Oh, what a surprise! Brace yourselves, folks, because it turns out that the media isn’t as unbiased and truthful as we thought. In a groundbreaking report by the renowned journalism watchdog Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), we’ve discovered that the war narrative between Russia and Ukraine is being shaped by none other than the generous, altruistic, and definitely not self-serving donor class. Shocking, I know!
According to this report, wealthy donors have been bankrolling think tanks with super official-sounding names for ages. And guess what? These think tanks produce research that just happens to align perfectly with the interests of their funders. Isn’t that a stroke of luck? It’s like they have a crystal ball that tells them what their donors want to hear. How considerate of them!
But wait, it gets even better. The major mainstream outlets like The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal seem to have a peculiar preference for citing think tanks with cozy ties to the war industry. I mean, who needs objective and impartial analysis when you can have research that’s funded by the very industry profiting from the war? It’s like having a butcher recommend vegetarian recipes. Brilliant!
Let’s not forget our beloved think tanks, the Atlantic Council and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). These two gems receive millions of dollars from the war industry. And guess who their biggest donors are? Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, are the same companies that have conveniently been awarded billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts thanks to the war in Ukraine. Talk about coincidence!
The New York Times even did us all a favor by exposing the agenda of the CSIS. They found out that this think tank’s main purpose is to produce content that aligns perfectly with the sales objectives of its sponsors. How thoughtful of them to put profit over, you know, actual journalism!
And did you know that defense contracting giants like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have collectively donated a staggering $77 million to think tanks since 2010? That’s a lot of dough, folks. But don’t worry, they don’t disclose the exact amount of their donations because transparency is overrated.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t it a tad suspicious that these think tanks with war industry ties often support policies that benefit…wait for it…the war industry? It’s almost like there’s a correlation between funding and hawkish positions. But hey, who needs peace and stability when there are profits to be made, right?
And let’s not forget the media outlets themselves. They’re doing a fantastic job of keeping us in the dark about their cozy relationships with the military-industrial complex. Not a single instance was found where a news outlet disclosed that its source received funding from the war industry. How thoughtful of them to keep us blissfully ignorant!
So, dear readers, be prepared to be served a steaming hot plate of war propaganda disguised as news. It’s like they took a dash of death, a sprinkle of destruction, and a pinch of corporate interests, and voila! A mouthwatering dish of misinformation that’s guaranteed to leave you hungry for the truth.
But hey, who needs truth when you can have profit? Who needs peace when you can have war? Who needs responsible journalism when you can have well-funded think tanks parroting the interests of their donors?
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacle. Because in this theater of war, the show must go on, and the profits must keep rolling in. Bon appétit!