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MediaLens is a media analysis website based in the United Kingdom. It was established in 2001 to highlight alleged serious examples of bias, omission or deception in British mainstream media, with a strong focus on media gnerally thought of as objective or liberal (BBC, Channel 4 News, The Guardian, et al.), and to encourage members of the public to challenge the relevant journalist, editor, newspaper or broadcaster. It is run by editors David Cromwell and David Edwards. The website is maintained by webmaster Philip Chandler, and is financed through voluntary subscription and donations from grant-funding bodies. The front page of the English Wikipedia website. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national publicly funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... Channel 4 News is a television news programme made by ITN for the British TV broadcaster Channel 4. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... David Cromwell is an oceanographer and writer. ... David Edwards (born 1962) is a British political writer who specializes in the analysis of corporate media. ... Philip Chandler (b. ...


The editors of MediaLens believe that "mainstream newspapers and broadcasters provide a profoundly distorted picture of our world" and act as a "de facto propaganda system for corporate and other establishment interests". However, they strongly reject the idea that this might be the result of a conspiracy, or that mainstream journalists may be guilty of self-censorship and conscious lying. Instead, they base their media analyses on Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky´s Propaganda Model which seeks to explain systemic bias in the media in terms of structural economic causes, and which proposes that news passes through five conceptual filters before publication. In the words of the MediaLens editors, "We all have a tendency to believe what best suits our purpose; highly paid, highly privileged editors and journalists are no exception. In any case, professionals whose attitudes and opinions most closely serve the needs of corporate power, whether in media institutions or elsewhere, are more likely to be filtered through to positions of authority within such institutions." This proposed logo for a U.S. government agency was dropped due to fears that its Masonic symbolism would provoke conspiracy theories. ... Edward S. Herman is an economist and media analyst with a specialty in corporate and regulatory issues as well as political economy and the media. ... Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ... The propaganda model is a theory advanced by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky that seeks to explain the supposed systemic biases of the mass media in terms of structural economic causes. ...


The two editors regularly produce "Media Alerts" and frequently engage in dialogue with some of Britain's most respected journalists. MediaLens hosts a 'chat' message board and a discussion forum, used for dissection of political and media issues. Media Alerts, which are free, are distributed worldwide to around 4000 people. A journalist is a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people. ... An Internet forum, also known as a message board or discussion board, is a web application that provides for online discussions, and is the modern descendant of the bulletin board systems and existing Usenet news systems that were widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. ... The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Representative democracy History of democracy Referenda Liberal democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Ideology Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by...


They share the view that "much modern suffering is rooted in the unlimited greed of corporate profit-maximising". They add:


"We accept the Buddhist assertion that while greed and hatred distort reason, compassion empowers it. Our aim is to increase rational awareness, critical thought and compassion, and to decrease greed, hatred and ignorance. Our goal is not at all to attack, insult or anger individual editors or journalists but to highlight significant examples of the systemic distortion that is facilitating appalling crimes against humanity: the failure to communicate the truth of exactly who is responsible for the slaughter of 500,000 Iraqi children under five; the silence surrounding the motives and devastating consequences of corporate obstruction of action on climate change; the true nature, motives and consequences of 'globalisation'; the corporate degradation and distortion of democratic society and culture. Our hope is that by so doing we can help all of us to free ourselves from delusions. In the age of global warming and globalised exploitation these delusions threaten an extraordinary, and perhaps terminal, disaster - they should not be allowed to go unchallenged."


See also

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), founded in 1986, is a leftist group that works against and documents bias in the media and erroneous reporting. ...

External links

  • MediaLens website

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