Hamburg, Germany — President Donald Trump was photographed today reading the Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media during some downtime between G20 meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 1988 book by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman was given to Mr. Trump but Pope Francis earlier in the week, and the President decided to brush up propaganda model which exists in the systematic biases of the political economy, according to a spokesperson traveling with the President.
The President, who is famous for his disinterest in reading anything, surprised many by his enthusiasm for the Chomsky/Herman book. However his spokesperson sought to clarify why he was reading it.
“The President wants to understand the model of how populations are manipulated and how he can build consent for economic, social, and political policies which can be ‘manufactured’ in the public mind via propaganda,” said Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who is traveling with the President during the G20 summit. “And look, you’d think the liberal media would be happy about this, but you’re not.”
The book seemed to have the opposite effect on the 45th President. According to a German official, President Trump seemed fascinated by how easily the populations could be manipulated with some very simple propaganda techniques.
“He seemed very excited about the book and wouldn’t stop talking about it to the Chancellor,” said Merkel spokesman Otto Hoffhaus. “He kept talking about how he’s working a lot harder than he has to gain the hearts and minds of the American people. At one point, he just stared off into the distances and kept saying over and over ‘irrational jingoism’. We thought that he might have had a stroke.”
Mr. Hoffhaus also said that Trump couldn’t wait to tell Steve [Bannon] and Stephen [Miller] about his discoveries, and that they would be perfect for stirring up irrational attitudes of submission to authority among the American people.
“Yes, he kept talking about Manufacturing Consent as a textbook of some sort,” continued Mr. Hoffhaus.”Well, he didn’t actually use those words. He called it a cookbook, but we understood what he meant.”