‘Comment is free, but facts are sacred’—C.P. Scott, former editor of the Manchester Guardian
The propaganda model developed by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman suggests that media discussions of politics and foreign policy broadly reflect elite discourses and corporate interests, irrespective of whether elite opinions are in agreement over details or not. Individual journalists may think differently and sometimes may publish differently. But, broadly speaking, media outlets will foreground issues which help manufacture consent and certain agreed assumptions of debate.
The Guardian has a reputation for being a left-wing newspaper. Certainly there are columnists who are quite openly so and/or who set themselves against the economic consensus established by Thatcher and then Blair e.g. Owen Jones, Seumas Milne, and George Monbiot. But in broad terms the Guardian is still overwhelmingly accepting of this economic consensus in its overall emphasis, editorials and, as we will see, often unspoken assumptions. Advertising plays…
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