Referendum propaganda


A recent survey by the New Statesman into coverage of the EU referendum campaign showed that 71.2% of sources were from the Conservative Party.

Right across the media, the way the story was covered was as a struggle between rival factions of the government.

The actual issues were deemed secondary to this.

Now you know why the whole tone of the reporting was so misleading.

It involved the loudest voices in the Tory Party shouting noisy slogans at each other, using the mainstream media as their mouthpiece.

Both sides were lying. The leave side told us that the £350 million a week which we currently pay into the EU would be used to fund the NHS.

So clear were they of this fact that they even wrote it on the side of a bus.

No sooner had they won the vote, however, than they retracted the statement, saying it was “an aspiration”, not a promise.

But the remain side lied too.

Then prime minister David Cameron, for instance, assured us that he wouldn’t resign if remain lost the vote, and then immediately did.

The New Statesman analysis included coverage by all mainstream news outlets, including the BBC.

The foundational document of the BBC is the Royal Charter, which states: “The BBC will aim to produce high-quality and distinctive journalism that meets the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and impartiality.”

Obviously “fairness and impartiality” was interpreted to mean allowing both sides to lie with impunity, while cutting out the majority of voices whose views were more complex and considered than theirs.

When the media becomes the mouthpiece of politicians, the news becomes propaganda.

By choosing to focus upon the more dramatic aspects of the campaign – by turning the referendum into a soap opera, rather than covering the issues – the BBC failed to live up to its commitment to accuracy in its reporting.

What this shows is how badly served we are by our media. When most of the voices are missing from a debate, how can we be expected to make a reasonable judgement about where our best interests lie?


From The Whitstable Gazette, 20/10/2016

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One comment

  1. Oh, well … Let’s give it to both sides: They were screamingly funny — Remain especially, it being the side that thought of playing it as ‘identity politics’: the Remainers were the young, educated, enlightened, democratic middle and upper classes; the Leavers were the old, uneducated, fascistic/little-englander working classes …
    And that worked a treat for the Remainers, if the close Referendum result is to be believed despite the absence of exit polls. In fact, it worked so well here that Hillary et al. replicated it in their Fed. elections: Everyone for Hillary was young, educated, enlightened, etc. Everyone for the Don was ‘rednecks’ and ‘deplorables’, across party lines at that. But there this game didn’t anything like work a treat.
    But it all ends well. We are as good as out of the EU. So we have no further fear of finding ourselves implicated in another Maidan Square dirty business (remember the tombstone teeth of all-of-a-sudden EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton out-offending the execrable Nuland woman’s smug grin as they and theirs celebrated the fake and soon-to-be very bloody revolution they pulled in Ukraine?). And the Don (who says all those terrible things) does not seem to have much taste for NATO’s war games on Russia’s borders, despite the US media’s and Hillary et al.’s long, unfounded, shamelessly lying assurance that Russia is the almighty threat to world peace that needs firm stand taken against it. And the Peace Nobel Laureate, zealous bomber of seven countries, can be of no further use to his runners, and Hillary is not getting to take over from him. So, all-in-all: Alleluya!


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