We are faced by a shocking fact these days: the profession of journalism, and I speak of mainstream media journalism, has descended into truly toxic levels of printed and broadcast disinformation. One can now virtually count on the fact that what is being said on any topic of political significance, will be a carefully scripted trotting-out of government and corporate propaganda.
That is not journalism. That is what George Orwell called ‘Newspeak’.
It is a dangerous game which these news hacks are playing. They are witnessing one event and describing it as quite another event. Let me amplify this by looking at the stories emanating out of the Middle East.
It must be obvious to most of us by now that Russia, via Putin, is being held responsible for pretty much everything which is no longer working well for Western engineered neoliberal/neocon globalism. In fact, the stream of accusations against Putin’s Russia have descended into near or actual farce, due mainly to the fact that they are not backed by any factual evidence. We are all simply supposed to ‘know’ that Mr Evil is at it again and that the West must ready itself to take action against his ‘tyrannical activities’.
Aleppo: BBC reports that returning pro Assad Syrian army troops are raping and murdering the civilian population of this once beautiful city in Northern Syria. That thousands are trying to flee the massacre going on night and day at the hands of Assad’s army, supported by Russia and Iran. That a systematic bombardment of the citizens of West Aleppo is being perpetrated by the liberating Syrian army. That children are being killed in schools and that all this is being done with cold blooded ruthlessness at the hands of the liberators.
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