Tuesday, January 30, 2007


There's Nothing Inherently Wrong with Propaganda --
Via Bookninja is this story about how the CIA funded the publication of Doctor Zhivago to embarass the Soviet Union. This makes me think about propaganda.

I may be a rarity on the left in not being that outraged about Republican propaganda. It's just the nature of political warfare. Too many people on the left whine about how the media too often parrots what Republicans tell them, and not enough wonder why Democrats aren't talking to the media more.

Karl Rove supposedly told Chris Matthews that Valerie Plame was "fair game." The wrong question to ask is, "Why is Chris Matthews fielding phone calls from Karl Rove?" The right question to ask is, "Is Chris Matthews getting as many phone calls from Democratic operatives as he is from Republican operatives?
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