Goebbels Would Have Been Proud

For the past month or two, I’ve been watching too much TV. Especially movies on cable. It’s been a regrettable lapse, but not entirely wasted. With my fingertips on the remote controlled pulse of America, I learned one interesting thing: Nixon is making a comeback.

I was only seven years old when President Nixon left office, but I remember it pretty well. Even for a boy, Nixon was a suspicious character, the kind you wouldn’t accept a ride from. Unfortunately, the country took the ride twice, and, shortly into his second term, Nixon resigned in disgrace.

To be fair, my childhood recollections were later colored by Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in ‘72. It was a compelling hatchet job of “Tricky Dick” and the sinister atmosphere of the Nixon era, and whatever suspicions I had harbored towards the man early on were clearly magnified by Thompson’s obvious contempt for him.

That being said, two movies I saw during my cable lapse altered my perception. The first was Frost-Nixon. It was an excellent film that explored the implications of the first televised “gotcha” moment of an American president, but it was done very even-handedly and actor Frank Langella brilliantly captured Nixon’s stunted, yet genuine humanity. I sincerely felt for Nixon after the movie, even if I still didn’t agree with his politics.

The second movie I watched was Watchmen. In it members of a group of disbanded superheroes come together to save the world from nuclear Armageddon. It takes place in the early 80s and President Nixon is in his fourth term.

It’s a crazy idea, no doubt, but it got me to thinking. What could have happened to make it possible for Nixon to serve four terms?

In the movie it isn’t explained. In the graphic novel of the same name, I learned Nixon was still in office because the utilization of superheroes allowed the United States to win the Vietnam War. This alternate reality, however far-fetched, was intriguing, and it immediately spurred further thought.

If Nixon had won the Vietnam War would it have saved his administration?

The answer is possibly yes, but only because Rush Limbaugh and Fox News weren’t around yet. If Limbaugh and Fox News had been around in the early 70s, Nixon would never have been forced to resign in the first place, regardless of the outcome in Vietnam.

With the Limbaugh/Fox spin machinery in place, the Watergate break-in would have been no more damning to the G.O.P. than the Bush Administration’s outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame or conservative activist James O’Keefe’s alleged tampering with the phone lines of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieau. The My Lai massacre in Vietnam would have been no more damaging than Blackwater’s Fallujah Massacre in Iraq, and the invasion of Cambodia–well, it wouldn’t have been anymore questionable or unethical as our invasion of Iraq.

The murders at Kent State would have been no more unpopular for Nixon as the failures in addressing Hurricane Katrina were for Bush. And musical artists like Bob Dylan or Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young would have been threatened, blacklisted and publicly disavowed for even criticizing President Nixon just like the Dixie Chicks were after they criticized President Bush.

In fact, if Rush Limbaugh and Fox News had been around in the early 50s, Senator Joe McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations might have burgeoned into a Department of Homeland Security, Senator Joe McCarthy probably would have run for president and iconic newsman Edward R. Murrow would have been forced to resign just like Dan Rather.

The crimes of the Nixon years were minuscule compared to those of Bush-Cheney Administration and, in retrospect, it’s increasingly obvious that Nixon stalwarts Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld clearly learned from Nixon’s lack of media cover. Neither Cheney nor Rumsfeld considered Nixon’s mistakes as errors, but simply unfortunate press clippings. With the full force of a national propaganda network behind it, the Bush-Cheney Administration became an unstoppable steamroller until the Iraq War dragged on too long and liberal and unbiased media outlets started capitalizing on the lies behind the absence of WMDs in Iraq.

If you watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh and process what they’re selling, you realize it’s just anti-Democratic filler wrapped around Republican talking points. Fox News is a broadcasting subsidiary of the Republican Party and Rush Limbaugh is the archangel of an exasperated legion of backwards, misinformed cranks who are thrilled to hear someone justify their innate fears, bigotry and general xenophobia.

Limbaugh and Fox News knowingly and implicitly work to create and sustain conservative suspicion and hatefulness and incite irrational but effective phobias and paranoia to determine local, state and national elections. Fox News calls itself “Fair and Balanced,” but to describe the work of Fox or Limbaugh as either is like the Third Reich labeling itself peaceful and inclusive. The latter was a fascist regime that killed millions. The formers comprise a fascist regimen that misinforms millions.

