Manipulated people don't know they are manipulated. If they did, they wouldn't be manipulated.
The Iraq war is a perfect example.
Before the Iraq war, most people in Canada and the US supported the invasion, even though there was no proven justification. Most people had a manipulated perception of a imminent and serious Iraqi threat when in reality none existed. Most people had a minipulated perception of an uncooperative Iraq. Most people believed Iraq was hiding stockpiles of WMDs.
Even after these manipulations became self-evident, most people refused to believe the facts in plain sight or that they had been manipulated. How smart is that?
Be honest Colpy. Remember back to March 2003? I'll bet you were one of the people who believed Iraq was a threat and was hiding WMD stockpiles. You probably still believe Iraq never cooperated with the UN weapon inspectors. If Iraq never had any WMDs, then why would they refuse to cooperate? How can Iraq prove the non-existance of their WMD stockpiles?
Read the March 2003 UNSCOM report yourself. Blix described Iraq as proactively cooperating. No significant threat. No WMD stockpiles. All remaining disarmament issues to be resolved in months:
Security Council 7 March 2003 (external - login to view)
Yet two weeks later, Bush started the unprovoked invasion with majority support. Do you believe that most people who supported the war were informed and had accurate perceptions?
Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War
October 2, 2003
Study Finds Widespread Misperceptions on Iraq
Highly Related to Support for War
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A new study based on a series of seven US polls conducted from January through September of this year reveals that before and after the Iraq war, a majority of Americans have had significant misperceptions and these are highly related to support for the war in Iraq.
The polling, conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks, also reveals that the frequency of these misperceptions varies significantly according to individuals' primary source of news. Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely.
An in-depth analysis of a series of polls conducted June through September found 48% incorrectly believed that evidence of links between Iraq and al Qaeda have been found, 22% that weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and 25% that world public opinion favored the US going to war with Iraq. Overall 60% had at least one of these three misperceptions.
Such misperceptions are highly related to support for the war. Among those with none of the misperceptions listed above, only 23% support the war. Among those with one of these misperceptions, 53% support the war, rising to 78% for those who have two of the misperceptions, and to 86% for those with all 3 misperceptions. Steven Kull, director of PIPA, comments, "While we cannot assert that these misperceptions created the support for going to war with Iraq, it does appear likely that support for the war would be substantially lower if fewer members of the public had these misperceptions."....
Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War - World Public Opinion (external - login to view)
In 2004, 51% of Americans re-elected Bush after it was known that he started an unprovoked war crime against Iraq.
This isn't a new phenomenom. Hitler was also democratically elected like Bush. Most Germans supported his war crimes too, until it was too late.
The truth is most people don't know more than what their idiot box tells them. How informed is that?
Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.Quote has been trimmed
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Hermann GĂ¶ring - Wikiquote
Goreing was a war criminal. But in his last days he was honest.
With enough money, advertising and positive press, even SpongeBob Square Pants could win an election in Canada or the US. His animators could even convince a majority of people to support war crimes and crimes against humanity.