Always go for the bigger picture

Saturday's Daily Pickings encouraged us all to be more diligent about where we get our information from. As citizens of the planet it is important, whenever possible to question the information that's pushed out in front of us.

This could be either sensationalist stuff from so called alternative sources on the internet (see How to spot Disinfo) or the arguably partial stream of information flooding out from the BBC.

As James Corbett points out, badly researched work on independent websites only helps to reinforce the view of the channels being run by a bunch of conspiracy nuts. On the other hand just because Iranian channel, Press TV make a program suggesting the BBC covered up truths about 9/11, it can't be immediately dismissed as conspiratorial rubbish.

And here's where the plot thickens even further, sandwiched somewhere in between the BEEB and the ALTS is the subject of this recent article from Media Lens.

Testing The Limits - Paul Krugman Of The New York Times and Gary Younge of the Guardian

It questions recent articles by these leftish corporate journalists that review the 2003 Iraq war. Where as both Krugman and Younge condemn the war and determine that such aggression should never be allowed to happen on such false premises again, Media Lens argues that certain doors are left open in their writing. In Krugman's case and amongst others, making excuses for journalists who feared for their jobs, without Krugman then going into the structure that makes this so. And Younge's failure to mention in his article the West's war on Libya that brought down Gaddafi (the article includes a twitter response from Younge to this allegation).

Media Lens article concludes:
The power-plug has long been pulled on George W. Bush and Tony Blair, and so the invasion of Iraq is now comparatively fair game for the media system. It is 'old news' - the further we move away from it, the easier it becomes to tell the truth. Honesty about what is no longer crucial to power can obscure the fact that these same journalists may be keeping silent on central issues of the moment, like Libya, Syria and Ukraine.
As with all individuals in positions of power, our task is to keep testing the limits of the better journalists, to keep pushing for greater honesty and freedom of speech. This is best achieved by open, rational, debate, not meek deference.

Read on and always with caution.

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