Falsehoods in the news are bred out of calculation, ignorance or clumsiness of human choices. But what always seems to survive are the two most deadly systems: communism and fascism. Both are populist and false, yet eagerly adopted as one’s own when frustrations obscure reasoning. Even more dangerous, their supporters may be simply too dumb to realise that they are clapping while the noose tightens around their necks.
Populist fodder always looks the same: everyone deserves respect, satisfying work, decent pay and medical care. Everyone has a right to happiness, rest, entertainment and justice. Everyone should be valued and respected, and be assured of comfortable old age. There should be exemplary punishment for all bad deeds, and the law should act quickly and effectively. All people are equal, but the interest of society trumps that of the private individual. It looks as if much of the responsibility for these beliefs in socie¬ties lies with journalism. It is journalists and amateurs pretending to be journalists on social media who are responsible for the lies and the propaganda. In her film Citizen Jones Agnieszka Holland also explores this subject. She exposes the vanity of journalism when it becomes cynical. She points to two characteristics that destroy journalism: narcissism and notoriously shallow commenting. The consequences are horrifying: people believe in the lies and judge the world according to them, electing rulers and defending their false interests. Vide: the com¬munist USSR, fascist Germany and Italy, North Korea or Venezuela. The paradox is that the journalists themselves are not aware of their narcissism and the triviality of their commentaries.