Friends, the father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, a Norweigan professor, has given a definition of two kinds of journalism. One is called war and violence journalism, and that’s what the commercial media gives us. Now, what does that include, according to Galtung? It includes two parties and one goal, that is to win. So we dehumanize the other party, the women, the children, and they’re all referred to with an infantile phrase, “bad guys.” Everybody’s a bad guy except you. And it’s propaganda oriented. We want to expose the bad guys, and cover up our crimes. More lies.
War journalism is elite journalism. We focus on our victims, our troops, our soldiers, our mercenaries, and we don’t, as General Franks said, “do body counts.”We don’t care how many people we kill. Also, war journalism is victory-oriented. Peace equals victory. Well, he feels that this is the absolute wrong direction to go. And I would say that we’re so fortunate that Pacifica Radio and KPFK don’t do war journalism. We do what Galtung calls peace journalism. He differentiates between war and peace journalism. (Read More)