The Chris Hedges Report: How the Western Press Has Become a Propaganda Tool of the War Industry and Ukrainian Government

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Sep 1, 2022

The Ukraine conflict has plunged the world into a geopolitical crisis. But this is not, as the writer Patrick Lawrence points out, the only crisis. The war in Ukraine has exacerbated the crisis within the western press, inflicting damage that he believes is ultimately irreparable.

The press in the U.S. and most of Europe slavishly echoes the opinions of a ruling elite and oversees a public discourse that is often unhinged from the real world. It openly discredits or censors anything that counters the dominant narrative about Ukraine, however factual.

For example, on August 4, Amnesty International published a report titled “Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians.” The report charged Ukrainian forces with putting civilians at risk by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, a violating the laws of war. To call out Ukrainian for war crimes, however well documented, saw the press and the ruling elites come down in fury on Amnesty International. The head of Amnesty International’s Kyiv office resigned, calling the report “a tool of Russian propaganda.”

In one of the many broadsides the Royal United Services Institute in London wrote that “The amnesty report demonstrates a weak understanding of the laws of armed conflict, no understanding of military operations, and indulges in insinuations without supplying supporting evidence.”

It is nearly impossible to question the virtues of Ukraine’s government and military. Those that do are attacked and banned from social media. How did this happen? Why is a position on the war in Ukraine the litmus test for who gets to have a voice and who does not? Why should a position on Ukraine justify censorship?

Joining me to discuss these questions is Patrick Lawrence who was a correspondent and columnist for nearly thirty years for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, and The New Yorker. He is the author of Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post-Western World and Time No Longer: America After the American Century.

Transcript

See also:

When Correspondents Came Home, Part 1, by Patrick Lawrence

When Correspondents Came Home, Part 2, by Patrick Lawrence

Ukraine and the Politics of Permanent War, by Chris Hedges

From the archives:

Bruce Gagnon: What Could Trigger Nuclear War with Russia and China?

Roger Waters: War, Peace, and Music, with David Swanson and Todd Pierce

American Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama, by Michael Hudson

Deterrencelessness: Nuclear Threats Neither Credible Nor Viable, by John LaForge

John Pilger: This is a War of Propaganda

Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, George Galloway, et al: If Wars Can Be Started By Lies, Peace Can Be Started By Truth

George Galloway, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges and Scott Ritter: Crushing Dissent

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