless middle east wars.
Is it Fox News’ fault? Yup. But it’s America’s too. Millions march to their tune now regardless of whether it’s their fabricated “War on Christmas” or the War on Terror. What Fox News’ viewers don’t understand is that they are the victims of war as well: a war on their common sense.
You want to stop this madness? Stop believing Fox News and read something- else. You’ll be surprised what’s REALLY going on here.