Hypocrisy of Biased Western Media & Noam Chomsky’s “Propaganda Model”

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Syed Tahir Rashdi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s recent appearance CNN has garnered the attention for all the wrong reasons, with some netizens accusing him of making an “anti-Semitic” remark. However, several others, including government officials, have jumped to his defence and are justifying his statement as legitimate criticism of Israel. Pro–Israel media coverage of Israeli–Palestinian conflict and victimized narratives is no news. Several western organizations and journalists provide biased coverage of the ongoing genocide against Palestine. Portraying Israel as the victim, these outlets offer a moral justification of violent acts and thus advocate ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Calling spade a spade did not sit well with CNN’s news anchor Bianna Golodryga who baselessly labeled Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as ‘anti–Semitic’ for opining on Israel’s massive influence over western media. The live interview sparked a long–awaited discussion all across the globe, highlighting the anchor’s groundless accusation of anti-Semitism against Pakistan’s FM.After watching video of this interview, I can say it’s a perfect example of Noam Chomsky’s “Propaganda Model”. The propaganda model is a conceptual model in political economy advanced by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky to explain how propaganda and systemic biases function in corporate mass media. The model seeks to explain how populations are manipulated and how consent for economic, social, and political policies, both foreign and domestic, is “manufactured” in the public mind due to this propaganda. The theory posits that the way in which corporate media is structured (e.g. through advertising, concentration of media ownership or government sourcing) creates an inherent conflict of interest and therefore acts as propaganda for anti-democratic elements.