‘The Pot Calling the Kettle Black’

A cartoon of a pot calling a kettle black.

As American media continues to point critically towards the enemies of the United States, particularly Russia and People’s China, the atrocities committed by itself and its allies are ignored in western media. Last Thursday, the 19th, the IMF targeted a hospital in Jenen with live bullets going through the windows of the pediatric nursing room. An elementary school is scheduled to be demolished on the 28th of January while the United Nations has called Israel out to “fulfill its international obligations to ensure Palestinians can have safe access to education.” 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since this data has been gathered beginning in 2005. This year is on pace to be even more deadly. This genocide produced by the system of apartheid is never brought up by the corporate media. Mentioning the system of apartheid and the actions of Israel is often portrayed as being anti-Semetic.

Western media has also quickly forgotten the facts they had been reporting in recent years on the Kiev’s destructive attacks against the Donbas. They continue to overlook the overwhelming support (93%) from the ballot box of Crimeans to return to Russia and continue President Obama’s statement that the referendum would “never be recognized.” Similarly, the US failed to recognize the democratic decision for self-determination in the Donbas region. The role of fascism and the glorification of Stepan Bandera in the 2014 civil war in the Ukraine, known as the Euromaidan, had been reported on at the time although it was played down. The US Congress even identified the Azov Battalion as a neo-Nazi group and blocked their funding, but this decision was soon overturned.

Corporate media also has the ability to manufacture atrocities. A perfect example of this is the famous picture of the ‘Tank Man’ at Tiananmen Square and the events that surround it. It can easily be assumed that the man pictured was immediately crushed by Chinese tanks. A picture may be worth a thousand words, they can be easily shown out of context.

It is important to understand that when a corporation provides access to information (just like access to food, housing and healthcare) it is not done to provide a necessary service; it is done to make a profit. It is the ‘pot calling the kettle black’.