Why The Media Can't
Be Trusted To Provide The Truth
Anyone who relies on mainstream newspapers, television or
radio for news about the EU will have a very superficial and one sided view of
what is going on. What masquerades as news is simply a mixture of lies, half
truths, spin, counterspin and propaganda. The aim of the media today is to
misinform, to manipulate and to make you afraid.
Quite rightly, distrust
of the press is becoming widespread. A major recent survey in the USA showed
that 45% of Americans believe little or nothing that they read in newspapers.
Twenty years ago only 16% of readers expressed such profound
Apart from newsletters and small publishers there is no free
press in America.
And with the exception of newsletters and small
publishers in England there is no free press in England either.
countries where there is no free press it is because the government has used
brute force to censor the media. Tyrants from the dusty depths of history right
up to the Nazis and the communists knew the importance of controlling the
But things are different now.
The difference with the 20th
century despots is that they know how to manipulate the media and, instead of
just dipping journalists in boiling tar they hire tame journalists to spread
their message. Labour's spin doctors were, in a spiritual sense, fathered by
Hitler and Goebels.
Today, politicians may not own the media and they may
no longer need to chop off the arms and heads of troublesome scribes, but they
can control the media with ever increasing subtlety. News used to be defined as
things someone didn't want to see in print - these days it's the opposite; it's
stuff someone in power wants you to read.
The result is that although we
may seem to have a free press, we don't. And that's worse than having a despot
who boils disobedient journalists in oil. What you read in your newspaper and
what you see on television and what you hear on the radio are, by and large, the
accepted messages. People believe what they see and what they hear and what they
But today's journalists are muzzled not by the threat of violence
but by the promise of wealth and fame and success. The statist elite of the EU
and Labour don't kill journalists - they buy them.
have given up their spirit in return for money, fame and honours. Journalists
used to pride themselves on their freedom and independence. Today's journalists
are servile, weak and greedy. They are also easily bribed.
The people who
should be protecting our freedom are helping our tyrannical rules take it from
us. The rulers tell the journalists that what they are doing is `inevitable' and
`necessary' and they talk of threats from terrorism and the need for
Today's journalists have no sense of history, no ability to
think for themselves; they have become part of show business. They are not in
the slightest bit interested in truth. They will blow whichever way the wind
Journalists and editors have chosen popularity with their
bosses, gold and fame, above principle. They want to be `in' with the `in
crowd', they want to be liked. They are sycophantic quislings not journalists.
They grovel at the feet of third rate politicians and businessmen and they
suppress the truth for an invitation to Chequers and a company car (preferably
It is the role of journalists to harry, criticise and
question politicians. Always. Whoever is in power. Journalists should never have
friends among politicians and should never accept favours. It is as bad for a
journalist to accept hospitality from a politician as it would be to accept a
bribe from an industrialist.
Among the 300 guests officially
entertained, at taxpayers' expense, by the Blairs during Labour's first term in
power between 1997 and 2001 were (in addition to an Italian nobleman and his
wife and two daughters, who had loaned the Blairs his Tuscan villa for a
holiday) a clutch of well-known journalists.
Now, if any of those
journalists had been writing a story, say, on the oil industry and had spent a
weekend dining and wining at the expense of an oil company chief do you not
think there might have been raised eyebrows?
When employees of the BBC
accepts such an invitation, and the BBC seems unperturbed by their accepting it,
serious questions should be asked about the independence of the whole
organisation. Journalists should avoid the hospitality of the people they are
supposed to be investigating as determinedly as they should (but don't) refuse
honours or awards or prizes. Any journalist who accepts a peerage, a knighthood
or even an MBA has betrayed his readers. Dammit, journalists shouldn't even be
on first name terms with the people they write or broadcast about. They
shouldn't eat with them or drink with them.
recommended that a Prince could make someone a puppet by `dignifying him,
enriching him, binding him to himself by benefits, and sharing with him the
honours...of the State.'
He was right.
What all this means is that
those who rely upon the press and upon TV and radio for their news, and for an
interpretation of the news, will be unable to see what is happening or form
You cannot possibly rely upon your daily newspaper or
news programme for anything approaching the truth about the EU. Indeed, I would
go further. Every time you read an article about the EU in a national newspaper
you should assume that the writer is lying. And every time you listen to a
programme about the EU on the BBC you should ask yourself not whether the
broadcaster is telling the truth but why he might be lying.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005
Taken from The Truth
They Won't Tell You (And Don't Want You To Know) About The EU by Vernon
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