This really follows on from a post on a similar theme last week. In that post we commented how stories about Libya in the UK press somehow seem to manage to skate over the recent history of Libya. Anyone reading these reports could be forgiven for not realising that NATO attacked Libya in 2011 – an event which preceded the current chaos in the country. In that report Gaddafi simply “died”. No mention of the NATO attacks and assist at his ‘death’ at all. Continue reading “UK media and elisions”
In 2011 NATO attacked and destroyed Libya. The functioning state of Libya was turned into a disaster zone. Now the country is split between rival governments and militias. Aid agencies describe a desperate humanitarian situation.  Continue reading “Propaganda on Libya”
There are two Guardian “journalists” stationed in Moscow (as far as I can see).
Neither of them can, it seems, open their mouths without telling lies. Not little spins or fibs to help the “Putin is a bad man and Russia is a dictatorship” fairytale along – but outright lies. Continue reading “Guardian lies on Russia”
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”
My last few posts have concerned this topic. Readers of the Guardian in the UK may not be aware that the ‘journalists’ stationed in Moscow are telling them a fairy-tale about the recent demonstrations in Moscow. Continue reading “Guardian propaganda on demonstrations in Moscow”
Western ‘liberals’ are having a day out based on the illegal demonstration in Moscow last weekend – attended by a few thousand people and concerning candidates for the September Moscow Council elections. Continue reading “Propaganda becomes absurdist art in the Independent”
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”