The Authoritarians Who Silence Syria Questions

Cook, Jonathan
http://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/28/the-authoritarians-who-silence-syria-questions/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  28/02/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22140

A look at the unchallenged western media narrative on Syria and notably recent commentary by Brian Whitaker, the Guardian's former Middle East editor, who is opposed to experts in the study of propaganda setting up a panel - the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media - which aims to "provide a source of reliable, informed and timely analysis for journalists, publics and policymakers" on Syria.

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Now we have to endure Brian Whitaker, the Guardian's former Middle East editor, using every ploy in the misdirection and circular logic playbook to discredit those who commit thought crimes on Syria, by raising questions both about what is really happening there and about whether we can trust the corporate media consensus banging the regime-change drum.

Whitaker's arguments and assumptions may be preposterous but sadly, like Carver's, they are to be found everywhere in the mainstream – they have become so commonplace through repetition that they have gained a kind of implicit credibility. So let's unpack what Whitaker and his ilk are claiming.

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