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The Big Lie

Post by kbot » 01-15-2021 06:54 AM

The big lie is something that autocrats/ dictators find useful - tell a lie often enough, especially from a leadership position, and people will believe it.

Look at the past few months, and the outcomes from the past week or so.....

Trump Steals A Page of History With “Big Lie” Communications

Published August 20, 2020
Donald Trump has stolen pages from George Orwell and Nazi propagandist George Goebbels with his use of “Big Lie” communications.

The “Big Lie” is a propaganda technique articulated by Adolph Hitler in his 1925 book “Mein Kampf” about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” A famous example would be Hitler blaming Germany’s loss of World War I on the Jews. Trump’s continual campaign promise of building a wall with Mexico and having Mexico pay for the wall is somewhat comparable.

Trump’s management of COVID-19 has been one “Big Lie” after another and now, according to data from the University of Washington, the United States should expect more than 300,000 deaths by year end. From the outset of the epidemic, Trump’s information sources have been wrong, and now one lie begets another lie.

Donald Trump has stolen pages from George Orwell and Nazi propagandist George Goebbels with his use of “Big Lie” communications.

The “Big Lie,” according to Hitler, is a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” One of the core lies of the Nazi regime was the assertion that the Jews blamed Germany’s World War I defeat on General Erich Ludendorff. According to a translation of Main Kampf: “But it remained for the Jews, with their unqualified capacity for falsehood, and their fighting comrades, the Marxists, to impute responsibility for the downfall precisely to the man (Ludendorff) who alone who alone has shown a superhuman will and energy in his efforts to prevent the catastrophe (loss of the war).”

This is clearly an absurdity. Ludendorff was a German World War I hero, although he was an anti-Semite, who was later exploited by Hitler and the Nazis. Many of the reasons Hitler helped kill Germany democracy and resorted to fascism were based on one “Big Lie” after another.

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik writes: “There is nothing subtle about Trump’s behavior. He lies, he repeats the lie, and his listeners either cower in fear, stammer in disbelief, or try to they can turn the lie to their own benefit.” George Orwell in “1984” wrote of a brutal, primitive futuristic society. Gopnik points out how the Orwell book, written in 1949, suddenly became a best-seller after Trump’s inauguration. He writes: “When Trump repeats the ridiculous story about the three million illegal votes — a story that no one knows, that not a single White House “staffer,” not a single Republican congressman actually believes to be true — he does not really care if anyone believes it. People aren’t meant to believe it; they’re meant to be intimidated by it.”

In a recent Real Clear Politics article, author Tim Hains quoted Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter’s comments after Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address: “It’s one thing to lie in tweets, and, you know, the people are absorbing them at different times and it goes through the news cycle. But when you’re doing it repeatedly, in real time, part of it is Goebbels’ ‘Big Lie.’ If you’re saying you’re protecting people with pre-existing conditions when you’re in court trying to strip them of those protections at the same moment, that’s not just a lie. That’s a ‘Big Lie’.”

James Rogers Bush, in a recent Buss Flash article, writes: “We don’t know if Trump has read “Mein Kampf,” but he did read a book of Hitler’s speeches, according to his first wife, Ivana. Now we hear Trump repeating things like ‘There was no collusion!’ and ‘Mueller’s probe was a witch hunt!’ He calls the Ukraine fiasco the ‘impeachment hoax!’ He repeats these statements incessantly, every chance he gets, and those who know they are lies can’t understand why so many Americans still believe him.” ... nications/
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Re: The Big Lie

Post by kbot » 01-15-2021 07:01 AM

And here we seem the ramifications of Trump's version of the big lie. An expectation on the part of his followers..........

The fur-wearing, face-painted 'QAnon Shaman' has asked Trump for a presidential pardon

The "QAnon Shaman" is requesting a presidential pardon from Trump for charges stemming from the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, claiming he "accepted the president's invitation" to march to the Capitol "with good intentions."

The shaman, who also goes by Jake Angeli but whose real name is Jacob Anthony Chansley, gained attention for his outlandish costume during the insurrection, which included fur, horns, and copious face pant. He turned himself in to authorities in Phoenix, Arizona, over the weekend and was charged with disorderly conduct, violent entry, and illegally being on restricted spaces within the Capitol grounds.

Jacob Chansley's attorney Albert Watkins released a statement on Thursday arguing that his client should be pardoned, along with all other "peaceful and compliant" Capitol protesters.

"My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump," Watkins said in a press release. "The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something. Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president's invitation with honorable intentions."

Watkins went on to claim that Chansley simply thought he was honoring the wishes of the president.

