8 April 2011 — Morning Star
A leading Financial Times journalist accused the British media today of ‘buttering up’ the population to support the war on Libya.
At a Stop the War Coalition fringe event at the NUJ conference the paper’s assistant news editor David Crouch accused the Times and the Evening Standard of running a campaign to bring about Western intervention.
He said of the anti-Gadaffi rebels: ‘We are told that the opposition is defenceless – they are not.
‘They have liberated arms depots. They have tanks and had fighter planes, at least until they shot two of their own down.’
Mr Crouch labelled Colonel Gadaffi ‘a brutal dictator’ but questioned several stories which have accused forces loyal to the Libyan leader of carrying out ‘massacres.’
‘Reporters have been to the areas where it is alleged they took place and are not finding any evidence,’ he said.
He added that he regretted his paper’s backing for Nato action in north Africa but added: ‘The first causality of war is the truth.
‘The war is about the West reasserting their control over their former colonial back yard.’