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Any excuse will serve a tyrant. Aesop
Men willingly believe what they wish. Julius Caesar
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains. Henri Frederic Amiel
If one knows only what one is told, one does not know enough to be able to arrive at a well-balanced decision. Leo Szilard
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. Douglas MacArthur
In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell
We should be able to carry on extremely useful propaganda both in Russia and America where the majority of Jews ... appeared to be favorable towards Zionism. Arthur Balfour
The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white supremacy and the dominant understanding of what the war was all about. We are still digging ourselves out from under the misinformation they spread, which has manifested in our public monuments and our history books. James W. Loewe
You want to live in a world where people have access to the news–in other words, documentary evidence of what is really happening. And an ISIS video of hostages being beheaded is both an act of propaganda and is itself a fact.... If you're a platform, you don't want to suppress the facts. On the other hand, you don't want to participate in advancing propaganda. And there is the conundrum. Andrew McLaughlin
Twitter is providing a communication device, a loudspeaker for ISIS. If you are promoting violence and a call to violence. If you are promoting violence and a call to violence, you are providing material support. Twitter should be part of the solution. If not, they are part of the problem. Mark D. Wallace
We [Al Qaeda] must make every effort to reach out to Muslims ... through new media like Facebook and Twitter. Adam Yahiye Gadahn
Arab leaders ... preach incessant hatred of Israel because the hatred justifies a powerful army, which also comes in handy to suppress political dissidents and preserve the autocrat's hold on power. William Easterly
We told members of the board of broadcast governors that we didn't think it was appropriate for the Voice of America to be broadcasting the voice of the Taliban into Afghanistan and we didn't think it was consistent with their charter... Its charter says that they should explain US government policy and present responsible discussion about it. We don't consider Mullah Omar to be responsible discussion. Richard A. Boucher
The White House Iraq Group–WHIG–was set up ... to coordinate the marketing of the [Iraq] war ... Scott McClellan
First OSP [Office of Special Plans] supplies false or exaggerated intelligence; then members of the WHIG leak it to friendly reporters, complete with prepackaged vivid imagery; finally, when the story breaks, senior officials point to it as proof and parrot the unnamed quotes they or their colleagues previously supplied. James Bamford
The strategies and assumptions [of the propaganda model] are fundamentally contrary to a democratic model.... The goal of the propaganda model is simply to achieve efficient indoctrination, and it therefore tends to regard the assumptions of the democratic model as inconvenient obstacles to efficient communication. Sheldon Rampton
Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam. Yes We Can: A Bullet A Day Keeps the Infidel Away. Defend Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Unto Him Inspire Magazine
The idea of good and evil is a myth created by the politicians, the priests, and all those who have an interest to keep it at their mercy. G. Brock Chisholm
You will not have to make war there only with arms, but also with public opinion Juan Manuel Belgrano
There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us. Dick Cheney
The greatest weapon in an ideological war is words. Reza Aslan
Washington crossed the Delaware to win our freedom : we cross oceans to keep it : Buy war stamps & bonds James Henry Daughterty
Indoctrinate the Children. And when they grow to be Men and Women, their Principles will be Correct! John P. Jewett
The love of the slave for his chains is a huge, unnatural lie, and the daily lives of the whole slave-holding fraternity bear continual testimony against the assumption. Chicago Tribune
This Man Is Your Friend He Fights For Freedom Anonymous
It takes an institution to help propagandize an idea. Edwin Feulner
If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought George Orwell Blair
Efforts to fight and win the Global War on Terror, while simultaneously promoting democracy throughout the world, also require an improved and creative campaign of public diplomacy …. We can use medicine as a currency for peace. William Frist
All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out. I. F. Stone
Cinema is the most important of all the arts for us. Vladimir Lenin
The people of England will curse themselves for having preferred ruin from Churchill to peace from Hitler. William Joyce
I fight against Fascism; that is my trade. Lillian Hellman
As a major political weapon, however, complex fabrication has developed organically among the Arabs in the two generations of the struggle for Palestine …. it is a well-known part of the character of Arab fantasy that the inventor of a story comes to believe it himself. Shmuel Katz
What a people believes, even if untrue, has the same influence over their lives as if it were true. Philip Khuri Hitti
Know that a lie is not haram [wrong] in itself, but only because the evil conclusions to which it leads the hearer, making him believe something that is not really the case.... If a lie is the only way of obtaining a good result, it is permissible. . . . We must lie when truth leads to unpleasant results. Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazzali
Lying is a widespread habit among the Arabs and they have a low idea of truth. . . . The Arab has no scruples about lying if by it he obtains his objective.... He is more interested in feeling than facts, in conveying an impression than in giving a report. Sania Hamady
It’s a fact that minds are poisoned throughout the Middle East. Yaroslav Trofimov
