(Nachdenkseiten) https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=43960 May 15, 2018
In many recent affairs, medial repetition has produced a non-evidence-based version of the events. Once the desired image had been installed, reporting – without considering new developments – was abruptly stopped and the generated message “parked” in the collective memory. There, the campaigns can be reactivated whenever needed. By Tobias Riegel.
It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed that no topic on the international scene was more significant than a suspected poison attack on UK-based Russian double agent Sergei Skripal. Building on the Skripal media campaign, economic sanctions and military aggression against the alleged perpetrator could be demanded of Russia and a worldwide atmosphere of tension – and distraction – created for weeks.
And then? No sooner had the prejudice of Russia been reinstated by the repetition of unjustified accusations and the misinterpretation of investigative reports, a sudden silence remained, which continues today. That’s why German media consumers do not learn that British intelligence agencies, for example, have recently admitted they cannot name a single suspect in the Skripal case.
Although the German media had spread the opposite, they did not say anything about the admission of British National Security Advisor Sir Mark Sedwill. Emotions replace insights – facts are not handed down It was similar with the sniper shots on the Kiev Maidan Square in 2014, the shooting down of the MH17 passenger aircraft over the Ukraine in the same year and, to a large extent, in the campaigns for Russian doping and computer hacking medial repetition generates a largely not evidence-based, but emotions-based version of the events. Once the desired message was installed, reporting was abruptly stopped and the generated image “parked” in the collective memory. If there are findings that contradict months later a media campaign, they are often not communicated. And such findings – in addition to the above-mentioned admission to the case Skripal – there were some in the recent past, without that they would have received a proper appreciation in the major German media: So were new developments to the Maidan massacre of the main media largely concealed, a press conference of Russia on the alleged poison gas attacks in the Syrian Duma not reported, but maliciously distorted, it was the embryonic (non-Russian) origin of the “telecom hacker” largely suppressed and a recent judgment of the International Sporting Court in Lausanne (CAS).
The statements of the Russian doping leniency Grigory Rodchenkov strongly relativized, largely hushed up. Media consumers are cheated out of their own opinions. The fact that an event is embezzled medially does not mean that it has proven something. For example, the Russian press conference on the Duma should not be presented here either as propaganda or as an example of the brilliant truth. But if media consumers do not even learn about the existence of a new development – even if it is doubtful – they are cheated out of the opportunity to form their own image. The issue of doping will develop strong media momentum in the coming weeks in view of the approaching World Cup in Russia.
In addition, ARD and its doping correspondent Hajo Seppelt have arrogantly ventured on the subject of “Russian state doping” in comparison to the international media landscape.
Now, the CAS has determined that the statements of the anti-Russian leniency Rodchenkov would be largely based on hearsay, so are largely worthless in court. In the ARD and other large German media one does not learn of it. Courts threaten the emotional basis of media campaigns. The example of the CAS ruling on doping makes it clear why the German mainstream media does not insist on legal approaches, why ordinary court rulings are not awaited and also not demanded by the media: Firstly, no court is needed for medial convictions, only pure power is enough range and repetition. On the other hand – as the CAS judgment shows – legal “subtleties” and meticulous investigations of the processes in the construction of an enemy structure are disturbing. Judgments made in the dry rational atmosphere of a court run the risk of dragging the ground under the feet of media-based media campaigns. The lawsuits inherent
Courts threaten the emotional basis of media campaigns
The example of the CAS ruling on doping makes it clear why the German mainstream media does not insist on legal approaches, why ordinary court rulings are not awaited and also not demanded by the media:
Firstly, no court is needed for medial convictions, only pure power is enough range and repetition. On the other hand – as the CAS judgment shows – legal “subtleties” and meticulous investigations of the processes in the construction of an enemy structure are disturbing. Judgments made in the dry rational atmosphere of a court run the risk of dragging the ground under the feet of media-based media campaigns. Accuracy inherent in court proceedings threatens the sphere of what is created and loved by the editors. As soon as this accuracy threatens to break into the vague, the emergency brake can be pulled, and the topic can be buried medially – but only for the time being. When needed (when the citizens only vaguely remember), it can be introduced as an additional “argument”, sometimes in the clenched form of numerous combined allegations, to make the confusion complete. If necessary, campaigns are reheated Green MEP Rebecca Harms has recently used this tactic to perfection in order to drum up a boycott of the World Cup in Russia: “The poison gas attack in Salisbury is just the latest chapter in Vladimir Putin’s mockery of our European values: arbitrary bombing of schools, hospitals and residential areas in Syria; the brutal military invasion of Ukraine; systematic hacker attacks; Disinformation campaigns; Optional interference; Attempts to weaken and destabilize the EU – all this is not on the calling card of a good World Cup host. ” None of the allegations stacked here can be described as proven by proper standards. Harms can, however, aim at the remains of the former media campaigns stored in the minds of the citizens. The strategy of intense emotional media campaigning, which stops at the moment facts threaten its self-generated version, thus fulfills two criteria: it creates a state of shock during which unpopular decisions or revelations can be concealed. And she leaves the emotionally charged and unenlightened processes in the background to warm them up in the near future. However, there are signs that this type of indoctrination is losing its effect.