How mainstream media churnalism works

One of the most common complaints about the mainstream media is the way that instead of holding the powerful to account, a significant proportion of these so-called journalists are more than happy to act as mouthpieces for governments, corporations, bankers, arms dealers, and billionaires.

Here’s a fantastic example of a mainstream media hack lazily regurgitating a press release from a press agency representing the interests of the multinational biotechnology corporation Monsanto, and presenting it to readers as if it’s news.

Here’s a screen shot of the press release (link here)

And here’s a screen shot of the article published in The S*n (no way am I posting a link to that vile right-wing propaganda rag, Google it yourself if you really want to look at the whole thing)

Notice how the S*n article copies the rhetoric of the press release word for word. If you take the time to look at the whole article, the entire thing is cut n’ pasted from the press release, without the slightest effort to introduce any balance or critical analysis whatever.

Aside from the fact that the S*n writer Carl Stroud is absolutely taking the piss claiming a salary for apparently doing nothing more than cut n’ pasting press releases instead of actually writing articles himself, this is about as clear a demonstration of what is wrong with modern mainstream media journalism as it’s possible to see.

If mainstream media journalists are prepared to simply cut n’ paste press releases from major corporations, then it’s beyond obvious that they do it with press releases from the government too.

Tony Blair and Alistair Campbell were masters at manipulating the press, because they realised that if they fed journalists press releases in the form of pre-written articles, they’d just lazily rehash the government message instead of doing any real investigative work.

The Tories continued this tactic when they came to power, and that’s why it was so uncommon to see anything resembling sustained criticism of the Tories’ economically ruinous obsession with hard-right austerity dogma, because loads of so-called journalists were just lazily rehashing government press releases instead of actually doing the hard work of trying to hold the ruling class to account.

There’s a growing level of groupthink amongst mainstream media pundits to furiously attack independent media or anyone who dares criticise the woeful standard of so much mainstream media journalism, but rather than bitterly attack their critics and self-righteously pose as the poor innocent victims, maybe mainstream media hacks should take a good long look at examples like this to get an idea of why more and more people are getting completely hacked off with mainstream media outlets, and are turning to independent media sources for their political analysis instead?

Credit to George Monbiot for originally spotting that the press release and the article in The S*n were identical.

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Posted in 2017, george monbiot, media, Monsanto, propaganda, The S*n, uk

The Spanish political establishment are plotting to attack Catalan political and social autonomy

The right-wing Spanish governing party (PP) and the pseudo-socialist opposition party (PSOE) have announced that they’ve concocted a plan to seize control of the autonomous region of Catalonia.

Just days after the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont decided to disappoint the secessionist movement by appealing for talks with the Spanish government instead of unilaterally declaring independence (like he said he would before the referendum), the response of the Spanish political class has been to completely ignore the calls for dialogue, and to further escalate the situation by threatening to launch a Spanish nationalist power grab in the region.

The Article 155 plan that the two main Spanish political parties have concocted isn’t just to scrap the Catalan parliament and impose Madrid rule until new elections are held, they’ve also decided to take over local Catalan language TV and radio stations (TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio), and take over running of the Catalan police force (los Mossos) [source – in Catalan].

The reason the Spanish political establishment in Madrid want to exert control over the Catalan police is obvious. They’re furious that the Mossos didn’t join in with the Guardia Civil and Federal Police to violently repress the October 1st independence vote. In fact the Mossos were actually seen protecting non-violent civilians from the brutality of the Spanish police, and the head of the Mossos was hauled to Madrid to be questioned on trumped up “sedition” charges. 

The reason the Spanish nationalists in Madrid want control of Catalan media is even more obvious. They want to exert as much influence as possible over the Catalan public in order to influence the outcome of the election they’re forcing.

They’re obviously trying to claim that they’re only planning to take over these broadcast organisations to “enforce neutrality”, but the extreme lack of neutrality of those plotting this move was betrayed by the PSOE polotician Carmen Calvo who accused the Catalan President of “mounting a revolution against democracy”

It takes a massive amount of chutzpah to make an accusation like that when you’re the one who is plotting to force the closure of a democratically elected parliament and to seize control of broadcast organisations, and just weeks after your allies in the plot sent police in to brutally attack non-violent citizens and actually steal ballot boxes!

The problem is that this plot to seize control of TV stations and radio waves is a very 20th Century approach to mass indoctrination.

There’s absolutely no way Catalans are going to take this attack on their autonomy lying down, and if their local TV and radio stations suddenly begin spewing endless pro-Madrid propaganda, they’re hardly likely to remain silent about it on social media, or in the streets, cafes, and bars of Catalonia.

Sure, seizing control of broadcasters worked a treat back in the 1970s for the likes of the brutal Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, but in order for the indoctrination efforts to work these days the Spanish political establishment are clearly going to have to significantly increase the cyber-warfare tactics that they deployed against the referendum organisers in September 2017, including the kinds of social media clampdowns witnessed in dictatorships like Turkey and Egypt.

