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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Watching The Watcher - 3

Today's Hindu has a timely Leader Page article on professional journalism and how it is used by the powers to act as a veil between truth and propaganda, which, the reader ultimately gets. This is not yet another 'conspiracy theory' or 'commie crap' but painstakingly analyzed and monitored work, which is essentially impartial. You can find this and lot more in greater depth and detail in Manufacturing Consent, by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, a bestseller also made into a movie.
Excerpts from the Hindu article

That Cromwell and Edwards are scrupulously careful, maintaining unfailingly politeness and accurate in their exchanges with famous editors and journalists — many of whom respond with vituperation or silence — gives their analysis greater weight. The authors' examples of journalistic submission to power would be farcical but for the mass slaughter that has gone almost unreported. The obvious example is Iraq, over which the repeated and accurate assertions by figures such as the U.N. weapons inspectors Scott Ritter and Hans Blix that Iraq had been fundamentally disarmed by 1998 were almost never reported


The prospect of mass starvation caused by allied bombing — and the consequent 3000 deaths a month in Afghanistan — received next to no attention in the mainstream British press, in sharp contrast to the intensive, varied, and detailed coverage of the floods of refugees in Kosovo in 1999; but on that occasion, NATO governments wanted coverage to help them justify bombing which — even on the U.S. State Department's evidence — caused the refugee crisis by provoking a savage and indiscriminate backlash by the Serbian government against all Kosovans. Sections of the mainstream press even argued for pre-emptive bombing, and in response Cromwell and Edwards cite Noam Chomsky as saying this would be like advocating that the British government bomb cities such as Boston, where Northern Ireland paramilitary groups were suspected of raising funds.

McCarthy, the whole media world is your friend :)


5 Comments:

  • --offtrack--
    i read 'Leader page' as Leander Paes :D

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Wed Jun 21, 07:27:00 AM  

  • Exactly Bala....
    Manufacturing Consent is a wonderful book. Chomsky and Hermann take a lot of pains to prove that Free Press is not very "free" actually.
    I didn't know it was made into a movie. Something like Farenheit9/11 you mean?
    Interestingly a pro right writer like Michael Crichton argues on similar lines that "Press can't be trusted " regards the issue of global warming.
    So whom do we finally trust?
    Probably the good old saying holds..."Kannal Parapthum Poi. Kadhaal Ketpadhum Poi. Theera Visaripade Mei".

    By Blogger Sridhar(mutRupuLLi), at Wed Jun 21, 11:27:00 AM  

  • ttm,
    Neenga sonnadhukkappuram enakkey 'Leander Paes' nu dhaan theriyidhu :(

    sridhar,
    Manufacturing Consent, The Movie
    Not exactly a movie adaptaion of the book i guess, looking at the IMDB link....

    Karthik has a blog post on the effects of global warming

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Jun 21, 07:16:00 PM  

  • I would like to know what "Kannal Parapthum Poi. Kadhaal Ketpadhum Poi. Theera Visaripade Mei" means. I, too, am struggling to find something to trust, and I have been told that American journalism is the worst. I read a lot online but that only confuses me more.
    p.s. I don’t expect a real answer to the problem, but a translation would be nice.

    By Blogger spitzer, at Mon Jun 26, 01:19:00 PM  

  • Spitzer,
    Welcome!

    :"Kannal Parapthum Poi. Kadhaal Ketpadhum Poi. Theera Visaripade Mei"

    Translated:
    "What you see is not true
    What you hear is also not true
    Truth is in investigating thoroughly"
    That was a bad attempt at brining out the essence of the Tamil saying but still... :)

    BTW, have you seen FAIR?

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Jun 26, 05:24:00 PM  

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