Just one of the hazards of Postmodern (Pomo) thought (if that is the right word), is that the line between reality and perception becomes blurred. Indeed, it was thought up by the Marxists for this exact same purpose: it is a psy-ops programThe task of journalism is to inform the public of current events. Events are facts, they are objective reality, things happening in the real world. Considering that journalists as a professional class were one of the first and most enthusiastic admirers of Postmodernism, it is apparent that what they write isn’t seen as reality at all, but only as a particular version of it: the so-called ‘narrative’.
Anyway, at last the objective realists are starting to fight back. [We have not yet begun to fight!] Lists are appearing, detailing when, why and how the facts were manipulated to conform with somebody’s particular ‘narrative’, attempts at disinformation, spin and counter-spin, fibs and lies, fabrication, selective emphasizing, manipulation and censoring.
. . .it’s the basic fallacy of the industry’s pet philosophy that objective reality does not exist. The danger of this deliberate mistake is, that the line between reality and perception becomes blurred, causing any amount of confusion.
One consequence is, that fact – which is based on objective reality – is also rejected as a result, which is a bit of a problem if you’re dealing with facts on a daily basis, as is the case in journalism. So what we see reported by the media aren’t so much cool, detached facts, as much as the reporter’s personal version of reality.
Another, moral consequence of the rejection of reality is, that good and bad, right and wrong, truth and lie, are denied in the same way; or to put it in another way: everybody is ‘right’ from his or her own particular point of view, and anything ‘bad’ is called ‘bad’, only because it doesn’t fit into our present, defective idea of society.
The spectacle of pretended journalistic objectivity has run for a long time, until quite recently – at last, pretence was dropped altogether.
I really don’t like the Left Wing vs. Right Wing construct of a political spectrum. I prefer a Liberty vs. Order spectrum, but we seem to be stuck in the ’70’s with the dope-smoking long-haired hippy commie pinko fags manning the rail on the port side and the beer-drinking, deer-hunting, truck-driving rednecks to starboard. Anybody who stands in opposition to the media is going to be tagged as a rightwinger. Civilian irregular infowarriors get dragged in to the Culture War, of which push back against the media’s treasonous promulgation of al Qaeda propaganda is a subset.