For the flight and fall of the other villages, it is our leaders who are responsible, because of the dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs ... they instilled fear and terror into the hearts of the Arabs of Palestine until they fled, leaving their homes and property to the enemy. Yunes Ahmed Assad
The younger generation looked with envy to the symbols of success and prosperity like Henry Ford, and if he said the Jews were to blame, we naturally believed him Baldus von Schirach
Daily, at this time, we shall speak to you about America and the war. The news may be good or bad. We shall tell you the truth. Voice of America
To be persuasive we must be believable. To be believable, we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow
If people really knew, the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don't know, and can't know. The correspondents don't write and the censorship wouldn't pass the truth. What they do send is not the war, but just a pretty picture of the war with everybody doing gallant deeds. The thing is horrible and beyond human nature to bear and I feel I can't go on with this bloody business. David Lloyd George
Here's your enemy for this week, the government says. And some gullible Americans click their heels and salute -- often without knowing who or even where the enemy of the week is. Charley Reese
Where is the evidence that Washington's world view sways the multitude of nations? To enlist support for its wars in Korea, Vietnam and in the Gulf, the United States had to resort to a lot of bribery and threats. At the United Nations, the US has, with noteworthy regularity, been on the minority side in voting on resolutions. William Blum
When a wrong thought is told a thousand times and impressed on one’s brain, one starts feeling the falsehood as truth. Similarly if the mind of slave is hammered of slavery, he starts enjoying his slavery Latari Kawadu Madavi
You can’t have opinions unless you have information. Peter Beinart
Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts. Francis Bacon
Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. Francis Bacon
Never believe anything until it's officially denied. Margaret Atwood
It is not the facts which guide the conduct of men, but their opinions about facts; which may be entirely wrong. We can only make them right by discussion. Norman Angell
The most misleading assumptions are the ones you don't even know you're making. Douglas Adams
In a war, as indeed at most times, we become the ready victims of phrases. Robert Menzies
The American government and American politicians claim that Iran seeks to obtain nuclear weapons. They know that they are lying, as do those who hear their speeches and applaud them in various forums. Human rights are not important to them at all. You saw this with Hurricane Katrina in America. Since the people there were black, the aid that the American government could have given to them was not given. That is what the American people said – both blacks and non-blacks.… for most American governments generating crises around the world is a necessity and a tactical need, so as to distract people's attention from domestic issues and problems. That's how it has always been. Now an extremist, warmongering government is in power in America. Their interests require them to create problems in various corners of the world and to inflate other issues. They either create crises, or else they portray minor events to their people as though they are crises. This is their policy. Ali Khamenei
Israel has been deliberately disseminating AIDS in Arab nations. Hezbollah
The deeds of our enemies have brought down the wrath of God. A gleam of hope has appeared. All Mohammedans, young and old, men, women, and children, must fulfill their duty so that the gleam may not fade away, but give light to us forever. How many great things can be accomplished by the arms of vigorous men, by the aid of others, of women and children! . . . The time for action has come. We shall all have to fight with all our strength, with all our soul, with teeth and nails, with all the sinews of our bodies and of our spirits. If we do it, the deliverance of the subjected Mohammedan kingdoms is assured. Then, if God so wills, we shall march unashamed by the side of our friends the Germans who send their greetings to the Crescent. Allah is our aid and the Prophet is our support. Ikdam
There are no poisonous snakes, but the islands are infested with hordes of lizards ranging in size from only an inch to over three feet… It has been necessary to construct the few houses on the island on piers and to take other steps to keep the lizards from overrunning them…is exceptionally clear and blue and abounding in different types of fish. Ocean bathing is considered dangerous as a constant watch must be kept for shark and barracuda U. S. State Department
It’s inherent in [the] government’s right, if necessary, to lie to save itself when it’s going up into a nuclear war. This seems to me basic. Arthur Sylvester
We now control 37 newspapers, 6 radio stations, 314 theatres, 642 movies, 101 magazines, 237 book publishers, 7,384 book dealers and printers, and conduct about 15 public opinion surveys a month, as well as publish one newspaper with 1,500,000 circulation, 3 magazines, run the Associated Press of Germany (DANA), and operate 20 library centers ... Robert Alexis McClure
The shooting war is over, here! ... with one phase over I am now up to my neck on the control phase. We will rigidly control all newspapers, films theatre, radio music, etc., in Germany! My division now publishes 8 newspapers in Germany, with 1,000,000 circulation and sends 2 million plus language papers each day by air for displaced persons and POWs. Biggest newspaper enterprise in the world. Robert Alexis McClure
The dissemination of propaganda designed to undermine the enemy's will to resist, demoralize his forces and sustain the morale of our supporters Robert Alexis McClure
Our propaganda did a lot to break the Wops --- as their emissaries admit --- now we have to turn it on the Germans Robert Alexis McClure
Modern war has become a struggle for men's minds as well as for their bodies Robert Alexis McClure
Many people here are completely unsuitable for shaping public opinion. I am going to weed them out. Joseph Goebbels
