Mainstream media deception13-07-2006
Bad News from Israel
MEDIA ALERT: BLAMING THE VICTIM IN GAZA
"Let's look at casualties. In the last six months, approximately 80 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza due to Israel artillery firing... There have been exactly eight Israelis killed in the last five years from the Kassam missiles. Again, we have a huge disproportion, a huge discrepancy." ('AIPAC v. Norman Finkelstein: A Debate on Israel's Assault on Gaza,' June 29, 2006;
MEDIA ALERT UPDATE: IRAQ BODY COUNT - A SHAME BECOMING SHAMEFUL
The Dead in Iraq: The lead author of the Lancet report, Les Roberts, reported more recently on February 8, 2006, that there may be as many as 300,000 Iraqi civilian deaths
One indication that the Iraq Body Count (IBC) project is doing something wrong is that it is deemed, not merely inoffensive, but is eagerly embraced by people who really ought to be offended.
CARTOON TIME - CHANNEL 4 SMEARS CHAVEZ
Rugman relentlessly smeared Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, in a piece described by John Pilger as "one of the worst, most distorted pieces of journalism I have ever seen". (Email to Channel 4 News, copied to Media Lens, March 27, 2006)
BBC WHITEWASH - HEAD OF NEWS RESPONDS
BBC fails to answer and report fundilmental questions. This article will demonstarte Why!!
RAPID RESPONSE MEDIA ALERT: IRAQ ANNIVERSARY - BBC WHITEWASH (3 Comment(s))
It's commonly argued that the British media are superior to the US media. Interestingly, Noam Chomsky - a very experienced and astute media watcher -
disagrees. He says "not better, just different", and cites the New York Times as the one paper he would read if he had to choose. A good example is Bush and Blair's truly audacious campaign of deception over Iraqi WMD - a half-decent media would have exposed this instantly. But even the most obvious questions were never asked - it was quite staggering.
Have these reporters and editors no shame? Have they no compassion for the terrible suffering of Iraqi people; suffering in which our government, and a compliant media, is deeply complicit?
OIL FOR THE KILLING MACHINE - THE BBC ON IRAQ
the BBC, like other media, is producing an endless flow of insidious
messages downplaying the criminality of what Britain and America have done
to Iraq. If the public can be persuaded to re-label cynical 'sincere',
illegal 'ill-judged', vicious 'victorious' and killing 'keeping the peace',
then we are likely to feel that what we have done is 'not that bad'.
This is important because only public resistance, only public concern,
stands between our violent, greed-driven political system and future
victims. Only intense and widespread public opposition can put the brakes on
this killing machine - the media's job is to stop us trying.
MEDIA ALERT: IRAN - THE MEDIA FALL INTO LINE
The West's hypocrisy and double standards could hardly be clearer but they are off the media agenda. The United States is estimated to be in possession of no less than 10,600 nuclear warheads. Its leading ally in the region, Israel, also has nuclear weapons, as do Russia, Pakistan, India and China. Britain has recently sold nuclear-capable bombers to India, while the United States has sold nuclear-capable bombers to Pakistan. Iran's is indeed a "tough neighbourhood".
Best wishes to the BBC
Dear Ms. Helen Boaden, director of BBC news
Could you please ask Paul Wood to wear a military uniform the next time he says that British and American forces "came to Iraq in the first place to bring democracy and human rights" ? [BBC News at Ten, 22.12] .......