Those of us who spend any amount of time criticising the stenographers of the Fawning Corporate Media™ are well aware of the low standards of corporate journalism. For the most part, this is not in any way an attack on the writing skills of the journalists themselves, but more a lament over the structures of corporate content creation and the propensity for acting as a state mouthpiece.

So I’m asking “what is the point of Barak Ravid?” And in this context, I’m asking what is the point of his job position existing at all?

This morning, an article of Ravid’s came across my Twitter feed regarding Bibi’s latest demand for the international community to recognise the spoils of expansionist nationalism. Anyone familiar with the subject knows that the international community is actually prohibited by law from such recognition, but I digress. If ever you wanted to see how so-called journalists are in fact faithful regime stenographers, take a look at Ravid’s article. To be fair, this could have been written by anyone, and there’s nothing particularly remarkable about it. But let me quote bits of the article to show you the problem. I’m going to quote the sourcing of the article:

  • The Prime Minister Says
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
  • Netanyahu said
  • Netanyahu stated
  • Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office say
  • Netanyahu’s senior aides say
  • the prime minister stated empathically
  • Netanyahu said
  • Netanyahu also said
  • Netanyahu said
  • said Netanyahu
  • Netanyahu said
  • the prime minister said

You see the problem? That’s what you’re being fed. There is absolutely no need for Ravid to have been involved in the production of this article. It could have been emailed directly from the PM’s office and gone straight to production. You could even rename Haaretz to “Netanyahu Said”, sack the journalists and reduce the cost base considerably.