Autonomous Mind writes about what can only be termed irresponsible, misleading and thereby propagandist output by the media in regard to the demonstrations that recently took place in the Ukraine, reports that would have us believe said demonstrations were in protest at the failure of the Ukraine to join the European Union when in fact the real reason for the demonstrations was entirely different.
It is not just the example that Autonomous Mind highlights that leads one to believe our media is either incompetent or that there are other ‘forces’ which affect their output. To illustrate, take a look at this or this from FullFact; the former link being on the subject of whether the Scots face an additional £1,000 in taxation after independence; and the latter on the question of exactly how much smoking costs the NHS.
In both examples we find that the media has reproduced information from politicians and government sources with no apparent attempt at providing ‘the other side of the picture’. Just how are the electorate expected to understand the facts, or to form an opinion, when that which they receive is but propaganda?
If one works for a ‘news outlet’, does not one have a duty to present said ‘news’ in an impartial manner? Does that not demand that when presenting one view, that in fairness they have a duty to present an alternative view? When writing an article, do not journalists have an obligation to present a ’rounded’ report/article?
That journalists per se (there are notable exceptions: Booker) don’t, whether in the print, audio or visual media, can but lead one to surmise they are constrained by their employers. But that begs the question of where is journalistic principle; does not that principle require dissemination of not just news , but also different aspects/opinions of that news?
Of course, if journalists decided to uphold the principles of their profession, they would refuse to be constrained by conditions imposed by their employers – but then one has to ask whether just how many of them have a ‘common purpose’?
For ‘news’ to become that which it should – a means of ‘informing’ the public – is not just dependent on journalists rediscovering their principles. It also requires the public to realise that they are not being presented with ‘news’ – that they are being conditioned’.
Utopia it may be, but what is needed is for the public to accept that they are being ‘conditioned’ (an ‘ask’ too far?) and once accepting that, to stop purchasing newspapers; to stop paying their tv licence fee and to watch tv later on ‘catch-up’ via ‘iplayer’ (for which no licence fee is required) – thus denying those that rely on ‘conditioned’ revenue, their income – and an outlet for propaganda
Extrapolating this idea of ‘withdrawal’ of ‘conditioned behaviour’ further, it does not take that much imagination to realise that we, the people, have the ability to bring to a grinding halt the ability of the ‘state’ to function if we were so minded. We do not need to resort to ‘armed rebellion’ – much as I would like to see lamp posts ‘adorned’ – we can bring this situation of ‘state-slavery’ to a grinding halt by more peaceful means.
All the people need to do is ‘engage brain’.
Just an observation…….