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Do more people go to jail than to college?

Do more people go to jail than to college?

TL;DR Summary This type of quote is known as a “glittering generality”. The clearly implied assertion is that more people go to jail than to college but this is false. The quote makes for good propaganda but it is a lie. Comparing “instant in time” measures, there were 20.6M in college in the fall of 2012 to about 2.4 million in prison or jail or detention. 41% of those aged 18-24 are in college! Poster source: Occupy Democrats Even though the quote is…

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Once again: “Why is the media ignoring ‘this’?”

Once again: “Why is the media ignoring ‘this’?”

This is a fun “meme” to getting targets emotionally riled up so they will share this false claim others. I wrote about this propaganda method not long ago. Some one did a similar “the media are ignoring this!” about an alleged protest in Poland. “They” are keeping this secret! Why are people ignoring “this”? It “must be a conspiracy!” Share if you agree! It’s the same as the news web sites that create click bait titles like “Girl opens door and…

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Panama Free Trade Agreement propaganda video is accurate and effective

Panama Free Trade Agreement propaganda video is accurate and effective

TL;DR Summary In 2011, Bernie Sanders spoke forcefully against a free trade agreement with Panama because Panama operates as a tax haven with secret bank accounts. True-Sanders did speak forcefully against the PFTA. True-Panama does have low corporate tax rates, tax havens and banking secrecy. This is an effective propaganda poster (video) because it is topical, makes good use of facts (not false assertions or logical fallacies), and is conveyed simply and directly. It is also unusual for a propaganda…

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Effective propaganda poster: Sanders and Trump both fly on jets

Effective propaganda poster: Sanders and Trump both fly on jets

TL; DR Summary Sanders has traveled by bus and also by airline coach but he recently began using a Gulfstream jet charter too. Trump flies on his own corporate aircraft. Trump is a billionaire and he does seem self-obsessed. Poster appeals to the populist perspective of Sanders and the greedy narcissistic perspective of Trump – but the implication that Sanders does not fly a private jet is no longer true. Truth means little in a good social media propaganda poster! (This was shared…

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