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Then and Now: FOX News Promotes War

By Ryan McGreal
Published August 22, 2007

It's YouTube day on Raise the Hammer!

Seriously, though, I've written in the past about the parallels between the propaganda campaign leading up to the war in Iraq and the similar campaign leading up to the war in Iran.

The following video about FOX News casts these parallels into sharp relief:

FOX Attacks has a petition asking the other big US mainstream newsmedia "blindly follow FOX down the road to another war."

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By lorne (registered) - website | Posted August 22, 2007 at 19:35:41

Thanks for posting the link, Ryan, but even with this kind of coverage, I can't say that I'm particularly hopeful that history won't repeat itself. Given Americans' propensity for uncritical acceptance of their government's messages, as well as the lack of a strong opposition from the Democratic party, who don't really seem to stand for anything except what they think might win them votes, there really is no reason to feel optimistic that a public education campaign thorugh the Internet or any other media, for that matter, will makle much of a difference.

Linda McQuaig, in her latest book, has someinteresting things to say about the American mentality. Have you read it yet?

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