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Is journalism becoming propaganda?

Following the exit of Donald Trump from the White House in January 2021, the British newspaper The Times published a story entitled “Johnson is not Trump’s transatlantic twin” in a clear effort to distance the UK Prime Minister form the outgoing president. The author of the article, James Forsyth, is the husband of Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s press secretary, and the article seems a purely propagandistic attempt to rewrite the history of close relations and similarities between Trump and Johnson. The Times was historically seen as the journal of record, but is this media institution becoming a clear propaganda tool of the establishment? Or is this part of a larger transition in which newspapers are increasingly functioning as propaganda? Is the line between the press and propaganda blurring? thetimes.co.uk/article/johnson-is-not-trumps-transatlantic-twin-cshzqzlj2
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In their 1988 book, ‘Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media’, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky described mainstream media corporations as businesses that sells the audience as a product to advertisers, and disseminates corporate and government propaganda, rather than news. Herman and Chomsky argue that their propaganda model of the press applies to all companies that share the basic economic structure of modern mass media corporations; manipulating and building consent for economic, social, and political policies and smearing dissenting voices. The James Forsyth story in The Times is just one example of this, equally issues such as the sacking of Nathan J. Robinson from The Guardian in February 2021 is another example of the propaganda model at play, where even the most liberal-leaning mainstream publication punished a journalist for criticising US military aid to Israel.

consortiumnews.com/2021/02/12/the-guardian-revealed-itself-in-sacking-columnist-for-criticizing-us-military-aid-to-israel hartford-hwp.com/archives/25/006.html globalissues.org/article/157/war-propaganda-and-the-media archive.org/details/manufacturing_consent

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