In an Age of Propaganda, the beggar's banquet is a sleight of hand.

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If there is one journalistic propaganda trope that ought to be made illegal, it is their manipulative tendency to use the picture of people asking for something staring off far away all sad-like because the government won’t give in to their demands and hope to play the pity card.

It all started when Princess Diana gave an interview with Martin Bashir and she laid it on thick.

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It’s so hard to be a princess in a real world!

You mean life isn’t perfect and has its ups and downs where you can’t always get what you want?

You don’t say!

While she did very edgy things with her charity work that I respected, that horrid interview was not her finest moment.

Because she got away with that nonsense, all the commoners wanted to do it, too!

And they get enabled by a brain-dead press who never actually challenges them and serves as propagandists, advertising their fake plight as if it were real, but in an Age of Propaganda, beggars always try to get away with things with pity.

In Canada, particularly the CBC and the Toronto Star, this kind of propaganda is out of control. Having people look sad doesn’t make them right, and some of the junk they are throwing a fit over is dangerous, expensive, but usually both at the same time.

You can’t always get what you want. Sad people want the government to give them a big, fat pay check as they sit on their backsides and not contribute to society. Sad people want all drugs legalized. Sad people who have no control of their wasteful and ignorant children who rack up thousands of dollars on the smartphone and now are on the hook to pay for services rendered.

Really? If the government was loopy enough to enable these delusions, these people would automatically demand something else on someone else’s dime. You have conditioned them by rewarding them.

There are people in genuine need, and then there are those grifters who put on a big show of waterworks to get things that they did not earn.

And journalists enable these grifters because these people go to journalists and give them no brainer copy.

Reporters don’t actually go digging for real atrocities. They are willing pigeons who will play along with the con to get a cheap story written for them.

What’s next? Sad-looking rapists who worry that they might be one of the unlucky two percent who actually get convicted of their crime? The government should just make that legal, too!

Or sad-looking murderers who are bummed out because jail is hard and crimping on their lifestyle? Do they get to doe eye the front page of the web site as well?

Here’s a hint: people who are truly in peril don’t usually go to the press. They suffer in silence because it is too painful to go out in the world and log it, and then it is in your face and you can’t get away from it — and you are too overwhelmed to go out from media outlet to media outlet to play this game. These are the people the press either ignores or slags as they look down on them. They have absolutely no sense what is suffering and what is a grifter’s game.

But that kind of research to find real people in peril takes work. And people who are in peril don’t make pouty faces for the camera. You don’t have that luxury and self-pity isn’t something they indulge in.

So enough of this narrative propaganda. Stick with the facts, not with someone who practiced making that bullshit face in the mirror for days to get the pity factor up a few more notches…