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How the Media Distort Reality – Filtering Out the “Important Stuff”
By Rod Driver
Posted February 23, 2021

media fails to report“The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary. Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without any need for an official ban”
(George Orwell(1))

If our media were trying to cover world events each day honestly, then the headlines would repeatedly say things like:

“US and Britain commit more war crimes in the Middle East”
“Thousands persecuted by tyrants supported by US and Britain”

This does not happen because our current media are not trying to give us an honest explanation of what is really happening in the world. This does not mean that the media is necessarily telling lies (although it frequently does). It is mostly presenting distorted versions of events. This is usually known as the Propaganda Model of the media, which is analysed at length in a famous book called Manufacturing Consent, by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, first published in 1988. More…