Lies and secrets in the White House

By Zalman Shoval

In a recent New York Times piece by David Samuels, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes shed light on the manipulative tactics the Obama administration used to “sell” the Iran nuclear deal to the American people.

Obama and Rhodes are hardly the first to use the press to further political ends. But Rhodes, according to Samuels, “rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age” by mastering data communication. He took it to a much a higher level, one that could aptly describe the characters in George Orwell’s “1984.”

Jon Favreau, who was Obama’s lead speechwriter and who is still a close friend of Rhodes, was interviewed by Samuels for the piece. According to Samuels, the “restructuring of the American narrative” was, as Favreau described it, his “entire job.” No less.

Read the full article here: