How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition

This is how the US government and media jointly disseminate propaganda: in the immediate wake of some newsworthy War on Terror event, US government officials (usually anonymous) make wild and reckless - though unverifiable - claims. The US media mindlessly trumpet them around the world without question or challenge. The claims become consecrated as widely accepted fact. And then weeks, months, or years later, they get quietly exposed as being utter falsehoods, by which point it does not matter because the goal is already well-achieved: the falsehoods are ingrained as accepted truth. By Glenn Greenwald.

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