Western Propaganda – A Chomskyan Analysis Of Today’s News

In case you’re not familiar with the Propaganda Model, have a quick read here.

I will be looking at headlines on today’s BBC News website, that is Saturday 3/10/2015.

Here is a screengrab of the first of a paired example:

The headline is clear and unambiguous: Russia is the bad guy and good guy Cameron is berating them for their air strikes in Syria.

Okay, yes, seems fair.

Now, let’s look at headline screengrab two:

What can you glean from this? Firstly, the bold headline calls it an ‘Afghan hospital bombing.’ If you read no further, you might assume that Al Qaeda or other fundamentalists had bombed a hospital, after all, that’s the majority of stories we get from Afganistan, evil Taliban stuff.

But wait – the second paragraph says ‘Air strikes.’ Air strikes by whom?

WHY, BY THE USA!! 

Well now, isn’t that a surprise? Why didn’t the headline say:

UN Denounces US Air Strikes On Afghan Hospital

as that would have been the exact equivalent of the Russian headline.

Furthermore – where is Cameron’s outrage about the US murdering doctors in a hospital? Oh, hold on, he’s said nothing.

Because only the crimes of our official enemies count. The crimes of our official friends are not crimes. Those murders are not murders, they are ‘regrettable’ and ‘collateral damage’ and justifiable. Only the lives taken by our enemies are mourned and raged over by our politicians. 

In a bourgeois democratic society, unlike a fascist or Stalinist society we rarely have the press being outright censored. What we have instead is a daily blizzard of bias, like the paired example above. The average person with not much time to delve beyond the headlines might conclude that today the Russians are baddies and some Taliban bombed a hospital. They would remain ignorant of the US’ war crime against a hospital.

And that’s how propaganda, thought control in democratic societies works. By the normalising the discourse to certain boundaries; Cameron’s economic policy is fair, Corbyn’s is lunatic, Russia’s air strikes are evil, the US’ are good.

You don’t have to censor the truth, you just have to place it where most people will not look.

US Murders Doctors In Air Strike On Hospital

msf

Medecins Sans Frontieres said at least nine of its staff were killed in the attack. Many are unaccounted for.

It said the strikes continued for more than 30 minutes after US and Afghan authorities were told of its location.

US forces were carrying out air strikes at the time. The Nato alliance has admitted the clinic may have been hit.

At least 37 people were seriously injured, 19 of them MSF staff.

More than 100 patients were in the hospital, along with relatives and carers; it is not known how many of them were killed.

MSF says that all parties to the conflict, including Kabul and Washington, had been told the precise GPS co-ordinates of the hospital in Kunduz on many occasions, including on 29 September. (Source)

More war crimes from everyone’s favourite TV comedian, Obomber.

BUT HEY, HE’S SO FUNNY! WHAT DO A FEW MORE CORPSES MATTER??? ISN’T HIS FAMILY LOVELY?! LOOK OVER THERE! IGNORE THE PILES OF DEAD CHILDREN!

A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Col Brian Tribus, said: “US forces conducted an air strike in Kunduz city at 02:15 (local time)… against individuals threatening the force.

“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

Innocents murdered in a fucking hospital by the US = “collateral damage.”