But they seem to be able to fool enough people. Ever been had??
The Tories already own the newspapers
They are tightening their grip over the BBC and banishing dissent
They are legislating against protest
They are altering the electoral boundaries
They are loading the House of Lords.
When one party controls the media and uses it to push out state propaganda we are definitely in danger of a on-party state.
Would you feel alright about a foreign power, such as Russia or China, pouring out propaganda to deliberately affect an election?
Would you be happy with a political party deliberately putting out misinformation or lies that were masquerading as truth?
Would you be happy with conspiracy theories being put out on the media and social platforms and being represented as truth?
Would you be happy with terrorist groups (white supremacists, jihadists, neo-nazis, anarchists etc.) pumping out false information and propaganda via the internet?
That is what is currently happening.
There are TV channels that are deliberately putting out misinformation and extremely biased information disguised as news.
Social media has been targeted by political parties as a means of putting out conspiracy and fake news.
Trump has been the master of fake news and conspiracy theories. He has deliberately undermined science, experts and the media while promoting and encouraging conspiracy theories.
Not only do a high percentage of his followers believe the election was stolen, they also believe that the corona virus was a hoax, QAnon is a good source of truthful information, the Deep State is controlling everything and alien lizards are running the planet. They believe democrats hold satanic rituals and drink babies blood. They believe PC is simply wrong and many of them believe the earth is not only flat but was only created 3000 years ago.
All this is defended in the name of free speech.
That opens a lot of questions.
I believe anybody should be able to discuss anything from the holocaust to Jesus, from Hitler to Pol Pot, without censure. They should be free to express their views and be challenged.
But I do not believe that anybody has the right to pump out deliberately false conspiracy as fact and that sites or news channels that deliberately try to lie and spread fake news should be shut down.
It’s a view. What do you think??
I was browsing on my computer today
When I suffered an attack of the truth decay!
A man was telling me that the earth was flat;
That it was vegetables that were making me fat.
He told me that Trump was fighting the lizards,
It’s not global warming causing heatwaves and blizzards,
That the planet was just six thousand years old
A word from Trump’s mouth was worth more than gold.
That Clinton and Biden were in a paedophile ring.
They were socialist scum and it was Trump who was king.
It seems the Deep State was controlling me.
Only Trump could set everyone free!
We never landed on the moon, that was a lie!
And it was the CIA blew the twin towers up to the sky.
That Obama was never a true American.
He faked the certificate and was African.
The Nazi holocaust never took place!
Jewish propaganda – a complete disgrace!
It was the alien lizards who were running the land.
All Muslims were terrorists and should be forever banned.
The rapists and murderers were after us all.
The only recourse was to build a great wall.
The media spreads lies – it was so unreliable.
The only truth was to be found in the bible.
Looking real smug he implored the whole nation
To continue the good work and send a donation.
With a last wave he drove away in his limousine.
Promising to send us back to the Pliocene.
Well I was shocked, shaken to the core.
I didn’t know what to believe anymore.
I’d been quite clear when I started on my way.
Now I was confused by the truth decay!
Opher – 19.11.2020
I think the media and politicians have brought it on themselves. With partisan spin and outright lies they have contrived to fool the public.
Nobody trusts them anymore.
Then the unscrupulous manipulators use the internet and social media to implant ever more fanciful untruths.
Socialism equal tyranny.
Lizards from space.
Everything is a pack of lies. We never landed on the moon. The holocaust never happened.
The Deep State is controlling us.
We’re under threat from Muslim invasion.
Europe is lost to Muslims.
Millions of immigrants are invading.
They are all drug dealers, murderers and rapists.
Politicians like billionaire Trump feed the lies, exploit the division and purports to be the saviour of the working man – while scamming tax and squirrelling away a fortune.
The media bought it on themselves. They lie and their lies have undermined the fabric of society.
Trump is playing an extremely dangerous game – petulantly claiming rigged voting all over the country with no evidence what-so-ever.
The Georgia recount is due any time soon and Trump is still losing so he is tweeting that it is a joke and that it is rigged.
He is inciting his base, telling them that the Democrats have been cheating, but is totally unable to back up his claims.