"Mr. Chansley is an American; he served honorably in the US military," Watkins continued. "He has zero criminal history. He is a lover of nature, routinely practices meditation, is an active practicer of yoga, and eats only organic food. He took seriously the countless messages of President Trump. He believed in President Trump. Like tens of millions of other Americans, Chansley felt—for the first time in his life—as though his voice was being heard." ... ump-2021-1

So............ the Q-Anon Shaman, or Jake Angeli or Jacob Anthony Chansley (depending on who is he today, apparently....), "heard" President Trump's words, committed multiple felonies as result, finds nothing wrong with this because, well, Trump said so.........

And wants a pardon????

A pardon implies guilt............ :roll:

WHERE do they find these people?????
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Re: The Big Lie

Post by Doka » 01-15-2021 11:58 AM

This is the Reichstag Fire Relived.

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Re: The Big Lie

Post by kbot » 01-15-2021 12:07 PM

Aahhhhhh....... Prager "University". Kinda like Trump "University".......... LOL, namely a "university" that is not accredited.

Yeah, THAT'S a reliable source............ :roll:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PragerU, short for Prager University, is an American media company that creates videos on various political, economic, and philosophical topics from an American conservative perspective.[1] The organization was co-founded by Allen Estrin and talk show host and writer Dennis Prager.[1][2][3][4] The organization relies on donations, and much of its early funding came from fracking billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks.[1][4]

PragerU is a non-profit organization but is not an academic institution and does not offer certifications or diplomas.[4][5]

PragerU was founded in 2009 by conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager and radio producer and screenwriter Allen Estrin,[6] in order to advocate for conservative views and to offset what Prager regards as the undermining of college education by the left.[3][7] The two originally considered making it a brick-and-mortar university, but the idea was revised into a digital product to save money.[4] PragerU is based in the San Fernando Valley,[1] and it had around 50 employees as of January 2020.[4]

Since a lawsuit over the use of a photograph in 2013, PragerU has used animation in its videos.[8] According to its CEO, Marissa Streit, a group of approximately 500 students called "PragerFORCE" promotes its videos.[7] PragerU reached a billion views in 2018.[1]

Dennis Prager, co-founder of PragerU
In July 2019, PragerU representative Allen Estrin attended President Donald Trump's Social Media Summit, along with other conservative organizations and people such as Charlie Kirk and James O'Keefe.[9][10]

Conflicts with YouTube and Facebook
In October 2016, PragerU published a petition which said that YouTube had unjustly put 21 of PragerU's videos in YouTube's "restricted mode" setting, which limits views based on factors such as the viewer's age. The petition requested that YouTube remove the videos from restricted mode.[11][12] YouTube responded, saying: "We aim to apply the same standards to everyone and we don’t censor anyone. Often it’s not the right approach to say that videos with the same topic should get the same rating. We’ll need to take into consideration what the intent of the video is, what the focus of the video is, what the surrounding metadata of the video explains."[3]

In October 2017, PragerU filed a federal lawsuit against Youtube's parent company, Google, claiming that 37 of its videos were unfairly demonetized or flagged so that they could only be viewed with "restricted mode filtering", which limits views based on certain characteristics, including the age of the viewer.[13] PragerU claimed that Google's actions violated the First Amendment and asserted YouTube was a public forum. In March 2018, the case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who ruled that because Google was a private company, PragerU had failed to show that it had infringed its free speech rights.[14][15][16] In February 2020, this ruling was upheld by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.[17][18]

In August 2018, PragerU criticized YouTube for adding fact-checks to YouTube videos which cover climate change.[19]

In August 2018, Facebook removed two PragerU videos from its platform, later restoring the videos, saying that they "were mistakenly removed."[2][20] According to Francesca Tripodi, professor of sociology at James Madison University, there are plausible non-ideological explanations for Facebook's removal of several of the videos.[21] PragerU contended that Facebook had engaged in deliberate censorship of their videos.[2][20]

The organization depends on donations to produce its content.[22] Much of the early funding for PragerU came from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks.[1][4] Two members of the Wilks family are on PragerU's board.[1] The next-largest donor is the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.[6][23] Other donors include the Morgan Family Foundation, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Donors Trust, and the Minnesota-based Sid and Carol Verdoorn Foundation, led by former C.H. Robinson CEO Sid Verdoorn.[23]

As of 2018, the organization reportedly had a $10 million annual budget, of which it spent more than 40% on marketing.[1] In 2019, PragerU raised $22 million and expects to receive $25 million in 2020.[4][24] PragerU consistently spends more on Facebook advertising than major political campaigns and national advocacy groups.[25] It ranks among the 10 biggest political spenders on the platform.[25]

PragerU releases one video per week on various topics from a conservative viewpoint that according to its site "advances Judeo-Christian values". Its videos, although topical, largely avoid mentioning U.S. President Donald Trump.[4][22][26] As of May 2020, its YouTube channel included 968 videos.[27] Each video costs between $25,000 and $30,000 to create.[1]

