The Western Media’s Truthiness and its Orgy of Hate

How (even “liberal”) Western media who trumpet Rule of Law, Presumption of Innocence, Tolerance, Objectivity and Balance as key differentiating hallmarks of Western culture, displayed none of these in their gleeful Orwellian display of Hate Week to pursue their Governments anti-Russian agitprop.

July 22, 2014

In Harper Lee’s American Literature classic “To Kill a Mockingbird“, a book that few Americans would be unfamiliar with, a black man is accused by a white woman of sexual molestation in a rural town in Alabama. While a beautifully complex narrative, for the purpose of this blog, one of its relevant themes is that of Racism and in a larger sense (that includes another individual who lives apart from society) those we identify as the Other. So not only can’t a Black Man get a fair trial, but the white majority have already decided on his guilt before a trial based on “common sense” (and of course he is found guilty by an all-white jury though a spirited defense pretty much shows his innocence). This inherent suspicion of the Other is of course very much alive and well in “civilized” Western discourse, including even in the so-called Liberal Western Media.

The orgy of glee and hatred in the US personally blaming Putin for the tragedy of MH17 in the absence of any independently verifiable facts (at a time when hundreds of civilians are killed by Israel in Gaza resolutely supported by the US Government; utter chaos and civilian deaths in Iraq and Libya directly traceable to US government actions in destabilizing dictatorial but relatively stable regimes ; and yes even civilians being bombed to death in Eastern Ukraine by the US government backed Kiev military) is just an expression of this latent hatred that many feel about those who are seen to be “different” but cannot freely express because of social convention.

There are now no such boundaries on expressing hatred towards Russia and Putin in particular, who has become a one-dimensional caricature of a Bond Villain, and all the deep vitriol, the deep hatred that “civilized” people bottle up because of the pressure to be civilized, has – orchestrated and carefully nurtured by the PR departments of the US government, amplified by a “free” Western corporate media both “liberal” and conservative, – burst forth overpowering all Logic and Reason. There is almost a competition on who can more creatively vilify and lampoon Putin more.

The Background

Putin, whose Foreign Policy is stubbornly independent of the US Government foreign policy, has increasingly been derided and undermined by the US government agitprop which has a well established history (See Operation Mockingbird of using / PAYING Western reporters to spread propaganda and Carl Bernstein’s damning 1977 expose claiming over 400 news reporters over 25 years working for the CIA including those in the New York Times and Time magazine the leading global media outlets at the time).

In addition, of course, Russians have always been lampooned (part of the agitprop during the Cold War): the thick gruff accents; their impassive faces; the cold, gloomy climate (when was the last time Hollywood has pictured a Russian city in the summer?) to build up in the minds (especially in the West) of Russians as Dark and Sinister incapable of those human emotions and attitudes that Civilized people like us feel.

Ukraine Crisis

Imagine that a Tea Party crowd baying against Obama’s “socialist policies” (and taking advantage of the disapproval many US liberals also feel with his uninspired policies) occupied the DC Mall. Although yet impossible in modern day US with its mature and relative stable institutions, further imagine for a minute that this crowd led by Lindsey Graham (supported by Klu Klux Klansman and neo-Nazi militias that dot much of the US heartland) cause Obama to flee. This new government names key conservatives to the cabinet – Dick Cheney, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, David Duke et al – declares they represent the United States (and more importantly control the US military) and among other things start passing Conservative laws; abortion is made illegal; immigration tightly controlled; laws that disproportionately target blacks enhanced; MLK day abolished; and many others laws and pronouncements anathema to US liberals.

While many in the Red States would cheer loudly, one can imagine the consternation of the North Eastern states about this “revolution”. One can imagine that the North East will start to form militias of their own. African Americans who voted for Obama en masse would feel threatened and disenfranchised. Referendums would be organized to declare the independence of certain areas. Military units would desert and arms seized.

The fortunately unlikely scenario above is unfortunately not unlike what happened in Ukraine. The Ukrainian East, robbed of the person they helped vote in by a large margin  (corrupt as any of his predecessors), in a highly polarized society were faced with a highly nationalistic government brought in on a “revolution” or “coup” depending on your point of view, hostile to their culture. Members of neo-Nazi parties violently opposed to the Moskals – an ethnic slur against Russians – that make up the East, were in power. And openly calling for these Moskals to be brought to heel (with little disapproval shown from those now in power).

Putin and Russians were obviously appalled by what was happening in neighboring regions historically and culturally tied to their own nation. Putin repeatedly called for talks only to be rebuffed. He called for the obvious grievances of these ethnic-Russian Ukrainians  – as displayed in various referenda and echoing past election patterns and ethnic divides – be properly addressed. He called for talks not based in ultimatums or threats but as equals with these regions. These fell on deaf years.

