Thursday, 27 June 2013

SURVEILLANCE STATE: Why has the media ignored the message?

The Auckland Banner airs a reasonable question about events further afield:

Why is it that [the media are] following every single detail about Snowden, but not really talking about the substance of this huge privacy scandal?

Fair question. RT Journalist Anastasia Churkina has a crack at answering it with Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson.  As Hrafnsson says, “this is a test of proper journalism.”


  1. Agreed. It's the same way the media demonized Assange, where somehow the hunt became more interesting than the actual issue. Somehow this has turned from an issue about the unauthorized surveillance of civilians and over-stretched state mandate to one about the personal details of Snowden. It's a rare instance when mass media actually fulfills it's journalistic/truth seeking role.

    - surinam

  2. In order for it to be a "test of proper journalism" such a thing would have to exist. It does not, at least not in the mainstream media.

    The really interesting thing that Kristinn Hrafnsson comments on is the response of China and Russia to the US demands they arrest Snowden. As Mark Steyn so aptly put it, you can't be the brokest nation in history and expect the rest of world to respect you.

  3. The media has a vested interest in The Won, his vile administration, and the anti-freedom and anti-human policies thereof. They're making a soap opera of Snowden's travels, rather than talk about the actual problem Snowden revealed, because they don't want the sheeple to wake up and start hanging traitors (which would include said media) from lamp posts... Almost every major media story in the last five years has been a sideshow to distract the sheeple from what's being done to them.

    Just my opinion, of course, and probably not worth the toilet tissue it's written on :)


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