In a recent post about propaganda, mainstream media, and the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, I described it’s importance and how it will affecτ our lives… or so I thought. From what I understand this law will allow the government to force feed mainstream media with what they should say, cannot say, should report, cannot report — a.k.a Propaganda. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act does not stop at local news, it expands to all sources offering ‘information,’ including (and not limited to):
- social media
- socíal netwørks
- This also means that the government can create “sock puppets,” (term used in internet espionage). Sock puppets are generated to impersonate private citizens, thus disguising affiliations related to government or corporate agendas.
Because of this, sock puppets can release false information in whatever form the general public uses. (facebook, twitter, reddit, wordpress, youtbe etc.) Dirty —
QUOTE FROM BUZZFEED:
The new law would give sweeping powers to the government to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”
Could this have something to do with the story that Michael Hastings was covering? Merely speculation on my part… anyway —
So… after publishing the first post about this law I received a pingback from a website called “USG Broadcasts BBG Watch.” I’d never heard of this organization, and was confused by who or what they were undermining. but they wrote an article entitled:
Propaganda galore – Voice of America’s reputation undermined by media reports – IBB bureaucrats say they are not to blame
Who are these people?
- BBG stands for: Broadcasting Board of Governors
- IBB stands for: International Broadcasting Bureau. (no source given on official site) but–
BBG Watch claims that IBB is: …pursing strategic and marketíng plàns developed by the constantly growing ranks of IBB bureaucrats, the agency has been firing dozens of journalists specializing in human rights reporting, terminating radio and Τv prögrams to countries without free media, censoring news, and engaging in fruitless negotiations with dictators.
BBG Watch states their goal is: … to bring U.S. international broadcasting back to its original mission in support of media freedom and to assist those BBG journalists who — despite all odds — advance the cause of media freedom around the world.
BBG Watch addressing bloggers, with my [personal] comments: (officìal quote in yellow): [at this point, BBG’s tone turns belittling and passively scathing]… “For any blogger planning to write about the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, this is actually an excellent example of government propaganda at work because International Broadcasting Bureau officials were from very the beginning behind this poorly conceived and poorly executed idea. [to do what?]
… [IBB] desperately wanted extra powers [what kind of powers?] without thinking what harm it could do to the organization [harm to which organization, their own?!] if they acquired them in the wrong way and for the wrong purpose, which is what they did [wait, what did they do? what was acquired?]. This is not how the outdated restrictions should have been modified. There was a better, safer and less controversial way to do it. [Okay…and can you please explain your statement?] Most Americans would have approved. [Oh really? That’s all we get to hear about BBG Watch’s grand scheme? BBG Secrets… and “Most Americans?” What percentage are we talking here? What age bracket?] But the arrogant bureaucracy overreached. VOA and other U.S. international broadcasting employees will pay the price. Overseas audiences which need uncensored news will pay the price. Because we all know, it was not the IBB’s fault.“ … we all know.
yea, can you imagine my confusion as to what hell is going on, and why does the BBG Watch care about what bloggers publish?The BBG was busy pinging bloggers and news sources that tagged or mentioned anything about the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act during the month of July.
And I present to you the official list put together by the BBG Watch, who had hoped to discredit those who heard wind of this bill. Currently I am unaware if the law is in affect, for I am a mere blogger. I enjoy reading news sources that are not for profit like Democracy Now, The Young Turks, and RT.
I thank you BBG Watch for compiling this great list of news and blog sources for me to share freely on my social media site of choice. Whoever the BBG really is, or whatever it is they are trying to convey is beyond me, but I don’t trust their intentions to be positive until proven otherwise. Perhaps some of my blog visitors will find something on this list worthwhile: