I wonder whether there was any period in history when the media transmitted messages that were cynically pragmatic, to the effect that it's not our concern how barbaric other countries are as long as we have beneficial trade relationships with them. When such phrases as "a direct incitement to rip off more money from his own people" or "China is violating the rights of Uighurs" would not even be used in arguments because they would be met with utter indifference.
Can't think of such a period. There was apartheid, there was nazi Germany, there were panslavist tendencies in Imperial Russia, there was pre-abolition America. In all those times, papers or journals must have expressed their dismay at how other countries are mistreating their people.