This post is just another lament about our endless spin information war, that’s tearing America apart. There’s nothing new in this post, but it’s what’s on my mind this morning.
Living in a culture where the information we receive is controlled by mass media generated spin information warriors, waging full-throated media battles over words, truly decimates critical thinking skills. It also totally corrupts the people who engage in this spin war.
Yesterday, during Congressional testimony attorney general, Bill Barr, uttered the word “spying”, referring to the, well, spying, on the Trump campaign, that took place in 2016, during the midst of a presidential race. Barr stated a team is investigating, to determine if the surveillance of the Trump campaign was predicated on sound intelligence and established policies.
A “mainstream” (liberal) media and Dem politician outrage spin cycle erupted over Barr’s use of the word spying. Along with the demands that Barr recant, the mainstream media, along with many Dem. politicians, began a media character assassination effort to destroy Barr. They are out to destroy Barr’s personal credibility and preemptively discredit any negative findings that may emerge.
The Dems and mainstream media engage in these orchestrated character assassination efforts, to personally destroy anyone, whom they deem a heretic, based on something that person said that challenges their control of the media spin or the political threat they feel that person represents.
It wasn’t enough to express disagreement with Barr’s use of the word spying, instead the Dems and mainstream media launched an all-out smear effort to discredit Barr, so that whatever facts that might emerge from this investigation of spying on the Trump campaign will be rejected by the mainstream media and denounced as a partisan witch hunt… again.
Trump borrowed the Clinton spin information warfare tactics, except he does not rely on political operatives to hone his spin messaging and to disseminate it to the media for amplification. Trump crafts his own spin messaging and engages with the mainstream media and Dem spinners directly, with his one-man show ad hominem attacks on Twitter or impromptu press skirmishes.
Despite its lack of sophistication, Trump’s spin word games do corrupt people, just as much as the Dems’ carefully crafted deceptive word games do.
All sense of decency and proportionality in reactions fly out the window in spin information warfare, where grossly misleading and downright dishonest information control the information battlefield (our American media platforms).
Spin is a ruthless mass media information warfare strategy. That is the truth.
Spin corrupts, not only our politics, with the incendiary word battles 24/7, it corrupts everyone who participates in it.
The mainstream media and Dems want to destroy Barr’s credibility, to preemptively neutralize any negative findings the team investigating the spying on the Trump campaign may uncover.
Stepping back from the legalisms, here’s the reality check on spin and those who embrace using spin information warfare – spin corrupts everyone.
Spin distorts perceptions, it deliberately shades the truth in deceptive language and calculated word games.
Spin radicalizes people into hostile partisan camps.
Spin is designed to divide our country into seething enemy camps.
While Trump’s spin tactics lack the verbal sophistication of the Dem’s and media’s carefully crafted messaging, it does serve to often hijack the spin cycle and dominate the spin battlefield. Who can control the spin is all that “winning” is in America politics.
Spin information warfare is antithetical to American free speech principles.
The more spin messaging you listen to, the more it clouds rational thinking. By design, spin messaging is meant to incite people, to push people to buy into rushed, prepackaged spin judgments and most ominous, it repetitively repeats politically packaged slogans and rhetoric (mass media brainwashing).
All of those who engage in waging spin information warfare and, even those who listen to it, become corrupted.
Spin corrupts people and it clouds rational thinking.
Spin information warfare incites people to become reactionary thinkers and to make rushed judgments.
That is the truth.
Spin information warfare sows the seeds of American division and partisan hatred.
That is the truth.
I’ve said all of this so many times, but I felt like saying it again this morning. I’ll be spending some time today on stitching away on the cute Russian dolls cross-stitch piece.
It’s a waste of time even writing about spin information war, when our political class, both left and right, and our media refuse to even recognize they are participating in a dangerous form of mass media information war, designed to tear America apart.
We are sowing the seeds of our own destruction.