Propaganda distribution occurs in both dictatorships and democracies. In dictatorships, the government owned news feeds sugar-coated trash 24 hours a day. The people in these countries KNOW they are being manipulated. No one in China or Iran believes the things they hear on the news channels there. The propaganda is then matched with a very powerful secret police system that watches over people who dare to verbalize the obvious manipulation.
Things are a little different in democracies. Here, there is no need for a secret police system (Dept of Homeland Security?) because the public BELIEVES EVERYTHING THEY SEE ON THE NEWS. And they believe it because they live in a “democracy”. Have you ever sat down with somebody who questioned a broadcast they saw on Fox News or CNN? Americans watch the news just like how they shovel food in their mouth: quickly and without thinking.
It comes at some surprise that Bush needs to supplement already favorable news coverage (he does have a channel dedicated to him, after all) with direct propaganda produced by his cabinet departments, disguised as news stories by real reporters. This technique was outed and heavily criticized, but Bush has come back with a big fuck you to everyone:
The Bush administration, rejecting an opinion from the Government Accountability Office, said last week that it is legal for federal agencies to feed TV stations prepackaged news stories that do not disclose the government’s role in producing them.
Why isn’t there outrage by conservatives on this? Do they like being manipulated? Do I REALLY hae to draw another ass-rape picture?