A good government can no more exist without propaganda than propaganda can exist without a good government. Joseph Goebbels
We can learn a lot from these Bolsheviks—most of all in the use of propaganda. Joseph Goebbels
I set the propaganda machine in motion. Now we will see what the apparatus will do. Joseph Goebbels
Report makes dangers greater then they be. French Proverb
A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic--negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy United States Army
The House of Commons is full of fat and pompous plutocrats…Public schools are cradles of sickening snobbery. William Joyce
We are not surprised to learn that panic and confusion are hourly gaining ground in Britain. William Joyce
A few very far-sighted Jewish people … stand opposed to intervention [against Germany in WWII]. But the majority still do not. Their greatest danger to this country lies in their ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government. Charles Lindbergh
Workers! Citizens! The downfall of the Fatherland is imminent! Save it! It is not being threatened from without, but from within: By the Spartacist Group. Strike its leader dead! Kill Liebknecht! You will then have peace, work and bread! Signed: Soldiers from the Front Anti-Bolshevik League of Germany
They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them for their blindness. John Milton
The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of it's powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State. Joseph Goebbels
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. George Orwell Blair
The distortion of accuracy and loss of trust among a wider public that looks at biased news coverage, smells a rat, and switches off is only part of the danger. The other, more sinister, side of the equation is that any old despot can ensure favourable coverage of his regime, so long as he presents a properly anti-Western front…. When news judgments are clouded by a warmed-over postmodernism that filters every conflict through a cloudy lens of class and power struggles, and where the US is the worst bad guy of all, totalitarians and terrorists turn the West's hard-won free press into their own ministry of propaganda. Australia
Slander strongly and some will stick. Anonymous
Sometimes it is necessary to make things clearer than the truth. Dean Acheson
I run the Daily Express purely for propaganda and for no other purpose. William Maxwell Aitkin
People must be educated not only with accurate information but also with the aim of shaping new attitudes. Riad Al Khouri
The American Motion Picture Industry will do all within its power to upbuild and strengthen the spirit of Americanism within our people. American Motion Picture Association
A hit and run propagandist on the Kremlin model. William Benton
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Steven Biko
Never believe anything until it has officially been denied. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
What's public is propaganda, what's secret is serious. Charles E. Bohlen
In Washington's political history a good many sow's ears have been turned into silk purses. David Brinkley
In any conflict . . . between the government and the seceding States, it is very important that the traitors shall be the aggressors, and that they be kept constantly and palpably in the wrong. Orville Hickman Browning
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it Buddha
[The John Birch Society] has attracted a lunatic fringe that is now assuming serious proportions. California Senate Subcommittee on Un-American Activities
A lot of mistakes [in government] are made by people with little experience. Jean Chretien
My function is to communicate Soviet truths, not to put them to a test. Dmitri Chuvakhin
Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies. Francis Cornford
Being mayor takes a certain amount of creativity. Clint Eastwood
When you're in the middle of a rumor storm, your two choices are not very good .... And there are some Americans who will believe that where there's smoke there's fire. Susan Estrich
Manipulation is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them. Harold Evans
Alien ideas are just as dangerous to us as the aliens themselves, no matter how plausible. Hiram Wesley Evans
Even intelligent people succumb to their own propaganda. Nicholas Freeling
The schools must constantly emphasize that the infiltration of the German people with alien blood, especially Jewish and Negro, must be prevented. Wilhelm Frick
A pamphlet is usually read but once, but a song is heard over and over again. Joseph Hillstrom; Joe Hill
The secret to modern propaganda is to simplify and repeat. Fritz Hippler
I am a democrat. Adolf Hitler
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are intentionally bad. Adolf Hitler
The primitive simplicity of their [the masses'] minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell big ones. Adolf Hitler
The essential thing is the formation of the public will of the nation. That is the starting point for political action. Adolf Hitler
They [Zionists] have no thought of building up a Jewish state in Palestine, so that they might inhabit it, but they only want a central organization of their own international world … withdrawn from the seizure of others: a refuge for convicted rascals and a high school for future rogues. Adolf Hitler
There’s a lot of power in a little paint. Ardis Hughes
In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Give me the writing of a nation's advertising and propaganda, and I care not who governs its politics. Hugh MacLennan
Unfaithful to their meanings, words perturb our perturb our powers of reason ... the only safe words are our words. Emilio E. Massera
Our capacity for belief is so plastic, we can convince ourselves of anything. Believing is seeing. Errol Morris
Democracy is a babel of competing propagandas. Bill Moyers
The measure of our [the Voice of America] success will be the degree to which we are believed. Edward R. Murrow
General Electric recognizes that as a major economic entity it has the stature and responsibility to form opinions. Philip A. Lacovara
