Friday, 8 July 2011
The French philosopher, Jean Baudrillard, argued that the fake, plastic world of Disneyland only exists to give the impression that the rest of America is real. In a similar way, the mindless jingoism and salacious gossip that is pumped out by the Sun and the News of the World etc. encourages us to believe that the 'quality press' provide us with a more balanced and objective view of the world. According to the Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian is a place "where politics doesn't drive the presentation of the facts" (Cited in Marshall, S, 2007, 'Wolves in Sheep's Clothing', p:41). However, as Media Lens perspicaciously point out in their latest alert, the opposite seems to be true. If politics didn't drive Rory Carroll to distort Noam Chomsky's recent comments about Hugo Chavez, what did?