The way the media designates heroes and villains *UPDATED*

The Koch brothers are the Leftist media’s arch enemies.  Because they donate money to free market think tanks, media coverage routinely vilifies them.  If Satan got the kind of negative press the Koch brothers do, even Satanists would abandon him.

The media’s articles make it appear that the Koch brothers’ sin isn’t in holding their political views but, rather, in using their ill-gotten gains to fund those views.  How dare they use money acquired from capitalism to advocate for their personal causes?

It’s quite a different story, of course, when ill-gotten gains from rampant capitalism end up funding Leftist causes.  Today’s San Francisco Chronicle ran a hagiographic article about Tom Steyer and Kathryn Taylor (whose money comes from investment banking) and who now devote their time and fortune to fighting climate change — never mind that the climate will change with or without them, as it has always done.  What Steyer and Taylor are really doing is ensuring that nobody else gets the chance to be as rich as they are, since all climate change efforts are fundamentally directed at limiting wealth acquisition in the First World, while transferring some measure of wealth to the economic sinkhole that is currently the Third World

Incidentally, I am not saying that the Third World doesn’t have vast economic possibilities.  As much as anything, it’s a sinkhole because of a toxic combination of homegrown corrupt and/or totalitarian governments and religions, on the one hand, and NGOs and Leftist billionaires, on the other hand.  These two forces work together to keep Third World citizens mired in picturesque squalor.

This is insidious propaganda.  The media doesn’t overtly take a position — it simply vilifies those who stand for principles the media opposes, while swooning over those who invest money in the media’s favorite causes.  The low-information readership doesn’t realize that the article’s targets are ideologies.  They simply start having a Pavlovian response when an ideological position rolls around.

UPDATE: This post makes my point perfectly about the vitriol poured on the Kochs.

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  • http://www.celiahayes.com Sgt. Mom

    It always bitterly amused me how the Tea Parties (because it is a particpant, distributed, and non-centrally-organized movement) were always accused of being Koch funded. I was there at the beginning of a local Tea Party, and swear to god, we funded ourselves through passing the hat at meetings and through the various and eagerly offered skills and resources of volunteers. No one had ever heard of the Koch brothers back then. Now they are the prog version of Emmanuel Goldstein. Ready for the Two-Minute Prog Hate! It’s totally depressing, to see the Big Lie in action.

  • lee

    From Jewish Virtual Library:
    Nazi propaganda chief Jpseph Goebbels was the master of the “big lie” tactic in which a lie, no matter how outrageous, is repeated often enough that it will eventually be accepted as truth. Goebbels explained:
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Lee, it’s funny how when the Left quotes that line, they leave out the part after “believe it”.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Sgt. Mom take heart in the fact that not even the best propagandists can make people believe the guy that just lost his head, is alive, walking about, and putting up his feet on the table in a fun party. All one has to do is to be willing to escalate beyond the fiction of the Ruling class, into pure violence.
     
    Which is sort of why there’s a lot of desire to bottle up the truth, since it also prevents people from being motivated enough to “escalate” the matter into a realm where the state cannot propagandize about.