Sunday, June 17, 2018

Another Fake Goebbels Quotation

The New York Times of 16 June 2018 has an article about a Massachusetts high school that was distressed to discover a Nazi quote in its yearbook.  The relevant passage:

The quote, which reads “Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it,” is widely associated with Hitler and Goebbels’s use of propaganda to build the Nazi empire. The quote is not attributed in the yearbook, and appears in black text underneath the photo of the student, who has not been identified.
Now, the quotation is a reasonable summary of the principles of Nazi propaganda (or, indeed, of much advertising and political discourse), but it is not a direct quotation from either Hitler or Goebbels.  Part of it is based on Hitler’s widely misquoted discussion of the “big lie” in Mein Kampf.  Although Hitler was entirely willing to lie, he is accusing the “Jewish press” of Vienna of the tactic.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, it would be a poor sort of propagandist who publicly proclaimed that he lied.

As with the alleged Goebbels quotation that this blog tracks, here we have something that sounds like what people think Goebbels or Hitler would say, but who wants to take the trouble to find out if either of them actually did say it?



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Speech on Fake News Uses Fake Quotation

Jen Senko put out a film in 2016 titled The Brainwashing of My Dad, describing the effect of Fox News, etc., on her father.  She gave a speech based on the film to the New York Society for Ethical Culture in 2017 — and cites the dubious Goebbels quotation.  So a speech on fake news uses a fake quotation.  If you’re curious, the reference is at about the 5-minute mark on this YouTube video.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Global Research Displays Shoddy Research

A conspiracy-type site GlobalResearch has a piece titled “Propaganda, Disinformation and Dirty Tricks: James Earl Ray Was Innocent of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” It uses the usual dubious argumentative style and cites the fabricated Goebbels quotation as evidence that the “Deep State” is involved in all sorts of dreadful things.  The conspiracy allegedly involved:
Deep State operatives such as the afore-mentioned highly secretive conspiratorial groups such as the CIA, the infamous J Edgar Hoover, Hoover’s equally infamous and very racist FBI at the time, the Pentagon, the US military’s sniper squads, the racist Memphis Police Department, the Mafia, assorted war-profiteers, the mainstream media, and many elected and non-elected officials that exist at every level of government.
I’m always surprised at that those who believe that such a massive conspiracy involving thousands of people could be concealed.  That many people could keep the secret?  Truly, the “Deep State” must have astonishing control over its participants.

As usual, a site that assumes anything it finds on the Internet must be true should be disregarded.