>I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade
> or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality
> the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most
> obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they
> lose once and for all their sense of probity.
> -Theodore Dalrymple
The promoters know well that the whole apocalyptic cult of the Hockey Schtick is a scam - or the biggest ones won't be frequent fliers.
Now, believing that everyone else is enough of an idiot that this scam will hold water even without witch-hunts and censorship - THAT's a desperate self-deception.