“What we need is a Fifth Estate: a journalism that monitors, deconstructs and counters propaganda and teaches the young to be agents of people, not power.” John Pilger
It seems that much of our media have abandoned any semblance of accuracy or objectivity; and are no longer concerned with producing anything that could reasonably pass for journalism.
That these very same media organisations are now up in arms over the proliferation of what they refer to as “fake news” sites is beyond parody.
The S*n, with no sense of irony, accused others of “producing false stories to entertain and amuse”, while some it even suspected were “peddl[ing] their own agendas”. Is this not a textbook example of projection?
Recent “fake news” from The S*n:
I wouldn’t want The Torygraph to feel left out, so here is some “fake news” from that fine newspaper:
The S*n, The Torygraph and others should accept that their reliably low quality output is partly responsible for current trends in news consumption, with increasing numbers of people becoming less reliant on mainstream news sources and looking elsewhere.
And it is vitally important that we do look elsewhere- let’s not forget, the media has in the past used “fake news” to manufacture consent for illegal wars that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. As John Pilger writes in War by media and the triumph of propaganda, unless we counter the current narratives, we could be looking ahead to decades of war.
“When the truth is replaced by silence,” said the Soviet dissident Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” It’s this kind of silence we journalists need to break. We need to look in the mirror. We need to call to account an unaccountable media that services power and a psychosis that threatens world war.” John Pilger