Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: More misinformation from President Bush

Thursday, February 02, 2006

More misinformation from President Bush

One of the most notable points raised by President Bush during the State of the Union Adress was his admission that America was "addicted to oil". Addressing many American's concerns, the President said he would seek to cut dependance on middle-east oil by 75%.

Many of President Bush's critics lauded him for making these bold statements. Although he failed to mention increased fuel efficiency standards or other specific measures, critics found his new stance on energy too good to be true.

It turns out they were right, it was too good to be true. Administration officials admitted today that President Bush, "didn't really mean it". One administration official was quoted as saying, "Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands."

In other words, since Americans are no longer willing to accept President Bush's real policy on energy (tax cuts for oil companies and arctic drilling), he "dramatized" his policy by telling people what they wanted to hear, even though it wasn't true.

Americans should be outraged that President Bush continues to use false propaganda in order to hide his real agenda.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the President knows the definition of the word "dramatize." The truth is that the only language he knows how to speak is the language of someone that is simple. Bush's speech writers keep the speeches in simple language over fear that he might not be able to read longer words on the teleprompter.

2/02/2006 3:34 PM  
Blogger Hezellig said...

Americans should be outraged that every single one of their elected officials uses false propaganda on them every day. They should be, but they're not. The situation we are in is not George Bush's fault. It is the fault of every American who refuse to educate himself and make intelligent decisions at the ballot box. This has been going on since the 1930's and only gets worse every single election.

2/02/2006 3:39 PM  
Blogger S.Block said...

Yeah... I figured he was full of it. For a few seconds though... just a few seconds, the day after the State of the Union, I thought he might be for real. His statement made big headlines and on the "today" show there was a piece about the effect on the Middle East that our oil consumption has.
Oh well.

2/02/2006 7:35 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

The day before the State of the Union there were headlines about the large profits posted by Exxon during the past year. Clearly the president made a strong statement that many people feel was long overdue. You are correct to question the connection between presidential rhetoric about oil addiction and real changes in policy from an administration that has always favored big oil. This does signify a change in direction for the Bush administration, at least rhetorically. I think that they realize that a majority of Americans believe that there is a real connection between oil and war in Iraq. Instead of denying it as they have done previously they seem to be starting a new campaign to coopt the public anger at big oil profits during wartime.

2/07/2006 12:08 AM  

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