Creating an Illusion of Chaos Is the Purpose of Anti-Trump Fake News
Commentators have said that the tactics used by the Anti-Trump Resistance have started to embody the very things they are protesting about. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
In his 1928 book “Propaganda,” which helped shape tactics for modern advertising and politics, Edward Bernays wrote, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic societies.
“Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
Currently, these mechanisms of public control are being used to create an illusion of chaos.
Chaos has important, strategic uses—mainly, in locking down a situation that falls outside the normal mechanisms of control. With chaos as the goal, and by using half-truths, false conclusions, and information out of context, the media-industrial complex has built a false illusion around the Trump presidency that many Americans have taken as reality.
This falsifying of information to create an illusion of chaos includes issues large and small.
In the current environment, the media doesn’t care about truth. It cares about political interest. And political interest depends on controlling the narrative.
The media’s narrative is to create the constant illusion of instability—the constant impression that things are unstable and falling apart. The narrative is chaos. And the illusion of chaos is being used to create the constant, false illusion that the Trump presidency is filled with scandals, instability, and conflict.
The Illusion of Chaos
When Trump visited the UK from June 3 to 5, he was treated to a state dinner, becoming the third U.S. president to receive the honor, after George W. Bush and Barack Obama. News outlets, of course, criticized Trump at every turn during the visit, and a favorite target at the time was Trump’s exchange of criticisms with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Khan, who previously claimed that Trump was not welcome in the UK, wrote a June 1 op-ed in The Guardian in which he said Trump was an example of “a growing threat.” After saying there is a movement of “fascism” that is trying to pit people against each other, Khan claimed Trump is the “figurehead of this global far-right movement.”
Trump responded to Khan’s comments in a June 3 tweet on his flight to the UK. He said Khan “who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”
Donald J. Trump
.@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me......
3:51 AM - Jun 3, 2019
Trump added: “Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job—only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”
To frame Trump’s comments into a scandal, some news outlets then eliminated the context by quoting Trump’s criticisms of Khan, while not describing what Khan said about Trump to elicit the response.
Larry Elder, in his new show for The Epoch Times, pointed to a CNN article headlined “Trump Shatters Diplomatic Etiquette on Eve of UK Visit.” The article digs into Trump’s comments on Khan, yet, as Elder noted, “what the story doesn’t tell you is why President Trump made those comments.”
In other words, the big corporate media mischaracterized information, then used those mischaracterizations to launch criticisms. They were criticizing the illusion that they themselves had created.
As another example, in June 2016, former President Barack Obama claimed that it would be impossible for Trump to bring back jobs to the United States, and that Trump’s economic goals would be unreachable. Obama said: “He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”
News outlets leveraged Obama’s quote to make fun of Trump and to declare that Trump’s goals of creating jobs and restoring the U.S. economy weren’t achievable. They propped up Obama as a genius and depicted Trump as delusional.
Then, Trump did it—and even exceeded his goal of 3 percent economic growth.