Who to Believe: The CIA and Corporate Media or WikiLeaks?
Without Substantiation, Media Integrity Suffers
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 13/01/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20419
Imagine if justice were administered mainly on hearsay (ignoring the fact that justice is too often lacking in society). It is a cardinal rule of justice that rendering a decision of guilty must only be done when such guilt is beyond a reasonable doubt. Medical schools state they follow evidence-based practices. Nursing schools do the same. Science progresses through the scientific method which demands evidence. When observations and experimental results contravene theory, the theory is tossed. There is academia, and then there is politics and the corporate media. Politics and its corporate media has long since become risible within the sphere of serious contemplation.
It is the wider corporate media, which is mainly a consolidated monopoly media that generates the jingoism among the public to support the war effort. Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky detailed how elitist interests are served by the American media conglomerate via propaganda in their book Manufacturing Consent. With all this in mind, what should media consumers make of reporting that seeks to loop a string around Russia, Vladimir Putin, the US election, and Donald Trump and draw the string tight? Does a string devoid of evidence have import? It obviously has no credibility. And what of the sources of the "news"?