One would assume that most thinking people are by now used to media giving things they report on a specific spin fitting their respective political agenda. This is illogical enough as the media are supposed to report what can be considered very close to what we understand by the term “facts” – which is why “reporters” are called such. “Narratives” are what thinking people do not very much like to read or hear.
What one must still assume nobody wants to read or hear are outright lies. “To communicate” means to make something the same knowledge among different people. If I know that what I tell others with the pretense of being true is false, I am not communicating, I am contradicting myself. I am being illogical to an extreme.
The once reputable and reliable Italian paper “Corriere della Sera” published an article yesterday with regard to an Egyptian immigrant, reportedly without fixed abode, Mohamed Zin Elaabdin Elhosary Mahmoud by name, taking a hostage at knifepoint in the most impressive Christian church I know of, the cathedral of Milan, threatening to slit the hostage’s throat. Police, after an endless-seeming time of approaching the hostage-taker almost millimeter by millimeter, talking to him all the time trying to divert his attention from what he had threatened to carry out, managed to overwhelm him before he could kill the hostage under his control.
The “Corriere della Sera” outright lies to its readers writing: “The six men from the police headquarters present conducted the negotiation and convinced him to lay down his weapon and release the hostage.” Which could not be further from the truth, as even the short and partly redacted video excerpt the paper includes in its own article demonstrates in case the reader watches it until the end. In the end, police jump at the attacker and overwhelm him with brute if skilled physical force, reportedly not without suffering some injuries from the attacker’s knife.
The full video without redactions was published, among other social media sites, on the Facebook pages of Italian political leader Matteo Salvini and his party, the Lega. In just one day, it has already been viewed over ten million times, and Matteo Salvini has added more than seven thousand “Likes” to his roster of more than 4.3 million.
Media lies like these can only continue to undermine general media credibility, yet may also make people wonder why such lies be considered “necessary”. A logical conclusion that imposes itself, similar to the one regarding the silencing of scientists criticizing the climate change scare, is that certain mainstream media are anxious to push and protect a certain narrative with regard to mass migration to countries with a dominant European/western/Christian character from countries with very different and apparently in part incompatible cultural characters. Not much wonder then that the Facebook page of Matteo Salvini has amassed more Facebook followers than all Italian media publications but one, which latter is itself not a traditional media name.