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War by media and the triumph of propaganda

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By John Pilger (Dec 5, 2014)

Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war – with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.

The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an «invisible government». It is the government. It rules directly without fear of contradiction and its principal aim is the conquest of us: our sense of the world, our ability to separate truth from lies.

The information age is actually a media age. We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media – a surreal assembly line of obedient clichés and false assumptions.

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Pilger’s videos:

The War You Don’t See2011. Powerful investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ‘embedded’ and independent reporting.

Media and War: Challenging the ConsensusJohn Pilger addresses ‘Media and War’ conference at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, 17 November 2012

Julian Assange in conversation with John PilgerAn extended interview with Julian Assange recorded during filming of John Pilger’s latest film ‘The War You Don’t See’

The War You Don’t See trailerThe official trailer for John Pilger’s new film, ‘The War You Don’t See’, in UK cinemas from 12 December 2010

The War On Democracy2007. The story of the manipulation of Latin America by the United States over the past 50 years, including the real story behind the attempted overthrow of Hugo Chávez in 2002 (with English subtitles)

The War On Democracy (versión en español)2007. La historia del manipulación de países latinoamericanos por Estados Unidos durante los últimos 50 años, inclusive la verdad detrás del derrocamiento procurado del Hugo Chávez en 2002

Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War On Terror2003. An investigation into the discrepancies between the American and British justification for ‘War on Terror’ and the facts on the ground in Afghanistan and Washington DC.

Flying the Flag, Arming the WorldAn investigation of the world of international arms dealing.


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