A televisual fairyland



“How did a fantasy president from a world of make believe come to govern a country whose power was built on hard-headed materialism? […] The role of the media corporations in the US is similar to that of repressive state regimes elsewhere: they decide what the public will and won’t be allowed to hear […]. The journalists they employ do what almost all journalists working under repressive regimes do: they internalise the demands of the censor, and understand, before anyone has told them, what is permissible and what is not. So, when they are faced with a choice between a fable which helps the Republicans, and a reality which hurts them, they choose the fable. As their fantasies accumulate, the story they tell about the world veers further and further from reality. Anyone who tries to bring the people back down to earth is denounced as a traitor and a fantasist.” - George Monbiot