A basic technique of news and opinion management and propaganda is the manipulation and stripping of context. This often takes the form of an intensive focus on the terrible plight of worthy victims and the villainous behavior of their tormentors, and the downplaying and antiseptic treatment of the condition of unworthy victims, along with ignoring or providing apologetics for their attackers. It sometimes calls for the avoidance of context that challenges a narrative that makes a villain purely villainous and the victims entirely virtuous.
Gaddafi is the “villain” according to the popular narrative on Libya, and the rebels are saints who act without self-interest, and whose lives are in mortal danger (which is why NATO must bomb the place). You don’t have to look hard to find this narrative. So, when Al Jazeera wrote about Libya on August 22, 2011 they inform us that the rebels are “silencing the guns of brutality for good.”
The NTC played its role, especially under the stewardship of Mustafa Abd Al-Jalil, an honourable man, who has not been motivated by self-gain or self-empowerment [...] Mr Abd Al-Jalil has the moral courage . . .
- The Top Ten Myths in the War against Libya by Maximilian Forte
- The War in Libya: Race, “Humanitarianism,” and the Media by Maximilian Forte
- To Avert A Bloodbath – Libya And The Press – Part 1 by Media Lens
- The Anti-Empire Report, Number 97 by William Blum
- Rebels settle scores in Libyan capital by Kim Sengupta
- While Tripoli celebrates ‘freedom,’ refugees from Africa fear for their lives by Kim Sengupta
- NATO’s Rebel Forces by Luis Rumbaut
- Libya: Another victim of Humanitarian Imperialism by Michael McGehee
- Victims of a Civil War: Black Africans in Libya by Michael M’Gehee