I shouldn’t even read this sort of stuff when I’m supposed to be on a vacation…
Today, in a story about the new “Pentagon Channel,” the Washington Times lets it readers know exactly what it believes to be the role of the national media. Here’s the lede of the Times’ piece:
The Pentagon has created its own 24-hour television channel to cut out the middleman — the national media — in covering news events at the headquarters of the world’s most powerful military.
The national media, it seems, is “the middleman” — a phrase that implies its share of shadiness. The media’s role, in this characterization, is merely that of a profit-driven peddler who adds nothing of value to the goods he’s passing along. In other words, something we’d be better off without.
Okay, okay, so I know that the Washington Times is a paper that was brought online as an arm of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon (head of The Moonies…) organisation, but I’m not sure that they’re as far off the mark as CJR Daily seems to think. It’s long since past the time that the US Government had an officially sanctioned propaganda division. It worked well for the Soviets and other totalitarian regimes….