Thursday, 27 December 2018

The values of the corporate media

Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria. This is good news, one would have thought. The US troops should never have been in Syria in the first place. The invasion was clearly illegal in international law. It was also unconstitutional in US domestic law. Yet, the political media elite were appalled. CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and all the rest responded with anger and outrage. How dare the president decide to call off an illegal invasion? This is a gift for Putin, or Assad or Erdogan or Islamic State or Iran or something.

Senator Lindsey Graham was much quoted. He turned the US Constitution upside down and asserted that it ought to be Congress that makes such a decision - even though Congress is supposed to decide to authorise war, not to terminate an illegal war; even though Congress never authorised this illegal invasion of Syria in the first place.

Indeed, the corporate media quoted just about every "expert" they could find to prove that pulling out of Syria was bad. They even quoted Max Boot, the expert who has been wrong about everything. Track record meant nothing. All that mattered was that the so called expert should denounce Trump's decision.

None of this should be too surprising, as the corporate media have only twice lauded Trump as presidential: both were when he illegally bombed Syria on the basis of alleged chemical weapons attacks. The first attack was a jihadist false flag operation and the second was a hoax staged by jihadists. Facts that the corporate media have conveniently ignored.

A day after Trump's announcement, the United Nations heard detailed evidence about the horrors of the jihadist White Helmets: an organisation supported by the US and its allies and lauded as heroic by the corporate media. Among the many horrors revealed was the fact the White Helmets have systematically engaged in organ theft. This ought to have been headline news across the globe. Yet the corporate media responded with silence. Not a word. They ignored the story. Not because they were unaware: they were present at the presentation. They, news agency after news agency, decided the story was not worth reporting. Not worth reporting because it effectively undermines their narrative.

These two stories starkly reveal the values of the corporate media. They devote saturation attention to denouncing a move to end an illegal war of aggression, whilst simultaneously ignoring a story that exposed some of the horrors of that war. The corporate media are propagandists for wars of aggression. They support the criminal jihadists and condemn moves to end unnecessary war. And this sociopathy is wrapped up and presented as morality. Yet anyone who dissents, criticises or even merely questions their narratives is immediately denounced as a propagandist. One wonders if they have ever heard of the defence mechanism known as projection?

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