TBT: The Brutal Truth

Sunday, March 20, 2005

God Damn The Pusher-Man!

Doug Herman over at Axis Of Logic just whacks one outta the ballpark ...

Perhaps the greatest proof of media censorship is the fact so little powerful dissent or opposing opinion is ever allowed to surface. “Noam Chomsky, who is a brilliant man,” wrote pamphleteer George Humphrey, “produced a movie titled Manufacturing Consent, and in this movie he shows that of the approximately 33,000 newspapers and magazines in our country, over 95% are controlled by eight multinational corporations.” Which explains why you and I will never appear in print in the mainstream media. When I sent my essay, Detective Columbo Asks: Was 911 an Inside Job? to every New York-based publication, I never expected or received a single response. Nor have I ever read of a similar column that broached the subject of 9-11 critically that has ever appeared in the CIA-owned, mainstream media. Denial is a New York state of mind and healthy skepticism went out of fashion when Thoreau died.

Thus, when the Rush Limbaughs and Ann Coulters of the owned media decry the “liberal media bias,” this too is part of the agenda of disinformation. If you pan a non-existent opposition long enough and make it appear that opposition actually exists, an uninformed citizenry soon begins to believe the claim. Recently Cal Thomas wrote of Bush policy critics: “Count on the big media in America and Europe to look for dark linings within the silver cloud.” Where exactly has this big media been, the bobble-headed dolls of Bush policy, if not on the sidelines for the last two years, practicing patriotic cheers for those chimeras mistaken for silvery clouds?

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Which brings us to the new breed of pod people passing for independent journalists. Not simply the Maggie Gallaghers of journalism but the true whores of the media. If for nothing else, the Jeff Gannon-Jim Guckert sex scandal should indicate the depth of media prostitution. The only difference between Gannon and those who write for the mainstream media is that Gannon usually got undressed before he sold himself.


Gosh, Doug, that's a little below the belt, eh?!?

Then again, it's probably how Jeff Gannon likes 'em ...


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9 comment(s):

I, for one, would like to know why Bush's "town hall meetings" are broadcast as news rather than the staged political rallies that they truly are? How can he be the leader of the country if he shuts himself completely off from half of us? I guess you don't need to worry if you can fool at least half of the people all of the time.

By Blogger sideshow bob, at 8:51 PM  

Some unfiltered news:-

http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/03/18/120.html

Global Eye

Filter Tips

By Chris Floyd
Published: March 18, 2005
U.S. President George W. Bush often complains about the "media filter" that distorts the true picture of his administration's accomplishments in Iraq. And he's right. For regardless of where you stand on Bush's policies in the region, it's undeniable that the political and commercial biases of the American press have consistently misrepresented the reality of the situation.

Here's an excellent example. Earlier this month, the American media completely ignored an important announcement from an official of the Iraqi government concerning the oft-maligned U.S. operation to clear insurgents from the city of Fallujah last November. Although the press conference of Health Ministry investigator Dr. Khalid ash-Shaykhli was attended by representatives from The Washington Post, Knight-Ridder and more than 20 other international news outlets, nary a word of his team's thorough investigation into the truth about the battle made it through the filter's dense mesh. Once again, the American public was denied the full story of one of President Bush's remarkable triumphs.
Dr. ash-Shaykhli's findings provided confirmation of earlier reports by many other Iraqis -- reports that were also ignored by the arrogant filterers, who seem more interested in hearing from terrorists or anti-occupation extremists than ordinary Iraqis and those like Dr. ash-Shaykhli, who serve in the U.S.-backed interim government vetted and approved by President Bush. But while the media elite turn up their noses at such riffraff, the testimony of these common folk and diligent public servants gives ample evidence of Bush's innovative method of liberating innocent Iraqis from tyranny:

He burns them to death with chemical weapons.

Dr. ash-Shaykhli was sent by the pro-American Baghdad government to assess health conditions in Fallujah, a city of 300,000 that was razed to the ground by a U.S. assault on a few hundred insurgents, most of whom slipped away long before the attack. The ruin of the city was complete: Every single house was either destroyed (from 75 to 80 percent of the total) or heavily damaged. The city's entire infrastructure -- water, electricity, food, transport, medicine -- was obliterated. Indeed, the city's hospitals were among the first targets, in order to prevent medical workers from spreading "propaganda" about civilian casualties, U.S. officials said at the time.

Eyewitness accounts from the few survivors of the onslaught, which killed an estimated 1,200 noncombatants, have consistently reported the use of "burning chemicals" by American forces: horrible concoctions that roasted people alive with an unquenchable

jellied fire, InterPress reported. They also tell of whole quadrants of the city in which nothing was left alive, not even dogs or goats -- quadrants that were sealed off by the victorious Americans for mysterious scouring operations after the battle. Others told of widespread use of cluster bombs in civilian areas -- a flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions, but a standard practice throughout the war.

