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"The WSJ too, since the early '70s, has been devoted to ultra-liberal propaganda."

It's a bit more complicated than that; in its editorial pages yes - but, just as in this thread there's been some welcome support for honest and competent economists, instead of blanket dismissal, so Chomsky defends honest and competent journalists, and even the WSJ's news pages:

Why do the media often provide crucial information undermining established doctrine? One important reason is that journalists are no different from other people. Many are honest, dedicated, courageous people who pursue their craft with honor and admirable professional integrity. They want to find the truth, whatever it is, and to report it honestly. Sometimes they succeed, though there is plenty of filtering at the news-management level. Furthermore, those in decision-making positions in the economic, political, and ideological domains have to have a tolerably realistic picture of the world. The editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal may be mostly a comic strip, but the news pages are often excellent, and some of the best reporting in the world can be found in the London Financial Times and other business journals. In addition, the discipline of the intellectual community can be trusted to shape what appears into forms that will serve power interests, to a substantial if not overwhelming extent.

http://www.zcommunications.org/sustainer-forum-reply-by-noam-chomsky




Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Mar 9th, 2013 at 06:22:03 PM EST
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