One-side reporting in the Guardian

And so it goes on. This is Shaun Walker in the Guardian at it again.

And again – the basics of journalism require an objective detachment. A journalist takes a step back and makes sure that the whole picture emerges from his reporting. In wartime we understand and accept that journalists are going to produce a constant stream of propaganda – talking up our victories, demonizing the enemy, producing an entirely one-sided narrative. But when this happens in peacetime what it means is that ‘journalists’ are trying to create the conditions for war. This is the precise opposite of what journalism should do. Responsible and professional journalism should try to present both sides – even if the other side is a geopolitical opponent – and so inform people and hopefully contribute to balanced opinion-forming and decision making. Continue reading “One-side reporting in the Guardian”

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Faked cries of ‘racism’

The ‘progressive’ movement – the result of the left abandoning real politics in favour of a focus on rights, ‘sensitivity’ and ‘identities’ – has certain features. One of the main ones is a unique single-mindedness which cannot tolerate any kind of difference of opinions. There is a single truth and everyone must subscribe; or they are an an unspeakable bigot. Another feature is the absence of serious argument; ‘truths’ are bandied about as if incontrovertible, when, in reality they are a point of view in a discourse which is far from resolved. For adherents of this ideology their truth is the truth and everyone else is to be denounced and, ideally, eliminated from the social sphere altogether. This is very immature.  People used to transition from being a student to being an adult. Now they don’t bother and public discourse takes place at the level one would expect from a meeting of the most facile of first-year undergraduates. Continue reading “Faked cries of ‘racism’”

When tolerance becomes totalitarianism

The ‘gay rights’ movement initially seemed consistent with the  values of tolerance and liberalism. However it (and the associated ideology which even extends to ‘transgenderism’ and some seemingly rather confused notions around gender) has mutated into an ideology which is far from the values of freedom and tolerance. Continue reading “When tolerance becomes totalitarianism”

Propaganda on the INF

It is essential to blame Russia for the collapse in the global framework of arms control.

It is disappointing but perhaps not surprising to see even ‘senior’ journalists engaged in the work of propagandaising this message on behalf of NATO and the US. This is a piece in the Guardian attributed to the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, and another writer.  Continue reading “Propaganda on the INF”

Lies on Russia in the Independent

The question that interests me is why these Western (Guardian and Independent) journalists lie about Russia. Is it because they think it will help their careers? Because they can’t live without hating something? Because they are all in the pay of MI6? Because they have a kind of tribal mentality and they feel it their duty to write propaganda about Russia because Russian is the enemy of their tribe? Continue reading “Lies on Russia in the Independent”