22 September 2021 — FAIR
Janine Jackson interviewed Milton Allimadi about New York Times coverage of Africa for the September 17, 2021, episode
of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.
Janine Jackson: Benighted. Backward. Tribal. Corrupt. Inherently violent, yet somehow also docile unto imbecility.
Listeners will be familiar with the imagery that corporate media have long used to talk about Africa and Africans. Not just tabloids that blare their racism in crude cartoons–elite media have been key in promoting the narrative in which Europeans represent civilization, which they feel moved to provide, on their own terms naturally, to Africans that could never otherwise attain it.