There has been a notion that my job is to press the Administration's policies at every turn and announce true conservative principles through the pages of my briefs. It is not. I'm the Solicitor General, not the Pamphleteer General. Rex E. Lee
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses. Vladimir Lenin
The term “public diplomacy” is often a euphemism for propaganda. Mark Leonard
The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and realistic. John F. Kennedy
I've known the last half dozen budget directors and not one of them ever leveled with me. James J. Kilpatrick
No lie can live forever. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Americans are not in control of anything – they don’t even control themselves! Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
Selective truth Richard Crossman
The listeners can see through our manipulation of the news too clearly. It is all laid on too thickly. Joseph Goebbels
When dictators feel their support slipping among adults, it is not unusual for them to alter school textbooks in hope of enlisting impressionable youths in their cause. Samantha Power
[There should be a] veracious history of all the atrocities and havoc inflicted on our country by its former masters; it must show all the loathsome hatred felt by the beasts of prey who had had their claws cut and their teeth drawn …. It will convince the good-natured and the soft-hearted that a capitalist is no longer a human being, but a creature in which an insane lust for profit has consumed every vestige of humanity. This history must be a record of all the blood shed by the capitalists for the sole purpose of maintaining their accustomed conditions of life, the comfortable, delightful, thoroughly corrupt life of two-legged beasts fattening themselves on other people's strength. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
History would have told them [the people] how half-literate priests taught the working people patience and submission to the "authorities appointed by God"; how peasants were made monks by force and monasteries built with their man-power; how the number of "lay parasites" was swollen and brought into being, in which the peasant worked with a plough and his parasite with a spoon. To increase its power and influence over the ignorant people, the church staged flimsy tricks which it called "miracles," from the boyars it created "saints," men of God--all for the benefit of the authorities. The main task of all churches was one and the same: to impress upon the poor serfs that there was no happiness for them on earth; happiness was prepared for them in heaven, and meanwhile back-breaking toil for some other fellow was pleasing in the sight of God. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
A settlement of relations between the two countries will assist in the revolutionizing of the international and British proletariat not less than a successful rising in any of the working districts of England, as the establishment of close contact between the British and Russian proletariat, the exchange of delegations and workers, etc. will make it possible for us to extend and develop the propaganda of ideas of Leninism in England and the Colonies Gregory Zinoviev
If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it. Edward L. Bernays
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized opinions and habits of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. Edward L. Bernays
After the battle is over, they [whites] retire to feast, and drink wine, as if nothing had happened; after which, they make a statement in writing, of what they have done – each party claiming the victory! And neither giving an account of half the number that have been killed on their own side. Black Hawk
Leaflet operations should be expanded to obtain maximum practicable psychological effect on the North Vietnamese population. McGeorge Bundy
Consider it highly important to mobilize anti-Communist activities of the Catholic Church dignitaries and of Catholic lay organizations. . . . This could be done, for instance, by describing graphically how the local church would be turned into a meeting hall for the "Fighting Godless," how the reader's children would have to spend their time with the "Red Pioneers," how the pictures of Lenin, Stalin and Malenkov would replace the pictures of the Saints in every home, and the like. Central Intelligence Agency
White Paper has effectively exposed certain aspects of PBSUCCESS . . . If possible, fabricate big human interest story, like flying saucers, birth sextuplets in remote area to take play away. Central Intelligence Agency
We, in the United States, are a melting-pot and, by being so, we have demonstrated that peoples can get along together irrespective of race, color or creed. Using the ‘melting-pot’ or some such catch phrase for a theme we might be able to use the Met [Metropolitan Opera Company] as an example of how Europeans can get along together in the United States and that, therefore, some sort of European Federation is entirely practicable. Julius “Junkie” Fleischmann
The station will prepare a list of the 25 most dangerous Communists and pro-Communists and attempt to gather data re these targets which could be used for character assassination..... More pictures of comparisons of living conditions of the top Commies and the peons will be of special value. Oliver G.. Galbond; J. C. King
The word conservative has become so loaded by people who are radical and don’t want to admit that they are radical. Edmund Morgan (historian)
Peoples, hear the signal! Arise, for the last battle The International Fights for the Rights of Man! No higher being can save us, No God, no Kaiser, nor tribune Saving us from misery we ourselves alone must do! Eugene Pottier
The Church warns against the attempts to use the scientific and technological progress for establishing control over the inner world of the personality, for creating any technologies making it possible to infuse and manipulate the human consciousness or sub-consciousness. Russian Orthodox Church
