WHY HAS SO MUCH JOURNALISM SUCCUMBED TO PROPAGANDA?
Journalism should monitor, deconstructs and counters propaganda and teaches the young to be agents of people, not power
Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the CLARIN group so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do CLARIN and the LA NACION deceive their readers?
We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media - a surreal assembly line of obedient clichés and false assumptions.
IF CLARIN NEEDS TO JUSTIFY ITSELF AS BEING A CREDIBLE MEDIA OUTLET, AS THEY DO IN THEIR LATEST ADVERTISEMENT, THEN SOMETHING TRULY IS WRONG WITH OBJECTIVE JOURNALISM IN ARGENTINA:
CLARÍN’S LIES, DIRTY TRICKS AND EXTORTION
The CLARÍN group is organizing a “dirty tricks” campaign to undermine Victory Front’s main candidates from now until the October elections. The strength of the lists presented by the ruling party has prompted the general staff of HÉCTOR MAGNETTO’S group to relaunch their campaign of lies and false accusations to prevent the DANIEL SCIOLI-CARLOS ZANNINI ticket from winning in the first round.
“We’ve just 50 days to prevent an overwhelming government triumph in the PASO primaries,” summarized one of the group’s main editors in a confidential meeting held just hours after SCIOLI announced that his running-mate would be ZANNINI on TV channel C5N.
Their top brass defined a series of specific targets to take aim at in the short time remaining until the vote. The list includes the names of MÁXIMO KIRCHNER, AXEL KICILLOF, ZANNINI and SCIOLI, among others.
CLARIN - SOWING THE SEEDS OF DOUBT AMONG ARGENTINE'S
That’s the strategy. The implementation will not be especially creative. More of the same — inventions and charges which, although denied on solid ground a few hours later, sow the seeds of doubt in the population. Recent examples of such practices abound.
Last March 31 the journalist DANIEL SANTORO denounced in CLARÍN that máximo kirchner and NILDA GARRÉ had secret accounts in the UNITED STATES and the CAYMAN Islands. Mostly written in conditional tenses to avoid litigation, the article was the newspaper’s lead.
“MÁXIMO KIRCHNER allegedly co-owns two secret accounts with GARRÉ.” The article pointed out that they “allegedly held” one account in the FELTON Bank in the UNITED STATES with 61 million dollars, and the other in MORVAL Bank, in the CAYMAN Islands, with 19 million dollars.
This use of the conditional tense, banned by CLARÍN’S own style book, betrays that both the journalists and editors knew that it was a lie. That same day MÁXIMO KIRCHNER and NILDA GARRÉ denied the CLARÍN story.
WHEN THE TRUTH IS REPLACED BY SILENCE, THE SILENCE IS A LIE
Weeks later FELTON Bank, at GARRÉ’S request, informed that it had no accounts in her name. CLARÍN then assured that the account “was allegedly in the name of Business and Services IBC, in BELIZE.” A few days later that lie also collapsed. The bank assured that this company had no accounts in that country and BELIZE itself pointed out that the firm did not exist. Everything had been a lie.
On May 14 CLARÍN headlined: “While battling the trade unions, KICILLOF earns over 400,000 pesos” with the subheading: “His fees as an YPF director.” Although KICILLOF denied this on the first hour of the following day, the lie was repeated for hours by TV station TN, Radio Mitre and the rest of the MAGNETTO holding’s media. At noon YPF issued a press release saying: “AXEL KICILOFF’S work as director is totally ad honorem.” Another falsehood quickly denied and dismantled in hours.
The CLARÍN editors knew all the time that this invention was only going to last a few hours, but trusted in part of the public never learning the truth. That’s why the denunciation of the 400,000-peso salary was front-page news while the YPF denial only appeared in page 27.
MEDIA CIRCUS CLOWN - JORGE LANATA A FAR FETCH FROM SERIOUS JOURNALISM
The figurehead of MAGNETTO’S army is JORGE LANATA. The former Enemy Number One of the group was wooed and surrounded by comedians, impersonators and acrobats who sneaked in amid the circus of some media organizations who are also key producers of the show.
Less successful but disseminated more intensively by the group was the accusation that President CRISTINA FERNÁNDEZ DE KIRCHNER had made a stop in the SEYCHELLES Islands to set up a type of financial operation in that tax haven. Without a shred of proof in hand or sources to cite, LANATA plucked from thin air a story which summarized the journey of a journalist to the Islands. The TV show presented how the journalist failed to obtain a single quote from the entire trip. To every question the response was in the negative. When they returned, Lanata said: “Now I am more convinced than ever of the accusation.” He had gone beyond any limit in underestimating his audience.
LANATA had not done any research. The presidential decree of January 10, 2014 concerning trips to the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, CUBA and other countries, commented on the stops and informed that the one in in the SEYCHELLES “was not a simple stop to load fuel but was to stay for the minimum amount of time to allow the crew to take a rest.” LANATA pursued the subject, installing the phrase “The K money trail” without worrying about providing a single item of proof or government statement. The lie was installed.
THE ALBERTO NISMAN CASE....
.....was, perhaps, the largest mass of lies disseminated by CLARÍN. They were all dismissed by the judiciary, whose statements were based on the experts of the Supreme Court. CLARÍN said within a space of few months that the gun was placed 15 centimeters from head, that the bathroom door was open, that there was a secret passage and that the back door was open— which had contaminated the crime scene— and more. The experts of the Supreme Court dismissed each one of those falsehoods.
On May 4 PEPE MUJICA dismissed a CLARÍN report. The newspaper had published that the former URUGUAY head of state had said the president was a “bad egg”. MUJICA responded: “I did not say the things that are published in CLARÍN’s headline today. Look at how they have hit that woman.” On June 21 CLARÍN asserted that in a bilateral meeting at the Summit of the AMERICAS OBAMA had complained to the president about supposed trade barriers. The next day the US president said: “It is false, the words trade barriers never came up in our conversation.” Another denial.
In several articles at the start of March CLARÍN claimed that, worried about the social situation, POPE FRANCIS would organize talks in the VATICAN. The articles affirmed that the meeting would take place on March 19. The denial swiftly followed. ALICIA BARRIOS, a journalist with a warm relationship with FRANCIS, told INFOBAE that she had spoken on the telephone with the Pope, who unequivocally denied the story. Days later LA NACIÓN revealed that VATICAN sources also contradicted the reports circulated by CLARÍN.
It is clear that the CLARÍN Group is an expert in lies, “dirty tricks” campaigns and extortion. Now it aims to tarnish the main candidates of the Victory Front. More lies can be expected in due course.
Adapted by Geopolitical Analysis and Monitoring from the original article written by Roberto Navarro via Buenos Aires Herald