“believe nothing until it has been officially denied"
The quote comes from British journalist Claud Cockburn and was widely used in journalistic studies. The Lithographic print above is one of the earliest forms of WWI Propaganda usage in the United States in 1917. The print was called ’Destroy This Mad Brute – Enlist’, designed by H.R. Hopps and printed by Carlisle & Co. It has a dribbling, mustachioed ape wielding a club bearing the German word "kultur”, wears a pickelhaube helmet with the word “militarism” and is walking onto the shore of America while holding a half-naked woman in his grasp (possibly meant to depict Liberty). This lithographie and many others are explained in the 2010 documentary film “The War You Don’t See” (TRAILER) written, produced and directed by one of the World’s best investigative journalists John Pilger. Pilger also perfectly explains to you who Austrian-American and Sigmund Freud’s nephew really (Edward Louis Bernays), and why Bernays became one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century. Bernays was the poineer in the field of public relations, advertisement as we know it today and an expert of US propaganda overall. He really was regarded as ’the father of public relations’. Bernays felt manipulation was necessary in society. If you feel like learning Bernays and the Freud Family I highly recommend Adam Curtis’s award-winning 2002 3,5 hr. documentary called “The Century of the Self” (EXCERPT) (PART1) (PART2) (PART3) (PART4). The Film focuses on how the work of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analysed, dealt with, and controlled people. But with “The War You Don’t See” Pilger really made an instant-classic, extremely powerful, One-Not-to-Miss timely investigative film into the media’s role in war. This by tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of WWI to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. John Pilger ends the film with: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.” Pilger made the film in tribute to the 300+ journalists that have been killed in the Iraq-Afghanistan war. Full doc. here or rent/buy here. Also have a look at Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill’s upcoming Film and Book called “Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield" (Amazon) (Website) and John Pilger’s personal VIMEO CHANNEL HERE…..filled with treasures like the 2001 Carlton Television documentary The New Rulers of the World, The Truth Game, Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror, The War On Democracy, Vietnam: The Last Battle, the 1992 "debt as a weapon" War By Other Means television documentary by John Pilger and David Munro concerning loans to developing countries from the World Bank which cause them to pay more interest then they ever receive in international aid and Burp! Pepsi v. Coke in the Ice-Cold War (TV 1984). I will end this article with 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On) (SPOTIFY). A song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, appearing on his album Human Touch, released in 1992. CARE-SHARE-LOVE. (Photo Credit by US government related, H.R. Hopps 1917, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)