THE WESTERN LIBERAL PRESS AND MEDIA PRETENCE OF NEUTRALITY
Until they are tested, the entire panoply of western press and media make a pretence of impartiality, simply providing what they pretend to be “news”.
This is all fine and dandy in respect of many issues such as a cat trapped up a tree requiring the fire service to get it down, and mundane, everyday subjects such as this. But when it comes to geopolitical issues where western state interests are concerned things change radically.
This was especially seen to be the case from 9/11 onward. Successive forays into sovereign nations, killing and destroying, sometimes in spectacular shock and awe form, generated hardly a whisper of criticism, never mind condemnation.
What America did along with its allies in the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ basically COULD NOT be criticised, more out of a self-preservation motivation rather than patriotism it has to be said. Anyone who criticised the mass slaughter and wholesale destruction of nations, the fragmentation of entire regions, the creation of a massive counter force by the name of ISIS, of torture, of rendition and black sites risked being swiftly cancelled.
In the early days both the BBC and Guardian ran foul of this rule. The BBC dared to transmit through its Radio 4 Today program allegations that the then Blair government was “sexing up” claims about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. It found itself in court on that issue and later subject to a staff clear out by a new director of the service. Needless to say the BBC staffers have been good compliant boys and girls ever since.
In the case of The Guardian newspaper it found that assisting Edward Snowden was pretty bad for it after government agents proceeded to make their way into their offices and smash Snowden's laptops to tiny metallic and glass pieces. The Guardian suddenly changed its stance and has henceforth displayed a very clean nose to the British government not to say bending over its bare arse for a good kicking if required.
But before all this there was a healthy mistrust of western states' foreign policies and a great deal of criticism. After 9/11 this virtually vanished except for one or two fool-hardly folk or those who had reached a certain degree of celebrity and reputation which immunised them against cancellation.
Embedding troops cancelled those who didn't think honest reporting was a radical pursuit. That was one area of potential randomity that could deviate from elite needs completely neutered. But generally self-censorship and the press and media industries getting narrowed down to a few corporate owners of subject to heavy state pressure did the trick.
Then you just let the liberal class know what's expected of them if they want to retain their status free of intelligence agency undermining. Keep your nose clean, relay the right talking points, get behind the regime change push and you'll be just fine.
And this is precisely what they all did and you can see in daily operation now.