US Media Poodles – when it comes to war, the US media excel at following the White House line

En hoe ‘onafhankelijk’ zijn onze Nederlandse media? Moet het weer zeven jaar duren (Srebrenica), voordat wordt onderzocht hoe die zich opstelden bij de aanloop van de catastrofaal-contraproductieve invasie van Irak, de heilloze Global War on Terror en (de verlenging van) onze uitzichtloze militaire missie in Afghanistan?

When the president and his team set out to prepare the media ground for war, they can rely on a repetition compulsion that’s widespread in the American press. Major outlets seem unable to resist White House agenda-setting for war. Cases in point span decades, from Vietnam and the Dominican Republic to Grenada and Panama, to Iraq and Yugoslavia, to Afghanistan and Iraq again – with Iran likely to join the list next year.

Along the way, beginning with the 1991 Gulf war, the better performances of the British press compared to the American media – high jumps over low standards – have not prevented the British government from requiting the worst aspects of the special relationship by supplying troops and weaponry for US-initiated war efforts based on deception.

The political feasibility of waging these tragic wars can be largely traced to the US media’s reflexive capitulations to the administration in Washington – providing stenographic services far more often than tough scrutiny….

The belated and fuzzy outlines of the US media’s second thoughts are apt to appear long after the realtime coverage has aided and abetted Washington’s war planners. So, today, with few murmurs of concern from the powerhouse US media, the quality of reporting on the Iranian "threat" is scarcely more of a departure from the official White House line than what we were getting five years ago in countless stories about the menace of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…

US Media Poodles – when it comes to war, the US media excel at following the White House line (Norman Solomon in Guardian)

War, Truth and the Media – Truth as the First Casualty (The Guardian)


2 thoughts on “US Media Poodles – when it comes to war, the US media excel at following the White House line

    War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.
    War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.
    Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “brutally persuasive” and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.

    Approx. 72 minutes
    English subtitles
    Color | Stereo | NTSC | All Region Encoded DVD

  2. Het blijft merkwaardig dat de VK-blog-gemeenschap TOTAAL GEEN INTERESSE heeft voor dit soort fundamentele vraagstukken. Een soort ‘cultural gap’, zou je kunnen stellen, een kloof tussen VK-elite die een kwaliteitskrant wil maken en een lezend publiek dat met een simplistische BUSH-iaanse zwart-wit-moraal genoegen neemt.
    Je kunt je dan ook afvragen of het zogenaamde elitairisme van de VK-medewerkers een stevige rationele ondergrond bezit.
    Ik vrees dat het denken zich beperkt tot de simpele aanname dat wanneer de Clintons het Bush-beleid gaan uitvoeren alles weer ‘goed’ is…
    PIETER BROERTJES zei het ooit heel duidelijk: "Van de mensen die ik goed acht verwacht ik geen kwaad…"
    BUSH kan het niet beter zeggen!

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