On January 10, 1963 U.S. Congressman Albert S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida read into the Congressional Record a list of 45 communist goals contained in the book The Naked Communist. Here are four that seem pertinent to this post: No. 18. Gain control of all student newspapers. No. 19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack. No. 20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, and policy-making positions. No. 21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
With a few more thrown in: No. 24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press. No. 25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
As an unrelated added bonus our very favorite: No. 32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
The fundamental instrument of control in any totalitarian state is propaganda. By repetition and manipulation of the facts a populace can be made to believe almost anything that seems reasonable. You can read Goebbels on Propaganda (Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment) if you want more details. Nothing in the socialist arsenal is more powerful than media control.
For a fifty year period from about 1930 until 1980 the socialists completely controlled the media and the dialogue in the United States. There were a few commentators, such as Paul Harvey, that commanded a conservative audience but these people were few and far between and were generally vilified whenever possible. Then things slowly began to change. Early pioneers such as Rush Limbaugh began to make progress and embolden others such as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Mark Levin and these people started an avalanche of conservative media discussions. Important in this development also was the rise of the Internet, where conservative talk dominated the air waves. Then Fox News arrived, where conservative opinions were given a forum and by this time the socialists were in shock.
After completely controlling the debate for fifty years, the socialists were astounded to find that there was a response to their point of view and they did not react well. Since they had no ideas the only response they could muster was to attack conservative ideas and attempt to portray conservatives as rich, stupid, racist, or greedy. The media backlash from the conservative right more than any other single factor may save this nation from becoming a socialist dictatorship. The perseverance of these conservative pioneers has stopped most attempts to shut down the conservative media during the dark days from 2008 until the present time.
The newspapers are the worst offenders. Conservatives buy newspapers to make money. Socialists buy newspapers to advance a political agenda – this is why socialists will buy newspapers that are losing money, hoping that somehow the money can be found. Most newspapers operating at present are barely breaking even or losing money but the same people continue to operate them, causing one to wonder who gives them the funds to continue operating (a topic for another post).
In the socialist controlled media outlets we always see these same types of themes: Conservative white businessmen are greedy, corrupt and they all lie. Negros and Indians are all very nice people but only have problems because they are being exploited by white people. Big business (i.e. capitalism) is the cause of all evil in the world. All conservatives are stupid because they do not understand liberal concepts. Wealthy people should subordinate their money to the state so that we can achieve “fairness.” The corporation exists to promote “social justice.” Profits are inherently evil and need to be administered, regulated and “redistributed.”
We will give you just one example. In the Academy Award winning movie Dances with Wolves the portrayal of the relationship between Indian men and women was almost comical. It was so unrealistic it seemed we were watching a remake of Leave it to Beaver with Ward in his business suit and June dressed perfectly in her designer dress and stockings until whatever time they decided to go to bed. In actuality, Plains Indian men treated their women like pieces of property. Once the women were paid for with whatever number of horses the father required they were treated in the same fashion as the husband’s gun or knife. Women were routinely “loaned” to trappers for property, beaten, and told where to go and what to do. Women, while having some status within the tribe, had hardly any say whatsoever in major decisions and were well advised to keep their mouths shut regarding these tribal decisions if they knew what was good for them. This “noble savage” stuff portrayed by the media is typically very unrealistic and does not capture the realities of Plains Indian life. Of course all the white people in the movie (except our hero, who joined the Indian tribe) were narcissistic, schizophrenic, neurotic or sadistic. A beautiful and well done movie but the message was delivered – a bunch of moronic white guys destroyed a beautiful culture and its wonderful people just because they felt like it.