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U.S. Diplomat Peter Van Buren Speaks About American Public Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
John Brown

"Any communications strategy plays second to reality. So as long as deaths from misplaced drone attacks, atrocities by soldiers and videos of Abu Ghraib exist, you are not going to fool anyone regardless of how many tweets you send out."

Citizen's Watch

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.19.2012 | Media
Christopher Holshek

For all practical purposes, it's game on between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Get ready for an unprecedented deluge of TV ads and other media storms. So are we helpless in the face of this onslaught? Not necessarily.

Propaganda War: Not Caring Is Not an Option

Dan Agin | Posted 06.10.2012 | Media
Dan Agin

The term "propaganda" is defined as information spread for the purpose of promoting some cause. The two main forms of political propaganda in America...

My Daughter Thinks President Obama Is a Proud Muslim

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Hegland

I'm horrified by this. Not because I'm in any way anti-Muslim, but because I am in all ways anti-ignorance. I know, I know, it's happening everywhere, but I never thought it would happen in my family.

Swedish Christian Art Exhibition Depicting Jews As Rats Should Be Canceled

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

We call on all Swedes, whatever their political views, to denounce this hate masquerading as art and join in demanding an investigation as to whether government grants directly or indirectly are being used for this presentation.

The Backstory Of The 'Keep Calm And Carry On' Poster

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home

There's no escaping 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster. From coffee mugs to bandaids and now memes, the British slogan is simply everywhere. Perf...

Indoctrinate Your Children Well

Larry Doyle | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Larry Doyle

Once upon a time, the lessons propagated by Dr. Seuss, then called conservation, anti-totalitarianism, equality, spirituality and trying new foods, were universal virtues we all wanted to teach our children. But now the right has exposed them as socialist scams.

ReThink Review: Act of Valor -- That's Militainment!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young American boys (including myself) have been running around with toy/imaginary weapons pretending to be soldiers for millenia, and have been watching TV shows and movies about the military for decades.

Are We Better Off Without The TSA?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.28.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Where would we be without the TSA?

The Reporting Behind Two Centuries of Dickens' Impact

David Tereshchuk | Posted 04.10.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

If we consider Dickens' career as a whole we can see that this secret lay to a large degree in his work as a factually observant and emotionally alert journalist.

Child Preachers! Snake Handling! Patriotism! Vaudeville!

Posted 01.14.2012 | Arts

With snake handling, child preachers and wartime propaganda, America Loves You is sure to be a delightfully curious program. Russell Scholl's selectio...

The Top Ten "Reefer Madness" Stories of 2011

Russ Belville | Posted 02.29.2012 | Weird News
Russ Belville

Reefer Madness is the 1936 anti-pot propaganda film showing young people becoming crazed and violent on the effects of "reefer." Today, we use it as shorthand to describe the hysterical warnings by the anti-drug zealots as reported by a complacent media.

The Big Lie Marches On

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The war is over, sort of, but the Big Lie marches on: that democracy is flowering in Iraq, that America is stronger and more secure than ever, that doing what's right is the prime motivator of all our military action.

Congressman: Hitler Associate Would Be 'Very Proud' Of Dems

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday invoked a prominent figure from Nazi Germany while answering a question about America's dissatisfaction with Cong...

Howard Fineman

It's Still Newt Against The Fascists | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his early days in the nation's capital, before he toppled the 40-year Democratic hegemony in the House and became speaker, Newt Gingr...

Celebrating Spiritual Death On Black Friday

Coleen Rowley | Posted 01.25.2012 | Home
Coleen Rowley

Martin Luther King Jr. warned that a country in continuous war approaches spiritual death. I wonder if he realized that this extinction would play out in the nation's shopping malls.

Metaphors Made Real: On the Power of National Symbols

Jake Townsend | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Jake Townsend

If ever there was a question regarding the power and importance of national symbols, the recent acceptance of Palestine into UNESCO may put them to rest.

U.S. Military Program Teaches Foreign Military Students That Liberals Subverted America's Judeo-Christian Heritage

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The military is well aware of the influence it can exert on the foreign students in its IMSO program, and that it is what these students are taught that will be taken back with them to their home countries as a "true" picture of America.

Fox News Makes Quote Up About Iran (UPDATE)

James Miller | Posted 12.06.2011 | Media
James Miller

UPDATE: The title of this article is being recanted by me, the author, as it is misleading. I made a mistake, and apologize to the readers for that mi...

On the Origin of a Species

Dave Helfert | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Did a body that exerts gravitational pull many times its size in today's national dialog simply appear -- fully formed and royally pissed off? Did mi...

The Death of Citizenship

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Combine the decline of critical capacity with the explosion of information in the digital age and you have the seeds of a society where truth is whatever one chooses to believe.

Western Media in Libya: Journalists or the Propaganda Arm of the Insurgency?

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

Every armed conflict is accompanied by a propaganda war, and I don't blame the rebels for reporting gossip or lies or wishful thinking if it serves their aims. That's war. But I expect our supposedly free and informed journalists to be skeptical.

Iran, British Riots and the Hapless Media

Dovid Efune | Posted 10.11.2011 | Media
Dovid Efune

The headline 'Iran Calls on Britain to Avoid Violence against Protesters,' is as outrageous as the fact that it was carried in all seriousness by mainstream outlets.

Journalism 101 -- How To Avoid Being A Propaganda Tool

Leslie Griffith | Posted 08.20.2011 | Media
Leslie Griffith

It's been a long, slow slide for CNN. The once-proud cable news pioneer has consistently crawled under the media's lowering bar, but this week, it blazed a new trail to the bottom.

When Propaganda Gets Personal: Part 1 of 2

Frederick Thomas | Posted 08.01.2011 | Media
Frederick Thomas

2011-06-01-201106011950s_family_and_TV.gif This photo surprised me when it found its way to the internet.