It’s all lies.
The fact that it is all fictitious is irrelevant to his fanatical base. They are so stupid they believe him. They hang on every bit of propaganda pumped out of the extreme right-wing propaganda machine. They have no faith in democracy.
So what happens when a large minority no longer believe in democracy? That is really scary. That leads to social unrest on a huge scale, to violence and the break down of law and order.
So let’s be quite clear – Trump has consistently been the most unpopular President in the history of the USA. Despite having a fanatical base he has a popularity record worst than any other. So it is no surprise that he lost the election. The real surprise is that he only lost by 6 million votes!!
But lose he did – fair and square and nothing is going to change that. Biden won by a considerable amount. Currently Biden 306 votes Trump 232. That is comprehensive!!
Trumps silly legal challenges are being thrown out left, right and centre. They are costing a lot and changing nothing. They are not changing it because it was all fair!!
President Trump said he “terminated” Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) chief Chris Krebs for his “highly inaccurate” remarks on vote integrity. The guy reported that the election was the fairest in history.
What a fool he is being! All he is doing is undermining democracy, stirring up division, inciting hatred and getting nowhere!
Why am I not surprised?? That has been his tactics all along!
What is he hoping for? A coup? An armed insurrection? To reverse the votes?
I don’t know. He is behaving appallingly. He needs to concede and get out of there. The man is a loose cannon! He’s mentally deranged!!
This could all end in bloodshed!!
I’ve always been naïve.
It’s my greatest attribute.
Innocent and idealistic –
According to repute.
But I possess inbuilt cynicism
That I bring to bear.
It constrains my natural idealism
And makes me more aware.
Opher – 7.11.2020
My anger at what is happening around me, the wanton destruction, the control and manipulation, the propaganda and lies, the pillaging of nature, is underpinned by the vestiges of optimism.
Surely people care enough about nature to want to protect it?
Surely people aren’t stupid enough to allow conmen and media lies to dictate their views?
My hope lies in education – good education that enables individuals to discern and think.
What is it that Russia wants?
To divide and conquer
That is the simple plan.
Pumping out the cyber.
Doing all they can.
They want the USA divided
And Europe split apart.
Who haven’t any heart.
They don’t need
To go to war.
Into the homes of the poor.
In some modern-day
A wedge between allies
Suspicion into minds.
Deep State is after you,
Break the ties that bind.
To divide and conquer
That is the simple plan.
Pumping out the cyber.
Doing all they can.
It shouldn’t need saying
Because it’s plain to see
We’re living in a sham
The press is run
By the Tory Grandees
And they’ve loaded
The board of the BBC.
Forget your thoughts
The news is just
The only thing we receive
Is Tory policy.
It’s created a land of
Opher – 28.5.2020
Still fuming over the blatant control of the media by the Tories. It’s a propaganda machine that works so well for them. Any opposition is met with a flood of lies.
It’s becoming a one-party state.
My father came from a working class family in London. He was a cockney. His Mum (my grandmother) was Irish and my Granddad was a cockney meat porter in Smithfield market. My Grandmother was very austere and my Granddad like a knees up. Somehow they got along.
My Dad was highly intelligent and hard working. He taught himself after having to leave school at fourteen in order to earn money for the family. He had a place at Grammar School but his parents said they could not afford the uniform so he had to leave.
He taught himself to type and worked for Reuters news agency. Then he moved into Fleet street and worked for the Newspapers. He worked his way up to be manager of a big office of telephone reporters for the Evening Standard. He was brilliant at it. But management did not recognise his talents or reward him because he was not one of them.
He told me not to believe anything in the newspapers – particularly the gutter press. He said they were owned by the rich, they distorted, lied and fabricated stories to suit their owners.
My Dad did not play the game. He did not come from a Public School, did not have the right accent, was not in the Rotary Club or Masons. They treated him like scum. When he died they replaced him with someone doing exactly the same job on three times the salary.
The Express, Mail, Telegraph and Sun are pure tripe in my eyes. They are blatant propagandists and deliberately indoctrinate and incite. I don’t believe anything that’s in them.