Kudos to Ronan Farrow for exposing Harvey Weinstein's war tactics. People not schooled in the ways of journalism are surprised, but may not get all the nuances of what Farrow's piece is actually telling you: that those who live in the public eye seeking publicity do an awful lot to manipulate the battleground to get all the fawning advertising-press, and will resort to war tactics to keep their ugly truth from the public. Here is a man willing to demonize those he preyed on. Let that sink in how far he was allegedly willing to go. All while you thought how cultured and refined you were for raving over a disposible Miramax movie, there was some serious and dangerous war games going on behind the scenes. The movie was the distraction and the misdirection. The power was the goal.
Now all along, journalists informed the little people that it was a good thing to rave about these movies. They did not inform the public their patronage was supporting something horrific. You were giving money to a villain who you thought was a good guy, and he became rich and tyrannical at your expense.
That should make you very nervous.
But that is nothing compared to what entire countries and robber barons do in order to rig a war to fix an outcome.
Wars are fought on multiple fronts, but the media front is the most important one. Reporters cover wars, telling their audiences a story that may have nothing to do with what is actually happening.
If one movie studio owner can fool (read: dictate and manipulate) them for decades, an entire government can do a lot more damage. In the United States, at least, since 1938, there is a way to find out whether or not a certain foreign company might be playing those same games.
It is this Justice Department web site.
It is a very exhaustive database that spans back years. You can look up a country, and see which US-based public relations firms, law firm, lobby group, and the like, they have hired, and when.
Because wars have been won because vested interests hired these firms to make their case to the public in order to influence US foreign policy.
It is essential reading for people who want to know how lies become news. In fact, I would go here before I went to traditional news sources. Warring countries hire multiple firms to ensure they win a war and make the world believe they are justified in harming people whose life requirments differ.
Both Gulf Wars and the Civil War in the former Yugoslavia had fought this way -- and each case, the designated villain in these stories did not have a PR firm to fight for their image.
Weinstein merely took a page out of their books.
Journalists are not supposed to fall for those games. They are not supposed to play those games, either.
But they still do -- choosing a side that pays money to make sure the press swallows their narrative without question.
And way too many times for comfort, they do swallow it.
But there are Ronan Farrows out there who question the narratives of the tyrants and push forward to tell the world to stop sleepwalking and accept things without question.
The problem is many people prefer to ignore those warnings and think it is only a one-off, and that some mysterious organization called They will make it all better.
There is no such group, and if there was, They owe you nothing.
And the tyrants keep getting away with it for far too long.