Inc.: Behind the curtain at the U.S.I.A.
As the United States and her allies buckle up for the new war on terrorism,
many representatives of the mainstream media have begun to feel pressure to confine their reporting and limit it to State Department and
Pentagon press releases. No doubt, this is standard procedure for a wartime
news culture. But how does the public then draw the line between information
and propaganda? And to what degree will the goverment, itself, manipulate the
media in order to create the most favorable public opinion of the war and its
new domestic policies during these critical times?
Dr. Nancy Snow spent two years working within the ranks of America’s
official propaganda organ, the United States Information Agency, and then
surgically exposed the inner workings of the organization in her acclaimed
publication, Propaganda Inc.. In this interview with GNN, Dr. Snow
breaks down the covert history of U.S.
propaganda efforts both inside and outside of the country’s borders. Tracing
the strategies employed by top propagandists like George Creel and Walter
Lippman, Dr. Snow elaborates an over-arching system of mass persuasion that
targets our most educated and influential citizens in order to shape the
construct of public opinion. As it turns out, the business of war changes
nothing when it comes to the marketing of U.S.
interests in the world theatre...
Dr. Nancy Snow