The Big Lie
“The adage among properly cynical diplomats used to be that they were sent abroad to lie for their country. During the Cold War, as Washington’s sponsored atrocities grew evident, the thought took a turn: Diplomats were sent abroad to lie to their country.
“Consider it a template and apply it to our press folk.
“Correspondents used to be sent abroad to keep the country informed (in theory, at least). Now correspondents go forth to send home a simulacrum of truth, a semblance, while keeping their country misinformed.
“It is no good positing some golden age of spotless integrity, some yesteryear when newspapers, the wires and broadcasters glistened with high principle. There never was such a time. A good press is ever a work in progress, requiring the calloused hands of each generation to make it however good it can, always and by definition short of any ideal.”
—Patrick L. Smith, columnist, author and former International Herald Tribune bureau chief, “Chomsky’s right: The New York Times’ latest big lie,” Salon, Nov. 16, 2013
• Editorial Comment: Good thoughts for diplomats, journalists and the people of Ukraine this morning...
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