[Marxism] Washington Babylon Podcast Episode 9: Whitney Webb and Corey Pein

MM marxmail00 at gmail.com
Sat May 25 19:43:09 MDT 2019

> On May 18, 2019, at 8:24 PM, Andrew Stewart via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> This week Ken talks with Whitney Webb of Mint Press News

You lost me at “Mint Press News,” which is basically another way of saying “toxic waste.” 

Pro tip: If you want to be taken seriously as part of the left, refrain from referring people to websites that are fiercely and demonstrably committed to instrumentalizing those people’s justifiable resentments in service of making them stupider: less reasonable, less informed, and more paranoid.

It doesn’t help that such websites occasionally publish things that happen not to be false; in fact, that’s exactly what makes it more complicated. By way of analogy, the propaganda function that the NY Times serves would be impossible if it mostly printed stuff that’s blatantly false or easily disproven; it would be useless as an authoritative propaganda organ for maintaining the left flank of “reasonable” discourse if it regularly published nonsense. But the standard for the NY Times is actually significantly higher, because its propaganda function depends on maintaining credibility with a far larger audience. MPN only needs to print a few true things now and then, as reference points for the gullible, because its target audience is mostly idiots.

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