They [the Mormons] have plundered or robbed and burned every house in Gallatin, our county seat, among the rest our Post Office, have driven almost every individual from the county, who are now flying before them with their families, many of whom have been forced out without necessary clothing, their wives and little children wading in many instances through the snow without a shoe. When the miserable families are then forced out, their houses are plundered and then burned. They are making this universal throughout the county. They have burned for me two houses and, sir, think this not exaggeration, for all is not told. And for the truth of all and every statement here made, I pledge the honor of an officer & gentleman. William. P. Penniston
Nahimana was fully aware of the power of words, and....used the radio, the medium of communication with the widest public reach, to disseminate hatred and violence Navi Pillay
There is a strong propaganda value to history as taught in American Schools Carl Benn
The administration shaded the truth … I was part of the propaganda campaign. Scott McClellan
Message discipline sometimes hurt forthrightness. Scott McClellan
In most of the countries where the people don’t like their government, we are now allowed to ask whether people like their government. Dalia Mogahed
I wouldn’t mind having the proceedings of the court sent out on television covering it gavel to gavel. But by the time most of the media do their editing and broadcasting, I’m afraid that the public will see an atypical sampling of the court. It will misinform the public rather than inform. Antonin Scalia
The Republicans are much better at negative ads than we are. But we have the 24 hour rule. If they hit you, you get your response on the media within 24 hours. Charles E. Schumer
The trouble with half-truths is you never know which half you've got. Mike Gallay
The poisoning of the civil discourse always accompanies totalitarian movements. Chris Hedges
Truth is always your first sacrifice to the welfare of the state Matthew Stover
Certainly today we are incredibly tolerant of untruth. Michael Crichton
Today's terrorists can strike at any place, at any time, and with virtually any weapon Department of Homeland Security
Al Qaeda maintains the ability and the intent to inflict significant casualties in the U.S. with little warning …. The greatest threat is from al Qaeda cells in the U.S. that we have not yet identified. Robert Mueller
No one has ever succeeded in keeping nations at war except by lies. Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo
The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilize savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells John T. Flynn
The Government will regard as its first and foremost duty to revive the spirit of unity and cooperation in the nation and to preserve and defend its basic principles of Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life. Adolf Hitler
If the people are not convinced that the Free World is in mortal danger it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshaled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job --- yours and mine --- to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might. Charles E. Wilson
How you can win the population for war: At first, the statesman will invent cheap lying, that impute the guilt of the attacked nation, and each person will be happy over this deceit, that calm the conscience. It will study it detailed and refuse to test arguments of the other opinion. So he will convince step for step even therefrom that the war is just and thank God, that he, after this process of grotesque even deceit, can sleep better Mark Twain
I had the best seat in the house to watch that event, and our destroyers were just shooting at phantom targets -- there were no PT boats there. There was nothing there but black water and American fire power James Stockdale
The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology Michael Parenti
In the struggle for power, propaganda is an instrument to be used by those who want to secure or retain power just as much as it is by those wanting to displace them. Philip M. Taylor
The planned use of information targeted at specific audiences using any media available to achieve desired outcomes that primarily benefit the source Philip M. Taylor
It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale. The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. Jacques Ellul
Propaganda can play only on individuals more or less intensely involved in social currents. The isolated mountaineer or forester, having only occasional contact with society at the village market, is hardly sensitive to propaganda. Jacques Ellul
Propaganda as a mere tool is no more moral or immoral than a pump handle....the only effective weapon against propaganda on behalf of one policy seems to be propaganda on behalf of an alternative. Harold D. Lasswell
Propaganda today relies for the most part on repetition of catchwords that leaders wish listeners to accept on their face value without critical scrutiny, suppression of information that debates those catchwords, and rationalization of their cause to foment passions in the interest of the state or party. Nancy Snow
In true Hollywood fashion the US expounds its interests and power in the world as the triumph of good over evil. The media dismisses any ambiguity in a truly complex world. Instead America's propagandists hand down the Manichean dichotomy - "us and them," "good and bad," "those who are for us and those who are against us. Nancy Snow
Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth. Mark Crispin Miller
The control of the past depends above all on the training of memory George Orwell Blair
She can talk beautifully about democracy. But she does not know how to live democracy Eleanor Roosevelt
Our power will be directed toward ultimate good as well as against immediate evil. We Americans are not destroyers; we are builders. Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you tell people something often enough, they will believe it. Ray LaHood
Shall This Continue? Join the Navy. Navy League of Pittsburgh
Value preferences of people change. Alan Greenspan
We tend to believe our own propaganda a little too completely. Walter A. McDougall
There are an awful lot of people making lots of money promoting fear. Their hot microphones have flamethrowers. Robert Durden “Bob” Inglis Sr.
