- Feb 12, 2011
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- Political Leaning
I have long thoight the liberal press a bigger danger than the conservative one. The fact is, liberals are more attuned to the nuances of empire and propaganda.
That's not to exonerate the Right; they're as ugly, or uglier. But they're also cruder, more easily dismissed.
That is to say, FOX news is rightly reviled. It should be reviled. But CNN is just as bad. I am not overstating the case...there is no fundamental difference.
Here in Canada, we've got our major newsorgans as well. The political Right continually lambasts the CBC for its "leftwing bias." Now, this is comical. The CBC has a moderately-liberal stance, yes; and it might even be true, as conservatives claim, that it favours the Liberal Party over the Conservative Party. (I don't know that this is the case, but I wouldn't be surprised by it.) But these are trivial side issues. The CBC is oriented towards Business and the inherent Rightness of Canadian foreign policy. That is, it's profoundly nationalistic, insofar as nationalism moves generally in the direciton of elite power. So at bottom, the liberal CBC and, say, the conservative Western Standard are speaking from the same page, with an illusion of difference fostered by carefully prioritized and narrowly-defined debates.
Don't you think, that generally, the Right Wing is traditionally more reactionary, less moderate, and extreme in terms of military policy? And doesn't CNN and Fox News continually promote wars as the only solution to international crises even when Scott Ritter cam back from Iraq as a UN weapons inspector and said there were no WMDs?
I mean, give us some Jimmy Carter picking up a hammer to build shelters for the homeless, or getting Arafat to shake hands with Rabin in a peace process, eh?