When is it not propaganda?

Propaganda is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view”.Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns.

The rest of the Wiki definition is here.

Now watch Government’s video on the airport redevelopment Check out some of the wording, lots of ‘nots’, difficult’, ‘expensive’, ‘crippling’, ‘shut down’, ‘destroyed us’.

When it was published several people emailed me to express exasperation that this film was nothing more than outright propaganda.

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There is about 45 seconds of people asking questions – enough to perhaps give Government a tiny amount of wriggle room over propaganda accusations – but there is no come-back on the answers and the film is 15 minutes long.

Plus, of course, none of the questions really go to the core of the issue.

To use CITV for this purpose has crossed a line and turned it into nothing more than a Government mouthpiece – something that, if it happened under the PLP, would have people screaming to high heaven.

We expect spin – all Governments do it – but we don’t expect, or want, publicly-funded propaganda.

It must stop and the media must assist by not running it.

 

 

 

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