…journalism and propaganda, the greenwald reminder…

…from any situation in Argentina to similar in the Ukraine, the MSM should not be mere ‘echo chamber’ of  ‘the international community’…

Glenn Greenwald late last year had appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight via video link-up. Its presenter, Kirsty Wark, would interview Greenwald. That exchange provided the proof, if any were needed, of the perils of the unthinking parroting of official assertions as indisputable facts. (Being invited to official social functions can be a powerful stupefying narcotic?) The tenor of Wark’s interview betrayed that corporation’s agenda. Unfortunately for Ms Wark the interview did raise and continues to raise the obvious question, based on what criteria did and do people like her get such jobs? To be exposed as incompetent but not be embarrassed is one criterion? And Wark is ‘better’ than most of those in the US, which is telling.

One of the virtues of the interview is the demonstration of what is an accomplished professional. Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer in the US, demonstrated a command of his subject and demonstrated this in powerful clarity and persuasiveness of language. In contrast, even fed with trite questions, these  ‘officials’ go no further than glib, ‘sound bite’ nonsense that would impress only the impressionable – ‘articulate’ is not among their communications skills.

That interview and its cautions from Greenwald should serve as a precaution when events occur, and more importantly, when such events are reported with the likelihood that scant attention may be paid to the actuality and accuracy of the very events. Ms Wark’s performance as interviewer or reporter is stunning: ‘is it in your bedroom?…’

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