by Steve Lancaster 6/18/15
You are watching television, or listening to the radio, and a commercial — or more correctly, a PSA (public service announcement) — comes on suggesting that if you do not have flood insurance you should. You and your home are in danger. This is followed by another PSA suggesting that if you are a gun owner you must protect your children by using a trigger lock and locking your weapon up at all times.
The next PSA is supporting Goodwill, asking you to contribute, another tells you the evils of not using seatbelts, or driving under the influence while texting.
No doubt you have listened and watched hundreds of these and similar commercials over the years. Like most ads you most likely tune them out or only pay attention on a subliminal level. The ads range from domestic violence prevention, Nepal disaster relief, emergency preparedness, bullying prevention and many others. Most are in English and Spanish. Although the themes are worthy and indeed something you should pay some attention to, there is a common element that you might find disturbing.[pullquote]You should, I believe, be concerned about the political implications of this concentration of propaganda in the media that is mostly leftist, some socialist and others outright communist…[/pullquote]
The ads are placed by the largest propaganda operation the world has ever known, the Ad Council. The history of the organization is interesting; from their web page, “The idea for the Ad Council was born in November 1941. Days later, with the entry of the U.S. into World War II, we were christened The War Advertising Council and soon created a campaign to sell War Bonds. More than seventy years and hundreds of campaigns later, the Ad Council remains America’s leading producer of public service communications.”
An open claim that the Ad Council began as a propaganda service to the US government, today government agencies are contributors; USDA, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, DHS, DoJ, Treasury, Veterans affairs, EPA, FDA, Forest Service and USAID. This is a short list, there are many more NGOs you can find here.
You should, I believe, be concerned about the political implications of this concentration of propaganda in the media that is mostly leftist, some socialist and others outright communist, even organizations that purport to support the Constitution such as the ACLU are sponsors. Millions of dollars flow into this propaganda machine, much of it government (our money). The only accountability is to the contributors; public scrutiny is discouraged. I have written several letters asking about their operations; silence is the only reply. This is an organization that spends over 45 million dollars in advertising a year in the name of public service. In the real world it is another arm of the social democrat progressives. • (1964 views)