In any other country this kind of anti-democratic scheming would be seen as a political coup d’etat, but somehow there is very little outrage over this outright attack on Catalan political and social autonomy that the Spanish nationalist parties are plotting.

The EU have continued to do nothing to intervene, even after the grotesque displays of state violent state repression of EU citizens during the October 1st independence referendum, and neither have the governments of other supposedly liberal democratic European states like Germany, France, the United Kingdom or Italy.

The craziest thing of all is that this continuous escalation from the Spanish nationalist establishment (cyber-warfare, violent police repression, the taking of political prisoners, veiled death threats from Spanish government ministers, the abolition of democratic Catalan autonomy, seizure of Catalan broadcast organisations …) is exactly the kind of behaviour that is likely to drive more and more non-partisan Catalan civilians into the welcoming arms of Catalan secessionist parties, who can easily position themselves as the moderate non-violent democrats in this kind of situation.

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Posted in 2017, Catalonia, democracy, eu, media, PP, propaganda, PSOE, social media, Spain

caliope-the-aesthetic-lady:Poe Dameron aesthetic for anon My…

caliope-the-aesthetic-lady:

Poe Dameron aesthetic for anon

My captain, my flyboy

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just-shower-thoughts:Depression is like the system app that drains your battery but you can’t…

just-shower-thoughts:

Depression is like the system app that drains your battery but you can’t uninstall

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i use my phone to do everything. except make phone calls because phone calls are awful

Can’t remember the last phone call I took or made my phone. Internet, photos, apps, weather, use as a mobile hotspot for my iPad when the internet goes down in Starbucks. Use it to pay for my drinks in Starbucks too.

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te5seract:

Moonlight Shines Over Swedish Winter Wonderland
Creative Landscape
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Adnan Bubalo ✅

Gorgeous

Posted in aurora borealis, landscape, Night, nothern lights, sky, sweden, winter

Opinion | Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein

Opinion | Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein:

They are brave and it is telling the world listen

#MeToo

Posted in harvey weinstein, lupita nyong'o, sexual predator

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junkwilldo:

latinxheroes:

Poe Dameron by Kevin Wada

@kyber-hearts-and-stardust-souls I pretty much 100000000000% know you’ve probably already seen this, but whatever!

*snickers* you know me too well, @junkwilldo 😘

Haha this is rather naughty but I like it ☺️

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A simple question for pro-Brexit Tories

Here’s a simple question for pro-Brexit Tories.

Let’s assume for a moment that the Tory strategy of continually talking up how great a “no deal” Brexit would be is a simple ploy to frighten the EU27 into giving the UK a good Brexit deal.

Of course many would argue that a ruinous “no deal” cliff edge Brexit is actually the desired Tory endgame, because it would cause a de facto coup (the Tory government would have total free rein to scrap citizens’ rights and liberties, and to rewrite thousands of laws to their own benefit) and it would trigger an unprecedented frenzy of disaster capitalism (mega-rich speculators picking up distressed British assets on the cheap like vultures stripping a carcass). But let’s leave this suspicion to one side, and pretend that the only possible reason for Tory ministers to continually talk up how fantastic a “no deal”  Brexit would be is to goad the EU into giving the UK a great Brexit deal.

If this is true, and there are no ulterior motives (rights-scrapping, asset-stripping …), perhaps some Tory Brexit supporters could explain why the Tory government is steadfastly refusing to release any of the economic impact assessments they’ve done on the economic consequences of a “no deal” Brexit?

If the “no deal” Brexit scenario is as fantastic as Tory ministers keep claiming, then why won’t they back up their assertions by showing us some supporting evidence?

Oh – and don’t use that pathetic excuse the right-wing propaganda rags have been peddling about “not revealing our hand” in order to avoid weakening the UK negotiating position.

If “no deal” would be as fantastic as Tory ministers keep claiming, some actual evidence to that effect obviously wouldn’t weaken the UK negotiating position at all.

Providing some evidence to back their stance would actually significantly strengthen the UK negotiating position by showing that the alternative to the EU providing a favourable deal to the UK would be perfectly fine for the UK economy, meaning there would be no point at all in the EU offering a bad deal.

I’m not asking this question to be some kind of smart arse. I’m genuinely baffled by the Tory negotiating stance. If they have actual evidence to back up their assertions that “no deal” would be fine, then it would make absolute sense to publish it. However if they don’t have any actual evidence that “no deal” would be as great as they keep claiming, then they’re lying to the EU27 (a completely empty bluff is a shockingly poor negotiation strategy) and they’re also lying to the British public (which is likely to cost them dear if they back themselves into triggering a “no deal” Brexit and it turns out to be an economic disaster).

So, being careful to avoid glib and fundamentally nonsensical excuses about “not revealing our hand”, could you explain why the Tories are refusing to release the impact assessments they have (or haven’t) done on the economic consequences of triggering a “no deal” Brexit?

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Posted in 2017, brexit, Diplomacy, economics, eu, politics, Tories, uk

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