Category Archives: MediaLens Dialogue

Idiot Compassion

In Stop the Rhetorical Violence I questioned what I seemed to be an ‘angry thread’ running through the Media Lens media alerts and David Edwards has written a comprehensive and interesting reply as a comment to the article raising some excellent questions. This article picks up on those questions.1

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Stop the Rhetorical Violence

The latest Media Lens alert, Israeli Deaths Matter More, provides a timely and refreshing analysis of the patently biased coverage of the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

However there is a disturbing aspect of the Media Lens alerts, an angry thread running through them, especially directed at those in power. This is difficult to capture in a quotation as it diffuses though the whole piece but the superfluous and emotive adjectives appearing in the latest alert are marked, e.g., ‘repeated and brutal transgressions of international and humanitarian law over forty years’, which could have been written ‘transgressions of international law over forty years’.

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The Cannibalistic News Hounds

In Flat Earth News Nick Davies has written a great book, one that every responsible literate person should read, and then read again. And Davies has certainly got people’s attention. I saw him talk at a media worker’s conference in December and the case he made was compelling, his book deepened this sense, and I found myself equally transfixed by a subsequent talk he gave. (If you get the chance go and see him talk—I hope some people unlike us have the wit to record him.)

For me, the most surprising attempt to turn Davies’s book into dog food was made by the Media Lens hounds, given their commitment to ‘correcting the distorted vision of the corporate media’.

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