Jingoistic Journalism Is No Friend of Ukraine
MEDIA, 18 Apr 2022
14 Apr 2022 – Propaganda in favor of a bigger and longer Ukraine war is flooding the airwaves on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News; and in print at the NY Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. This attempt to manipulate public opinion is so extensive as to exhaust those of us who try to keep track of “what’s really happening.”
You can be sure that the international peace movement for a “new UN” by replacing the obsolete UN Charter with the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka Earth Constitution) is never reported by mainstream media which clings to the current geopolitical war system.
Time and time again, in unison, the reporters and pundits tell us that the war over Ukraine is “unprovoked” (a lie), as if Russia had no possible reason to invade Ukraine. They are silent about the US supported Maidan massacre (2014) which caused an illegal regime change. Americans are rarely told that the US violated a promise to Russia not to place NATO on Russia’s border.
U.S. “jingoistic journalists” are one sided, “all in” for the U.S. government’s version of the war. The narrative is designed to keep Ukraine at war as long as possible, and to prepare Americans to accept that their domestic goals for affordable housing, child care, and college will just have to wait. Inflation (which mostly hurts the poor) will have to be tolerated as part of our “sacrifice” to “help” Ukraine defend itself.
JINGOISM is nationalism in the form of aggressive and proactive foreign policy, such as a country’s advocacy for the use of threats or actual force, as opposed to peaceful relations, in efforts to safeguard what it perceives as its national interests. Colloquially, jingoism is excessive bias in judging one’s own country as superior to others – an extreme type of nationalism. Wikipedia
Pity the Ukraine citizenry who will watch their country be destroyed, but cheered on by western media as heroes for “defending” their country down to the last man, woman and child — the price of “victory.”
That Ukraine may serve as a US/CIA puppet is avoided in the Press, as is the accusation that the U.S. ruling oligarchy’s goal is to (literally) conquer the world — including Russia and China. The delusion of American “exceptionalism” to justify Empire is still active.
Years of war over the Ukraine would help weaken Putin/Russia and in theory hasten regime change. A lengthy war is fabulous for America’s War Business, while furthering the U.S. goal of ruling the whole world — by any means necessary.
But democracy requires an adequately informed citizenry in order to make good decisions. If U.S./NATO is in reality often a “bad guy” whose international war crimes (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, etc.) even exceed that of Russia, the public deserves to know this.
Most Americans don’t have the time to do their homework to judge media’s fairness and accuracy. They don’t know about the CIA’s past “Mighty Wurlitzer” which had reporters and pundits on its payroll as media “assets” who justified U.S. aggression all over the world with its 750 military bases and black sites.
World public interest journalists and peace experts are unlikely to be seen on U.S. jingoistic mainstream media. Noam Chomsky, Glen Martin, Bill Pace, Byron Belitsos, Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, and other objective, honest analysts are rarely, to never, allowed on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, or interviewed by the NY Times or Washington Post.
Unfortunately for the world, the Pentagon funds think tanks that specialize in war while ignoring more worthy think tanks who are experts on what a world peace system would look like to replace the current disastrous war system haunting the world community.
Roger Kotila, Ph.D. is a peace activist and a psychologist (ret.) with many years of clinical experience with the California Dept. of Corrections doing psychiatric diagnosis and treatment with inmates. President of Democratic World Federalists he is co-editor of DWF NEWS, and editor of Earth Federation News & Views. He supports a “new UN” under the Earth Constitution. www.earthfederation.info Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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