Tom Hanks New Movie “The Post” Is Pure Media Propaganda
About a year ago my wife and I started watching the show “Blacklist”, the show that thrust James Spader back into the spotlight. I enjoy the show and am glad to see Spader make a come back, if for no other reason than nostalgia. We still watch the show, we just can’t binge watch it any more as we are caught up to the current season. What struck me about the show, coming to it so late, is the “New Cold War” theme that shows up in the first two seasons. You know, the two seasons that were written and filmed before the “New Cold War” began, before the Russians were the demon behind every bush. The idea struck me while watching “Blacklist” that the themes were planted in the script to get us ready for what was coming, Russian involvement in the Middle East, Russian hacking, and the resurgence of Russia on the world’s stage as a major power. Hollywood was priming the pump for us to re-receive the Russians as our new nemesis, moving them back into a role that they had already once previously occupied. It was like my childhood, with Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen inspiring the youth of America to want to fight those dirty no good Ruskies in “Red Dawn”. Interestingly, Red Dawn was also re-made just prior to the beginning of the “New Cold War” too.
The War on Terror was winding down, and with China as our most favored national trading partner, America needed a new enemy and it couldn’t be them. It had to be one that Europe could fear too. We can’t let Britain, France, and Germany start thinking for themselves. And if you want to make F.I.S.A. courts a permanent part of the American judicial structure you need a new vastly more powerful boogeyman that can rig elections and effect the the homeland in order to get the public in an uproar… right?
Since I first noticed these themes in Hollywood a little over a year ago, I started paying closer attention to what is being released into my Netflix que. My wife loves the new show “The Brave”, and asked me to watch an episode with her. After five minutes of watching it I turned to her and said, “Darling, this is pure unadulterated propaganda.” A team of lethal American military operators roam the world snuffing out our enemies on foreign soil that they are generally not suppose to be on. Computer geeks in a blacked out room give them orders with plausible deniability. If they get caught we never knew they were there. Of course this is a candid admission that we actually do this kind of stuff all the time. The powers that be are just getting us used to the idea, making it palatable for us. Enticing us to emotionally invest in the characters so that when the real ones are discovered in the real world we will be in their corner without ever asking the hard question, “Should we be waging war on foreign soil without a declaration of war?” “Are we morally right to do so?”
Does all this sound like you should be wearing a tinfoil hat while reading it? Here’s a little additional reading on the subject to illustrate the point.
But governments aren’t the only organizations that can run psychological operations using the media. The media themselves have learned from their handlers, and they have gotten pretty good at manipulating the public. Let me explain what I mean.
I just got done watching “The Greatest Showman”. I don’t like musicals at all. People singing and dancing when they should be talking is weird to me. One of the previews they showed before the movie started was for the new Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep drama called, “The Post”. It is about the Nixon Whitehouse and damaging leaks regarding the governments outright lies concerning the Vietnam War. But truthfully, that’s not what I think it is really about.
Over the past few years the fourth estate in this country has taken it on the chin. The entire 2016 election cycle was disastrous for the media. President Trump’s election was accomplished despite everything that they could throw at him. He spent practically no money against the media’s darling, Hillary Clinton, and still won the election. Since day one of his presidency the media has been actively trying to have him impeached, but to no avail. CNN is running a twenty-four hour a day negative campaign against him. And yet, he sits in the Oval Office tweeting away insults at them all day long and all they can do is gnash their teeth. This just goes to show how far the mighty have fallen. No one believes a word that the New York Times or The Washington Post print outside of Manhattan and Washinton D.C.. The hashtag #fakenews is everywhere. The Twittersphere fact checks the media ruthlessly. Bloggers are constantly ruining their story paradigms and alternative news sources report news from a different angle so that their is a variety of perspective. The internet has destroyed the corporate media’s monopoly on information. It has rankled them so much that they have been trying to get laws passed to proclaim them the official news service of the State, and bloggers as State sanctioned “fake news”. Sound far fetched? Then you forgot this story from 2013.
People have options now that they didn’t have before. Television news as we all once knew it is over, even in its current cable infotainment model. Print media is finished. But they, the establishment media, still believe that they can recover their lost reputation and cultural influence.
So what is “The Post” really about? It is a drama that shows the corporate media in a positive light. It makes them the hero of the story. The bad government men are thwarted by “The Post”, short for “The Washington Post”, which of course portrays their journalists as a virtuous group of people concerned with getting the American people the truth in order to take down the evil Whitehouse. It is, at the same time, both the media’s attempt to recover their former glory, and a wet dream (I’m sorry to be course here) about destroying Trump as they did Nixon. It is the leftist elite intellectuals in the U.S. entertainment complex running a psychological operation on the public, nothing more, nothing less.
Go and see it if you want to, just see it for what it is, a myth, like Harry Potter or Fantasia. Hanks and Streep are fantastic actors and I’m sure they’ll help sell us a compelling and entertaining story. But that will be all that is is, a story. Hollywood can tell a good story, no doubt. But their stories are about as historically accurate as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And honestly, that’s kind of an insult to Mr. Grimm, who I hold in much higher esteem than The Washington Post or their Hollywood allies.