The Graun’s recent (anonymously authored) “Observer view on…” reads like sullen teenage grafitti. Rddled with ignorance and misinformation, it would more fittingly be scribbled in the back of an exercise book, accompanied by an unflattering cartoon of a maths teacher. The introduction:
The Kerry-Lavrov pact is as shot full of holes as an Aleppo block of flats
sets the tone for the rest. Crude brutalism, psychopathic indifference to truth and human suffering. Nothing new here. Except for this gem, which, we believe, must qualify for the Orwell Revisionism Award.
The position of the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, also excluded, is more nuanced. If left alone, they could conceivably join Assad’s more moderate opponents in upholding a truce,
Yes, you read that right. “the al-Qaida-linked al Nusra Front”, or “al Qaida in Syria” as they were previously known, are now people we can work with apparently. The gentlefolk at Graun HQ are under orders to repackage the allege perps of 9/11 as the friendly face of mass murder.
The frightening thing about editorials such as this is the insight into the collective mind of those currently steering western foreign policy. Not just profoundly ignorant and profoundly arrogant, but frankly unhinged. They really do seem to believe they create reality by simply saying it is so. And that is genuine, Strangelovian, nuclear-armed insanity.
The comments section says it all. And reminds us why these same lunatics want to close down comments sections. Like the serial killer who tapes up the mouths of his victims, they need to shut off the reminders of their own crimes and delusions.
One comment in particular cites a really rather good analysis of “this sort of journalism”, from the Sic Semper Tyrannis blog. It’s worth repeating here:
1- Corporate leadership is integrated into the world-wide informal group think network of governments, media. academia, think-tanks and mega-capitalists that I have shorthanded as the Borg. Such corporate stakeholders are easily pushed in editorial directions desired by governments and special interest groups. The tools are always the same; money for sponsorship of programs and access to supposedly key people.
2- Media people at the operational level (especially in TV) are generally not well educated. They are typically products of schooling and experience in the communications arts (including journalism). Such people are often woefully ignorant of the Humanities (history, languages, area studies, etc.) and lack any context with which to understand events on the world scene. They are easy prey for the editorial policy given them by the corporate leaders.
There are occasional moments of comedy created by the dissonance brought to the fore by confrontations with reality. Yesterday, CNN’s Jake Tapper was distracted from the primary election circus long enough to show us all film done recently by a CNN reporter in government occupied Aleppo neighborhoods. Life looked quite normal. There was a lot of food in the markets. Children played in the streets. Women walked around without their faces covered. Taxis drove up and down picking up and discharging fares. Several older men were interviewed and they attributed their good conditions to the hard fighting and victories of the Syrian Army. Tapper did not know what to say and changed the subject.
The Graun journos could view the endless flood of dismayed and angry comments their increasingly strident propaganda articles incite as some sort of wake up call and reminder to start doing their jobs. But sadly, their groupthink makes it impossible. They simply call the commenters “putinbots” and go back to sleep.