Saturday, October 29, 2011

Prince Nayif, the pragmatist: how US propaganda works

If you read articles on Prince Nayif, in Arabic, English, or French, you will see that he has suddenly been referred to as "pragmatist".  You know how it started?  It started with an article in the New York Times and it used the label in the headline, but the article cites a US diplomatic cable which described him accordingly.  So a US propaganda label gets circulated around the world, without any evidence whatsoever.  And the cable makes it clear that US criteria for pragmatism refer only to whether Prince Nayif was nice or rude to visiting US diplomats.