It was a perfect storm of circumstances: a wave of anti-government sentiment, a media blackout that prevented anyone from watching a video about the protests that began in the fall of 2011, and then, in December 2012, a new administration that took office.
As the protests grew in number and sophistication, the White House’s propaganda apparatus turned its sights on the Black Lives Matter movement.
On January 5, 2012, then-President Barack Obama declared the “Arab Spring” a “war on democracy,” and the White Houses propagandists launched a “media blitz.”
The media blitz included videos, a website, a Facebook page, and an email list.
One of the most popular was “A Decade of Media Bias,” a series of videos produced by the White Helmets, a Syrian rebel group that was backed by the United States, Russia, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other countries.
The videos featured interviews with Syrian opposition leaders and were accompanied by the hashtag #ADecadeofMediaBias.
The first clip featured a man who spoke in fluent English and was clearly a representative of the opposition: “The first thing I would like to say is that I’m very proud of what we’ve done here.
It’s really amazing.
We’ve been doing this for a year.
Now that the revolution is over, it’s time for us to go back to work.
We have to start from the beginning, and to build our own institutions.
We’re building a state from the bottom up, from the top down, with the help of the international community.
And it is really, really, amazing.
Thank you, Bashar.”
The second clip showed a young man with a black mask, who said, “What we are building here is a state of solidarity, and we have to work for it.”
The third video showed a man with the same mask and the same message.
The last video was a young boy who spoke clearly and in English.
The “Arab spring” is now a global symbol for protests and unrest, and it is widely seen as a response to the Obama administration’s foreign policy and rhetoric, which were seen as too aggressive and too “soft” by critics.
But the Obama White Houses propaganda apparatus, which is widely criticized by human rights groups, also appears to have been heavily involved in the anti-protest strategy.
In December 2012 alone, the Obama propaganda apparatus produced and distributed a video titled “The Black Lives Matters Movement,” which had a prominent role in disseminating the Obama campaign’s message.
This video was also the inspiration for the viral video “Black Lives Matter” that the WhiteHouse’s White House Communications Director Eric Schultz shared on Facebook.
“A decade of media bias,” said a press release announcing the video, “and the rise of Black Lives matters in the U.S. is nothing short of an Orwellian nightmare.”
The Obama propaganda blitz also began to target the Syrian rebels, using the hashtag “#ADecadenceOfMediaBases” and encouraging “the American people to turn to their governments for help” in order to support their cause.
As a result, the media blitz created a strong sense of momentum that could be exploited to advance the Obama agenda in ways that would have been impossible otherwise.
The White House was already aware of the importance of this particular media blitz.
On February 1, 2012 the Whitehouse sent an email to its propaganda team, “calling on the media to give the revolution a positive media spotlight” and “not to use the Arab Spring as a political tool to further their own agendas.”
In fact, the message was meant to encourage media outlets to work with the WhiteHorns in their efforts to expose and criticize the rebels, the rebels were seen to be supporting the Syrian government and the uprising was being waged to oust the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
The message also urged the media not to use “a neutral platform to cover the revolution,” or even to provide “free coverage of the demonstrations.”
The message to the media was explicit: “We want you to be impartial.
If you are, we will use you for our own purposes.”
And that is exactly what happened.
In March 2012, the United Nations released a report that showed that the Syrian opposition had received “more than $100 million in financial support from foreign governments, including a record $16.6 million from Qatar.”
On March 10, 2012 Russia officially announced its own support for the Syrian uprising.
The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that “the Syrian opposition and the Russian Federation have formed a coalition with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.”
A week later, Qatar officially announced that it was providing “security and technical support” to the Syrian revolution.
The next day, the Saudi government announced it was “providing logistical support” and was “committed to the fight against the terrorist group” Jabhat al-Nusra