Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion
standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the
New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?
Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the
high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the
essence of so much of what's called the mainstream media is not information, but power?
These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps
nuclear war - with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia
and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by
journalists, including those who promoted the lies
that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.
. . . had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the
propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children
might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war
between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not
now exist. . . .
The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News - but beneath a
liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons
of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn't Fox News; it was
the New York Times.
The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a
critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All
three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia
- when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States,
aided by Germany and Nato. . . .
[Russia is being encircled by US and Nato bases and missiles in violation of a pledge by
the United States not to expand Nato "one inch to the east".--John Pilger, "The New World War -- The Silence Is A
Lie," johnpilger.com, September 24, 2008]
[In July, as Israel began its massive assault on
Gaza, Ahmed published a post revealing a plausible motivation - Gaza's natural gas
reserves - for Israel's endless belligerence towards the enclave's Hamas government. . .
. Israel wanted to keep control over large gas reserves in Gaza's waters so that it
could deny Hamas a resource that would have bought it influence with other major players
in the region, not least Egypt.--Jonathan Cook, "Guarding a Taboo --
Why the Guardian Axed Nafeez Ahmed," counterpunch.org, December 5, 2014]
[If I could I would like to send a message to the mainstream media. It might go
something like this: "Please tell your readers the truth for a change. The only thing
exceptional about America at the present time is our hubris. We helped create al-Qaeda
by attacking the Soviets in Afghanistan. Iraq is a basket case because we invaded it
without cause. Syria is in chaos because we have never seriously sought a peaceful
solution with Bashar al-Assad. What we have done in Iraq and Syria taken together has
produced ISIS. Libya is a toxic mess because we overthrew its government on phony
humanitarian grounds. Afghanistan is about to copy Iraq because we have occupied it for
thirteen years without a clue how to get out. We started the troubles in Ukraine and
with Russia when we broke our promise by expanding NATO and then worked to overthrow an
elected government. And finally there is Israel. Israel is not an ally and is the source
of many of the problems in the Middle East. American and Israeli interests do not
coincide, frequently quite the contrary."--Philip Giraldi, "Making War on Everyone:
Blame the media," unz.com, March 3, 2015]
[Substantial control of the media is almost always an absolute prerequisite for any
successful conspiracy, the greater the degree of control the better. So when weighing
the plausibility of any conspiracy, the first matter to investigate is who controls the
local media and to what extent.--Ron Unz, "American Pravda: How the CIA Invented 'Conspiracy
Theories'," unz.com, September 5, 2016]