Stoning Oliver: modern propagandists

“The viewer is never told of Soviet practices, like the brutal occupation of Eastern Europe by the Red Army and the overthrow of its governments and installation of Soviet puppet regimes, except when the narrative justifies this as necessary for Soviet security.”

Clifford May calls it Stone-faced lies. There are a number of people who want to rationalize what they believe but run afoul of reality. One way they can can gain comfort in the viability of their belief, sans reality, is by building a community that supports them. Several of these people are rather gifted movie makers. Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States” is an example.

It’s the intangibles again. Good story telling vs far off, in both time and place, things that happened to other people. Catering to the inner fears and uncertainties rather than to intellectual integrity.

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