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July 6, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The goal of informing an audience is straightforward and employs equally straightforward methods. The goal of manipulating an audience, however, is more complicated. It involves not only manipulating the current facts, but also reaching back and forth through time to revise both distant and recent history.
A recent example drawn from Bloomberg, illustrates how this process is done as the Western media works to target and undermine one of many nations slated for Western-induced political unrest and regime change.
Rewriting Reality Regarding Thailand’s Rice Crisis
In 2011, the US-backed political party of Thaksin Shinawatra bought off voters with promises of unprecedented government handouts, including unheard of subsidies promised to the nation’s rice farmers. The predictable result was a glut in rice supply, immense corruption as the Shinawatra government attempted to move the rice as prices crashed, and the incremental collapse of Thailand’s long-standing, well-established position in global agricultural markets.
And as the Shinawatra government’s reckless vote-buying subsidies destroyed the Thai rice market and undermined confidence in Thailand’s trade partners regarding rice quality, Thailand’s neighbors continued improving their ability to grow rice at competitive prices and with superior quality.
By the time the Shinawatra government was removed from power after failing to brutally suppress street protests and being swept from power by a bloodless military coup, over a million Thai rice farmers had been left with their rice rotting in government warehouses and without the subsidies promised by Shinawatra’s political party.
The military-led government that replaced Shinawatra would be tasked with not only paying the farmers their promised subsidies, but to also rebuild Thailand’s rice industry. This would include initiatives to help farmers diversify their economic activities with the demand for Thai rice having been significantly reduced between 2011-2014.
Despite this reality, Bloomberg in its recent article decide to start its coverage of the crisis in 2014, blaming the damage to Thailand’s rice crisis on the weather rather than economic mismanagement and corruption beginning under Shinawatra in 2011.