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News propaganda is a vital tool in persuading a nation to move in a desired direction, such as mobilizing war, building the Keystone Pipeline, increasing security on our borders and many other instances. I remember a college course that I took long ago and the Professor submitted information as to the effects of media propaganda. As you may reflect on history, try reading past the headlines and make inquiry to why the news is written as it is. Newspapers, magazines and news reporting on TV/Radio are pushed financially and politically to report a flavor or brand for citizens to feed on. People continue to feed on the news until a frenzy occurs and they become putty in the "real" instigators of pushing media news down our throats. Yes, all nations have groups of agents who are instructed to "MOVE the People" with agendas placed on altering the news. It's like advertising a commercial product or receiving that subliminal message in the stores, "BUY ME, YOU'LL LIKE IT".
I often like to look at historical commentary when attempting to explain why we are so involved with the Middle East. Oil, terrorism and retaliation are just too easy to accept. There is a culture breed going on and fed by news propaganda. Nobody much anymore talks about the Beirut Barracks Bombing where 299 soldiers (U.S. & French) died from two explosive laden trucks destroyed the barracks. We were just beginning to increase awareness of the dangers of the Middle East, but I often question, "Why did President Reagan and President Mitterrand, retaliate with a lame response of shore bombardment and airstrikes?". We all could have done more, but could there have been some future planning of increased involvement in the Middle East for the purpose of more troops, capital investments (Haliburton) and using political grandstanding to give edge in a political movement, such as Republicans battling for position. Money and politics are far more powerful than you think and they know the value of media news doping with propaganda.