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9:24 am, December 11th, 2019 - 10 comments
Categories: Bernie Sanders, elections, Jeremy Corbyn, journalism, making shit up, Media, Propaganda, uk politics, us politics - Tags: Corbyn, John Grace, propaganda, the guardian
Two days ago, John Grace of ‘The Guardian’ wrote about the “sense of hopelessness” he witnessed at a UK Labour Party rally in Bristol…”there was just weariness, a weight of resignation. A commitment to a cause that already felt lost. The crowd had turned up as much to keep the faith with themselves as with their leader.”
According to Grace, “barely a couple of thousand” attended a rally on a winter’s afternoon. A couple of thousand people on a British winter afternoon?! That’s…it simply doesn’t square with Grace’s take. A few thousand people turning out on a winter afternoon is quite a feat.
Here’s a video of the rally. (I can’t figure out how to embed it properly, sorry)
Oddly, John wrote that Corbyn “climbed on to the podium to a desultory chorus of “Oh Je-re-my Cor-byn”. At the last election this chant had come to sound almost devotional. A hymn. Now it’s just a barely conscious Pavlovian response. The last vestige of a failing leadership.”
I’ll leave you to view the video make up your own mind about levels of enthusiasm and engagement.
Seems to me that pop media isn’t much more than a propaganda arm for elite interests and views. It’s crap.
Watching US media coverage of the Democratic primary leads to the same conclusion (“Bernie “who”?). In all honesty, if you are out there, and unhappy to merely sit back and see what you’re told; if you want a genuine feel of where people are coming from; if you want an honest analysis of events taking place elsewhere in the world, then draw yourself up a list of trustworthy web sites and youtube channels and stop paying uncritical attention to pop media’s commissars and stenographers.
Pop media these days is no better than pop music – offering up only the very occasional ‘okay’ moment in a vast sea of dire offerings. And in these times of class war we can provide ourselves with the honest and informative news we deserve