Has the Guardian newspaper provided unconditional support for the White Helmets? We take a look at journalist George Monbiot’s role as gatekeeper for imperial power and an apologist for al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria.
The recent bombing raids on Syria are predicated on a false consensus that President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for using chemical weapons against his own people. But even intelligence officials say these claims are widely disputed. So let’s run through everything we know, and don’t know, about the attacks.
In the crudest of ironies, The Guardian recently published a pro-imperialist article claiming critical discussion of Syria’s White Helmets had been ‘propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government’. It also closed its comment section, refused the journalists identified in the piece a right of reply, and declined to publish a considered response from a group of concerned academics. So much for Comment is Free. Since The Guardian has refused to do so, we have posted the piece in full, on behalf of the group, here at Renegade Inc.
The Syrian conflict has never been about democracy, or human rights. It has always been about Assad’s relationship with Iran and Russia. In the first of this two-part series, we examine some of the media myths in relation to Syria, and the extent to which corporate media-state power continues to demonise the country’s president through the use of propaganda.