This may seem like a small point; just a throw-away line in a single Guardian article. But I pick on it because it seems indicative of a certain perspective. The comment appears in an article on some sort of a spy scandal in Serbia. (Allegations of a Russian spy paying off a Serbian official; good TV but hardly news – all spy agencies pay informers/agents in ‘enemy’ and even ‘allied’ countries all the time). The article is by Shaun Walker who used to be based in Moscow where he churned out a series of anti-Russia propaganda articles. This is what struck me: Continue reading “Russia – a country or a demon?”
There are two Guardian “journalists” stationed in Moscow (as far as I can see).
Neither of them can, it seems, open their mouths without telling lies. Not little spins or fibs to help the “Putin is a bad man and Russia is a dictatorship” fairytale along – but outright lies. Continue reading “Guardian lies on Russia”
And so it goes on. This is Shaun Walker in the Guardian at it again.
And again – the basics of journalism require an objective detachment. A journalist takes a step back and makes sure that the whole picture emerges from his reporting. In wartime we understand and accept that journalists are going to produce a constant stream of propaganda – talking up our victories, demonizing the enemy, producing an entirely one-sided narrative. But when this happens in peacetime what it means is that ‘journalists’ are trying to create the conditions for war. This is the precise opposite of what journalism should do. Responsible and professional journalism should try to present both sides – even if the other side is a geopolitical opponent – and so inform people and hopefully contribute to balanced opinion-forming and decision making. Continue reading “One-side reporting in the Guardian”
My last few posts have concerned this topic. Readers of the Guardian in the UK may not be aware that the ‘journalists’ stationed in Moscow are telling them a fairy-tale about the recent demonstrations in Moscow. Continue reading “Guardian propaganda on demonstrations in Moscow”