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Glenn Greenwald – Journalism v. propaganda

As often, Glenn Greenwald has an excellent article on Salon, this one going over the difference between “journalism” vs. “propaganda”. I’m linking it here because of this money quote alone:

“That’s the difference between journalism and propaganadistic stenography”

Which spawns this thought of clarification:

If you’re a reporter and you actually analyze, verify, clarify, and seek alternate viewpoints – that’s journalism. If you just write what they tell you without any of those steps, you are propagndist and what you are producing is propaganda, not news. The later is particularly true if most of your sourcing is “off the record”.

More importantly, if you are a propagandist, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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