These pleas for treatment as equals echoed those of Native Americans when they tried to negotiate in good faith with the US government in the 1800s. And similar to those during the American Civil Rights movements where the Deep South White folks wouldn’t treat African Americans as equals – especially “uppity Negros”. How much ever Whites may fight and disagree with themselves, how dare Negros think they can talk to Whites as equals? Don’t they know their place?

The demonization of Putin, which is standard for all of US Government enemies (and indeed is a core feature of US domestic politics) is extreme. The FACT that not only is Putin supported by a vast majority of Russians but that he and his government have helped rescue Russia (and Russians) from the depths of US advised “shock therapy” of the 1990s, is never mentioned. FACTS are inconvenient things. Steven Colbert – while talking of domestic issues of course – coined the term “truthiness” to describe the replacement of cold hard facts by emotions about “what feels right”.

The separatists – ALWAYS described as “pro-Russian” in the Western media, rarely if ever as “anti-Kiev” – are not interested in advancing beyond the borders of the regions many ethnic Russian Ukrainians there voted to become independent. This is unlike the Syrian rebels – openly supported by the US government with disastrous blowback in Iraq – who are interested in the overthrow of the current Syrian government and have directly caused civilian deaths. Yet the concerns of these separatists – the militas as well as the civilian population – who are trying to carve an area free of Kiev’s interference as clearly as Kosovans wanted an area free of Serbian influence, are rarely addressed in the Western media. They are reduced to a single phrase “pro-Russian rebels”. Their hopes, dreams, wants, despairs simply don’t exist.

MH17 Crash: Facts and the Western Government / Media Narrative

Five days after the crash, the only facts that are clear are Malaysian Air 17 with 298 souls on board, with a last reported position at 30,000 feet crashed near Donetsk, in separatist held territory, with no survivors.

There is near uniform speculation that because planes don’t usually crash for no reason that either a bomb or more likely because it was flying over a war zone, a missile brought it down.

This could either be an air-to-air missile (like that which brought down KAL 007 by the Soviets in 1983) or a surface-to-air missile (like that brought down Iran Air 655 by the US Navy in 1988, or Siberian Air 1812 by the Ukranian Military in 2001).

For a surface-to-air missile to hit a plane at 30,000 feet the most likely armament is a Soviet BUK – or SA-11 as NATO designates it – which both the Ukranian military and Russian military possess as part of their standard arsenal.

Another option – the one that the US Government and the Western media based effectively on US and Ukrainian government sources believe to be True – is that the Rebels did it.

If the Rebels did do this, where could they have got the missile and the specialized training to shoot a plane at 30,000 feet from?

And now we come to the realm of deep speculation and allegations and counter-allegations.

The US government has already announced that “it is clear that the rebels did this” with no evidence other than the Word of the US Government behind it. This by the way is a Government that routinely lies to its own people so much that a majority of the US people don’t trust it; the Republican congress routinely accuses Obama personally of lying from Benghazi to IRS-gate and demands hearings to determine “facts”; the established NSA mass-spying on Americans after years of obfuscation. And of course the lies on Saddam’s WMD that led to the deaths of an equivalent 3,500 MH17s or an MH17 a day for 10 years straight. So why is anything this Government – which places sanctions on Russians but not extreme Ukrainian militias responsible for the Odessa massacre; which condones the Ukrainian military bombings against ethnic-Russian civilians (who dared to vote for independence) credible?

The Western media which is skeptical of domestic Government actions, immediately falls in line with reporting the SAME governments allegations and rumor mongering as virtual FACTS. Of course the Rebels did it. And of course the Russians supplied them with the missile. It is “common sense”. Obvious. A lynch mob doesn’t need Proof. All it requires is Hate.

(Western media loves to publish “anonymous” briefings by US Government agencies which are in actuality full scale briefings by the US Government. These are published in full without questions. Like “Why the hell should I believe anything you’re telling me?”)

The Russian Government has its own view of course which is that the Ukranians could have done it. Yet this is immediately discounted by the West. Why? Why is this not a logical possibility?

The Orgy of Hate

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – which seems to be the US government playbook – describes Hate Week a public spectacle of speeches and lectures “designed to increase the hatred for the current enemy of the Party”.

Putin – already made out to be the bogeyman, the Hitler (who if anything represented Western inspired values in terms of sheer organizational power, scientific and technical execution, a feeling of cultural superiority and Exceptionalism and a desire to expand as every major European country had) – was now been elevated to a bloodthirsty killer, a monster, a vile unspeakable creature who was directly responsible for the death of babies. And he had to be personally punished by all means.


It didn’t of course matter that EVEN IF

(A) Russia had supplied SU-11 missiles (there has been ZERO PROOF presented that Russia has provided ANY hardware let alone long range missiles which at any rate make ZERO SENSE to give the separatists a missile that would target a plane that high).

(B) the rebels had shot down the plane (NO FACTS yet)

that logic would dictate that directly linking Putin to babies would then mean that Obama is directly linked to deaths of East Ukrainian babies, Syrian babies, Gazans babies, Libyan babies, Iraqi babies, Afghani babies, Pakistani babies, Yemeni babies, Somali babies. Indeed in many cases Obama directly signs off on strikes that have caused civilian casualties including that of an American teenager.

