"War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda"-John Pilger

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"War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda"-John Pilger
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:27:35 PM »
John Pilger speaks at Logan Symposium in London on December 5th, 2014
based on this very important article below, published on the same day
on his website:

  He says that true journalism "scares power" but that we see all too
little of this, today and he asks why?

 "War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda"

  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 cliches and
false assumptions.

  This power to create a new "reality" has building for a long time.
Forty-five years ago, a book entitled The Greening of America caused a
sensation. On the cover were these words: "There is a revolution
coming. It will not be like revolutions of the past. It will originate
with the individual."

  I was a correspondent in the United States at the time and recall the
overnight elevation to guru status of the author, a young Yale
academic, Charles Reich. His message was that truth-telling and
political action had failed and only "culture" and introspection could
change the world.

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