Editorials For War

Someone recently tweeted something along the lines of… “To get an idea of a tabloids stance read its headlines and to get an idea of a broadsheets stance read its editorials”.

I’ve been meaning to write about the Guardians editorials on Syria for some time as almost every single one of them objectifies the situation in Syria in a way that promotes confrontation with the regime and peddles a good vs bad narrative for its readers to digest.

Whether it’s an editorial during the very early days of the conflict which overtly demands Syria face tough and crippling sanctions or an editorial after 2 years of civil war (one which could see Assad and his family killed) which announces Bashar al-Assad actually wanted this war in the first place. It reads;

“Two years after an Arab spring uprising that saw hundreds of thousands of unarmed Syrians filling the streets of provincial cities, Bashar al-Assad has got the conflict that he wanted”

Whether it’s an editorial that suggests the Assad regime has been carrying out false flag car bombings (which in turn kill his own security team) or an editorial that accuses Assad of actively seeking a larger, more serious international conflict, by stating;

“Assad is doing his utmost to provoke a Turkish incursion.”

Whether it’s an editorial that tells us how Assad’s “military hold is slipping” or it’s his “last stand or that Russian support for the regime was doomed to failure from the start” and how the Russian government is now “having second thoughts when it quite clearly isn’t.

The 7 editorial pieces that I have linked to in this blog post have been written anonymously but all of them seem to face in the same direction. Towards accusation & confrontation.

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7 comments on “Editorials For War

  1. Excellent example of writing about reality. The media decontextualize war and there is no more obnoxious example of this than The Guardian and the BBC. We expect it from Murdoch propaganda but from so called progressive media? They’re just as bad if not worse.

    • mantell101 says:

      Completely agree. That’s why this blog is dedicated to the Guardian. The propaganda is there for all to see in The Sun and the Mail but I think we need to set a new standard for “liberal” and “progressive”.

  2. Felicity Arbuthnot says:

    A shining and penetrating light in the fog. Much appreciated.

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