France has accepted large numbers of blacks into its army. It has given them the same political rights as the whites. Thus it can happen that black officers command whites. Blacks and Moroccans fought against Germany in the World War. After the war, blacks raped German women and girls in the Rhineland. Germans — never forget that! Germany
Believe me, Winston, that hat fits you perfectly. You are going gradually have to get used to me leading you. Simplicissimus
Jew Deal Fritz Julius Kuhn
We have a free society, and the totalitarian states are dungeons. We have totally different methods of population control…. We can’t control people so we have to control what they think. Noam Chomsky
A democracy doesn’t use force to control its citizens; it uses propaganda instead. Noam Chomsky
We like our villains to be evil from head to toe. Joseph E. Persico
Hypocrisy is not the failure to practice what you preach but the failure to believe it. Hypocrisy is propaganda. Peter Kreeft
They were taught to expect savage treatment from the Americans. I must bring them to me. George Rogers Clark
In 1963, we were told that we were winning the war. In 1964, we were told we were winning the war. In 1964, we were told the corner was being turned. In 1965, we were told the enemy was being brought to its knees. In 1966, 1967, and now again in 1968, we hear the same hollow claims of programs and victory. For the fact is that the enemy is bolder than ever the war is getting wider every month. Only a few months ago we were told that 65 percent of the population was secure. Now we know that even the American Embassy is not secure Eugene McCarthy
I urge all British young men and women to study closely the progress of the Nazi regime in Germany. They must not be misled by the misrepresentations of its opponents. The most spiteful distracters of the Nazis are to be found in precisely the same sections of the British public and press as are most vehement in their praises of the Soviet regime in Russia. They have started a clamorous campaign of denunciation against what they call "Nazi atrocities" which, as anyone who visits Germany quickly discovers for himself, consists merely of a few isolated acts of violence such as are inevitable among a nation half as big again as ours, but which have been generalized, multiplied and exaggerated to give the impression that Nazi rule is a bloodthirsty tyranny. Esmond Cecil Harmsworth; Lord Rothermere
I should like to express the appreciation of countless Germans, who regard me as their spokesman, for the wise and beneficial public support which you have given to a policy that we all hope will contribute to the enduring pacification of Europe. Just as we are fanatically determined to defend ourselves against attack, so do we reject the idea of taking the initiative in bringing about a war. I am convinced that no one who fought in the front trenches during the world war, no matter in what European country, desires another conflict. Adolf Hitler
You should always try to deceive your enemy. Sun Tzu
I think the inherent right of the Government to lie to save itself when facing a nuclear disaster is basic Arthur Sylvester
We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false William J. Casey
it is our common duty from now on to stop Chinese penetration of the international Communist movement and in relation to Western powers to show China as the main present and future troublemaker. Ivan Ivanovich Agayants
After my defeat I no longer existed for Hitler. My name simply disappeared from the newspapers. Max Schmeling
Mission Accomplished George W. Bush
Osama bin Laden is a better propagandist than Karen Hughes …. It is not enough to win a war on the ground any more. You have to win the battle of perceptions. Max Boot
Every man here is a soldier. The troops are well clothed, well paid and well commanded. They have about fifty thousand men under pay, and a still greater number of volunteers who wish no pay. Julien Alexander Achard de Bonvouloir
I don't want to defend rumors. It's certainly nothing new. The only development in recent years is the [lower] threshold at which news organizations will print rumors. John Buckley
What I would like to emanate from the darkness of this tragedy is one spark of life. I mean, the realization that crime does not begin when you murder people. Crime begins with propaganda, even if such propaganda is for a good cause. The moment propaganda turns against another nation or against any human being, evil starts. Hans George Fritzsche
Propaganda does not aim to elevate man, but to make him serve. Jacques Ellul
Propaganda tries to surround man by all possible routes in the realm of feelings as well as ideas, by playing on his will or on his needs, through his conscious and his unconscious, assailing him in both his private and his public life. It furnishes him with a complete system for explaining the world, and provides immediate incentives to action. Jacques Ellul
It is society which, fashioning us in its image, fills us with religious, political, and moral beliefs that control our actions. Emile Durkheim
Freedom this year is freedom for ever! Japan
Press coverage should not mention that there are two non-Aryans among the women: Helene Mayer (fencing) and Gretel Bergmann (high jump and all-around track and field competition). Joseph Goebbels
“[T]he manufactured image of the domestic Communist, cultivated and propagated by [J. Edgar] Hoover, the Catholic Church, the American Legion, and political opportunists, made of Communists something less than full humans, full citizens, fully rights-endowed … William M. Wiecek
