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When Corporate Media Were Imperial Shills, or: Now and Always

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There are certain standards of good journalism we should all expect and demand from major news agencies and wire services. For example, when a news service injects color into a report, it should be the opinion of the person or group being covered in the report, and attribution to the source of that opinion should be made evident by some form of citation, as in the emphasized part of the following example:

Israeli opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu is a sociopathic maniac who not only profited off the Sept. 11 attacks but also played a part, current and former boyfriends said.

The Associated Press usually sticks to that principle, but every once in a while they throw in an editorial opinion, or speculation stated as fact; when they do, it reads like it came from a State Department or Pentagon script (only it’s delivered more tepidly), as in the following introductory paragraph from an April 22 headline titled “Suicide car bomber kills 2 US marines in Iraq”:

A bomb-rigged truck exploded at a checkpoint Tuesday near the western city of Ramadi, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding three others in an apparent strike by al-Qaida in Iraq in one of its former strongholds. 1

Question: How is it “apparent” that it was carried out by “al-Qaida,” when there are no quotations or paraphrases in the body of the report justifying the supposition? Sure, AP says that Ramadi was a former hangout for “al-Qaeda” in Iraq; but to assume it was al-Qaeda, based on that U.S. government factoid, would still be pure speculation on the part of the AP editor. And when not accompanied by attribution to the source of the conjecture, as the above, it becomes journalistic quackery.

Disinfo agents rely on their creative editing to deliver the government line with subtlety. But in reality, those talking points land on unsuspecting and untrained eyes and ears like Israeli terrorists in the West Bank fall on an opportunity to get away with taking pop-shots with US-supplied M-16s at Palestinian children who were either throwing stones or just walking to school; like U.S. and Blackwater artillery and 2-ton bombs fall on Iraq and Afghanistan, razing mosques, hospitals, schools, neighborhoods, and priceless cultural treasures; and like possession of the loot thereafter falls so fluidly and discretely into the hands of the so-called civilized governments and corporations of the West.

It’s too easy too. Corporate media peddle government fraud more effectively and prolifically than ever, and they profit handsomely for it. Billions of us are plugged in to their programming every day, and billions of us buy the products and services solicited over their airwaves and in their newspapers and periodicals by their sponsors (who are usually their parent and sister corporations).

Their captivated viewers and readers are led to believe that every Iraqi casualty was either an al-Qaeda, a terrorist, an Iranian-sponsored insurgent, or a victim thereof. And it is never revealed how we know that those dead foreigners were what we said they were. They don’t carry ID badges and they don’t shout, “Al-Qaeda rules!” or “Khomanei ownz!” before they’re killed, so how do we know their group or foreign state affiliation, if any?

Also, there are no such things as the Iraqi resistance (to the U.S. occupation), resistance fighters, or even a U.S. occupation; even if there are, the labels are made to appear too mild or otherwise inappropriate, by a flurry of inflammatory quotes from “official sources”—or by immediately shifting the focus onto some negative act committed last week or even decades ago by the anti-occupation actors.

It’s convenient for the war profiteers that they never have to account for their crimes. Thanks to corporate media “coverage,” only we the occupiers liberators are defending ourselves; everyone else commits terrorism and encroaches on our Divine Right to violently frollicke in their backyard.

That’s the sick mentality being plugged into the consciousness of captivated audiences the world over by mainstream media and think-tanks.

The current example of unethical journalism by the world’s most prolific and sought-after news agency is not an isolated occurrence: the larger Ministry of Misinformation manipulates the truth as a matter of course and self-preservation.

None of the malfeasance and crimes against humanity and theft of Liberty would be possible without the support of disinfo cartels, like News Corp and AP—without agitprop labs, like The Israel Project, the American-Turkish Council (ATC), the American-Israeli Pulic Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)—without the “intellectual holdings” of the empire, like Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Center for Security Policy, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Freedoms Watch, and Project for a New American Century (PNAC)—without the regime-change engineers and future junta staffers, like the National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI)—and without the politicians on the payrolls and advisory boards of such entities, like Joe Lieberman.

