As I See It: Who is managing your perceptions?

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I just finished a work of fiction written by David Baldacci titled “The Whole Truth.” It was initially published in 2008. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you give it a try as it relates to many of the things going on in the country today.

The protagonists in the book include the head of an armaments manufacturing conglomerate and a hard-nosed secret operative who is trying to retire from being a violent fixer for some clandestine government agency. The book bears a lot of resemblance to movies and books like "Mission Impossible," the Jason Bourne series and the Mitch Rapp tales by Vince Flynn

In "The Whole Truth," the arms manufacturing executive employs a Perception Management (PM) firm to use the major media, social media and other venues to restart another “cold war.” The ultimate goal was to push the United States, Russia and China to re-engage in a buildup of their respective military capabilities - including the most up-to-date weapons and systems - thereby spending trillions of dollars to the benefit of his conglomerate and him personally.

What was striking in the book was how easily public opinion around the world was manipulated into an anti-Russian frenzy as reports of fictional manufactured events and atrocities took hold. Then, a Russian officer misinterprets a communiqué from headquarters and begins firing artillery across the border at Chinese forces. Chinese aircraft soon retaliate until sanity takes hold at the national level of both countries.

But not before casualties occur on both sides, not to mention the deaths of a number of other innocent people along the way that are dismissed as unfortunate but acceptable in terms of the greater good.


One of the salient points I noticed was how the manufactured events were designed to mimic the previous nefarious behavior of individuals and countries such that repeated denials were seen as validation of wrongdoing. No one seemed to be interested in the truth or even in looking for facts.

Also, the major media were only too quick to echo things reported by other outlets. Sound familiar?

Fast forward to today. The next few weeks are going to be very interesting, especially in light of the Democrat Party’s penchant for using their own versions of PM in “leaking” snippets of testimony from their closed-door hearings that are often given the aura of being factual without the pedigree of overall context and/or a label of actual truth, hearsay or mere opinion.

I can’t wait to hear the spin - from both sides - over the content of the public hearings.

The purpose of these “impeachment” hearings is not to identify impeachable offenses. It is to change the public’s support for President Trump.

To quote from the author’s note at the end of the book, “And by using these methods, a major untruth can be established as quickly and overwhelmingly across the world that no digging by anyone after the fact can make a dent in the public consciousness that it actually isn’t true at all.

And that’s precisely what makes it so dangerous.”

Well, that’s the way I see it.

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