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Propaganda: America's Fastest Growth Industry Under Bush

Excellent article on the rapidly growing use of propaganda by both the gubmint and big business at

Enron: Patron Saint of Bush's Fake News

I suppose this shouldn't surprise anyone. Since we no longer actually produce anything people will try to create the illusion that it ain't really so.


The enduring legacy of Enron can be summed up in one word: propaganda. Here was a corporate house of cards whose business few could explain and whose source of profits was an utter mystery - and yet it thrived, unquestioned, for years. How? As the narrator says in "The Smartest Guys in the Room," Enron "was fixated on its public relations campaigns." It churned out slick PR videos as if it were a Hollywood studio. It browbeat the press (until a young Fortune reporter, Bethany McLean, asked one question too many). In a typical ruse in 1998, a gaggle of employees was rushed onto an empty trading floor at the company's Houston headquarters to put on a fictional show of busy trading for visiting Wall Street analysts being escorted by Mr. Lay. "We brought some of our personal stuff, like pictures, to make it look like the area was lived in," a laid-off Enron employee told The Wall Street Journal in 2002. "We had to make believe we were on the phone buying and selling" even though "some of the computers didn't even work."


If this Potemkin village sounds familiar, take a look at the ongoing 60-stop "presidential roadshow" in which Mr. Bush has "conversations on Social Security" with "ordinary citizens" for the consumption of local and national newscasts. As in the president's "town meeting" campaign appearances last year, the audiences are stacked with prescreened fans; any dissenters who somehow get in are quickly hustled away by security goons. But as The Washington Post reported last weekend, the preparations are even more elaborate than the finished product suggests; the seeming reality of the event is tweaked as elaborately as that of a television reality show. Not only are the panelists for these conversations recruited from administration supporters, but they are rehearsed the night before, with a White House official playing Mr. Bush. One participant told The Post, "We ran through it five times before the president got there." Finalists who vary just slightly from the administration's pitch are banished from the cast at the last minute, "American Idol"-style.
Permalink Great Expectorations 
March 19th, 2005
A jury just told Ebbers that "aw shucks" is not a defense.


Neither does "Bush is a clown" make a political campaign; whether running against him for president nor the SSI debate.

If Bush and Lay were siamese twins it would not support the editorial argument against private savings accounts.

No, a politician will acutally have to mount an proposal of their own and defend it on their own terms to win this.

So far? Nuthin. They don't know much about nuthin'
The Republicans are gonna steal their 'lection again.
Permalink hoser 
March 19th, 2005
"Bush is a clown" was Kerry's entire platform, and the election was a coin toss. ;)
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
March 19th, 2005
Interesting perspective there, Tayssir. I agree the election was a coin toss. Kerry tried more than "Bush is a clown" -- but the end result was the same.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 19th, 2005
I thought the whole Enron thing went down during the Clinton administration.
Permalink Rich Rogers 
March 20th, 2005
Health care more important than a car? Really?

A car gets you to work. And, with that job often comes health care. So with a car you get a means of transportation to/from your work place, the grocery, the day care, all kinds of stuff. Just try taking your grocery bags and 3 kids on the bus some time and tell me a car is not more important than health care.

I swear, some of you people live in fantasy land.
Permalink hoser 
March 20th, 2005
Yes, Enron, Lay Ebbers, they all did their thing prior to Bush. Aw shucks, who's payin attention to specifics anyway.
Permalink hoser 
March 20th, 2005
If you live in a society where owning a car is more important than health care then yes its no surprise that having a car is necessary before health care.

But that does not make it a civilised society.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 20th, 2005
I've known several families who have kids, groceries, a place to live, jobs, and National Healthcare ... and no car ... who could afford a car if they wanted one, but don't ... but not in the States, though.

By the way, in the unlikely event that anyone wants to try this at home, for groceries I personally recommend owning and using a contraption that looks like http://www.furniture2yourdoor.com/prodimages/shoppinglaundrycart.jpg -- it's easier on the back than actually carrying weekly groceries, and a lot lighter than a car.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
March 20th, 2005
Hoser is right about the primacy of the car. You are what you drive. I'd rather being dying of cancer but have a sweet ride than be healthy but carless.
Permalink Great Expectorations 
March 20th, 2005
----"I swear, some of you people live in fantasy land."-----

could be they live somewhere with good public transport and shops within walking distance.

Incidentally hasn't this discussion of cars versus health care migrated from the correct thread?
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 20th, 2005
> shops within walking distance

Cars do more than allow low-density housing: because they take space, to drive and to park, they almost require low-density housing?
Permalink Christopher Wells 
March 20th, 2005
I think Christopher's onto something here with his pictured "shopping jeep". Healthy looking little old ladies with these gadgets infest the shops while the fat boomers stagger back to their vehicles.

Now petrol is $1.10 a litre and rising, I'm going to get one of those gizmos, walk, lose the spare tyre and live forever.
Permalink trollop 
March 20th, 2005
I live in the Washington DC Metro area and lived for 2.5 years without owning a car.

I could have bought a car at any time without any problem, but the public transit, friends, cabs, and renting a car (twice) worked quite well for me and was MUCH cheaper.

It was pragmatic more than anything.
Permalink KC 
March 21st, 2005
"But that does not make it a civilised society"

Yeah, taxing the hell out of the rich is.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 21st, 2005

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