All I Know Is What I Read in the Papers - Will Rogers

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"All I Know Is What I Read In The Papers" - Will Rogers There have been many criteria over the past few centuries that measured one's political clout and influence: divine right, property, money, and acquaintances. In the twentieth century, particularly the past two decades, the political power to influence others resides in information: the more information you have and the more you know how to use it, the more potential influence you have. People rely on the media for their information, as it is the most easily accessible, efficient, and passive way of acquiring knowledge. Unfortunately, the media is not completely reliable as it can and has been manipulated by politicians, their parties, and their governments. This makes the…show more content…
Propaganda has always been an affective form of manipulation and has stood the test of time but there are other forms of media manipulation that have altered viewpoints. The time that preceded world war two in Canada the issue of conscription was a very volatile issue which Prime Minister Mackenzie King endeavored to deal with a referendum. Barring the result of the referendum, Mackenzie King new he would have support on any decision he made as most periodicals knew whom they had to aid during the war. In a letter from J.W. Dafoe, editor in chief of the Winnipeg Free Press, to George Ferguson the editor of the news room , Dafoe clearly states, in regard to Mackenzie King's "conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription" policy: Of course, the coming of the war will change the [approach to] the editorial page…unless something happens that we simply cannot stand, our business will be to go along with the government and help them out in every possible way by explanations, intelligent publicity and so forth.(14) Mackenzie King's government were confident that no matter the outcome of the war or the conscription issue the media would support their decision, and since print news and radio were the only information medium of the time, the content was easily controlled. Since conscription was passed and very little resistance was put forth by opposition, it must be

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