As ever with the media, it’s timing and volume that have to be considered.
Why have they picked this moment to anger millions of Muslims in the name of ‘freedom of speech’? This moment to make it an ‘issue’ and drive it to the top of the news agenda?
This the media incapable of telling the truth about its own role in the buildup to the Iraq war, and of course the current buildup to war on Iran. The media right now constantly repeating lying slogans like ‘illegal nuclear program’?
Well, never forget the hundreds of them in the pay or under the influence of security services, usually taking the form of implicit promises of honours, influence and political patronage (but also good old blackmail, working well inhis age of advanced hypocrisy). This was demonstrated categorically in the 1970s, and we have no reason to hope things have improved in the age of the GWOT.
But they’re capable of the most astonishing self-regarding hypocrisy even when not subverted — and here we must pick out the French for special mention — the suppression of Algerian democracy by the military in 1992, after FIS won the 1990 election, was not only applauded by the European media, but they had actually agitated for it, all in the name of the rights of female ‘journalists.’ And don’t get me started on Yugoslavia (not much ‘solidarity’ with fellow journalists then)…
This is a huge deception. Some of them may be stupid and vain enough to be swept along with the tide of enthusiasm, but the beating heart of this proliferation will be journalists with security contacts, executing the instructions of their patrons.
Whether these patrons represent the official policies of their states is a different matter.