|Image: Ukraine Uprising (Wiki Commons).|
March 18, 2014
We noted last year that – despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage – the American media was doing the exact same thing in Syria.
In reality, it’s not just Iraq or Syria … the corporate media is always pro-war, and pro-empire.
After all, American media never discusses the fact that the U.S. has planned on taking control of Ukrainesince 1997 … if not earlier.
Former Associated Press and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry notes:
As the Ukraine crisis continues to deepen, the mainstream U.S. news media is sinking to new lows of propaganda and incompetence. Somehow, a violent neo-Nazi-spearheaded putsch overthrowing a democratically elected president was refashioned into a “legitimate” regime, then the “interim” government and now simply “Ukraine.”
The Washington Post’s screaming headline on Sunday is “Ukraine decries Russian ‘invasion,’” treating the coup regime in Kiev as if it speaks for the entire country when it clearly speaks for only a subset of the population, mostly from western Ukraine. The regime’s “legitimacy” comes not from a democratic election but from a coup that was quickly embraced by the U.S. government and the European Union.
Objective U.S. journalists would insist on a truthful narrative that conveys these nuances to the American people, not simply behave as clumsy propagandists determined to glue “white hats” on the side favored by the State Department and “black hats” on everyone that the U.S. government disdains. But virtually the entire mainstream press corps has opted for the propaganda role, much as it has in the past. Think Iraq 2002-03.