I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real goodwill and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have. Queen Victoria
This blacklisting is going to collapse because it is rotten, immoral and illegal. I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio. Dalton Trumbo
I was instructed let’s put out press releases touting advances and let’s minimize problems because we want the Department of Home Security to be a good news story…. But you have to tell the truth when you are in a job like this. Clark Kent Ervin
I knew that many things were wrong... I witnessed a great many injustices... But it was my revolutionary duty at the time not to criticize and not to help alien propaganda [against the Soviet Union], for at that time it was the only country where a revolution had been carried out and where Socialism had been built. I considered that propaganda should not be made against that country; that my duty was to make propaganda in my own country for Socialism. Josip Broz Tito
Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of our own propaganda. I. F. Stone
There has never been an atrocity or a genocide without propaganda behind it. Clay Johnson
The Truth About Islam, Intolerance Slaughter Looting Arson Molestation of Women British National Party
The American is exactly five times better in combat than the Japanese. Clare Boothe Luce
Islamic fundamentalism is going to make a hell of a lot of trouble for the peace of mankind …. The so-called mullahs and Muslim scholars in the mosques want to keep the people ignorant because that is where they get their power. They are ruining the modern generation of Muslims who were born and bred here, telling them they have no loyalty to this country. Unless you do something about Muslim fundamentalism, there is going to be a huge fifth column in our midst. Anwar Shaikh
Greed, Militarism, War - this is fascism! Unite to destroy it! National Confederation of Workers
All the people of the world are in the International Brigades at the side of the Spanish people. Spain Parrilla
Farmer! Yesterday you could only work the land. Today, under the republic you can become an agricultural engineer! Pedrazo Blanco
Propaganda is not French, it is not civilized to want other people to believe what you believe because the essence of being civilized is to possess yourself as you are, and if you possess yourself as you are, you of course cannot possess any one else, it is not your business. Gertrude Stein
If men's minds were as easily controlled as their tongues, every king would sit safely on his throne Baruch Spinoza
With all the nonsense put out by Communist propaganda…in their name—calling assault on the West the last thing we needed was for the CIA to be seized upon as something akin to a subverting influence in the affairs of other people… Harry S Truman
We have been hearing a good deal during recent months regarding the virtues and the defects of 'rugged individualism,' so called, and 'private initiative,' so called. The champions of both are apparently unaware of the fact that in a country which has written constitutions, courts, and majority rule neither 'rugged individualism' nor 'private initiative' flourishes uncontrolled to greater or lesser extent by public interest. Abraham Flexner
[Napoleon Bonaparte] Bonaparte instituted the setting of merit above birth, and also so completely stripped the divinity from royalty that, whereas crowned heads in Europe were gods before, they are only men since, and can never be gods again, but only figure-heads, and answerable for their acts like common clay. Such benefactions as these compensate the temporary harm which Bonaparte and the Revolution did, and leave the world in debt to them for these great and permanent services to liberty, humanity, and progress. Mark Twain
I've always had a kind of knee-jerk trust in my Government's basic integrity, whatever political blunders it may make. But I've come to realize that in Washington, deceiving and manipulating the public are viewed by some as the natural prerogatives of office. Jim Garrison
Victory will be achieved when . . . citizens ‘understand’ uncertainties in climate science . . . [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’ Petroleum Institute
It is quite true that he has done much good by preaching temperance, but by the aid of superstition, which can hardly be patronized by the Crown. Queen Victoria
The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. Bertrand Russell
… the supporters of Bolshevism have been hammering it into the masses that dictatorship is a vital necessity for the defense of the so-called proletarian interests against the assaults of counter-revolution and for paving the way for Socialism. They have not advanced the cause of Socialism by this propaganda, but have merely smoothed the way for Fascism … Rudolph Rocker
To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free...to a time when truth exists, and what is done cannot be undone...from the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of big brother, from the age of doublethink--greetings! Eric Blair; George
To fill the minds of the public with hatreds, jealousies, and suspicions is to poison the fountains of public security. Robert Hall (minister)
It must be recognized that businessmen have not been trained or equipped to conduct guerilla warfare with those who propagandize against the system. Lewis F. Powell Jr.
