Still Manufacturing Consent

Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Dominating international news in 1919 were stories that focused on the aftermath of the recently concluded Great War, especially controversies related to the Paris Peace Conference and the ongoing Bolshevik Revolution. ‘Now, the plain fact,’ [Walter] Lippmann wrote, ‘is that out of the troubled areas of the world the public receives practically nothing that is not propaganda.’ His axiom applies as much today as it did in 1919. Indeed, the more grievous the troubles the more egregious the propaganda, as press reporting on the Ukraine War and on China amply demonstrates. In both instances, even establishment outlets such as the Times have abandoned even the pretense of offering balanced coverage in favor of striking a virtuous posture, denouncing Russian brutality and Chinese authoritarianism.” (05/18/23)