The Big Lie Prospers
December 16, 2011: Iran runs a very successful fake news operation. Anti-American stories are invented, distributed as real news, and used as effective anti-U.S. (and anti-West) propaganda. It doesn't really matter if the Iranian stories are investigated and found to be false. In the Moslem world, and other anti-American nations like Russia, North Korea and China, anti-American lies are passed off as real and stay that way even if disproved.
For example, this year, Iran put out a series of stories about a U.S. UAV campaign in Somalia. The Iranian TV outlet asserted that there were 56 such attacks over the last three months that killed 1,370 people, including many civilians. When other news outlets tried to follow up on the Iranian stories, they could find no evidence. The Iranian news outlet (Press TV) had made it up. This same outfit was fined $150,000 by the British government for broadcasting fake news (on a non-Somalia story) in Britain.
This "Big Lie" technique ("tell a lie often and loudly enough and people will believe it") was not invented by the Islamic radicals, communists or Nazis, but has been around for a long time. With electronic news media it is simply easier to spread more lives faster and farther and more often.
|"The chief aim of all government is to preserve the freedom of the citizen. His control over his person, his property, his movements, his business, his desires should be restrained only so far as the public welfare imperatively demands. The world is in more danger of being governed too much than too little.
It is the teaching of all history that liberty can only be preserved in small areas. Local self-government is, therefore, indispensable to liberty. A centralized and distant bureaucracy is the worst of all tyranny.
Taxation can justly be levied for no purpose other than to provide revenue for the support of the government. To tax one person, class or section to provide revenue for the benefit of another is none the less robbery because done under the form of law and called taxation."
John W. Davis, Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1924. Davis was one of the greatest trial and appellate lawyers in US history. He also served as the US Ambassador to the UK.