In the last few months since the Edward Snowden leaks, the western and especially US media has all but been silent on allegations of Chinese cyber espionage and hacking, a stark contrast with the months preceding the revelations. These leaks expose for the masses the complicity of the US media in covering up 99.9% of internet privacy violations which weren’t committed by an evil, foreign perilous totalitarian empire but by a domestic, evil, and totalitarian empire.
The American media in its focus on alleged Chinese cyber warfare was effectively acting as a propaganda smoke screen for the US’s actual warfare against the world and its own citizens. They were behaving as any good ministry of propaganda would for a totalitarian regime; covering their ass while demonizing some foreign other. But now it looks like the media is starting to shift priorities more in line with reality perhaps because it no longer could get away its past behavior. The public is now, thanks to Snowden, more informed about the reality of the privacy violations and simply look on all attention directed at foreign governments as propaganda. The media is quick to note this change in public awareness and must shift attention to reflect their concerns.