Propaganda is so pervasive now that it is newsworthy to observe the beginnings of a new disinformation campaign.
The Biden team is concocting a fiction, elaborately developed and assiduously repeated. It is designed to cement the new president’s legacy, ensure the political success of his party and ineradicably defame their opponents.
It is that before Jan. 20, the Covid-19 pandemic was out of control, threatening an even larger catastrophe than the one that had already claimed more than 400,000 lives and destroyed so much productive economic capacity. It had been allowed to do so, the narrative asserts, by Mr. Biden’s callously indifferent predecessor, who ignored the virus, disparaged science and did nothing to protect Americans. Only the heroic efforts of the Biden team, with deference to science and carefully targeted economic relief, averted catastrophe.
In the near future Democrats and their supporters will be repeating this particular lie as truth using the very phrases and fallacious reasoning their favorite newscasters mouth. If you are familiar with the evolution of the “very fine people” lie, then you know what’s coming. To be fair, Republicans and their supporters can be pretty good propagandists, too.
There’s no telling what sort of synthesis the emerging dialectic will produce, but “Joe Biden Superstar” doesn’t seem likely.