Ann Rosenthal wrote: >One of the real dangers of waging information warfare is believing >the propaganda you generate. I'll keep this in mind. I think this implies a difference between "propaganda" and "fact". Certainly a lot of propaganda is opinionated statement, but some is based on very clear fact. Much of Chomsky's "propaganda" is based on well-documented facts. Examples (my own): "CIA agents were photographed with and trained Contra generals. Some of these Contra officers later smuggled drugs into the United States for profit." - This appears to be a fact, based on journals, newspaper articles, the actual photographs, testimonies in Iran/Contra, etc. "CIA agents were photographed with and trained Contra drug smugglers who poisoned inner-city African Americans with the evil of crack." - This appears to be propaganda, because it implies the CIA agents trained the Contra generals for the purpose of suppressing the poor. Although facts _can_ be altered or "spun", the available facts do not appear to support proveable truth in this statement. 1 CIA trained Contras 2 Contras imported crack 3 crack is evil False conclusion from (1,2,3): CIA is evil Disbelieving propaganda is good; disbelieving proven fact is dangerous. 1 CIA trained Contras 2 Contras imported crack 3 crack is evil Supportable conclusions from (1,2,3): 1 CIA should hire better generals 2 crack-importing generals are evil As for me being "nervous" or taking things "personally", I suppose I just don't want to die. These subjects should be taken seriously, because they affect everyone. I'm annoyed when argument on such a serious subject in such a learned forum uses blatant ad hominems like "no longer uses Jr. in his name" and other statements which do not bear on the issue at hand. Is MER a good source of accurate information about the Middle East, or not? Mark Hedges I earlier wrote: >> I believe Noam Chomsky, for one, maintains a reputation for entirely >> reasonable and accurate information.
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