The well-known, and well-respected, international journalist John Pilger describes the war between Ukraine and Russia as “above all, a war of propaganda.”
He says that nothing in the western press about this war can be trusted implicitly. That the reader or viewer must develop all their skill of scepticism in their following of news reports on this war.
I have always felt the need for scepticism and questioning of any media but agree it has really got awfully bad now. In a sense, the population has been well prepared for this propaganda onslaught because they have been exposed to such propaganda for many years.
Only this can explain the willing acceptance of media censorship, the acceptance of a propaganda narrative leading to imposing collective responsibility on a whole nation of people despite their individual attitudes towards the war. What we have seen is a mass operation of confirmation bias leading to the acceptance of such actions which surely violate the human values of justice most of us have been brought up to accept.
The trouble is, the confirmation bias and wishful thinking which have guided media presentations and our acceptance of this propaganda must, in the end, be challenged by the facts on the ground.
How will people who have willingly given along with such acceptance of propaganda react when the stories about the wars, both the military and economic wars, are shown to be false?
I can’t help feeling that only economic collapse of the west will end the war .Until that, Ukraine will be “winning”, even if that depends on outrageous dismemberment of the facts.
Covid and Trump allowed for public acceptance of mainstream media becoming a mouthpiece of official agendas.In the case of Covid for the general good and quite possibly the pharmaceutical industry, but its a slippery slope when the means justify the ends.
Patrick Lancaster, living in the DPR , used to sell his on the spot videos to the big news outlets, but stopped when he saw that his videos had acquired a voiceover that was totally reversing the facts, so that it was presented as Russia bombing the people of the donbass!
I have been following the war reporting in the German media quite closely for a couple of months and have been shocked at how extreme on one side all the media commentators have landed.
Similar to the politicians who have been something above 95% one sided on the topic.
To some extent, this is just the typical war propaganda that surrounds the parties in any war, but this was the case even before they joined the war by sending weapons to the Ukraine.
Most interesting is that this doesn’t reflect the popular opinion at all, which recent polls have as being pretty evenly split on the topic of sending weapons to the Ukraine at 45% yes, 45% no and 10% don’t know.
This extreme one-sided-ness of political and media opinion, in opposition to public opinion brings to mind the western worlds image of the workings of totalitarian states.
In this case however, the media is independent of government, and there are no obvious signs of any conspiracies or more than the usual level of media mogul bias, so what is going on?
A German Philosopher Richard David Precht and sociologist Harald Weizer are writing a book that explores this exact topic and is informed by recent events such as the Covid19 pandemic and the war in the Ukraine.
Although the book will not be published before September 29th, the authors are already undergoing what they politely call in Germany “a shit storm”, and have attracted scathing reviews from commentators that have not read a single sentence from the as yet published book.
I haven’t been able to find too much in English on this upcoming book, except for this small article, which is very mild compared t what is being published in the German language.
I am looking forward to the book’s publication and am hoping for an early English edition in time for Christmas.
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