How to Read Western News
My AOC thread highlighted the disagreement between people who still put some modicum of trust in the corporate media (or in individuals touted by them) and those who have completely given up on the corporate media as toxic.
In one of the last comments in the two-day thread (Wed, 01/09/2019 - 4:09pm) I argued for complete distrust of the corporate media
Essentially, Americans with brains have to read the NYT/WaPo the way Soviets with brains read Pravda/Izvestia. We have to look at the emphasis given, not the facts. We have to see who is on the podium at the May Day parade. The corporate media is now as big a propaganda exercise as the Soviet media.
So imagine how vindicated I felt when, six hours later (Wed, 01/09/2019 - 22:35 according to their time stamp) I find this on ZeroHedge:
It's all rather Soviet in fact.
So, in a world where the Integrity Initiative is spending our tax dollars (pounds actually) to make sure that we never have a doubleplusungood thought or are tempted into crimethink, (and maybe they created the entire Skripal story – more revelations by the minute), what are we to make of our Free Media™? Well, that all depends on what you're interested in....Coverage of certain subjects are almost 100% false: Putin, Russia, Syria and Ukraine stand out. But much of the coverage of China and Iran also. Many things about Israel are not permitted. The Russia collusion story is (privately) admitted to be fake by an outlet that covers it non stop...PC is shutting doors everywhere and the Russian-centred "fake news" meme is shutting more. Science is settled but genders are not and we must be vigilant against the "Russian disinformation war". Every day brings us a step closer to a mono media of the One Correct Opinion. All for the Best Possible Motives, of course.
The author offers the same advice given by many in the AOC thread:
1. Read between the lines
2. Notice what they are not telling you,
3. Most of the time, you'd be correct to believe the opposite.
The purpose of this brief essay is to create a reference that I will point at in the future, that I will use as shorthand, whenever people engage with my complete distrust of our (owned by 5 or 6 mega-corporations) media (propaganda) environment and our surveilled social media, run by Google, Facebook, and Twitter (funder and actor in the "fake Russian bots in the Roy Moore campaign" scandal). This essay, itself, is shorthand for the discussion in the AOC thread.
Of course, the goal of a propaganda environment like our corporate media is to "differentiate, demonize, and destroy"(DDD). The idea is to force opponents of the regime to expose themselves by their words (differentiate), to spotlight those people and label them as CTers, Putin lovers, deplorables, or other terms that turn people into pariahs (demonize), and to eliminate them from the discussion space by banning or smear campaigns(destroy). Witness esteemed, long-time Russia scholar and advisor to President GHW Bush, Stephen Cohen, being demonized as a Putin lover.
We here at C99P are already differentiated. We have been kicked off fake left boards like DU or GOS or JPR. Some of us have been kicked off all three of them for doing nothing more than standing by the facts and the evidence. I applaud JtC and the others who keep such DDD tactics off this board.
It would be complete hypocrisy on my part to run a DDD campaign against those who still buy some of the claims of the corporate media. My policy is to agree to disagree, and to discuss facts instead of lobbing ad hominems. One must tread carefully, as there is always some truth to be found in the CM, because 24/7 lying is so obvious as to be ineffective. So, its really important to follow the three points of advice given above.
I also want to emphasize that its counterproductive to start writing off anyone at C99P who fails to acknowledge the reality of the "total immersion propaganda" of our corporate media. The strongpoint of C99P is its tolerance and its dialogue. If you felt insulted (as opposed to debated with) by me in the AOC thread, I apologize for any harshness. I will try to remember that people are not one dimensional and should not be pigeonholed based on their stance on one single topic. Dialogue that recognizes people are complex is difficult. DDD is easy. We don't do DDD here. That's why C99P is such a treasure.
BTW, snoopydawg's post today, Russia Gate's Hidden Agenda is a perfect example of DDD and of the corporate media octopus that runs it.