President Trump's ending of the CIA programme of supporting the jihadists in Syria has been greeted with howls of condemnation by the corporate media.
The well known promoter of CIA disinformation and propaganda, the Washington Post, led the charge, immediately characterising the policy as a victory for Putin. The headline provided the evidence free assertion that the policy change had been sought by Russia. Well, not entirely evidence free, for in the article the Post quotes an anonymous official (as is its wont) claiming it is a victory for Putin.
The rest of the corporate media were quick to fall in line with the CIA spin. The Guardian claimed that the change in policy was an attempt to improve relations with Russia (with the clear implication that is a bad thing). The Telegraph was quick to dub the policy as a victory for Putin. CNN characterised it as big win for Russia.
In all the noise, there was little information on the actual programme, Operation Timber Sycamore, which, at the cost of billions of dollars, has been arming jihadists in Syria since 2012, at least. The so called rebels who have been assisted by the programme have included al Qaeda, al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham and Islamic State amongst other medieval head chopping Islamic barbarians, who, even the Washington Post, notes may well have killed and wounded a hundred thousand Syrian soldiers and many more civilians.
The corporate media have a long and consistent history of supporting, including by lying, unnecessary wars. The corporate media have acted as unwavering propagandists for the illegal regime change operation in Syria. Indeed, Thomas Freidman recently advocated in the paper of record (as it pompously styles itself), the New York Times, that the US openly side with Islamic State to overthrow the Syrian government. The BBC published a fabricated documentary alleging that the Syria goverment had used chemical weapons against civilians on the eve of a parliamentary vote in 2013, which sought to authorise doing to Syria what had been done to Libya in 2011. Indeed, the corporate media have promoted blatant jihadist propaganda as though it were impartial news.
It would, therefore, be completely out of character if the corporate media had welcomed Trump's change of policy, which will undoubtly reduce the death toll in Syria, reduce the pressures on migration from the middle east to Europe, and increase the stability of the region and, by extension, the rest of world.