Propaganda of privilege

It’s interesting to me that Jim Waterson and Peter Walker give Theresa May the last word, summoning the mythic notion of the media as an impartial force, speaking truth to power, the “bedrock of our democracy”.

I do not always enjoy reading what the media in my country writes about me. But I will defend their right to say it – for the independence of our media is one of my country’s greatest achievements. And it is the bedrock of our democracy.

Theresa May – September 2018
The Guardian

The media has and will always be the “propaganda of privilege”. The media chooses what we discussed, how that discussion is framed, and who has the last word. Having the last word is important. It bestows authority, allowing the comments to sit with an audience, letting that point of view be the “truth”.

This notion, pushed by journalists, that the media speaks truth to power is laughable. The media speaks to like minded people. It is nothing more than the post-show show, a propaganda vehicle for the main attraction, a Big Brother’s Bit on the Side to main show Big Brother, a fluffer on the set of a porno, there to keep the actors aroused.

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