Kinzer: “The great curse of our press in the West is willingness to accept the official narrative. So many people in the American press who write about the world are merely stenographers.”

Here is the video interview I did with award winning journalist & author Stephen Kinzer. My article on it was published yesterday.

5 thoughts on “Kinzer: “The great curse of our press in the West is willingness to accept the official narrative. So many people in the American press who write about the world are merely stenographers.”

  1. During the short invasion of Iraq in 2003, journalists were “embedded” with various Coalition forces. This was an idea born from the public relations industry, and provided media outlets a detailed and fascinating view for their audiences.

    For the military, however, it provided a means to control what large audiences would see, to some extent. Independent journalists would be looked upon more suspiciously. In a way, embedded journalists were unwittingly (sometimes knowingly) making a decision to be biased in their reporting, in favor of the Coalition troops. If an embedded journalist was to report unfavorably on coalition forces they were accompanying they would not get any cooperation.
    https://www.globalissues.org/article/157/war-propaganda-and-the-media#EmbeddedJournalistsAnAdvantagefortheMilitary

    Check out the James Foley story. In short, you have to be approved by the state to be a journalist in the imperialist states.

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