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Joseph Goebbels And Donald Trump And The Use Of Propaganda

January 21, 2017

The thin-skinned updated version of Joseph Goebbels is in the White House.  Just like Goebbels who wanted to transform Berlin for the 1936 Olympics into a severe departure from the true reflection of the Nazis so does Donald Trump concern himself with propaganda that defies facts in Washington..

For the first day of the new Administration the Trump team wanted to make it seem they had a real audience for the inauguration.  What happened on Friday was simply pitiful.  That is not a partisan comment–it is a fact.  The size from the 2009 inauguration of President Obama is seen below and the turnout about 30 minutes prior to Donald Trump taking the oath of office is pictured on the right.


The Parks Service later retweeted a reporter’s post about the differences between the 2017 and 2009 crowds. That prompted a temporary shut-down of the Department of the Interior’s multiple Twitter accounts.  Goebbels and his team at work.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said in another unverifiable claim.

Spicer’s own math was that there were 250,000 people in the immediate area of the inaugural dais at the Capitol, and another 220,000 from 4th Street to the media tents. Spicer then claimed there were another 250,000 people from the media tents to the Washington Monument.

“All of this space was full when the president took the oath of office,” Spicer said, claiming the entire area from the Capitol to the Washington Monument was full.

However, aerial photographs show that claim is false. The area just in front of the Washington Monument was sparsely populated and far from full, as confirmed by photographs.

There were three official inauguration balls last night.  But get this nugget–for two of the balls tickets were just $50. No, not a typo. No missing zeros. Fifty bucks and you were in.  And two of the balls had cash bars.  Champagne was $20, cocktails were $15, beer and wine $10 and soft drinks $5.   Wow.

The musical line-up for the balls was simply anemic.  There was Tony Orlando, the 74-year-old singer best known from the 1970s, and most of the others needed a Google search to know who they were.   But to hear Trump speak these balls were the best ever in the world.  The question most are now asking is what world would he be referring to.

What most people would do with such a complete mess is simply move on.  It was an embarrassing inauguration in every respect and the best that could be done is just flush it away.  But no, this administration dominated the news today with an attempt to show that what we know about the inauguration was simply wrong.  The new administration is as fact-free as was the campaign to elect Trump.

Press Secretary Spicer went on a tirade today and made his own estimate on the crowd size and incorrectly claimed that the number of people who used the Washington D.C. Metro on Friday had outpaced the number of people who used the service during President Obama’s second inaugural.

But when facts are added another story emerges.

In 2009, 317,000 people had, in fact, used the Metro by 11 a.m., according to WMATA, as Spicer cited. But the White House press secretary then claimed that 420,000 people had used the Metro on Friday; by 11 a.m. only 193,000 people had ridden Metro. For the whole day on Friday, 570,000 people used the system, but in 2013 there were 782,000 riders and 1.1 million riders in 2009 — both much larger than Trump’s inauguration.

The world in part did buy some of the shine that Goebbels attempted to spin in 1936.  But light and pushback have a way of getting to the truth.   The same will happen here in America as we make the thin-skinned dance like martinets.  Today was a mess for the White House and they seem unable to know they created it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2017 3:42 PM


    Thanks for the comment and you might be the first to recognize that those words are not ever penned by myself. I might have newspaper copy that is posted verbatim that uses the title but I can not. I have too much respect for what this nation has been and those others who have respectably held the office.

  2. Jason permalink
    January 29, 2017 10:53 PM

    Who would have guessed others parts of Goebbel’s thinking would come so fast to the top of Trump’s agenda? I told my wife your lack of ever using the word ‘president’ and then the word ‘Trump’ together is wonderful. I love how you always have a way to say something like ‘the person in the Oval Office.’ There is no way I can utter those words either. We both think highly of you and read often. Stay strong as we all must these days.

  3. January 23, 2017 12:19 PM

    And the danger lies when citizens and those around the world no longer believe in the accuracy of the president.

  4. January 22, 2017 7:41 PM

    There was a time when my husband chided me for believing tRump and his minions were taking cues from the Nazis when it came to the lies that populated their campaign rhetoric. The Nazi assessment pretty much guaranteed attacks from the ‘true believers’ and, possibly, a ban from posting. I suspect the rhetoric this presidential administration is launching now will generate a lot of voter remorse IMHO. There is a term (one used by the Poynter and/or Pew folks) that seems to apply to the stupifying falsehoods that are now a part of White House communications. The word rhymes with ‘muckery’ but begins with the 6th letter of the alphabet. The Urban Dictionary’s single-word definition is the vulgarity that describes bull feces — things that are so overwhelming in their volume and frequency (compounded by their last of truthfulness).

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