George Orwell famously said journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. In a world festooned with PR exercises and reputation management, was Mr Orwell overly cynical, or was he well ahead of his time? With print media’s business model in free fall, newspaper proprietors are increasingly desperate to find ways to ensure financial viability. The problem with this approach is that corporate interests can and often do trump the interests of readers. Joining us to discuss how free the UK press really is are the lecturer in journalism and media studies at Birkbeck College, Justin Schlosberg, and the editor of Open Media at openDemocracy, James Cusick.
People do not have much of an appetite for more war, and yet this is not reflected in the pages of the elite corporate media, TV or radio debates and discussions. Daniel Margrain takes a look at the news propaganda around Syria and why it does not stand up to a moments scrutiny.
The establishment and the media have started using ‘fake news’ as a catch-all phrase about stories which don’t fit their agenda. In terms of trust, the mainstream media today is at an all-time low. Apparently, truth is now subjective.
Since the election of Donald Trump, a serial fantasist and natural born liar, the media old and new has obsessed over the role of fake news.