This constitutional Republic is almost but a memory. It’s urgent that we expose and correct the dangerous disinfo everywhere it surfaces; state-worshiping media certainly won’t do it for us.

Due to the almost indomitable influence, power, and presence enjoyed by the Ministry in all political, economic, social, and religious areas, boycotts have been basically ineffective thus far; but they can work if enough people and organizations are made aware of the Mafia’s hideous criminality and, in turn, make several others aware of it. Start a blog and repost other people’s media exposés and the like.

Specific petitions and the like are usually powerless, no matter how many signatures are collected. People who want to fight back need to stop doing business with as many corporate and private sponsors of the offending media and state propaganda mills as possible.

Tip: If you must read an article from the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, or other, don’t click on the link that will take you to the original media source of the article: search Google for an independent site that reposted the article. But if you can not avoid entering a Ministry website, leave the site as soon as possible, taking with you the body of the article on your clipboard, and avoid clicking on their advertisements or activating their video players. And if you repost excerpts of the corporate media-published article for the sake of exposing the fraud, then do what I am doing from now on: don’t give the fraudsters the courtesy of an activated link back to their site.

[1] http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080422/D90754300.html

SPECIAL GUEST ON WHAT REALLY HAPPENED RADIO SHOW

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Michael Rivero will be interviewing a very special man on his What Really Happened Radio Show tomorrow night… a man named Hesham Tallawi. Hesham has his own weekly program which ‘airs’ on the Internet every week.

Proof that Hesham is a ‘good guy’ is the fact the the JDL ADL does not like him, in fact they have a whole page dedicated to him on their webhatesite… you can see it HERE.
Just this past month two guests appeared on his show, two that are not strangers to this Blog. One was my dear Brother Mohammed Omer, the other was my Associate Carlos Latuff. To see those shows, just click on their names. To see others that appeared on his show, click HERE.

The ‘regular media’ has been ignoring the issues related to the Middle East, Palestine in particular. Current Issues, hosted by Tallawi has not. Neither has Rivero. Both of these ‘networks’ must be supported and advertised as widely as possible… both are People Networks dealing with People Issues.
Details for the What Really Happened Radio Show are below….
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HAS AMAZON. COM GONE RACIST?

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Only if you believe that anti-zionism is racist…Does that make sense?? To be against racism itself is racist? Again, only if you are a zionist…
Question in point are some new books advertised on Amazon.Com… one in particular is a collection of essays edited by one Mark Green…
In Persecution, Privilege & Power, Green has collected the sharpest commentaries and analyses from 30 different writers as they critically examine the role that Zionism plays in shaping U.S. policies abroad as well as cultural transformations at home. This riveting volume provides a broad and exhilarating inspection of Zionist machinations as well as the entrenched taboos and covert alliances that sustain them. Green’s array of commentators includes James Petras, Charlie Reese, Alison Weir, Kevin MacDonald, Gilad Atzmon, Ray McGovern, Joe Sobran and many others. Persecution, Privilege & Power unearths the unchecked malfeasance within the political wing of organized Jewry, specifically examining that international lobby’s political excesses from a multiplicity of perspectives.
One of the names in particular, Gilad Atzmon, attracts the zionists like flies to a pile of dung…. only in this case the dung itself is the zionist. He has been constantly harassed by the zionist movement in Britain, where he resides. One of them has made it a full time job, it seems, to stalk and attack him in the media, on the Blogesphere, at every opportunity. It is the zionists, such as Tony Greenstein in particular, that are now responsible for a wrath of free advertising for the book in question.
Amazon.Com is big enough to handle these maggots, I’m pretty confident they wont be removing ‘Persecution, Privilege & Power’ from their listings.
A report on this follows….

Amazon.com, a Publisher of Racist Bilge?

