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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

27 September 2005

Propaganda minister

The Financial Times, reporting on Karen Hughes’s trip to the Middle East, referred to her as “the new US minister for propaganda.” I always thought propaganda would be more successful when it is subtle—when it sways and convinces, instead of confronting and challenging. And so Mrs. Hughes’ trip puts a public face to American propaganda, a face that the conspiracy theorists will allude to when they need to discredit the pro-American tunes that are sung their way.

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