The Hypocrisy of the Western and American media
By Professor John McMurtry
The true nature of western civilization is hard to grasp from within, says Professor John McMurtry, because we perceive it through media whose primary purpose is not to convey the truth, but conceal it. What is actually playing out is a global war of empire and capital against the Earth and her people, backed up by the omnipresent threat of overwhelming force.
In 2014 philosopher John McMurtry was invited to co-operate with Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei in drafting the Supreme Leader’s ‘Open Letter to the Youth in Europe and North America‘. This was followed by a second such letter written in November 2015, following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
In the process of advising on the second letter McMurtry was asked a number of penetrating questions about the ways of the US-led ‘neoliberal’ west, and the depths of shared crises that have long been off-limits to the mainstream media discourse.The first question: “What in general do the Western media hide and not let people know?”
“It is all so confusing until one recognizes that it is the same underlying pattern throughout. The corporate rich always get richer while peoples and their environments are ever more predated and looted in the name of their ‘security’ and ‘freedom”
The first duty of the mass media is to conceal
In general, the mass media across cultures are propaganda systems for those who own or control them. But the Western media lead the world in silencing one ultimate issue confronting all peoples on Earth – the despoliation of the world’s life support systems by transnational corporate globalization.
They talk only of ‘climate warming’, not destabilization of planetary life cycles at every level. They promote only market-growth solutions which are known not to work.
No-one talks of US-led ‘globalization’ itself as the underlying disorder. No science or story defines the common cause of the spasmic extinctions everywhere, the oceanic pollutions, the fish stock collapses across all waters, and the ever larger-scale looting of resources across borders.
It is a deeper causal mechanism than even US empire. Transnational money tides increasingly devour and poison all that exists with even Communist Party China destroying its own air to breathe and grounds of a human life.
Western media are the lead PR vehicles for this limitlessly life destructive invasion and growth – the nature of fascism in all forms. Financial fascism is never named in the media, and so its world floods of private money sequences, commodities and public waste grow and multiply beneath detection.
Throughout the corporate media present only isolated problems, competitive spectacles and ads for the system. Humanity`s common life ground and universal needs are screened out. ‘Reforms’ are only more corporate marketizations and bank-driven dispossessions.
The underlying law of corporate globalization is undeniable, but taboo to name. Whatever stands against the transnational corporate market as the cosmic engine of humanity’s well-being is anathematized and annihilated in one nation after another.
The methods range from bombing social infrastructures in Slavic and Arab societies to silencing and reversing undeniable facts exposing the lies of the system. No alternative to feeding resources into the life-blind growth juggernaut has arisen at a productive level. The media repel any real economic reform as unthinkable.
In this borderless chaos of corporate globalization which now strips even the social infrastructures of the European Union to pay big banks and dispossess workers, the mass media select out whatever joins the dots of the cumulative catastrophe unfolding on both social and ecological planes.