We absolutely have to do more in government. But we have to bring the people along. Yet we are facing a well-armed neoliberal propaganda lobby that is promoting the notion that the market, however big the corporate players, should get bigger and government has to get smaller and smaller. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. Hermann Goering
The Yankees in their papers claim every victory that we claim in ours. It is very tantalizing, puzzling. Mary Boykin Chesnut
Awful newspapers today. Fort Donelson a drawn battle. You know that means in our mouths that we have lost it. Mary Boykin Chesnut
Beholden to nobody Wilson had risen to his position through brainpower, wedding the complexity of his intellect with the simplicity of his faith, placing principles before politics, he followed his conscience, never first checking public opinion A. Scott Berg
Socialists have infiltrated our schools, our law courts, our government, our MEDIA OF COMMUNICATIONS. ... the Socialist movement is made up of a relatively small number of people who have developed the TECHNIQUE OF INFLUENCING large masses of people to a VERY HIGH DEGREE Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt
A mimeograph machine may turn out to be more useful than a machine gun and clerks are more in demand than riflemen. David Galula
The Secretary General has endorsed a propaganda exercise for international finance institutions whose policies are widely held to be at the root of many of the most grave social problems facing the poor all over the world. Konrad Raiser
Love of totalitarian propaganda is more evil than hatred. Ai Weiwei
All governments lie, including our own—under Democrats and Republicans. Bill Moyers
The CIA would come in and paint the most scary picture possible …. We were going to be second rate; the Soviets were going to be number one. They had charts on the wall, they had figures, and their conclusion was that in 10 years, the United States would be behind the Soviet Union in military capability, in economic growth. It was a scary presentation. The facts were 180 degrees wrong. These were the best people we had, the CIA’s so-called experts. Gerald R. Ford
I’m positive that the President is innocent of any involvement in Watergate Gerald R. Ford
There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them Vaclav Havel
The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them. J. William Fulbright
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear--kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it Douglas MacArthur
Comrade Nicolae Ceauşescu, all children Are bringing you burning love from their souls, Because you, leading the Party and the people, Are teaching us to move When we say Ceauşescu, we all know That we say liberty, truth and steadfastness. That's why we love you with ardor, With all that is heart in us and in Romania. Anonymous
… propaganda on its own cannot force its way into unwilling minds; neither can it inculcate something wholly new; nor can it keep people persuaded once they have ceased to believe. It penetrates only into minds already open, and rather than instill opinion it articulates and justifies opinions already present in the minds of its recipients. The gifted propagandist brings to a boil ideas and passions already simmering in the minds of his hearers. he echoes their innermost feelings. Eric Hoffer
When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. Abraham Lincoln
It is not right to speak of the Socialist countries (and even the Soviet Union) as if everything always went well in them … In actual fact, in all the Socialist countries, difficulties, contradictions and new problems, which must be presented to their effective reality, are arising all the time. Palmiro Togliatti
The American Motion Picture industry should do all that is within its power to upbuild and strengthen the spirit of Americanism within our people. Franklin K. Lane
Democracy does not seem to render the world more peaceful. The masses are emotional by nature, skilled propaganda will always succeed in arousing their feelings. Hugo Lerchenfeld
… anti-nationalist British propaganda Eamon de Valera
… in this day and age, brands are more powerful than truth and, inexplicably, blindly, Israel is letting itself be branded an apartheid state — and even encouraging it. Hirsh Goodman
Don’t believe them. Stay in your homes. They only want you to move out so that they can move in. Hamas
When I came back from Vietnam in 1965, I just had the greatest brainwashing anybody could get… George W. Romney
The possession of wealth does not confer upon the wealthy the right to take advantage of the less fortunate. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek; Soong Mei-ling
President Roosevelt’s expectation that Chiang Kai-shek would fight the Japanese is an alluring fiction from the world of make-believe. Chiang intends to hoard the American military aid largely with the idea of post-war military action. They are static assets to be conserved for assistance in fighting against … fellow countrymen for economic and political supremacy. John Magruder
Propaganda is bad when it comes from the enemy. It is good when it comes from us. Mark Stout
The mood [of the German people] is brilliant. The Government has succeeded very well in making us appear as the attacked. Georg Alexander von Muller
The French system of [publicly] announcing only French successes and captures of men and guns is foolish, for they have no doubt lost many men and some guns and when the truth comes out there will be a great outcry here. Francis Bertie
It seems to be universally the case that, if one’s enemy does not commit atrocities, one has to invent them for him in order to hate him as he requires to be hated. New Statesman
From what mad optimism we descended. The Newspapers had done their job so well that everyone began to imagine that our army had only to show itself to put the entire German army to rout. Andre Gide
It is a stalemate in our favor. John Denton Pinkstone French
The Fuehrer is not just a lunatic. The weapons in his armory are like nothing in history. His propaganda is sophisticated. His control of the people is technologically clever. He has torn up the military textbook, and written his own. William Stephenson
If one Confederate soldier can kill 90 Yankees, how many Yankees can 10 Confederate soldiers kill? L. Johnson
We are all missionaries (propagandists of our views). Each of us disapproves of the other missionaries. Mark Twain
Indians are never to be allowed to handle European firearms andthey should witness the firing of muskets by only the best shots, for if they see any English miss what they aim at, they will think the weapon not so terrible, and thereby will be bould to assault you. Virginia Company