Goebbels would have been proud.

E.R. Bills is a writer from Aledo, Texas and the author of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional and Nefarious (History Press, 2013). He can be reached at: erbillsthinks@gmail.com. Read other articles by E.R..

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  1. JE said on April 27th, 2010 at 11:48am #

    Great Article!

  2. Don Hawkins said on April 27th, 2010 at 1:37pm #

    Misinforms millions and that is what must change if we wish to survive. The few who misinform on a grand scale use something called illusion of knowledge and usually done to make money or win friends and influence people and or just pathological liars and of course are in possession of knowledge the real thing, wrong that to is only an illusion unbeknownst to them of course. Anyway going back to watch the Goldman Sachs hearings how can you be wrong when your right or right when you are wrong, unbeknownst but we are getting warmer and is that river suppose to be black like that.

  3. Don Hawkins said on April 27th, 2010 at 2:11pm #

    http://www.d8externalaffairs.com/go/doc/2931/532235/

    Yes how can you be right when you are wrong or wrong when you are right. In a few day’s maybe we will find out this one I got to hear. I’ll bet fox new’s and rush will tell us on the things unbeknownst to us inform us on the right way to think on the third planet from the Sun fair and balanced fascist regimen that misinforms millions with just enough truth to make it seem real. Back to the Goldman hearings with just enough truth to make it seem real as we all go down the drain in not such slow motion. It is amazing to see once you know dare I say the truth to the best of our knowledge. Anyway back to the complex hearings.

  4. JE said on April 27th, 2010 at 2:14pm #

    Don,

    Have you seen the Shitty Deal clip with Carl Levin? Instant classic.

  5. Rehmat said on April 27th, 2010 at 2:37pm #

    Richard Nixon was not disgraced due to Vietnam disaster – but because he had crossed the line with Jewish Lobby by agreeing with Rev. Graham about the threat the Lobby has become to the America as an independent nation.

    In order to understand the modern day Goebbels, one should see the movie ‘Defamation’….

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/defamation-the-movie/

  6. hayate said on April 27th, 2010 at 7:31pm #

    “Goebbels would have been proud.”

    I’ve been using that exact line for around 10 years to describe the pro-zionist corporate media that dominates what people see and hear in the usa.

    The author hits upon the difference between now and back in nixon’s time in the u.s. media. I remember a report on the network evening national television news programme (which network I forget now) where the story was about nixon meeting with Brezhnev. The newscasters joked about how nixon must envy the Soviet leader’s control over the media. You would never see that now on cbs, nbc or abc on their evening news broadcast.

    Back in nixon’s time, the u.s. corporate media still had a little wiggle room for difference. Not any more, they’re all under the control of a very small group of fascist zionists who demand their minions lie like goebbels. Literally. And they do. In fact, all they do is lie. For israel and zionist interests first, and for general corporate/fascist interests second. Things like fox, limbaugh, and their enforced blitzing of american radio and television is a direct result of fascist zionist dominance of american media.

    What the zionists have done to american media (and the media in many other countries) would make goebbels immensely proud of his babies.

  7. JE said on April 27th, 2010 at 10:04pm #

    Hayate,

    Amen.

  8. JE said on April 27th, 2010 at 10:11pm #

    The first step in my opinion is chipping away at these misinformed christian Zionists ( Christian Zionists an oxymoron if ever there was one). Supposedly there is something in realm of 40 million of ‘em.

    On the other hand when you are dealing with Jewish Zionists you can’t even take to the about. Their support of Israel is visceral and irrational. For instance, my ex-girlfriend and her family were Zionists and since I’m goyim they felt I had no business having an opinion on the subject…but it’s okay for Israel to pretty much control this country’s foreign policy by proxy…

  9. Deadbeat said on April 27th, 2010 at 10:57pm #

    On this issue I can find some common ground with both JE and Hayate.

