The hallmark of propaganda is that outright lies are more useful than the truth. The New York Times’ vile lies about Justice Brett Kavanaugh were so flimsy, they couldn’t last the day.
Yet even after the Times’ correction (which amounted to a retraction), Democrats kept shooting the fake ammunition. That’s because their target isn’t actual investigations or impeachment proceedings. The lie itself is the goal. Once out, even if retracted, it serves their purpose: to smear and intimidate. Truth need not apply.
The more outrageous, ugly, and frightening the propaganda, the more powerful it is. That’s all that is necessary for success. The lie doesn’t even have to be plausible. It just has to meet the base desires of the targeted audience.
Democrats want to believe President Trump supports neo-Nazis, and that Justice Kavanaugh is a sexual predator, so that political norms of two-party rule need not be followed.
Democratic Party voters today want to believe that the admirable and upright Justice Brent Kavanaugh is a moral monster, because of the coming showdown on abortion.
Classic propaganda reverses black and white, truth and falsehood. Abortion must be presented as the moral high ground, and pro-life as a moral cesspit.
Propaganda is crude and ugly because it is not meant to convince the opposition. It is purely for motivating one’s own side to unjust, even horrific, deeds, such as destroying a fine man with false sexual accusations.
The New York Times, once again, is leading the political charge to bring down the political enemies of the Left, just as they did with the Russian collusion hoax attempted coup against President Trump.
Much of the commentary on the latest Kavanaugh attacks has been to counter the specific charges and stress two salient facts: the alleged victim has no memory of the alleged incident and the person making the accusations is a Clinton lawyer. That is important to do, but it misses the bigger threat.
Those who propagate such lies are shameless. They may be forced to withdraw the lie temporarily, but they don’t care. They never give it up. Just ask Justice Clarence Thomas or President Trump.
The New York Times is not dealing in the court of true and false, but pure power politics.
In history, the greatest propagandists—the Soviets and the Nazis—were not defeated with better information. They had to be crushed militarily, to free their populations from their ministry of lies.
Democrat voters are isolated from honest sources of information by their groupthink conformity. The internet masters of the universe have decided to block conservative websites, as they think, for the nation’s good. Even a mainstream conservative news source like Breitbart is falsely claimed to be racist and anti-semitic. Internet searches on Google rarely list the Wall Street Journal, let alone conservative sites such as American Greatness.
A hallmark of propaganda is that those on the inside who question it are ruthlessly silenced and destroyed. Dissidents are dangerous. That’s why black conservatives are attacked so viciously.
Democrats can’t rely on facts, because facts don’t support their accusations or their platforms. They couldn’t criticize Justice Kavanaugh’s sterling record, so they smeared him with lies. They can’t debate open borders on its merits, so they call opponents white supremacists. They can’t defend the practicality of banning fossil fuels, so they scream that the world is ending in 12 years. They can’t hide President Trump’s success in bringing back jobs, especially to blacks and Hispanics, so they lie that he is a racist. They can’t criticize Trump’s courage in confronting China, so they claim he loves dictators!
Facts are damning to their side. All they have are infamous propaganda techniques: the big lie, ad hominem smears, stereotyping, demonizing, disinformation, false accusations, social pressure, appeals to emotion, false witnesses, and false virtue signaling.
Propaganda is unfamiliar to Americans, so we are like naïve prey, not even recognizing the hard-left tactics unleashed on us.
Propaganda is a weapon of war. President Trump is the first Republican ever to engage with the enemy. He uses his much-criticized tweets as a major counter-propaganda force.
It is not enough.
As Julie Kelly argues on these pages, this is not going to get better until the liars in the government and the press are crushed with libel suits and court action for their felonies. Democrat activists entrusted with the highest levels of power, including former CIA director John Brennan and FBI director James Comey, leaked classified information, fabricated evidence and lied to Congress and to the FISA court. Christine Blasey-Ford and other false witnesses against Kavanaugh probably lied to Congress. We’re always told accountability is coming—tomorrow, never today.
You can answer propaganda lie by lie, but it does little good. We have to go after the liars. We have to stop them with legal action when they cross the legal line.
This propaganda war is much bigger than the media. We have to strip nonprofit status from their political activists such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, raking in $500 million in tax-free donations to libel conservative organizations such as the American Freedom Alliance as “hate groups.” We have to break up the internet companies that push left-wing propaganda and censorship on all of us. We have to push diversity officers and required “social justice” curriculum requirements out of our elementary schools, high schools, and state colleges.
Propaganda is the single deadliest weapon of the leftist putsch in America.