This quote is from "Toxic Sludge is Good for You" by Rampton and Stauber of PRWatch:
"In Unreliable Sources, authors Martin Lee and Norman Solomon noted that "when a research team from the communications department of the University of Massachusetts surveyed public opinion and correlated it with knowledge of basic facts about US policy in the region, they drew some sobering conclusions: The more television people watched, the fewer facts they knew; and the less people knew in terms of basic facts, the more likely they were to back the Bush administration."
They are refering to Bush 1's Gulf War. Read this link to see the quote in context while getting the inside story of the Kuwaiti babies that were supposedly killed by Iraqi soldiers in the '91 War. I've heard this supposed atrocity mentioned recently; I hope you will read about the truth of the matter.
Are you Familiar with the Office of Global Communications? How about its short lived precursor the Office of Strategic Influence ? Pretty scary, eh? You might ask why America would need PR to sell its image, we were told the September 11 tragedy was caused by foreign envy of our freedom, our wealth. Freedom and wealth need no spin, anyone knows that. Hmmm.
This needs spin. War in general needs spin.
It is good we are thinkers, people who take time to inquire. What this experiment in "by the people for the people" is all about.
Postscript: Lest the U.S Saddam connection is forgotten. This RealAudio link is about 11 minutes long and concerns the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the U.S Government. It is oftentimes glossed over in the corporate news that the majority of us are exposed to. This link is from 1.24.00. Saddam is a violent tyrant from all accounts, but at one point, he was our Tyrant. Obviously not friend cuz we sold his opponent, Iran, arms as well. Go figure. Link offered because I heard the Rush Limbaugh Show today: if his show is representitive of the level of knowledge the average Joe or Joanne has about Iraq, there is a LOT of disinformation floating around out there.
And tomarrow: The State of the Union...