July 23, 2001
Charles A. Morse
A cardinal goal of the left is what was referred to in the Communist Manifesto as "public ownership of the means of communication." TV represents the penultimate means of communication in our times. When in the hands of the left, the chattering box can either filter out or politicize information in such a manner as to serve the "progressive" cause. Willi Munzenberg, Stalin's protégé, started the strategy of ownership of the media in the 1930´s by infiltrating the Cinema and literature with the key placement of communists. This strategy was called "boring from within."
Television today plays a key role in the left agenda. As a passive media in which information, and propaganda, can be fed directly into a viewer´s subconscious mind, television is tailor made for the left´s plan of changing and controlling our perceptions and culture. I have come across a column by 1960´s television entertainer turned New York television critic Alan Dale that I think is worth reading today so I have re published an excerpt here. Reading Dale today lends a historical perspective on the use of television by the left, a use that has not changed:
Dale referred to the TV networks as propaganda machines "engaged in psychological warfare against the American people." He wrote that the networks "are waging the greatest advertising campaign in history – selling the propaganda of the left to our children."
TV, back in the 1960´s, routinely portrayed American leftists as "idealists," foreign communists, such as Mao as "agrarian reformers," and Conservative anti-Communists as diabolical right-wing fanatics. TV is a visual media and, as such, can be used to manipulate the emotions and well as the intellect of the viewer who has an experience while absorbing information which re enforces the effect. The left understands the power of TV as a tool to affect the type of change they seek. The type of crude barroom propaganda they got away with in the 1960´s has been replaced with a more sophisticated and couched effort today. An effort that is also more dangerous and deadly.
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