Guardian lies on Russia

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”

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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”

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”

Journalism or agitating for an interest group?

Journalists should be able to tell the difference between news and the story an interest group wants to tell. This isn’t just the opinion of this author. This is what journalism is. Journalists need to be able to sift through the material which comes into their inbox (Facebook messenger, whatever), proactively check as best they can, find sources other than the interest group which wants you to tell the story their way – and then put together an informed article. In particular if they draw on material from an interest group in writing the story they should alert their reader to this. Continue reading “Journalism or agitating for an interest group?”