By Warner Todd. Huston Amazon.com sells millions of books, CDs and other products each year. So, we can’t necessarily expect the online retail giant to be morally responsible for every single last product and, where its book offerings are concerned, we shouldn’t ask them to become censors. But, selling a product someone else created and producing the product yourself are two different things. And, in this case, we might be seeing Amazon.com actually printing an anti-Jew, anti-US, “truther,” Holocaust denial book with their BookSurge subsidiary company. One wonders if Amazon.com is even aware they are suddenly in the business of publishing anti-semitic books?

And this early warning system is where education serves a chief role. Our schools are supposed to serve as the gatekeepers of what a society deems in good taste, important or necessary to learn. Our schools are also supposed to serve as a critic of sorts to teach students what to avoid or, if not avoiding, teach where certain philosophies that might prove harmful fit into world history. In other words, if Marx is discussed, the evil he is responsible for should be highlighted. If “Mein Kampf” is assigned, the results of Hitler’s hate should be a principle subject.

So, my point is books can sometimes be bad things depending upon what is in them. This seems to be a lesson that Amazon.com never learned. Or at the very least, it’s a lesson the on-line book giant never thought it a worthy one to consider.

Yuval Levin of Commentary Magazine brings us the story of how Amazon.com is suddenly, but not by design necessarily, responsible for publishing racist, anti-Semitic, anti-US, “truther” trash with their on-demand book service.

To expand their Internet empire, Amazon.com purchased an on-demand book printing service named BookSurge where customers can order printed copies of any particular book. The customer chooses the book they want and this service prints the desired number of copies and ships them off. This service also prints short run books for those wishing to sell them. It’s all quite innocent, isn’t it?

But, then again, it depends on what book the customer wants printed, doesn’t it? And in at least one case, a book being printed by BookSurge is not the kind of book that a serious bookseller would want on their shelves.

Levin reports about a new book being printed by Amazon.com’s BookSurge company:

I tell you all this because this morning I received a press release by email from BookSurge, informing me in breathless tones of the publication of an exciting new book called Persecution, Privilege & Power, edited by Mark Green, and offering “a searing collection of articles about the organized-but often unrecognized-exploitation of political and cultural power in the United States.” Here is how the email describes the book:

“In Persecution, Privilege & Power, Green has collected the sharpest commentaries and analyses from 30 different writers as they critically examine the role that Zionism plays in shaping U.S. policies abroad as well as cultural transformations at home. This riveting volume provides a broad and exhilarating inspection of Zionist machinations as well as the entrenched taboos and covert alliances that sustain them. Green’s array of commentators includes James Petras, Charlie Reese, Alison Weir, Kevin MacDonald, Gilad Atzmon, Ray McGovern, Joe Sobran and many others. Persecution, Privilege & Power unearths the unchecked malfeasance within the political wing of organized Jewry, specifically examining that international lobby’s political excesses from a multiplicity of perspectives.”

The email is signed by Amanda Sullivan Wilson, BookSurge’s public relations manager, and it details the company’s status as “a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., (NASDAQ AMZN)”.

Let’s not just take CM’s Levin’s word for it, though. So, what is this exciting new book that Amazon’s subsidiary is publishing? Let’s take a look at some of the writers that the advertisement so “breathlessly” brings to our attention.

  • Gilad Atzmon is a musician who has a long history of anti-semitic political views. He has compared Israel to Nazi Germany and verges on Holocaust denial.
  • Kevin MacDonald claims his specialty is the evolutionary psychology of Judaism that allows Jews to “out-compete” whites for resources and that this sort of voluntary eugenics helps Jews undermine white people.
  • Ray McGovern is an ex-CIA agent who is a 9/11 truther and is one of those who imagines that if the USA didn’t plan the attacks behind the scenes, it at least deserved what it got.
  • James Petras is one of those guys who imagines that “the Jooooos” hide behind every powerful person, manipulation their every move. The rest have similar ideas.

So, we wonder if Amazon.com is aware that they are responsible for printing anti-Jew, anti-US propaganda with their BookSurge operations? It’s one thing to sell books that others publish, even if they are off-color or troublesome in some way or another. But to actually become the publisher of them?

Well, that is another thing entirely.

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