In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, media coverage has seen familiar patterns: uncritically repeat government claims, defend expansive state power, and blame the Muslim community for the acts of a few.
Media fearmongering, anti-Muslim scapegoating, ISIL’s roots, and war profiteering are discussed in the above clip by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Intercept. “Every time there’s a terrorist attack, Western leaders exploit that attack to do more wars,” Greenwald says. “Which in turn means they transfer huge amounts of taxpayer money to these corporations that sell arms. And so investors are fully aware that the main people who are going to benefit from this escalation as a result of Paris are not the American people or the people of the West – and certainly not the people of Syria – it is essentially the military-industrial complex.”
If more journalists were like Glenn Greenwald, this would be a highly informed, robust democracy. Sadly, this is not so. There is more detail on the lives of entertainers and athletes than on the things that really matter. Alas, this darkness shall pass. Maybe not in my lifetime, but it will pass….