18 February 2014, 04:43

Syria: Western media coverage duplicitous, seeks to justify eventual intervention - expert

Syria: Western media coverage duplicitous, seeks to justify eventual intervention - expert

Western news reports on Syria still rely heavily on unreliable sources. That’s according to James Tracy, whose article titled "The corporate media’s dubious Syria coverage" was posted on the Global Research website. The Voice of Russia contacted the author to ask him about the Western media’s biased approach to covering the situation in Syria.

Why do you think Western media outlets show an biased approach to covering the situation in Syria?

I think overall there is an attempt to mold public opinion in the west, in Europe, and especially in the US toward a type of intervention eventually in Syria that might involve sanctions, might involve military intervention, but some sort of intervention. And the reports that are based upon these human rights groups frequently emphasize the alleged crimes of the Assad government.

Why the West’s media reports on Syria focus on the Syrian government’s actions?

I think that this has a good deal to do with the United Nations policy of responsibility to protect and in order to convince an alliance of nations and their populations that it is necessary to go to war to prevent the humanitarian violations of a particular regime, then you have to prove that that regime is doing something, and that is one of the reasons that there is a heavy reliance on these reports. And one of the things that I would suggest is that for the news media, it is their responsibility to determine whether or not these particular groups and their reports are in fact valid.

Does relying on unreliable sources reflect unprofessionalism of Western journalists?

I think that it is a little bit of both. If you look at the former New York Times writer Daniel Simpson, he left the New York Times because he was told that he would have to make reports, he would have to do writing that was not necessarily truthful. We also saw that example with Amber Lyon, when she left CNN, both of these instances taking place last year but it is not necessarily anything new. We also saw this sort of really duplicitous reportage in the leadup to Iraq war in 2003 with Judith Miller, and this was in the New York Times as well, an outlet that has a good deal of credibility especially among the professional class, especially among the opinion-makers in the west.

What is your forecast on the Syrian crisis? What do you think should be done to solve the political impasse in Syria?

It might sound extravagant, but I really think that the west should align with the Assad government and attempt to get rid of these terrorist forces that have infiltrated the country because they after all are in part the responsibility of the west and the Saudi states that are backing them.

Does this perspective seem realistic to you?

At this point I don’t think it seems entirely realistic because I think that the west has other objectives. I think that the west wants to install regime in Syria much like they had sought to do in Libya, that is not necessarily for the people’s interests, that is not necessarily for the Syrian people’s interests, but it fulfills larger geopolitical designs.

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