Psywar Film Reveals The Hidden Battle for Your Mind

The new documentary "Psywar," featuring CMD founder John Stauber, explores corporate and government use of propaganda and public relations to manipulate American people. The movie explores how the U.S. government staged events to manipulate public opinion about the Iraq war, like the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, the supposedly spontaneous mob that pulled over the larger-than-life statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It also discusses the Pentagon pundit scandal, and the hidden activities of the Rendon Group, a PR firm specializing in spinning war. The film exposes government and corporate activities to blur the lines between real news and fake news, as well as the development over time of public relations misinformation campaigns, strategic corporate campaigns to generate goodwill and the perception of good works, the use of staged photo-ops, and other manipulative PR tools that have turned the land of the free and the home of the brave into a place where citizens are now manipulated with great efficiency, and on a massive scale. Watch the entire film for free online here.


and as usual way back in the day when this all began with outright subliminal messaging from madison avenue, there was government oversight that actually oversaw this sort of behavior, found it and stopped it. now, no.

Politics as usual are getting pretty boring. With all the office holders glad-handing, taking photo ops, grandstanding for the press and hurling insults at one another, nothing important to the people… you know… US, is being done.

Crime is rampant, our boarders have more holes than a good Swiss cheese, people are out of work, the economy falters and the balance of trade is way out of balance. None of our favorite sons seems to care, they are so busy doing everything but the work entrusted to them.

Being a Republican or a Democrat used to mean something. You could be proud of your congressman or senator. People loved their president. America made things and exported them to everybody. The Japanese made junk and the Chinese made babies. Africa was a place where the wealthy went hunting. Everyone on the planet looked up to US.

Where did we go wrong?

I don’t know if I can put my finger on all of it, but I know a few things that are wrong;

We don’t play as a team any longer.

We have forgotten that all people are equal.

We use hatred, innuendo, and fear instead of the truth and the facts.

We don’t take the responsibility for our own actions, we blame our neighbors, we blame immigrants, we blame God.

We have forgotten where we came from, who we are and where we need to go.

It is time we remembered.

We are the US in the USA, the citizens of the United States of America. We are a democracy, a republic and we are still the most powerful nation on this earth. We can do anything we set our minds to.

We need to stop fighting with each other and work together to solve our problems. We must lay the blame aside and begin to cooperate with each other once more.
The road to our recovery will not be an easy one. We will need every citizen; white, black and brown, straight and gay, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jew all pulling in the same direction. We must become what we started out to be, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

We can still reach the American Dream, but we must reach it together. Or we will accomplish nothing.

Patrick McCormick:"America made things and exported them to everybody. The Japanese made junk and the Chinese made babies. Africa was a place where the wealthy went hunting. Everyone on the planet looked up to US.
Where did we go wrong?"

Erm, I don't know. Maybe you were really unbelievably racist and narcissistic and ignorant?

It's gone again! It's friday Sept 3 2010 and the video is nowhere to be found. Curiouser and curiouser.........

Much of this goes back to the most influential man of the 20th Century, which almost no one recognizes - Edward L. Bernays. His book "Propaganda - On the Engineering of Mass Consensus" was the Definitive work on this subject.

Amazingly, I have seen and heard very little on Bernays and hiswork. And, I have not seen his work noted in any curriculum outside of mass media marketing texts.

Steve T.

You are correct of course. And here's a link to an excellent BBC doc that looks into the life and influence of Bernays on marketing products we neither need or are good for us. His relationship with Freud and his early use of psychological techniques to compel non-smokers to pick up the habit (among other things of course) are all explored.