In light of all this, I cautiously welcome dissenting views on the Western media reporting: while they certainly have their own blindspots, reporters such as Patrick Cockburn and Robert Fisk, of The Independent, have at least provided a valuable counterweight to Western media propaganda. Others, however, go too far. Consider this chirpy philippic from 'independent' journalist and sometime RT contributor Rania Khalek:
This kind of 'omission bias' is widespread in public discourse about Syria: broad swathes of the 'anti-war' left, from the respectable end of the spectrum (Pilger, Medialens) through to the Internet's wilder anti-establishment conspiracists (Global Research, 21st Century Wire) promote a simplistic, US-focused 'anti-imperialism' and ignore the geopolitical objectives and military aggression of non-Western powers such as Syria, Russia and Iran. While many of these commentators quite rightly deplore the biases of the 'corporate media' coming out of Washington and London, they themselves receive encouragement and financial remuneration from the enemies of the West.
I don't make this criticism lightly. After writing a short article recently about the biased Western reporting of the Syrian war, I myself was accused by one or two people of pro-Assad bias and even complicity in genocide. I don't accept such criticisms. My article critiquing media coverage of Syria made it clear that my focus was on Western reporting (a reasonable focus, since I live in the West and my article was written for Westerners who watch and listen to Western news media); but I also unequivocally stated, more than once, my utter contempt for the murderous actions of Assad and Putin.
It is right to attack the recent record of US involvement in Syria; but to go soft on Syria and Russia on the 'campist' grounds that 'my enemy's enemy is my friend' runs totally against socialist principle. The disaster that is unfolding in Syria will not be ameliorated by support for any of the conflict's warring factions; a plague on both their houses. And since no 'side' in the Syrian war should be given any quarter, we should reject all media propaganda, whether it emanates from the BBC, The Guardian and the journalists and academics who follow their line (George Monbiot, Rupert Read and other liberal 'interventionists') or from RT, Press TV and the anti-imperialist fanatics of the Internet.