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http://www.blisty.cz/
ISSN 1213-1792

Šéfredaktor:

Jan Čulík

Redaktor:

Karel Dolejší

Správa:

Michal Panoch, Jan Panoch

Grafický návrh:

Štěpán Kotrba

ISSN 1213-1792
deník o všem, o čem se v České republice příliš nemluví
24. 2. 2010

The Impenetrable Walls of a Shameful Silence - Our media ad usum delphini?

During Norman Finkelstein’s visit to Prague I expected all kinds of things: hysterical campaigns against him and the event, accusations of supposed connections with the Neo-Nazis, the juggling with the mandatory deference towards the victims of concentration camps, which won’t allow the delivery of critical words about the subject even in a thousand years. But that other than an awkward interview for mainstream television I would see literally nothing - really nothing -, well, that I was not ready for. I’m actually in a way glad for the outcome of it all, though: it shows everyone who wants to see, clearly and above all doubt, that the Czech mainstream media is not at all here to inform the public about the important and relevant affairs, but to manipulate and entertain with celebrity scandals, while in fact extracting us out of the real world.

Let’s repeat ourselves some trivial facts: the mainstream media has for many years systematically ignored news that the United States were negotiating the placement of an missile defense system in the Czech territory; then from March 2008, for a change, our mainstream media didn’t want to even hear that Barack Obama, in case of victory in the American presidential elections, would cancel the European part of the missile defense “umbrella”; and now once again our media pretends that Norman Finkelstein – a person whose parents went through concentration camps – has never been in the Czech lands or never talked here among us about the situation in the Palestinian territory and the rapidly worsening international isolation of Israel. The day’s headline: nothing happened today.

After a long time I need to once again make it clear: I am ashamed that I am a citizen of an obedient stooge State, which from quite some time systematically does what the powerful of this world wish, while hypocritically hiding their eyes from the suffering of their victims. That this is done by those who, from public money, bid it to their political parties’ coffers and personal wallets, we have to probably momentarily accept, as that the majority of government departments lack whatever long-term concept. But when even the media around us build a world where many important pieces of information are not allowed, while the top news of the day is about pop singer Iveta Bartošová’s breasts, then our locking into the pseudo-cosmos of gossip and scandals have already gone really dangerously too far.

The current state of Czech society is in reality actually worse than during the previous regime. At the days before the Velvet Revolution in 1989 the official media was not believed by practically anyone and people were used to having to look for the truth with attention between the lines. We have gradually lost that ability and on top of that it appears that the public is not really turned off by how it has been literally erased the last leftovers from good sense from the news media. It is not possible to even read between the lines when there are no lines at at all about certain key issues.

What else but to keep the chin down, Karel Kryl… Nowadays we are submersed under something worse – and so that we don’t have to face up to unpleasant facts, we allow ourselves to be gladly convinced that that is actually caviar…

