Goebbels & Rove -- Propaganda R' Us
Who is Joseph Goebbels?
Joseph Goebbels was Hitler's Propaganda Minister. He was a prominent figure in Hitler's regime, known for his skilled rhetoric and zealous oratory. He played a large role in the assumption of Nazi control, and helped the Nazis retain power by creating propaganda to present the Nazi ideology to the German people in a favourable light. According to Wikipedia, he was also a committed anti-Semite, involved with Kristallnacht in 1938, and later connected with the Nazi Endlösung (Final Solution) to the Judenfrage ("Jewish Question"), especially the deportation of Jews from Berlin.
Joseph Goebbels was able to muster public support for "Kristallnacht" ("The Night of Broken Glass") by, among other things, making a huge deal out of a Jewish man who killed a low level German diplomat. After the killing, Goebbels ordered the German newspapers to give (super-double) extra special attention to the story of the Jew killing the non-Jew. Even going so far as ordering the newspapers to cover the story on the front page.
Goebbels is also famous for his technique, known as "argumentum ad nauseam". Bascially, this is the policy of repeating a lie so often until it is believed to be true. For example, when Goebbels took control of the Der Angriff (literally, "The Assault") newspaper, he attacked Berlin Police President Bernhard Weiss, calling him "Isidor" Weiss. Isidor is, to German ears, an insulting name with strong anti-semetic connotations. This was done to such an extent that the public believed Isidor to be his real name, and he therefore became a figure of fun and ridicule.
Who is Karl Rove?
Karl Rove is George W. Bush's propaganda minister. He is a prominent figure in Bush's regime known for his skilled rhetoric and robotic talking points. He played an instrumental role in the assumption of Neocon control. Currently, he helps the Neocons retain power, even in light of impeachable offenses, by creating propaganda to present the Neocon ideology to the American people in a favourable "patriotic and Christian" light.
Karl Rove was able to muster public support for an unwarranted invasion into Iraq by convincing the American public (via lies, lies, and more lies) that Iraq was associated with the 9/11 attacks against America. Among the lies, Rove created and helped perpetuate myths relating to Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear bombs, anthrax, and other biological weapons.
After 9/11 and the anthrax attacks (which were actually perpetrated by a US government insider, not an al-Qaeda operative!), Rove still managed to transform American fear into American rage. (Once again, it should be noted that Rove and his minions sent Colin Powell before the United Nations waving around a vial of fake anthrax eventhough the only anthrax scare to hit America was homegrown at Fort Derrick in Maryland, not Iraq)
Rove is also famous for his technique, known as "argumentum ad nauseam". Bascially, this is the policy of repeating a lie so often until it is believed to be true. For example, Rove and his minions repeatedly mentioned links between 9-11 and Iraq, even though this is, and always was, an outright lie. Nevertheless, they repeated the lie so often that even after they finally confessed to the lie, a recent poll concluded that 64% of Americans still believed the lie!
Additionally, he is famous for another technique, known as "commitum the treaseaum". Basically, this is the policy whereby Rove will use any means to squash an opponent, even going so far as committing treason. For example, in supposedly fighting a war for America's security, Rove disclosed the identity of a CIA operative, thereby severely comprimising America's security.
So there you have it. Two men. Seperated by time and space, but not ideology and methodology. Joseph Goebbels and Karl Rove-- Great Fascist Heroes!