LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND RIGHT-WING DISCOURSE
But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.
— Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf
See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.—George W. Bush, May 24, 2005
In his on-screen persona as a Bill O’Reilly/Sean Hannity caricature (that is redundant, I know), Stephen Colbert periodically utters this sardonic mantra: “The facts have a well-known liberal bias.” There are reasons why Colbert’s mantra rings true, and all of them are directly related to the central fact that the right wing is full of shit.
There is no shortage of right-wing pundits and commentators in the public eye. They all tend to spout the same or similar lies, obfuscations, and mischaracterizations. Their presence has come to dominate corporate media political discourse, and this is no accident. In this PBS “Now” report from 17 December 2004, Bill Moyers takes a brief look at the growth of the right-wing media noise machine. This SourceWatch entry takes a look at one of the most prolific right-wing propaganda mills in the U.S., the Heritage Foundation. Last, but most definitely not least, I’ll leave you with an entry at Pandagon from guest blogger ilyka, in which she explains how the right-wing distortion process works in both public discourse and public policy: