Council on Foreign Relations Tells Gov’t They “Have To” Use Propaganda on Americans

foreign relationsJay Syrmopoulos – The Council on Foreign Relations delivered an Orwellian presentation recently that unsurprisingly went unnoticed in the mainstream media, in which CFR’s Richard Stengel forwarded the notion that governments “have to” direct “propaganda” at their own domestic populations.

The Council is recognized as one of the United States’ oldest and most establishment think tanks of the American power-elite, and it often sets the agenda on important policy questions—or, as a former senior editor at the Washington Post, Richard Harwood, in a column entitled “Ruling Class Journalists,” approvingly described the Council as, “the nearest thing we have to a ruling establishment in the United States.”

Harwood admiringly wrote:

The membership of these journalists in the Council, however they may think of themselves, is an acknowledgment of their active and important role in public affairs and of their ascension into the American ruling class. They do not merely analyze and interpret foreign policy for the United States; they help make it…. They are part of that establishment whether they like it or not, sharing most of its values and worldviews.

CFR is a key cog in the hub of Washington think-tanks promoting endless war. As former Army Major Todd Pierce described, think-tanks act as “primary provocateurs” using “‘psychological suggestiveness’ to create a false narrative of danger from some foreign entity with the objective being to create paranoia within the U.S. population that it is under imminent threat of attack or takeover.”

In late 2018, WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange publicized the extensive sway the Council on Foreign relations carried over U.S. mass media by Tweeting a graphic created by Swiss Propaganda Research (SPR), a research and information project on geopolitical propaganda in Swiss media, which illustrated the heavy influence CFR exercises over the media narrative delivered to the American public, i.e. domestic propaganda.

Journalism: Its Role in Foreign Relations, and Public Diplomacy

Public diplomacy is a way by which a sovereign country interacts with the public sectors in other countries. It aims to educate and influence audiences overseas to promote national interest and advance its foreign policy goals.

Public diplomacy also refers to the conscious efforts in influencing foreign audiences, involving a nation, a citizens’ group, or a non-government organization. It also involves strengthening foreign relations.

Scholars of mass communication and journalism explain that public diplomacy is an attempt to handle the international environment via foreign public engagement. Click here to read more about the importance and different types of diplomacy.

The standards of accuracy and objectivity employed by journalists must be held by public diplomacy practitioners. Being an ethical enterprise, the perceived propaganda commonality heightens the vulnerability of public diplomacy to challenges. For instance, the United States’ public diplomacy efforts in Arab-speaking countries and the development of television channels are influenced by journalistic activities. It’s argued that public diplomacy, such as journalism, should be conducted ethically. Otherwise, it will fail.

In the context of public diplomacy, media agenda setting theory involves a collection of media coverage that influences the citizens of a given country. This media coverage is consciously constructed, and public opinion is greatly measured. The data reflects the opinion of the public toward other citizens of another country or a government.

What Is in Public Diplomacy Studies Relating to Journalism?

Because public diplomacy has an interdisciplinary nature, one can say that it is clearly connected with journalism, wherein mass communication or journalism research is evident. The different aspects of public diplomacy studies as it relates to journalism include the following:

♦ Media content theories

♦ Media effects theories

♦ Manipulation

♦ Public opinion formation

♦ Measurement

♦ Principles of public relations

♦ Technologies for effective message delivery

♦ Advertising and branding

♦ Interactivity


The use of foreign relations or public diplomacy through media outlets influences the people and the government of the United States in one way or another. Public affairs play a crucial role in foreign relations, which provides data and a significant impact on people’s judgment.

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Gov’t They “Have To” Use Propaganda on Americans

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