Friday, May 19, 2017

Not showing him directly, and indirectly reporting a highly demonized image of him - that's how US media makes tyrants out of normal men

Realized this while watching these [1, 2, 3] scenes of Dr. Strangelove. If these videos get deleted, then one of these scenes is at approximately 74 minutes and 30 seconds into the movie. You never get to hear or see Dimitri Kissoff, the Soviet Premier. Yet you develop an image of the Premier based on what the US President speaks. You feel that the Premier drinks excessively, listens to loud music while at work, gets "mad" and "hysterical", and so on. The stereotypical image of any Soviet/Russian leader that the US media has carefully implanted in your head quickly gets confirmed, without you ever having seen or heard the man directly.

That's how US media creates tyrants out of normal men. Men who happen to be leaders of nations that are "defiant" to US hegemony. The US media demonizes these men and presents such distorted and twisted images of these men to the public/viewers that stupid Americans/Europeans/Westerners start to believe that these men are so full of evil that they must be annihilated without delay. So they hardly ever show full-length videos of Assad speaking [else you'll get to know the real truth that he's a sensible man and a patriot], and when they do air tiny clips of him, they pick portions and sentences such that the surrounding context gets hidden so that his statements appear evil/devilish. Same with Saddam and same with the North Korean leader.

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