Methods of propaganda: race wars created and imagined made real

“The narrative launched in mid-March with nearly simultaneous articles by black journalists at major leftist media outlets: Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic, Charles M. Blow at the New York Times, and Trymaine Lee at the Huffington Post. These were classics of advocacy journalism — sensationalist propaganda with no attempt to be impartial, objective, or accurate.”

Scot Swett describes the structure and elements of a disinformation campaign using the Trayvon and Zimmerman case as an example.

“Social science research offers some useful insights into how people typically make decisions:

  • Reasoning is only a small part of forming opinions or judgments
  • Judgments are often based on inadequate information
  • Early and negative information has a disproportionally heavy impact
  • Anecdotal, easy-to-remember information is also overly weighted

“Therefore, disinformation campaigns use simple, powerful, negative, emotional arguments that tell a story. Since people resist changing their minds about emotionally loaded topics, the media campaign has to ramp up quickly, before the facts have a chance to catch up to the narrative.”

This episode is only one of a long string of racial disinformation campaigns based on false premises. One outcome of this one is the beating to near death of a score of people by black gangs claiming that there assault is a matter of justice. There are consequences to dishonesty and they are not pretty.

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