American Media, Blaming the ‘Right’: From Duranty and the KGB to Reuters
A recent article by Reuters is good reason to revisit the history of statist American media.
March 8, 2010 - 12:00 am
A Reuters article last month titled “German protesters stop neo-Nazi march in Dresden” takes a hyper-partisan stab at what would otherwise have been a dull story. The article is short, 474 words, and describes a neo-Nazi funeral march in the German city to remember Nazi deaths by the Allied air raid in WWII. This event was thwarted by anti-Nazi protesters.
In this brief article about clear-cut good and evil, the political “right-wing” is awkwardly invoked six times, including under the caption. Such a ham-handed approach to finger-pointing can hardly go unnoticed. It is a sloppy attempt to paint the right-wing as sharing the ideology of one of the most evil men in history, Adolf Hitler.
As many people are beginning to understand, Nazism has nothing to do with modern conservatism or the clichéd “extreme right-wing” canard favored by the political left. In fact, all totalitarian regimes are on the extreme political left; nothing but anarchy exists on the extreme political right.
The modern left has its roots in the political phenomenon of the 1930s when progressivism, communism, fascism, socialism, and Nazism coalesced under the common flag of centralized governments and an ideology of collectivism. This worldwide movement went largely unchallenged ideologically until the reassertion of classical liberalism through the American conservative movement in the 1950s. The in-vogue politics of the 1930s spanned merely from the “right-wing” nationalistic fascism of Mussolini and Hitler to a “left-wing” muddle of socialism, Marxism, and communism.
To equate the George Washington-loving, Constitution-quoting, flag-carrying, tea partying conservatives of today with the Nazis or fascism is an exercise in fear mongering and a simple wordplay on the misconceptions of the historical context of “right-wing.” (For a simplistic explanation of this assertion, see this brief video.)
The “objectivity” of the modern press is often breached by such outbursts, as seen in the article referenced above. The political right-wing is excoriated through straw men and outright lies to be subliminal reminders of the purported righteousness of the ideological left. Nothing less can be expected of those with no defense based on their own history, as we’ll soon see.
Let’s turn the tables on the press and mass media in general to examine their history. We’ll look at the strategies and political leanings of most outlets of “journalism” to see who has been influenced the most by anti-freedom, dishonest, statist, and totalitarian tactics.
The political favoritism and outright lies of left-wing press
In the 1985 documentary Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press, ex-KGB propagandist and defector Yuri Bezmenov explains in detail how the American media was led by the nose into distributing Soviet propaganda because of their communist sympathies and willingness to “look the other way”:
Griffin (interviewer): We’ve read a lot about the concentration camps and slave labor camps under the Stalin regime. Now the general impression in America is those things are part of the past. Are they still going on today? (1985)
Bezmenov: Yes. There’s no qualitative change in the Soviet concentration camp system. There are changes in numbers of prisoners. … I would say that those intellectuals who try to convince the American public that [the] concentration camp system is a thing of the past are either conscientiously misleading public opinion or they are not very intellectual people. They’re selectively blind. They lack intellectual honesty when they say that.
Bezmenov goes on to explain and prove his credentials in KGB operations and recounts several stories of interactions with Western leftists, naming them specifically as “progressives.” He was assigned an agent position with Novasti Press Agency, a front group for KGB propaganda:
Bezmenov: Another area of activity when I was working for the Novasti was to accompany groups of so-called “progressive intellectuals,” writers, journalists, publishers, teachers, professors of colleges. You can see me here in Kremlin, I am second on the left. … For us, they were just a bunch of political prostitutes to be taken advantage [of] for various propaganda operations.
In 1967 the KGB attached me to this [video time: 35:18] “Look Magazine.” … A group of 12 people arrived to USSR from United States to cover the 50th Anniversary of October Socialist Revolution in my country. From the first page to the last page it was a package of lies, propaganda cliché. Which were presented to American readers as opinions and deductions of American journalists. Nothing could be farther from truth. [These] were not opinions, they were not opinions at all, they were the clichés which the Soviet propaganda wants [the] American public to think that they think. … The basic message is that Russia today is a nice, functioning, efficient system supported by [the] majority of [the] population. That’s the biggest lie, and of course American intellectuals and journalists from Look Magazine liberated on that untruth in various different ways. They intellectualized that lie. They found all kinds of justifications for telling lies to [the] American public.