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Pack of Lies 3-Pack

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First program: Liars, Lying & Politics

Olympic athletes to corporate executives at Volkswagen tell lies. Remember Tony Montana, the mobster in Scarface played by Al Pacino, when he said, “I always tell the truth, even when I lie.” The trick is to be convincing, have oodles of guile and be a smooth talker. In politics lying is an art form. There’s the joke about, How can you tell when a politician’s lying? Whenever you see his or her lips moving. When they are caught in a lie the PR damage control gurus rush in and coat the mendacity in, Well, it was taken out of context or the ever popular he or she misspoke. Lying in politics is strictly non-partisan. Eisenhower about the U.S. coup in Iran, Kennedy about Cuba. Johnson about Vietnam, Nixon on just about everything, Clinton. You get the picture. The list goes on and on.

Second program: Public Relations: Corporate Spin & Propaganda

Current events are routinely packaged by spin doctors and image consultants. The U.S. has the largest public relations industry in the world. It is a major societal force in influencing and shaping public opinion. The number of PR workers far exceeds that of journalists. Professional spinmeisters churn out stories that are favorable to the corporations that hire them. These stories are then leaked into the media acquifer and turn up on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Third program: Lies, Damn Lies & Public Relations

Public relations is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are now more PR agents than working journalists, and the gap is widening as Madison Avenue continues to expand. PR wizards sometimes not only spin the news but actually invent it. They organize campaigns to influence public opinion and shape legislation that benefits their corporate patrons.


Ari Rabin-Havt

Ari Rabin-Havt is host of The Agenda, a national radio show on SiriusXM. His articles appear in USA Today, The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, and The American Prospect. He co-authored The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine and Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics.

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