"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Chomsky and the 'liberal' media

Just got back from Chomsky's lecture in UCD on 'Democracy'. In response to my (quite selfish) question (there were several journos present):

"My question concerns so called Western elites.

To what extent is the corporate media; The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Irish Independent etc complicit in Iraq's illegal war, as a result of their inaccurate portrayal of the case for war and the resulting conflict?"

[sorry, I'll have to paraphrase]

He said he could not account for Irish or British medias because he didn't read them enough (I felt he shied away from this) but he could say that based on the American media:

They are obliged to follow the political line, unable to deviate from it noticeably (inferring their complicity, but not stating it). He said critical analysis of the corporate media is essential. Saying, there is alot of this analysis in America, a small amount in Britain and very little elsewhere.