    Zionism is also a major reason for the weakness of the Left and the breakdown of the anti-war movement. It is why there is absolutely no left-wing opposition and nor any real left-wing alternative to Capitalism.

    Of course the government played a major role in attacking the Left. COINTELPRO decimated the Black Panthers and other groups sympathetic to Marxist ideas. But that’s no excuse for the LACK of EXPRESSION of these ideas and when it comes to obscuring and misdirecting the public for Zionism over principles of justice, Zionism wins and the “Left” circles the wagon to protect it.

    While Capitalism begins to fray and “fr[e]e” market ideology is exposing itself for the fraud that it is, people are becoming more aware as the economic devastation become more real to them. And even as the U.S. contemplate attacking Iraq you still have so-called “activists” rally around the “war for oil” canard. Any indications that Zionists desire such a murderous policy for their own sociopathic aggrandizement is greeted with scorn by the “Left”.

  10. Rehmat said on April 28th, 2010 at 8:15am #

    Who would know Christian Zionists better than their bedfellow Jew Zionists.

    “My opinion of Christian Zionists? They’re scum. But don’t tell them that. We need all the useful idiots we can get right now,” – Bibi Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel.

    “Let the British or anyone talk about Zionism and they can use our terminolgy, but we know what the meaning of it is. It has one meaning to us, one meaning to Gentiles,” Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of World Zionist movement, who later became the first president of Zionist entity.

    One must give due credit to the leaders of World Zionist movement for successfully fooling the Christian world since 1940s.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2008/10/11/how-the-west-got-fooled/

  11. Danny Ray said on April 28th, 2010 at 9:07am #

    Would you please site the source of the quote on the Netanyahu. Thank you

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain said on April 28th, 2010 at 9:57am #

    The great deranging factor in today’s Western media sewer (and I regard all Western media as more or less sane variants of the phenomenon that FoxNews represents in its most hypertrophied form) is Murdochism. The Murdoch pathocracy represents, in my opinion, the conscious desire of evil psychopaths to ensure that the social conditions that further their interests prevail over more humane and rational alternatives. The extreme Rightwing ideology that the Murdoch apparatus promulgates, with absolute bias, utter dishonesty and total lack of scruple, consists of a few basic criteria. One is elitism,where the society must be ruled by an hereditary, moneyed elite.As a direct consequence ‘democracy’ must be robbed of all meaning, and turned into an Orwellian parody, where all electable parties are of the Right, where voters have no say between elections and where real power is in the hands of the moneyed elites who own the parties and the media. Another is the notion that greed is the highest good, the strongest human motivation and is insatiable. As a consequence of that belief, so clearly a manifestation of psychological pathology and existential terror, class hatred is paramount. Parasite class greed is good,even in the billions, but pay for the working masses must be ground inexorably down, and trades unions destroyed, to keep the plebs silent and passive. And, as a result of the paramountcy of greed and its insatiability, economic growth must be infinite.
    That last tenet of Murdochism is its Achilles heel. While it is indeed possible to imagine the neo-feudal Murdochian project establishing a global apartheid system, where 99% of the population live as disempowered, mentally and spiritually obtunded serfs, while the Murdochs exist in a gilded gated community,protected by vast and intrusive police forces and military might, there is a ghost at that banquet. Unfortunately endless economic growth mimics the insatiability of the cancer cell, and the unfortunate victim, the planet, cannot suffer even more than a few more years of the horrors inflicted on it by neoplastic economic growth. Already we see ecological collapse in all vital biosystems, accelerating and, almost certainly, beyond any amelioration. In the face of this horror Murdochism makes a particular hate-figure and target for increasingly lurid demonisation of environmentalism. The Murdoch pathocrats are leaders in disseminating the suicidal nonsense of anthropogenic climate change denialism, while screeching, with FoxNews fashion hypocrisy raised to the level of sheer insanity, that it presents a ‘balanced’ view. Murdochian ‘balance’ is witnessed by its organs and its functionaries’ absolute bias on all matters, whether environmentalism, US hegemony, Zionist perfection and Jewish wondrousness etc and the debased Manicheanism of its narrative, where everyone to the Left of Rupert (that would include Genghis Khan) is characterised as evil imbeciles. This, of course, is the most naked projection, but that has to be one of the Right’s favourite and most characteristic trademarks.
    Of course, one might surmise, Murdoch can scarcely be so suicidal. After all the Murdochians must realise that the lies and idiocies they peddle regarding the ecological Armageddon are the purest bunk. And Murdoch might be contemptuous of our lives and those of our children, but he has children of his own, and dynastic ambitions. How, then, can he lead the way in making certain our dread fate? I have come to the conclusion that this is a great, carefully and long planned, Malthusian project, to eliminate 90% of the global population, those ‘useless eaters’ that the Murdochians so plainly despise. Sure it is great sport to eradicate a few million in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran or Pakistan, but that is clearly insufficient to the task of solidifying elite rule,forever.Greater massacres are required,and what better than leave it to the Four Horsemen and any new ones that can be contrived,and allow the global masters to wash their hands,Pilate like, of the consequences. It might be necessary to feed their insatiable egos to deny their primary role in this great cull, but denialism is their forte, along with lying,hatemongering and incitement to violence. As long as Murdochianism rules the roost in the global indoctrination system, our fate is sealed.

