The Propaganda Model Revisitedhttp://www.chomsky.info/onchomsky/199607--.htm
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The belief that American media (with the exception of Fox News) is a "good" source of information flies in the face of any reasonable critique and analysis of how the American media has functioned in the past century. Once upon a time, America had a vibrant, expressive, critical and flourishing media, the age of 'Muckracking journalism' - in the latter 19th century and going into the early 20th century. However, with the expansion of communications on a much larger scale than ever before, corporate control grew lock-in-step. As much of the muckraking journalism was anti-capitalist and anti-establishment and highly critical, it became ever more necessary for the growing media companies to control the growth of the media itself.
One need only look at the countless, seemingly never-ending list of atrocities supported by the West and the United States in particular, over the past 60 years, in order to see how the media in the United States (and the West more generally) is propaganda. Western and American-supported or orchestrated atrocities are either underreported, misreported, or not reported at all. With literally dozens upon dozens of US-supported and orchestrated coups, destabilization campaigns, wars, interventions, support to death squads and terrorists in nations all over the world... there is a reason most people don't know about it. Though it is extensively documented, it is not widely disseminated. In fact, the media either justify or ignore these events altogether.
But no, I suppose that this is a sign of a truly "reliable" media. You can always rely on them to tell you what to think and how to think. And it's not really surprising or difficult to see how the influence is wielded. Simply go to the website of any major media conglomerate, and look at its board of directors and executive management teams, and read their biographies. You will find individuals from banks, major corporations, the military and weapons industries, drug manufacturers, oil and energy conglomerates, and former government officials. U.S. foreign policy serves the interests of American and indeed, global banks and corporations. Since they own the media, the media supports U.S. foreign policy, and hides the true nature of geopolitics from the people.
The American empire runs around the world, plunging billions into poverty (through the World Bank and IMF), or killing millions through sanctions, destabilization, coups and wars, or supporting oppressive and brutal regimes which oppress their own populations (or did we already forget about Egypt?). The major banks and corporations profit off of this global plunder of peoples and resources. Since they own the media, the media presents a view of the world in which America is spreading democracy and freedom, or intervening in nations for "humanitarian" reasons, bombing people to "save them", ostensibly. A great global war of conquest for resources is called a "War on Terror." The media decides who the "worthy" victims are, and who the "unworthy" victims are.
Just take Libya. Rebel groups being killed by the Libyan government are deemed "worthy" victims. Black Africans in Libya who are being ethnically cleansed by the rebel groups are deemed "unworthy" victims. This is a necessary tactic for the media to employ because to serve U.S. objectives and justify the war (and potential occupation in the future), the rebels have been selected as the "good guys", while everyone else are the "bad guys." This reinforces a black and white version of reality and conflict, of which reality is never truly reflective.
So, the fact that the rebel groups are affiliated with al-Qaeda may be reported, but it is neither widely disseminated or known.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html
The fact that the rebel groups we are arming and supporting are committing ethnic cleansing of black Africans, is also not widely disseminated.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304887904576395143328336026.html
These facts are forgotten to the "memory hole" because they do not fit in with a black and white - good vs. bad - view of the conflict or world. It becomes harder to justify the rebels as democratic freedom fighters when they are linked with al-Qaeda and commit ethnic cleansing. In that context, the legitimacy of the whole war is thrown into question.
This general model of "worthy" vs. "unworthy" victims is used in nearly every conflict zone around the world: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Israel/Palestine, etc.
But no, I suppose it's just "nonsense" that the U.S. media is propaganda. Or maybe it's the U.S. media that's "nonsense."