Almost half of the UK’s combined print and online press is owned by just two billionaires – which confirms renowned American journalist, A J Liebling’s adage that “freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” We ask what this has meant for the recent coverage of local elections.
Forget influencing Presidents and Prime Ministers, European billionaires are funding local elections in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. When the wealth of oligarchs so dwarves that of the people, it is relatively easy to seize control of the entire political establishment, aggressively pursuing financial interests while keeping the population distracted by identity politics. Tbilisi is a perfect microcosm demonstrating the dangers of what unlimited, uncontrolled capital can do to democracy.
Throw a dart at the map of the world and chances are it will land in or near a territory in which the US and its allies have ‘promoted democracy’, made a ‘humanitarian intervention’, and/or ‘defended western values’, leaving behind the stench of JP Morgan, Standard Oil, Halliburton, and the Cheney and Clinton dynasties. The concept of ‘left and right’ is a sideshow for the plebs – MarkGB examines how war has become a reliable profit centre for government cronies.
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.