It is an obvious point, but it is, nevertheless, one that has to be emphasized. On watching RT’s ‘Going Underground’ from the 25th of November, which was given just before the UK Parliament decided to bomb Syria, John Pilger quite rightly says that the propaganda coming from the so-called serious papers is even more lethal than the blatant puerile poppycock spouted out by the gutter press.
Why does that particular point have to be emphasized? Well, if it was only the Murdoch Press, the Daily Mail, and their ilk that were hammering out unadulterated propaganda and mind-boggling bigoted bias, recourse might be sought in some sort of search for the real story. However, in a world where we are continually bombarded with “news” the pseudo liberal press is there to ensure that there is very little cognitive engagement with the topic and, while there might be some affective disagreement with “four legs good, two legs bad” hysterics of the gutter press, the “qualities” “subtly” attempt to provide us with the necessary rationale to indeed accept that “four legs good, two legs bad” thesis. In accepting that rationale no real thinking is required.
Of course, for those of us who do like to chew the cud other methods are employed and information might simply be suppressed as was the case when ‘The Guardian’ simply suppressed comments that the West might have something to do with the bombings in Paris and this is the real point and the one which has to be emphasized for as Pilger says in the interview mentioned above, “Hollande supplies the weapons for the enemy that he denounces.”
Still, we shouldn’t be too surprised, after all he also supplies weapons to the Kurds, to the Saudis, to just about everyone, apart from Assad, but then he is hardly alone there. That, of course, would be the real news, the real narrative, and the narrative which, at least, supports the fact that the West is behind what is happening in the Middle East and that is why that war is already coming to Europe. It is one of the many stories which the so-called liberal press conveniently ignores, while bombarding us with drivel and half-baked truths.