January 28, 2014 |
The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst's political allies rallied around Roosevelt at the Democratic convention, which some believe sealed the deal for Roosevelt's nomination. But all that wasn't enough. Hearst also believed the voters had to be made to see what could be gained from a president with a free hand.
January 23, 2005
Thank you, David Shaw, for an excellent article, "Subverting the Press With Propaganda on the Rise" [Jan. 16], on the frightening use of the media by this administration for government propaganda. It seems that you are now one among the way too few in the media who have been willing to actually report anything remotely challenging to this administration, particularly as it pertains to their use (or misuse) of journalists, broadcasters, reporters and their ilk. Your column really belongs on the front page due to the urgency of bringing awareness to the majority of the populace of these scary abuses.
April 12, 2013 |
An upstate New York school district has become the latest to learn that some educational approaches create special sensitivity problems, as in this case in which a high school teacher asked students to make a written argument good enough to “convince me you are loyal to the Nazis" by exhibiting a belief "that Jews are evil. " The assignment, sent to some students in English classes at the Albany High School called on the children to research Nazi propaganda and then assume the teacher was a German official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty.
September 4, 1993 |
The new democratic government began dismantling the military's propaganda apparatus Friday, halting all local current affairs programming on state radio and television. The new information minister promised to overhaul the state media, which had been controlled by officials loyal to Port-au-Prince Police Chief Michel-Joseph Francois, one of the leaders of the September, 1991, military coup that overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
June 2, 1986 |
Are the U.S. news media used for propaganda? It's a lingering, valid question, and it was asked again at the start of Thursday's "Viewpoint." The late-night ABC forum on the media was keyed to press manipulation by terrorists and by Vladimir Posner, the New York-reared Soviet radio and TV commentator and Kremlin spokesman. Do terrorists have the media in their hip pockets? Do the media grant Posner free rein to sway U.S. public opinion?
February 20, 2014 |
Propaganda today has a nasty connotation; it suggests something cheesy, manipulative, in the service of a dishonorable cause. During World War II, however, cinematic propaganda became an elevated art, practiced with unusual expertise by five great American movie directors: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens. Hitler threw down the gauntlet with Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" (1935), propaganda so captivating that it impelled even gentle Germans to thump their chests.