Back in the 80’s Amy Goodman frequently exposed the manipulations of US govt-funded NGO’s like the “national endowment for democracy” in places like nicaragua and haiti. Now she just regurgitates their talking points. Russia has them figured out though:
The US has used everything from journalists to insurance adjusters to “human rights activists” to gather intelligence, manipulate foreign elections and disseminate propaganda. Of course this endangers legitimate practitioners of these professions who are suspected of espionage but that doesn’t seem to bother the US state dept.
The major Western mainstream media outlets have been running a “shock and awe” propaganda offensive against the Syrian government of President Bashar Al Assad for nearly 16 months. The misinformation has been unrelenting, monolithic, unverified, one-sided and, frankly, increasingly preposterous.
With the suppression of mounting evidence that Western governments are waging a covert war of aggression in Syria, the Western public is right to treat the conventional media sources with skepticism and outright contempt. Such media are seen as “politicized” and “unreliable”, serving a naked imperialist agenda for Western regime change. In a word, they are damaged goods. This is where a segment of the so-called alternative media can play a valuable propaganda function for Western powers. Because such media are supposed to be independent, critical, non-corporate, the public tends to consider their reports as objective and unbiased. One such “alternative” news service is “Democracy Now” hosted by Amy Goodman. Goodman is seen as something of a campaigning critical journalist shedding the light of truth on the depredations of the US government, corporations and the Pentagon. But a closer look at what Goodman’s “Democracy Now” is reporting on Syria shows that the purported critical broadcaster has become a purveyor of Western government propaganda. While the mainstream media’s propaganda function is obvious to the informed public, Goodman’s “Democracy Now” plays a more subtle role. Camouflaged with the trappings of critical, independent journalism, “Democracy Now” serves to sow powerful seeds of misinformation in a way that the “compromised” mainstream media cannot. This misinformation from “Democracy Now” is valuable to the ruling elite because to many of its readers it is not seen as misinformation. …