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So rather poetically, if you live somewhere like say Saudi Arabia or Singapore, the national media is a unifying force which tends to be used to promote a sense of patriotism, unity and a collective togetherness. Under democracy, its used to stir up hate and divide and conquer.
In countries with no freedom of press, the authoritarian government controls the media arm, and pushes narratives which promote national unity to make effective governance easier In democracies, they're a cluster fuck of competing special interest groups vying for profit & power
The primary goal and purpose of the media is not to inform the public, but to influence the population's perspective on a wide range of issues to facilitate the political and economic interests of the media controllers. Informing the public is always a loose secondary objective.
"It's about winning hearts and minds" Literally, and I mean quite literally no one, cares about facts or truth once the narrative popularises & reaches a widely agreed upon consensus At this point, you're post-truth and the big lie has prevailed These are the times we live in.
Never put it beyond a propagandist to fabricate, smear, gaslight, deny, spin or otherwise outright make bullshit up. Remember, they don't care about the truth, all they care about is achieving their aims. It's an information war, and your mind is the battleground.
A good propaganda campaign highlights supporting evidence, and neglects, dismisses or outright ignores variables which impair its message. It cannot be fair and balanced in its weighing of truth, for to do so would be to reduce its persuasiveness - undermining the intended goal.
Truth is the first casualty in the creation of narrative, when you need to ignore inconvenient facts to make it work, or cherry pick your gripes to form a skewed perception. Feelings don't care about your facts. Which is why they are to be manipulated, not reasoned with.