By Robert A. Vella
State-run news and media organizations are the trademark of totalitarian governments. Nazi Germany created the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in 1933, and the Central Committee of the Soviet Union created Pravda in 1912. Controlling the flow and content of information is fundamental to all authoritarian systems; for without it, the people to which it targets cannot be controlled.
Joseph Goebbels, probably the most infamous propagandist in history, had this to say about controlling news and media – from Wikipedia:
“That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result,” he wrote. “It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.”
“We .. intend a principled transformation in the worldview of our entire society, a revolution of the greatest possible extent that will leave nothing out…
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