A friend just flicked me an article from the Nation which shows just how the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia was misrepresented by the New York Times and other US media.
Written by a journalist who was actually on the ground during the invasion, Mark Ames, it shows the sharp end of the manufacturing of consent:
The real problem was this: the editors at their desks in the home countries weren’t interested in Ossetian suffering; they wanted to exaggerate the Georgian suffering and vilify the Russians. To the second-stringers at that table, being shown the awful truth of Georgian culpability was equivalent to being handed a bunch of losing lottery tickets–because Georgian culpability and Ossetian grievances simply weren’t in demand back in New York and Washington.
It pays to read the whole article and to remember that this is from the New York Times aka “the Newspaper of Record”. Ames has also pointed out similar behaviour by the Washington Post.
Every day I read a new story about how the papers are going broke and the industry is dying. It used to concern me.