Update from the reader:
In the book the term “master perception manager” was used to describe the guy in charge of creating the falsehoods.
Then, at the very end of the book, the author (David Baldacci) wrote this:
“The term ‘perception management’ has firmly entered the public lexicon. The Department of Defense even defines perception management in one of its manuals, so the military folks obviously take management, or ‘PM’, as one of their services. However, it seems that not many of them do it very well. Apparently, if you want to be exceptional at creating the Big Lie, you really need to specialize in it.PMs are not spin doctors because they don’t spin facts. They create facts and then sell them to the world as the truth. And that, to quote the venerable Mark Twain (who would’ve had a field day with the PM guys), is the difference between the lightning bug and lightning.Many of the techniques outlined in the story are standard operating procedures for these folks, even if I give them a different rubric. And by using these methods, a major untruth can be established so quickly and overwhelmingly across the world that no digging by anyone after the fact can make a dent in the public consciousness that it actually isn’t true at all.And that’s precisely what makes it so dangerous.”
From a book a reader is reading:
The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (page 77)
“Basically Photoshop stuff cranked up several levels. But we worked in some real victims that we got from old KGB files we bought years ago. You have five authentic dead bodies everyone assumes the other thirty-two thousand are legit as well.”
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