We may not all be able to agree on whether or not RT is a propaganda network masquerading as a news channel or not (in my humble opinion it is, but if you can find me a news channel that doesn’t, to one degree or another, deal in propaganda, I’m all ears), I hope we could all agree that it ought to be absolutely beneath the office of US Secretary of State to lambaste any media outlet. Not only does it make Kerry look incredibly petty, it suggests that the US government is struggling to counter the narrative that RT is advancing, which, if RT is doing mere propaganda while our government is telling The Truth, shouldn’t be that difficult. State’s press office can do what it likes, but this kind of thing shouldn’t come out of the mouth of the Secretary.
By the way, that Ray McGovern piece I linked to above, yeah, that’s the one, actually dives a heck of a lot deeper than John Kerry’s tirade about RT and is worth a full read. It talks about the dangers of American Exceptionalism (if not for us, then certainly for anyone whose leaders get on our bad side), and our own quiescent media that accepts and regurgitates the idea that America rules while the rest of the world drools:
On RT’s “Crosstalk,” John Mearsheimer made the important point that Americans view the United States as “the benign hegemon.” He explained:
“We think we’re different from other great powers and that when we expand our influence, countries like Russia will understand that we’re ultimately not very threatening because we are the good guys in the international system. This is a remarkably foolish way of thinking about the world. But I think that, if you spend any time in Washington, it becomes clear that this delusion is widespread.”
I have always harbored doubts that Official Washington could really believe all that and use it to underpin foreign policy, but I defer to Mearsheimer on this. The point here is that it is the guidance given to, and adhered to, strongly by the corporate media that serves to impoverish the citizenry’s store of accurate information. The way things are going, it will be far easier to drum up support for the kind of risk taking that could lead to war with Russia than was the case on Syria. That’s one key problem; but there is another.
Have U.S. policymakers become so callous as not to care what happens to those with the bad luck to live in “dispensable” countries? It does appear so – and that arrogance about U.S. “indispensability” and “exceptionalism” has caused Official Washington to lose its moral compass.
In 1995, the United Nations reported that U.S. economic sanctions against Iraq had brought death to 500,000 Iraqi children below the age of five. Asked about that by Lesley Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on May 12, 1996, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright answered, “We think the price is worth it.”