Videos on PragerU have supported and argued for capitalism, argued against a $15 minimum wage, and that gun ownership is a constitutional right. Dave Rubin stated in a video: "racism, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, and Islamophobia" are "meaningless buzzwords". In a video discussing the alt-right, Michael Knowles argues that it is similar to the American Left, saying: "the alt-Right has nothing in common with conservatism, and is in fact much closer to leftism... Except of course, the left is much, much larger."[1]

PragerU videos have also defended the Electoral College, arguing that "pure democracies do not work" and that the Electoral College thwarts voter fraud.[6] PragerU promotes fossil fuels and disputes the scientific consensus on climate change; in one of the organization's videos, fossil fuel proponent Alex Epstein promotes misinformation about climate change, including false and misleading claims.[28] According to Mother Jones, still other videos argue there is no police discrimination toward African-Americans and that the gender pay gap does not exist.[6]

PragerU has developed two partnership programs to help cultivate relationships with educators. PragerU's Educator Program supplies teachers with lesson plans and study guides that accompany their videos. Secondary school teachers and college professors can register their classes through PragerU's Academic Partnership program, which lets students sign up and allows teachers to monitor their students' progress.[29]

According to a 2019 report in the Los Angeles Times, PragerU videos have been watched more than 2 billion times and were becoming a staple on college campuses.[25] In its 2019 annual report, PragerU stated that its videos have received over 2.5 billion lifetime views.[24] PragerU has ranked highly in influence compared to other free-market advocacy organizations, such as Reason and National Review.[30]

Vanity Fair said PragerU "packages right-wing social concepts into slick videos" and that PragerU was "one of the most effective conversion tools for young conservatives."[31]

Sociologist Francesca Tripodi described the effect of PragerU's videos in a report for the Data & Society Research Institute.[32] In a 2018 study, Tripodi used Candace Owens and James Damore as case studies in order to demonstrate that there is a YouTube algorithmic connection between Fox News, PragerU, and alt-right YouTube personalities.[32][33] Tripodi wrote that PragerU relies on "search engine optimization and suggested content to elevate their messaging," and that PragerU's content "allows for those who identify as mainline conservatives to gain easy access to white supremacist logic."[33] On page 36 of her report, Tripodi noted that PragerU was very popular among the respondents who participated in her study. She noted that regardless of age, all participants in her study confirmed either having liked or shared PragerU videos on Facebook. Tripodi also noted: 'Sites like PragerU create an opportunity to dabble in content that seems extremely innocuous, yet makes connections to the same kinds of ‘revelations’ pushed out by the alt-right."[1]

A Buzzfeed News article published in 2018 attributed PragerU's success to the quality of its production values compared to similar outlets and to its use of popular presenters with established audiences. The article also noted that it had received comparatively little attention from news and media analysts due to PragerU's lack of coverage of topical issues, such as Donald Trump.[1]

Reason has criticized PragerU's claims of being censored by big tech companies for being false, as the company's content had not been removed from any social media platforms, and that they indicate a misunderstanding of the First Amendment as protecting a party from any type of censorship, when that law merely protects content from censorship by the government.[34]

Critiques of videos
In a video entitled "Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican?", host Carol M. Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt University, argued that the Southern strategy—a historical narrative alleging that the Republican Party purposely exploited racial tensions to appeal to racist white Southerners—was false revisionism. Kevin M. Kruse, a professor of history at Princeton University, said that the video presented a "distortion" of history, "cherry-picked" its evidence, and was an "exercise in attacking a straw man".[33]

Historian and philosopher Paul Gottfried, who has written extensively on the subject of fascism, harshly criticized a PragerU video hosted by Dinesh D'Souza which maintained that fascism was a leftist ideology. D'Souza maintained that Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile, who influenced Italian fascism, was a leftist, to which Gottfried noted that this contradicted the research by "almost all scholars of Gentile’s work, from across the political spectrum, who view him, as I do in my study of fascism, as the most distinguished intellectual of the revolutionary right."[35]

Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute criticized a 2018 PragerU video by Michelle Malkin as being anti-immigration. Nowrasteh wrote that the video was "rife with errors and half-truths, leaves out a lot of relevant information, and comes to an anti-legal immigration conclusion that is unsupported by the evidence presented in the rest of the video."[36]

In 2018, Anti-Defamation League fellow Mark Pitcavage criticized the PragerU video "The Suicide of Europe" by Douglas Murray as prejudiced, saying it contained anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.[23]

Snopes criticized the video "How To End White Privilege", saying, "In essence, it offers the notion that, because [ex-police officer Brandon] Tatum’s race did not provide any barrier to his successes, white privilege must not be real". The article provided explanations for questions brought up in the video such as white privilege, mortgage loans between black and white people, and black and white rates of home ownership.[37]
There you go man, keep as cool as you can. Face piles and piles of trials with smiles. It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave. And keep on thinking free. (Moody Blues)

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