Bob Costas recently gave a widely-cited interview of Jerry Sandusky. Bob Costas made Jerry Sandusky look like a criminal. (It was edited. There was too short of a pause, at certain points when Sandusky and Costas alternated speaking. At some places, they added extra pauses to make Sandusky look bad.)
With the power of editing, it’s very easy for the mainstream media to make someone look evil. In this case, it wasn’t hard, and the victim probably deserved it.
Jerry Sandusky was giving the interview by phone. He wasn’t in the studio. That made it very easy for Bob Costas to work his spin magic. The camera showed Bob Costas frowning while Jerry Sandusky fumbled with his answers. “Show the interviewer frowning while the victim speaks.” is a common and powerful propaganda trick.
When someone is an “approved bad guy”, then the media goes all-out. They dig up dirt and ask hard questions. They’ll show the interviewer frowning and scowling, while the victim speaks. If the interviewee gives a bad answer, then the interviewer follows up and pressures the victim.
When someone is an “approved good guy”, then the interviewer asks softball questions. Very often, the list of questions is approved by the interviewee ahead of time. If it is a hard question and the interviewee gives an evasive answer, then the interviewer accepts the answer and moves on to the next question, without pointing out that it was an evasive non-answer. They will show the interviewer smiling and in awe of the interviewee, as the answer is given.
There was an amusing bit cited on the Daily Show and Colbert Report. Romney was interviewed by Fox News. Romney was expecting a softball interview, but the interviewer was asking hard questions. Romney got angry that he was being asked hard questions, and that the interviewer wasn’t sucking up to him. Most politicians can’t handle it, when someone deviates from the script.
Imagine if Bob Costas interviewed Ben Bernanke as hard as he interviewed Jerry Sandusky. “Do you enjoy molesting taxpayers? Do you enjoy giving 0% interest loans to banks without public disclosure? Is inflation theft?” That is a serious error of omission, that “approved State leaders” are never really asked hard questions.
When a leader does stumble and is disgraced, then the media propaganda engine destroys them. However, the occasional lynching serves a purpose. When one leader fails and is disgraced, that helps preserve the illusion that everyone else is wholesome and good, because they were never exposed.
That is an offensive and common State propaganda trick. The mainstream media can make someone look good or bad, based on the attitude of the interviewer. If the interviewee is an “approved bad guy”, then the questions will be hard and the interviewer’s body language will make it obvious that he’s interviewing a scumbag. If the interviewee is an “approved good guy”, then there will be softball questions and the interviewer’s body language will make it obvious that he’s honored by the presence of his guest. It’s pathetically obvious to me now. It’s a common and powerful propaganda trick. Most people aren’t able to resist slick propaganda.