Wednesday, December 08, 2004
MSM arrogance redux
This last remark would be a lot more helpful if Birnbaum would tell us what constitutes "legitimate media" and how it differs from propaganda. Is legitimate media defined by being more accurate? And always or on average? Is is defined as not having an agenda? But reporters routinely have prior beliefs (or an ideology if you disagree with it), so is it defined as not being paid for advocacy? In that case, Walter Duranty was a propagandist because he was paid by Stalin to spread lies, whereas a Chomsky piece would not be propaganda because Chomsky probably believes his drivel.
The chamber is one of a growing number of advocacy groups that blur the distinction between legitimate media and propaganda to promote their causes.