Propaganda does work, but it doesn't have to if the public is ready to have a robust dialog about political talking points and, more importantly, the media that selectively carries the talking points of SOME politicians/political factions and repeat them ad nauseam creating an echo-chamber of manufactured consensus that is based on the political preference of media gatekeepers and politicians/political factions that stated the lies in the first place.
Wisconsin needs to have this dialog. Scott Walker's tiresome "Eagle Scout" claims could be a great place to start.
From VOICES "You Can't Make This Crap Up" department, there are actually media
HERE'S a link to a WaPo story from 2006 who's headline proclaims without any evidence at all: Loudoun Judge Gives Spammer 9-Year Prison Term: Case is 1st Such U.S. Felony Conviction (emphasis added). WaPo is willing to concede only 1 serious crime has ever been committed by an Eagle Scout, still a ridiculous claim. Walker's lies would not matter without the media. The point is this - the media is telling us lies about Eagle Scouts and they are doing so to suit someone's purpose, in this case, uncritically and endlessly repeating Walker's nonsense
There have been very prominent Eagle Scouts that have committed atrocious crimes and the media fully knows this - Arthur Gary Bishop, a serial killer; Mark William Hoffman, a forger and murderer: and Charles Whitman, the Texas tower sniper, are three national news stories that come to mind. The media, including WaPo, fully-knows about these criminals, but still choose to spew propaganda that this is still somehow the ultimate proof of integrity across men.
This is propaganda, misinformation that is disseminated via mass media for a purpose - in this case, allowing folks like Wisconsin's Deceiver-in-Chief, Scott Walker, to hide behind a Boys Scout badge. His claims are fully-irrational, but highly emotional to those that hold the belief and attitude that the Boy Scouts beyond approach. This is how propaganda works - its all based on emotions, though some skewed rational is often present so that people can justify their emotional responses.
In the earlier days of the Boy Scouts of America (before 1970), a Scout who commited a crime or had "tarnished the good name of the Boy Scouts" could have his rank removed and returned to the BSA by the Scouts' Scoutmaster. This was in the Boy Scout Handbooks of that day and time (but evidently not when Walker was a scout).
Is there some type of accurate comprehensive database of Eagle Scouts and is it somehow linked or cross checked with crime statistics? Is it scientifically or statistically justifiable to claim that Eagle Scouts, compensated for other socio-economic and other factors, less likely to commit crimes? OF COURSE NOT!
And in case you are wondering, Eagle Scouts can be shown to participate in criminal behavior (links HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE - scan down column, several "occupations" are listed as CRIMINAL!). I could go on and on. If you google EAGLE SCOUTS CONVICTED and you will see 329,000 hits (as of 5/26/2012) documentation that hundreds or even thousands of Eagle Scouts have committed and been convicted of serious crimes.
So what does Scott Walker do when he gets caught in a lie?
He changes the subject - he is an Eagle Scout! Now this would be harmless if the media actually sought to inform people. Claims of "Eagle Scout" being proof of integrity have no place in our media and, if
Of course, maybe there is a secret Eagle Scout program for young fascists that are being groomed to become petty little dictators. And HERE's a link to an Eagle Scout Award for union busting - maybe Walker has one of these badges and more for lying and destroying the democratic process. Well, this is not likely... or is it?!?!
If Walker's main defense against charges he lies and employed a "take-no-prisoners" "divide and conquer" assault on Wisconsin is that he is the son of a Baptist Minister and a former Eagle Scout, it doesn't pass the smell test. I would have to presuppose that he IS a serial liar and intentionally launched economic terrorism across Wisconsin to suit his national political agenda. And then I would do some research which, if you follow Madison VOICES Blog, you have seen.much of.
Scott Walker hiding behind token childhood achievements is disgusting, but the media giving this Eagle Scout nonsense an uncritical placement in a
As we move forward in Wisconsin, are we ready to have a dialog about the media and its role in creating Fitzwalkerstan?