Propaganda

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Update/clarification: I want to clarify something critical. This is not about picking on a researcher or a country. It very well could have happened in the U.S. or anywhere else. I, nor you the reader, have any idea about the internal constraints these groups experience, or what was communicated to government officials. To the extent…

Mike Konczal is disappointed in the behavior of one of the members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (‘FCIC’), Peter Wallison, movement conservative and member of the rightwing faith tank, the American Enterprise Institute. Like many conservatives, Wallison blames the housing crisis on efforts to provide African-Americans with loans, even though, as Konczal explains, that’s…

Because these are the idiots you’ve allied yourselves with: …many of these voucher advocates claim they simply want to expand school choice and improve the quality of education for all. Yet one group that has been influential in the school voucher push — the Independence Hall Tea Party, which has run a major PAC that…

In light of the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed nearly forty people, one would think the U.S. would be strengthening, not weakening microbiological surveillance in agriculture. One would be very, very wrong: At a time of rising concern over pathogens in produce, Congress is moving to eliminate the only national program…

Recently, ScienceBlogling Jeff Toney responded to Chief Veterinarian of the National Pork Producers Council Liz Wagstrom’s argument that widespread antibiotic use in agriculture has little effect on the antibiotic resistance problem. He concludes: However, the scientific facts support this idea [of agricultural misuse being a problem] – imagine the effect on our population of literally…

It would be nice if educational ‘reformers’ took a break from busting teachers unions to deal with the infiltration of pseudo-scientific falsehoods into the science curriculum: …the most brazen example is buried in the middle of the story: a coal-industry produced propaganda film for kids selling the lie that the atmosphere needs more greenhouse gas:…

Hopefully, I’ll suffer the same lack of consequences. Regarding Planned Parenthood, Republican Senator John Kyl recently uttered this factually disabled statement: …Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) defended Republicans’ willingness to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood by falsely claiming that abortion is “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” In reality,…

I’m starting to think that Fox News’ primary function isn’t catapulting conservative propaganda, but Will Rogers-esque comedy: One name seems out of place on the graphic [of Japan’s nuclear power plants] — that of “Shibuyaeggman.” It doesn’t show up on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s list of Japanese nuclear power stations, and this map of…

That’s really the only way to think of it. Fox ‘News’ Bill O’Reilly’s show has an average viewership age of 71, which isn’t ‘middle-aged’, but elderly. Anyway, one of the propaganda pieces Fox has been catapaulting is the false notion that the Wisconsin protests are out-of-control or violent (police have described the crowd as ‘civil’).…

I want to follow up on something from a post about the educational failure committed by our political press corps (italics original; boldface added): That so many people lack even a basic understanding of how government works and what it does–even among likely voters (keep in mind that your average Tea Buggerer spends a lot…