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Hey Useful Idiots,
My journey as a Useful Idiot took me from cheering for a Biden win in 2020 (I’m telling you this in confidence, please don’t out me) to the disenfranchised, gloomy producer you know and love today who chokes down the Sunday morning news shows so you don’t have to. This week marks two years since Useful Idiots went independent from Rolling Stone and I joined the crew. And now, after countless hours of editing food groups, throwdowns, and interviews, it seems my levels of skepticism, distrust, and anger towards politicians and corporate media are at impenetrable levels.
But yet from time to time I still find propaganda leftovers.
Most of the propaganda seared into my brain from years of school, TV, and newspapers has been wrenched out of my brain by the fantastic guests of this show: experts in foreign policy, radical activists, independent journalists, victims of oppression, free thinkers. But as I continue to learn from them, I’ll run into an old topic which no one has yet yanked out.
Just last weekend, as Navalny won the Oscar for Best Documentary feature and the filmmakers gave a speech about the importance of defending Ukraine, I realized that in my Useful Idiot journey I never questioned the years of articles the New York Times pushed about Navalny the freedom fighter in Russia. The same happened in Taiwan and Syria, and in the US I’ve run into policies that, after being told all my life they were the ‘only way’ to do things, I still believed they were true. Some things are so engrained in me that, as distrusting as I’ve become, I still forget to be skeptical.
Do you ever find propaganda leftovers? From SNL’s outrageous representations of politicians like Marianne Williamson, to the liberal motto that we should help the working class but not the homeless, to the reputations of foreign leaders fed to you by corporate media, do you ever have any propagandistic ideas that you let slip through the cracks?
Join Katie and me at 12pm est on the Substack app to share the propaganda that still has its hold on even the bleakest of skeptics.
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