October 11, 2001 |
Since Martin Luther exploited the then-new printing press to spread Protestantism across 16th century Europe, the science of technology and the art of persuasion have been inseparable. Nowhere is the marriage more apparent--or insidious--than during warfare. As U.S. and British forces attack targets in Afghanistan, spin meisters from all sides recognize that propaganda in this conflict is a mix of old and new, from sophisticated Web sites to radio broadcasts to food rations dropped from bombers.
February 1, 1987 |
A family in eastern Seoul was watching television Friday night when a box lettered with the words "Terminate U.S. Imperialist Invaders" and containing 50 North Korea-made batteries smashed through the ceiling, police reported Saturday. Police said the box apparently was part of a device sent aloft by balloon in North Korea to carry propaganda material to South Korea, where U.S. troops are stationed.
April 28, 1987 |
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Reagan Administration may label as "political propaganda" three Canadian films on acid rain and nuclear war. By a 5-3 vote, the justices said the label is used "in a neutral and evenhanded manner" and is not intended as censorship. Justice John Paul Stevens, in his opinion for the court, said the federal law authorizing use of the classification for foreign-produced works "has no pejorative connotation."
December 1, 1990 |
The Army plans tests in Saudi Arabia of cannon shells that can carry thousands of printed messages, a Dugway Proving Ground official said. Each shell, called an XM951 projectile, can be programmed to eject as many as 10,000 messages over a populated area before continuing its flight--which can extend 14 miles--to land in an unpopulated area, project officer John Slater said. Tests have been going on for nearly two years and have been successful, Slater said.
March 21, 2005
Re "Truth Is, Bush's Propaganda Hurts the U.S.," Commentary, March 16: The White House is producing so much propaganda these days that news channels may have to start labeling their product with tags such as, "This report was NOT paid for by the Bush administration." Rob Schmidt Culver City When are you, along with the broadcast "news" networks, going to do a special edition on Bush administration propaganda? Perhaps you could title it "Pravda." That seems to be an appropriate name for today's American "news" media.
September 13, 1989 |
From news reporting and news manipulation of yesteryear to television of today: The links and profound differences are noted in the arrival of separate programs this week. First (at 10 tonight on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42) comes ABC's "Television--Revolution in a Box," a Ted Koppel special chronicling the technological changes--including wee videotape cameras called camcorders--that have drastically altered not only the nature of TV journalism but also global politics.
January 6, 1988 |
Israeli officials said Tuesday that a top British diplomat had fallen for Arab propaganda by criticizing as "an affront to civilized values" conditions at a Palestinian refugee camp he toured in the occupied Gaza Strip. Avi Pazner, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, said Tuesday that British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs David Mellor was ill-informed.
February 14, 1991 |
In the shadow war of the Persian Gulf--the battle for public sentiment--Iraq on Wednesday delivered the equivalent of a fuel-air explosive through the images of charred Iraqi women and children. The pictures--men weeping, women stricken with grief, bodies mangled after an American bombing attack--led news broadcasts from Moscow to Tel Aviv to Paris to Amman, Jordan.
August 18, 1990 |
The voice of the Baghdad Radio announcer boomed onto the airwaves in fractured English, addressing U.S. soldiers: "Do you want to go back home from the Arabian desert ... psychologically broken?" Iraq's new English-language program, broadcast on shortwave radio, stepped up the anti-American rhetoric its Arabic media services have waged for weeks.
September 5, 1988 |
"Hitler killed my family," said 86-year-old Curt Siodmak, a horror screenwriter and novelist, while viewing a Nazi propaganda exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' opening of "From Babelsberg to Hollywood." "The Nazi paper says, 'The Jews Are Our Misfortune,' " Siodmak read from a faded, brittle copy of Der Sturmer, an anti-Semitic German weekly of the 1930s, on display. "It says nothing but lies."