manipulating information

The Enemy Is Us by Sam Gardiner in salon.com, sept. 22. Gardiner details how the bush administration has been using military information techniques to manage press coverage & release information to the american people.

[T]he basic doctrine of strategic information operations: Influence emotions, motive and objective reasoning. Use repetition to create a collective memory in the target audience. … The Army Field Manual describes information operations as the use of strategies such as information denial, deception and psychological warfare to influence decision making. The notion is as old as war itself. With information operations, one seeks to gain and maintain information superiority — control information and you control the battlefield. And in the information age, it has become even more imperative to influence adversaries.

umm, we used to call it propaganda?