The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.

The aim of propaganda is to annihilate the truth | Garry Kasparov

5 thoughts on “The aim of propaganda is to annihilate the truth | Garry Kasparov

  1. Bill Cunningham says:

    Exactly. The press is the problem. Always has been. Look at the “Boston massacre”. It was never a “Massacre”. It was a little skirmish but it started the uprisings. if the gove doesn’t control the press, the press controls everything.

    • ColinTwiggs says:

      Bill, The press is a problem in that it will publish the most sensational claims or stories as this fuels readership. “If it bleeds, it leads” is their motto. Helps promote terrorism which would fade away without free publicity.

      But government control is not the answer. Watch The Post with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Great movie with a strong message.

    • David Renwick says:

      The Govt and it’s supporters will control the press when it suits them. You can’t have a buck each way.

      • ColinTwiggs says:

        The press should be held to certain standards which can be enforced through the courts but government control would be a poor outcome.

        At present I would say the government has some influence over what gets published but not control. Neither in the US nor Australia. In Russia, China or Iran I would say the government verges on complete control. As the Press Freedom Ranking illustrates, press freedom is not black/white but is best measured on a scale.

        Norway is #1 at 7.60
        Australia #19 at 16.02
        UK #40 at 22.06
        USA #43 at 23.88
        Russia #148 at 49.45
        Iran #165 at 65.12
        China #176 at 77.66
        Highest is North Korea #180 at 84.98

      • ColinTwiggs says:

        I include Russia as a serious oppressor of press freedom because of the high rate of unsolved murders relating to journalists. According to wiki, deaths in 2017 were:

        • March 17 – Journalist Yevgeny Khamaganov died of unexplained causes in Ulan-Ude. Khamaganov was known for writing articles that criticized the federal government and was allegedly beaten by unknown assailants on March 10.
        • April 19 – Journalist and former prisoner of conscience Nikolay Andrushchenko died in Saint Petersburg from wounds that he received from a severe beating by unknown assailants on March 9. Andrushchenko was the co-founder of the newspaper Novy Petersburg and was previously jailed in 2009 by a city court for “libel and extremism”.
        • May 24 – Journalist Dmitry Popkov was found dead from gunshot wounds at a bathhouse close to his home in Minusinsk. Popkov was the chief editor of the newspaper Ton-M and was known for investigating police corruption.
        • September 8 – Andrey Ruskov, employee of Bestvideo Broadcasting Studio, a body found in the Birobidzhan river Bira, on it – traces of blows. The Investigative Committee instituted criminal proceedings under Article 105 “Murder”.

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