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January 25, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - The lower house of Russia's parliament on Friday approved in the first reading a controversial measure against the spread among minors of “propaganda” seen as supporting homosexuality. But the lawmakers put off until the next reading a central question: What constitutes “propaganda”? The first hearing of the bill was preceded by two days of sporadic clashes over the issue between gay activists and religious Orthodox radicals in front of the State Duma, the lower house.
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April 11, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Russian government has cut off broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the U.S. government-funded radio as "spam on our frequencies. " VOA's contract with the Russian media oversight agency wasn't renewed after it expired at the end of March because the Kremlin could no longer tolerate "its subversive, sanctimonious, self-serving propaganda," the Voice of Russia said in its account of the cutoff. The internal silencing of the broadcasts that beamed news and cultural programs into the Soviet Union during the Cold War represented the latest attempt by the Kremlin to eliminate media providing an alternative to those whose content and editors are controlled by the Russian government.
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OPINION
September 6, 2012
Re "Key California Democrat likens GOP to Nazi propagandist," Sept. 4 So let me get this straight: It's acceptable to label President Obama a socialist, but the GOP can demand an apology from John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, when he likens the GOP to a Nazi propagandist (without using the "N-word"). This, even though the GOP seems to have been adhering to Joseph Goebbels' instruction, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. " Larry Tamblyn Palmdale ALSO: Letters: Trees or a space shuttle?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By M.G. Lord
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.
OPINION
January 28, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
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.
NEWS
September 4, 1993 | Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By M.G. Lord
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.
OPINION
February 1, 2014
Re "Film and liberal politics," Opinion, Jan. 28 When it comes to health, TV is among the most effective teachers. One study found that 26% of the public cited entertainment television as a top source of health information. The trouble is that TV story lines aren't always accurate. That's why our health foundation has supported USC Annenberg's Hollywood, Health and Society project since 2007, when George W. Bush was president, to help educate television writers about health issues so they can both entertain and inform through shows watched by millions of people.
OPINION
January 28, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
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.
WORLD
July 12, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday questioned the Russian government's neutrality in the case of Edward Snowden, as the former National Security Agency contractor met with human rights activists at the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for weeks. The provision of a “propaganda platform” for Snowden “runs counter to the Russian government's previous declarations of Russia's neutrality" and to officials' assertions "that they have no control over his presence in the airport,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his regular afternoon briefing.
WORLD
July 11, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Edmund Sanders
CAIRO - With supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi calling for another mass rally Friday, Egypt's military gave a fuller accounting of its role in deadly clashes this week, saying it opened fire only after encountering stones, gunfire, Molotov cocktails and even toilets hurled from rooftops. The military's version of events - accompanied by an edited video - came during a briefing Thursday for journalists and suggested the army was in a propaganda battle with the Muslim Brotherhood over which side was more complicit in the violence Monday in front of the Republican Guard's Cairo headquarters.
WORLD
April 16, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
ANTAKYA, Turkey - In newly printed textbooks at dozens of Syrian refugee schools, a small piece of Middle East geography has been amended. Seventy-five years ago, Turkey annexed the northern Syrian territory of Hatay against the will of Syria, but maps in Syrian schoolbooks during the lengthy reign of the Assad family have continued to include Hatay inside Syria's borders. The maps in the new schoolbooks show Hatay in Turkey, one of a number of political changes made by the Syrian opposition group that published the books.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
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.
WORLD
December 26, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Al Qaeda is toast, roll the credits. If you can't annihilate the enemy on the battlefield, take the battle to a new dimension, complete with rousing music, saluting children, waving flags and soldiers so heroic you keep looking for pedestals beneath their boots. Good prevails in the scripts of Fadhel al-Olofi, a producer and film director for the Yemeni government, which lends him helicopters and ammo to destroy whatever bad guy haunts the imagination of a country stuck in a real-life civil war and bloodied by attacks by Islamic extremists.
WORLD
March 25, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The stories about the lone civilian injured in a coalition airstrike didn't quite match. A man who claimed to be her father, Rajab Mohammad, said she was 18, and injured when she fell on her back after an errant bomb landed on the family farm. A man who claimed to be her brother said she was struck by shrapnel. A man who claimed to be the gardener said the hospitalized victim was an 8-year-old boy. The holes in the wall looked more like they were caused by small-arms fire than bomb fragments.
WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The new government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has sought to downplay the deadly violence that has long haunted much of Mexico and that he repeatedly pledged to reduce. But the country's killers aren't cooperating. Newly released statistics indicate the number of homicides related to drug trafficking and other organized crime are only marginally changed from the same period last year, a blow to the government's attempts to recast Mexico's image. On Wednesday, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said 1,101 people were killed in March.
WORLD
February 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The day last month that Russian lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill establishing fines for spreading "propaganda" supporting homosexuality among minors, leading Russian media personality Anton Krasovsky was fired after publicly revealing that he is gay. While anchoring a late-night TV show on Jan. 25, Krasovsky, 37, said that not only is he gay, he is also "as human as President [Vladimir] Putin, Prime Minister [Dmitry] Medvedev" and the members of the parliament. Krasovsky, who served as editor in chief of Kontr TV, an Internet and cable television network launched by the Kremlin in December, said in an interview recently that human rights and liberties are violated more and more and that "mutual hatred and resentment is being instilled in the Russian society from above.
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