I've written many times that I only watch the U.S. corporate propaganda channels (MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS) when I'm doing research on the subject of public opinion manipulation through deception, especially when we're in the middle of manufactured crises. And so this morning while I was on the thread-mill in the gym (hey, is raining today, so I decided to go to the gym instead of outdoors), I watched an hour of CNN (with Candy Crowley), which I consider to be the official war propaganda channel.
I'll be putting together some additional thoughts on this latest round of misinformation and false narratives, but here I just wanted to point out that if there is a silver lining about being lied to (about these important issues of war and peace and geopolitical games), is that at least these events present us with an opportunity to learn geography through war propaganda.
Another neat thing is that people start trying to pronounce the names of foreign leaders, and different ethnic and religious groups. Given the fact that the Neo-liberal establishment here is engaging in the wholesale undermining of the public education system (teaching to the test and such), at least there is one small positive thing resulting from the type of frenzied propaganda we are exposed to during these periodic events.