News and Commentary, Waking the Proles

War and media: The two great harbingers of hypocrisy. 

CdcudRJW4AAb20VThroughout life, we as humans have a tendency to handle situations we encounter differently, depending on who’s involved. But this should not be the case.

One such example is when we go to war with Country X because they are engaged in atrocities and war crimes, while the same atrocities and war crimes are being committed in Country Y, yet there’s no international intervention. But it’s easy to see why: in Country X there is something to gain (e.g. natural resources), while Country Y has nothing to offer. So, humanitarian intervention is frequently just an excuse to justify invasion and plundering. If we really cared about people, then we’d see an equal application of intervention. But we do not.

Another example of how situations are handled differently depending on who’s involved, is when it comes to something as benign as the media’s reporting of major events. (Although any student of propaganda techniques and its application throughout history will know the use of media is oftentimes anything but benign.)

When it comes to the media, lives lost to terrorism in places like Africa are woefully underreported because making a big deal about those tragedies serves no purpose to whatever the media’s agenda du jour is. After all, we don’t want to distract Americans with bloodshed in locales that possess minimal resources when there’s bloodshed in other countries that have oil.

If progressives (a self-ascribed title) weren’t in charge of the media, they’d be the first to yell racism and classism to whatever group was running the media. But since they can’t recognize their own morally selective indignation toward injustice, their disparaging underreporting of terrorist attacks in unimportant nations–nations that don’t provide an immediate benefit to us–will continue.

Case in point is the following eyeopener of the past year’s reporting (or lack thereof) on terrorist attacks chronicled by Counter Current News in this article. While some people are deemed important enough by the media to receive around-the-clock headlines when disaster befalls them, others . . . not so much. All of these events involve fellow humans suffering at the hands of terrorists (foreign and domestic), but the coverage of their plight in the press is vastly different depending on where the event happened. See if you notice a pattern.

– March 20, 2015, Yemen, 137 killed – no headline

– April 18, 2015, Afghanistan, 33 killed – no headline

– June 26, 2015, Tunisia, 38 killed – no headline

– June 29, 2015, Yemen, 35 killed – no headline

– October 10, 2015, Ankara, Turkey, 97 killed – no headline

– October 31, 2015, Russian plane, 224 killed – HEADLINE NEWS

– November 13, 2015, Paris, 130 killed – HEADLINE NEWS

– November 21, 2015, Beirut, 43 killed – no headline

– December 2, 2015, San Bernardino, 14 killed – HEADLINE NEWS

– January 8, 2016 Libya, 50 killed – no headline

– March 6, 2016, Baghdad, 47 killed – no headline

– March 13, 2016, Grand-Bassam, 22 killed on the beach – no headline

– March 15, 2016, Ankara, Turkey, 35 killed – no headline

– March 22, 2016, Brussels, 34 killed – HEADLINE NEWS

160317115940-01-ivory-coast-attack-0317-super-169The loss of loved ones due to terrorism and war is equally devastating no matter your color, country, or economic status.

Let us never forget that although the media determines what is and isn’t news, they do not ultimately decide truth and reality. It is up to us, individually, to educate ourselves about what’s going on in the world.

We must stop forming our opinions from spin doctors and talking heads with carefully crafted soundbites, and start asking ourselves why our governments and media feel some lives lost are worth reporting on and going to war over, and others are not.