Imagine my shock and surprise when I read of the proposal to eliminate laws restricting the use of propaganda in the US. Here is more via Buzzfeed…
An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.
The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.
The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.
The bi-partisan amendment is sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.
In a little noticed press release earlier in the week — buried beneath the other high-profile issues in the $642 billion defense bill, including indefinite detention and a prohibition on gay marriage at military installations — Thornberry warned that in the Internet age, the current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.”
If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you would realize that the American people are subjected to a steady stream of propaganda-right from the talking heads of the MSM. Also, you would know that the White House coordinates with organizations, like Media Matters, who then coordinate with Media outlets, like NBC-all to get the narrative pushed, while giving all the appearances of being “objective media.”
And, just before you mention that the networks are privately owned, need I mention NPR?
So, I think that the proposed legislation will do nothing more than make official the media bias and disinformation that the American people receive on a regular basis anyway. Just remember, a difference that makes no difference really isn’t a difference at all.