Yet there are no Western headlines (or even Russian ones) screaming Obama Kills Babies (perhaps in papers in the Deep South linking Obama to Abortion).

Of course there were no FACTS yet. And the West allegedly prides itself on the Rule of Law and the Presumption of Innocence two very key hallmarks of Western Civilization along with Rational Thinking.

All that went out the door. The bloodlust was evident. The debate was not about finding out the facts of the case: it was on how to punish Russia specifically Putin. The “liberals” were the ones who said “Let’s think about going slow with sanctions”. Virtually absent was any discussion of FACTS and presenting all points of view (including the possibility of the Ukrainians doing it) in a calm manner.

No, after immediately linking the deaths of babies still lying in fields and Putin with no facts, the hate just kept increasing. Russians were barbarians. They were uncivilized savages.

And then it turned to the “pro-Russian rebels”. The plane crashed in the middle of farmland miles from towns in an impoverished war zone. The rescuers were accused first of leaving bodies to rot, then moving them around away from the scene, then loading them on cattle trucks ; of holding a dead child’s teddy bear like a trophy and on and on. The sheer invective heaped upon these folks who did their best with the primitive equipment they had to help was derided and condemned. Meanwhile the OCSE was tweeting consistently and once they got past the first day and a half of confusion, praised the cooperation and work of the rebel forces.

Yet few of this was recorded by the mainstream Western media many of whom had representatives on the ground. Instead pictures and tweets of reporters used to modern medical equipment and rescue helicopters, emphasized that these guys were bunch of yokels. And the opportunistic looting there is in any tragedy was hyped as more evidence of the “sickening savagery” of the residents as David Cameron said. (This is the same exact time when Israeli citizens were lounging on chairs cheering as they watched live as Gazans civilians died – with little comment from Western leaders and indeed full backing across the entire (narrow) spectrum of the 100 members of the US Senate – the best money can buy. As an aside, the British media has split from its Atlantic brethren in the US by reporting unstintingly about the massacres in Gaza; not surprisingly the US media has tread more carefully).

The Hate now turned even more to those who called for Calm and Reason. RT – a threat to the uniform drone beat of the Western corporate media since it can effectively present contrary facts and views like no other US government enemy in history can – was vilified.

Then the Hate turned towards the Germans and French who balked at the Atlanticist Brigade’s charge on Russia. Morality must take precedence over mere Economics, the US (and its loyal poodle – there’s a more apt canine term I won’t use – the UK) columnists thundered. The French who were savagely vilified in 2003 as “cheese eating Surrender monkeys” for not supporting the US Government’s illegal war on Iraq, are under pressure to conform as are the Germans. (The lever is the NY Fed sniffing around violations with the French BNP and the German Deutsche Bank – with billions of dollars in fines and the resultant economic damage to these European powerhouse banks).

In the midst of this Orgy of Hate, there are few voices calling for reflection. A consistent voice has been Russia (and China). A media outlet that while giving rise to various speculation that allegedly outraged a correspondent so much that she quit (supposedly having a job offer ready in hand) that has called for all the Facts to come in has been RT.

Conclusions

What has all this – a tragedy was exploited by Western governments (really the US government and its satrapies) amplified by a compliant Western media across all spectrums – taught the observant reader?

1. Firstly the obvious fact that the Western media is riddled with a deep, unstinting bias against whoever the enemy that the US Government targets. From the choice of headlines, the first few paras the biases are clear.

2. Secondly the Western media doesn’t do Logic and Reason. They do Truthiness. As Colbert put it talking of Bush

It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It’s certainty. People love the President because he’s certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don’t seem to exist. It’s the fact that he’s certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?…

3. RT (and ITAR-TASS, Ria Novosti) and Western dissident media (The Nation, Counterpunch, Democracy Now) that don’t support the Western government foreign policy line, play an increasingly vital role in the global balance of information power. RT has a point of view; a very strong point of view that runs contrary to the Western media line. But I have not seen the the hyped up outrage and self-congratulatory hypocrisy of Western liberal media organizations that they alone represent Objective Truth and everyone else Propaganda.

While a world with JUST RT would be very boring, a world with just the Western media view would not just be boring but dangerous given the US government stated desire to achieve full spectrum dominance and rule the planet in perpetuity.

(For those journalists and reporters who work in RT, vilified, derided and even threatened by their fellow journalists, and rejecting bribes and incentives to quit publicly to embarrass RT, my sincere admiration. Even if I may not always agree with you, you serve as one of the few voices strong enough to presents facts and opinions to balance against the loud Western media machinery.)

And my thoughts on the Objectivity of the Western media? I’ll echo Gandhi’s alleged response when asked what he thought of Western Civilization:

“I think it would be a very good idea”

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