  13. Don Hawkins said on April 28th, 2010 at 3:44pm #

    Officials say the oil spill has the potential to become one of the worst in U.S. history.

    Officials said oil slicks are sometimes set on fire, especially when they are near sensitive marsh areas where heavy equipment used to clean the spill may cause more harm than good.

    I like to think there is this ship a starship near Saturn and life forms from far far away are watching us human’s with great interest. Just the last few day’s just maybe a conversation on the ship. Dad I did what you said and watched Fox New’s and I think your correct there’s something very wrong with the way those human’s think. What should I watch now dad. Well son it appears there going to set fire to there Gulf of Mexico in what they call the Northern Hemisphere. Well gee’s dad don’t they have enough fire on there planet now why would they do that? Well son the people you just watched on Fox New’s and some you didn’t see like the people we have seen on other emerging planet’s at this stage of there evolution have become weak minded and lazy. They of course think they are the leaders in there society but are sadly mistaken and greed an addiction that we have also seen on many World’s before does give them some power over other human’s and as we know just an illusion. What will happen to human’s do you think dad. That’s still up in the air son as we know some emerging planet’s get over themselves and some don’t there are some human’s on Earth with strong mind’s and do real work the fight to bring the knowledge the truth to the front seems to have started and the dumb fuck’s that’s a human term for weak minded and lazy people you see on Fox New’s are still trying there best to spread lies and again like we have seen before on other planets live in the past holding onto old myths and doing all they can to get other human’s to believe in this thinking. Like we have seen before some planet’s make it others don’t but I have to admit the human’s we see on Fox New’s the weak minded and lazy compared to other World’s are extremely stupid as live forms go so there is a chance they could just make it.

  14. Don Hawkins said on April 29th, 2010 at 2:25am #

    Five times more oil a day than previously believed is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the blown-out well of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the US coastguard has said.
    Coastguard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts now estimate that 5,000 barrels a day of oil are spilling into the gulf – far more than the previous estimate of 1,000 barrels a day. Robot submarines have so far failed to shut off the flow, 1,500m (5,000ft) below the surface, but the coastguard said a test burn on an isolated area of the spill was successful.
    The revision came after a new leak was discovered and strong winds were forecast which NOAA said would push the oil towards the US shoreline. Guardian

    I guess Chevron and Exxon will need new commercial’s on TV now the old one’s like and all the red’s and Green’s and blue’s there beautiful the colors yes teaching people new things all across the land in the barbers the school’s the cities the towns just might not work anymore but the darkside is clever in a high school sort of way. How’s big coal doing these day’s any progress on taking off the tops of mountains and putting them in the valley’s and the towns and the cities.

  15. mary said on April 29th, 2010 at 4:29am #

    Hardly mentioned in the scant reporting of the ecological disaster that has happened and is continuing to happen in the Gulf of Mexico is the fact that 11 men lost their lives.

    Of course such lives are worth little regard as we worship at the altar of the great god OIL.