I’m not sure about everywhere but it’s certainly true here in the West. Oddly, we don’t see nearly as much of this in the Global South. The West owns the world’s media, so with a death grip on information, they can easily brainwash the world with fakes and lies. Also the proxies of the West – the Genocide Jews in Israel, Nazis in Ukraine, ISIS and Al Qaeda headchoppers in the Muslim World – are so utterly diabolical that it’s quite unnecessarily to make up lies about them.
Just telling the truth is generally horrible enough. Further, I haven’t noticed Pakistan, the Taliban, Armenia, Russia, Iran, the Palestinians, Hezbollah, the Houthis, or the Arab World in general doing this either. I don’t regard the faked Israeli death and wounded reports coming from the Palestinian resistance as part of this fakery. It’s common for each side to exaggerate their opponent’s losses in wartime.
At the moment the Genocide Jews in Israel and the Nazis in Ukraine seem to be the worst liars of all. That leads me to think that maybe they have something in common. What they have in common is fascism. If you understand fascism, you realize that fascism venerates the lie. In fact, the lie is promoted as the highest form of discourse in fascism, the very basis for the state and society and the behavior of each. Fascism is shameless and forthright about its lying. In fact, pathological lying seems to be at the very basis of the fascist construct.
I would not say every fascist or rightwing authoritarian group is like this, but the classic ones in the 1930’s surely were.
False flags and endless lying in wartime seems to be a favorite of the West at the moment. I would include Turkey, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in the West. There is a lot of dubious reportage coming out of this latest civil war in Ethiopia, but most of it seemed to be coming from the state as usual. Basically anyone on board with the West or in the West’s pockets is lying like a rug. The Global South probably doesn’t lie that much because no one is going to run their lies with the world media in the West’s death grip.
Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie.
I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that never happened.
I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines.'”
– George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia