Oh so transparent...
I watched the first episode of the new NBC spy series #Allegiance last night. It's so clearly anti Russian propaganda, the only thing missing is the literal line "Putin is behind it"...
The story: A young, brilliant, CIA analyst is brought in to help uncover a Russian plot for a major attack in the US, which will cause "massive loss of life" (queue 9/11). Unbeknownst to him, his parents are ex-Russian sleeper spies, who are once again recruited by their handler to try to turn their son in to a double-spy for mother Russia.
Though it looks like an enjoyable series so far, it disturbs me how obvious the propaganda of the military media complex is.
Here's how it works:
- Use mass entertainment to tell fictional stories about how evil the enemy is. This creates a vague uneasy feeling in the population.
- Use mass "news" to publicize only negative reports.
- Create alternative narratives, supported by blurry pictures and tweets, to make it look like an evil master plan.
- Ramp up the political rhetoric, ideally of the us-versus-them variety.
If you think this doesn't happen, read for example the statement of an editor of a major newspaper who planted stories for the CIA.