translated by FG

                 
Obsah vydání       26. 2. 2010
26. 2. 2010 Martin Myant: The future of the Czech economy doesn't need to be bleak
24. 2. 2010 The Impenetrable Walls of a Shameful Silence - Our media ad usum delphini? Karel  Dolejší
24. 2. 2010 Why the Czech media does not have great journalistic personas? Ivo  Šebestík
24. 2. 2010 Problems of Czech citizens on the border with Germany or are we not part of Schengen? Daniel  Strož
24. 2. 2010 We will have ethnic conflicts in Czech Republic Štěpán  Steiger
24. 2. 2010 Czech Telegraph Fabiano  Golgo
24. 2. 2010 For This Time... Pavel  Kopecký
24. 2. 2010 Has the Czech Science Academy succumbed to the government's pressure? Štěpán  Kotrba
24. 2. 2010 Czechs Flooding Polish Pharmacies to Acquire Pseudoephedrine Drugs
5. 2. 2010 Michael Moore's films "will not be allowed to irritate US tourists in Prague"
2. 2. 2010 Czech electricity supplier blackmails consumers using a combat unit
2. 2. 2010 The global economic crisis and the future of "remainder democracy" Karel  Dolejší
27. 1. 2010 There is no difference between current Czech politicians and the politicians of the communist era, says an opinion poll
25. 1. 2010 Czech culture in the current issue of the Edinburgh Review
25. 1. 2010 What is the Czech Republic about? Jan  Čulík
20. 1. 2010 Prostitution and human trafficking in the Czech Republic? Karel  Dolejší
11. 1. 2010 Czech Wikipedia is not impartial Fabiano  Golgo
29. 12. 2009 How the Czech internet daily Britské listy has become a slave to T-mobile Czech Republic
23. 12. 2009 Christmas, manipulation and the society of the “unknown others” Bohumil  Kartous
19. 12. 2009 Planet Earth, PLC Karel  Dolejší
8. 12. 2009 Prague firm BNV Consulting talks of sacking employees in its Christmas party invitation
4. 12. 2009 Employees in the Hyundai plant in the Czech Republic strike against inhuman working conditions Aleš  Uhlíř
24. 11. 2009 Baroness Ashton "took Soviet money"
5. 11. 2009 "Small country" complex: stop telling Klaus not to bother the EU Fabiano  Golgo
29. 10. 2009 Czech Consul General in Los Angeles criticises "anti-Czechoslovak book"
23. 10. 2009 Jan Fischer, Head of Czech caretaker government, commits the Czech Republic to the US missile base system without having a political mandate Karel  Dolejší
12. 10. 2009 Moscow asks for clarification of the new anti-missile defence configuration Karel  Dolejší
13. 10. 2009 Ne Základnám and Moving the Goalposts Sam Graeme Beaton
12. 10. 2009 Where is the problem of the Charter of Fundamental Rights Jana  Bobošíková
9. 10. 2009 Prague firm humiliates Romanies
23. 9. 2009 How deposed president Zelaya got inside the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras Fabiano  Golgo
19. 9. 2009 Obama's new anti-missile project will destabilise the international security system Karel  Dolejší
17. 9. 2009 The United States "to scrap the East European anti-missile project" Jan  Čulík
15. 9. 2009 The Czech general election "won't take place until spring 2010"
14. 9. 2009 A night in the police cells in Prague Olivie  Brabcová
14. 9. 2009 Czech police has dropped the charges against the apprehended journalist
13. 9. 2009 Czech police arrests a journalist Štěpán  Kotrba
10. 9. 2009 Czech Constitution Court has cancelled the early election
7. 9. 2009 International corporations are being subsidised from public resources Jan  Matonoha
8. 9. 2009 Czech Republic has given a suspended sentence to an internet journalist for "denying the holocaust" Jan  Čulík
2. 9. 2009 The Czech general election "may not take place in October" Jan  Čulík
7. 9. 2009 Václav Havel's Disharmony and his Politics of a Cosmic Order Michael  Hauser
7. 9. 2009 Hauser doesn't know what he is talking about Karel  Dolejší
2. 9. 2009 The Czech Republic as a Paedophile Paradise Věra  Říhová
23. 7. 2009 Chief Executive of Czech Public Service Radio has been dismissed
17. 7. 2009 Havel, Schwarzenberg and other East European politicians: Why did they write to Obama? Karel  Dolejší
18. 7. 2009 Are Brzeziński and Carter "anti-American extremists"? Karel  Dolejší
8. 6. 2009 The process which turned Milan Kundera into an informer Jakub  Češka
6. 3. 2009 The Crisis of Czech Literature Štefan  Švec
13. 7. 2009 Von Trier's test Ema  Čulík
10. 7. 2009 Cold Souls is cold and soulless Ema  Čulík
9. 7. 2009 An Attack On the Heart Ema  Čulík
7. 7. 2009 Another half-baked delight from the Czech film bakeries Ema  Čulík
24. 3. 2009 An "old" and a "young" view of the contemporary Czech Republic David  McCallum
5. 7. 2009 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... Ema  Čulík
1. 2. 2009 Resources in English on Czech film, literature and politics
15. 2. 2009 More Czech resources in English
11. 12. 2008 On Russia and Chechnia John  Dunn
23. 12. 2008 Miloš Pick: When Credit Crunch Becomes Capitalism Crisis Miloš  Pick
22. 12. 2008 Miloš Pick: Prague Spring versus the 1990s Miloš  Pick
14. 8. 2009 Chavez and his religious followers Fabiano  Golgo
23. 3. 2009 Miloš Pick: Can Obama lead the world out of the crisis? Miloš  Pick
27. 11. 2008 President Obama's Foreign Policy: The Change We Really Want? Joanne  Landy