Learning from history

Many who attended junior and senior high school in the mid 1960s will remember the lessons in social studies/history class concerning propaganda and Russia’s state-owned news agency Pravda, the voice of their government. Should you need a refresher in the power of this type of activity, one need only listen to national broadcasts of some of the major networks and read wire stories published by some major news services in the U.S. today.

This morning the “Today Show” spent the majority of their programming elevating the dedication and veracity of one Hillary Clinton. Heavily supporting her, it was their opinion that poor Hilary was treated unfairly by congressional committee members in her testimony yesterday. Please give me back Dave Garraway and J. Fred Muggs!

If you didn’t fully come to the realization that Hillary had been wronged you had only to open your newspaper to the headline AP by-line that stated that a “Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya.” As anything can be concluded by those manipulating a given set of statistics, so can the wording and suggestion of a news story give the impression that this breech of responsibility and duty on the part of our government officials is no big deal. Some might say that what matters in addition to what went wrong is why it went wrong and why Secretary Clinton was doing native dances in foriegn locales when she should have been taking care of her business in the State Department.

Ted Coffey