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Thu Nov 22, 2018, 04:05 AM

How Media, Tech, and News Networks Normalize Trump's Propaganda

NOVEMBER 21, 2018

by ZHIVKO ILLEIEFF

Throughout his life, Edward Bernays (1891−1995), known as the “father of public relations,” argued in favor of using “third parties” to influence public opinion.

“If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway,” Bernays wrote in Propaganda (1923), his popular book that explored the psychology behind manipulating public opinion.

“Because man is by nature gregarious he feels himself to be member of a herd, even when he is alone in his room with the curtains drawn. His mind retains the patterns which have been stamped on it by the group influences,” wrote Bernays.

In the age of Citizens United — and with Trump in the White House — Bernays’s insights on public manipulation have become plain to see for anyone willing to look.

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https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/21/how-media-tech-and-news-networks-normalize-trumps-propaganda/

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