Fox News Botches Korea — Propaganda Humor for the Holiday

Ignorance and apathy. They don’t know jack about Korea and they don’t care.

The title announces, right off, that they’re propagandizing the recent killings:

How to Take Down North Korea, Without Waging War

Done by Christian Whiton who was “an advisor to the Asia policy team” for Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee in 2008.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/11/26/north-korea-waging-war/

The superfluous comma is a hint that Fox is too cheap to do copy editing. The cheapness goes through everything they do.

What is an Act of War ? That gets the same handling as commas.

Whiton gives us the usual pattern for high school papers: introduction, development, body, and conclusion. The intro makes a statement:

Securing a region vital to the United States… can only be achieved in the long run by ending the North Korean regime. This can be done peacefully….

Here is the list of what to do:

1. Dramatically increasing defector-led radio broadcasting from outside North Korea. The truth is Kim Jong Il’s greatest foe, and dissent movements thrive on factual information that undermine the dictators’ propaganda. Defector broadcasts exist but need real resources.

2. Halt all foreign aid and other funds flows to North Korea, which the regime uses to survive. We should also deny any financial organization or central bank that deals with North Korea the ability to clear transactions in U.S. dollars—essentially a death penalty for banks that would end the regime’s ability to move funds and reward those who keep it in power.

3. Stop trade and seaborne proliferation. China has demonstrated it will not cooperate with us or comply with U.N. resolutions that restrict trade or call for inspections of goods going to North Korea. However, ships going to or from North Korea can be impounded.

4. Wage economic warfare. The North Korean government is the first regime since the Third Reich to counterfeit U.S. currency. We should return the favor by dumping bales of North Korea currency just off Korean and Chinese shores. The resulting economic tailspin would penalize the North Korean elite most.

5. Allied militaries should broadcast a clear message to North Korea’s military seeking to separate it from the Kim family. The USS Pueblo, which North Korea hijacked in 1968 and currently holds captive, should be sunk. We have every right to do this to our own property, and every military officer in North Korea would perceive the regime is running out of lives.

6. Change the military balance. We should consult with South Korea and Japan about increasing the forces of our three nations available for a rapid move on Pyongyang should one ever become necessary.

This is comic book stuff. It is written up specifically as propaganda, aiming at readers’ emotions.

Fox attacks Democrats. They have a simple, no-brainer business.Anything goes. Apparently, whatever attacks Democrats and the democracy-produced national government brings more funds into their income stream.

One alternative to go with rational thought processes. Restrain your irrational drives. Think individually as opposed to participating as part of a virtual/online crowd. Dial down the subconscious responses identified by Freud and explicated in “The Century of the Self.”. Do some thinking.

These Fox propaganda memes come off badly, but only if we do detailed thinking:

— (2.) …deny any financial organization or central bank that deals with North Korea the ability to clear transactions in U.S. dollars….

There is no such ability. No mechanism exists, whereby the U.S. can control FX clearance worldwide. Banks report clearances through Switzerland. The U.S. has been unable to block Iranian overseas purchases, despite decades of efforts.

— (3.) …ships going to or from North Korea can be impounded.

That is called an embargo. It is an Act of War.

— (6.) …increasing the forces of our three nations available for a rapid move on Pyongyang should one ever become necessary.

You read it at Fox. We’re going to get South Korea and Japan to invade North Korea. This guy Whiton wants his readers to think that’s going to happen. They’re going to spend trillions of dollars instead of waiting out the Kim regime.

— (5.) Sink the Pueblo !!

Anybody remember the Pueblo ? If you weren’t one of the victims ? I do remember the Alamo. Its in San Antonio. The idea that this would be a serious military operation

— (4.) (Dump) bales of North Korea currency just off Korean and Chinese shores…

Sure thing buddy. This one was what tipped me off that Chris is a comic book guy.

— (1.) Dramatically increasing defector-led radio broadcasting from outside North Korea

Its been done.

What does work for subversion, if Fox knew anything about Korea, is smuggling in tapes and DVDs of South Korean soap operas. These are great soap operas. The Japanese are big fans. There’s a broadcast teevee station going up now in New York City devoted to these programs.

Once the people in North Korea got a look at the soap operas, they knew they were getting terrible government on top of near starvation. North Koreans risk home and hearth to watch them.

None of this holds up to deductive logic. Reality-testing makes it look bizarre, indeed the stuff of comic books.

Does truth or truthiness matter ? Also, why would it matter, since this is propaganda ?

With propaganda, truth is not the issue. Fox and the other Murdoch enterprises do not care about competence or about where a truth lies. Their appeal comes with what you see with “Spider Man” or “Iron Man.”

Taken logically, this piece is gut-buster incompetent foolishness. Considered as propaganda, it appeals to irrational feelings of racial superiority, anti-Black-Man-in-the-White-House hatreds, and the sense of frustration at America’s recent destruction by its own native hyper-corrupt capitalism.

As propaganda fiction, this piece can work.Check out the lessons of Freud and Eddie Bernays.

America’s fascists/authoritarians have learned to play this game. They’ve been doing it steadily since Nixon’s Southern Strategy in 1968. If the message is not Godless Communism, then its an Axis of Evil, “effete intellectuals,” or a proposal to have bales of counterfeit money float up on the shores of China and North Korea.

Comic books sell. This stuff sells to its intended audience for the same reasons.