The few fragments of this information that made it through the ever-

vigilant filter were instantly dismissed as anti-American propaganda, although they often came from civilians who had opposed the heavy-handed insurgent presence in the town. Rejected as well were the innumerable horror stories of those who had seen their whole

families -- including women, children, the sick and the elderly -- slaughtered in the "liberal rules of engagement" established by Bush's top brass. Most of the city was declared "weapons-free": military jargon meaning that soldiers could shoot "whatever they see -- it's all considered hostile," The New York Times reported, in a story buried deep inside the paper.

Yet the ash-Shaykhli team -- again, appointed by the Bush-backed government -- confirmed the use of "mustard gas, nerve gas and other burning chemicals" by U.S. forces during the battle. Dr. ash-Shaykhli said that survivors -- still living in refugee camps, along with some 200,000 former Fallujah residents who fled before the assault -- are now showing the medical effects of attack by chemical agents and the use of depleted uranium shells. (American officials have admitted raining more than 250,000 pounds of toxin-tipped DU ammunition on Iraqis since the war began.)

The Pentagon has acknowledged using white phosphorus in Fallujah, but only for "illumination purposes." It denied using napalm in the attack -- but, in the course of that denial, it admitted that its earlier denials of using napalm elsewhere in Iraq were in fact false. And individual Marines filing "After Action Reports" on the Internet for military enthusiasts back home have detailed the routine use of white phosphorus shells, propane bombs and "jellied gasoline" (also known as napalm) during direct tactical assaults in Fallujah.

Dr. ash-Shaykhli's findings -- coming from a pro-American government, buttressed by reams of eyewitness testimony from ordinary Iraqi civilians -- appear to be substantial, credible and worthy of further investigation by the U.S. press. Certainly, the findings are more credible than the pre-war lies and fantasies about Saddam's phantom WMD, which the "media filter" lapped up from the Bush regime and amplified across the nation, rousing support for an unnecessary, illegal and immoral war. Yet these serious new atrocity charges have not even been mentioned, much less examined.

Behind the filter -- with its basic story template of "always moral U.S. policies occasionally marred by a few bad apples" -- a relentless degeneration of American society is taking place. Brutality and atrocity are becoming normalized, systemized and rewarded. The noble American ideal of transcendence -- overcoming the beast within, seeking to embrace an ever-broader, ever-deeper, ever-richer vision of universal communion and individual worth -- is dying at the hands of the resurgent barbarity championed and cultivated by the Bush regime. Old-fashioned citizens are being replaced by "Bush Americans": wilfully ignorant, bellicose zealots, cringingly servile toward the powerful, violently hostile to all "outsiders." Despite Bush's artful complaints, the media filter has served his degenerate purposes very well.



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Fallujah, Tent City, Awaits Compensation
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Another Sad Day for Our Country
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Iraqi Health Ministry Confirms Use of Prohibited Weapons in Attacks on al-Fallujah
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U.S. General From Abu Ghraib Scandal Promoted
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TV News Turns Myopic: Profits Come First
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The Media Lobby
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Journalism, Infotainment and the Bottom-Line Business of Broadcasting
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Handmaiden of the State: The Role of Media in an Age of Empire
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Extreme Cinema Verite: Soldiers Make Music Videos of Death and Destruction
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Smoke and Corpses
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20 Doctors Killed in Strike on Clinic: Red Crescent
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US Strikes Raze Fallujah Hospital
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Ghost City Calls for Help
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Beyond Embattled City, Rebels Roam Free
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By Blogger DISCO_Destroyer, at 6:30 AM  

Oh and some more :-
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4363447.stm

Thousands at UK anti-war protests
Protesters in the UK have been marching against the war in Iraq - two years after the US-led assault began.
Police say about 45,000 people joined a demonstration in London, while organisers put the figure at 100,000.

There was also a protest in Glasgow and demonstrations took place in over 30 cities across the world as part of an international day of action.

Protesters placed a coffin outside the American Embassy in London with the words "100,000 dead" written on it.

The coffin had been carried at the head of the march by two soldiers, George Solomou and Ray Hewitt, who left the army in protest at the war in Iraq.

"The Army have to understand that people in this country are saying no to this war in a big way. It's illegal, immoral and unjust and I won't be any part of it," Mr Hewitt said.

"I disagreed with it to start with because I was suspicious of the weapons of mass destruction claims - I saw the Iraqi army in 1991 and we destroyed it. The 45-minute claim was a lie."

The 34-year-old, from Bracknell in Berkshire, was a full-time lance corporal with the Royal Signals and served in a chemical reconnaissance vehicle in the first Gulf War before becoming a reservist in 1992.

Vigils were also held in Falkirk, Dumfries, Ullapool and Kirkwall.

Speaking of Italy's plans over troops in Iraq, Tony Blair told the House of Commons on Wednesday that security would be taken over by the Iraqi forces over a period of time.

"We've always said we should leave as soon as possible once the Iraqi forces are in the position where they are capable of dealing with their own security," he said.


On Saturday, Stop the War Coalition chairman Andrew Murray told the crowd: "We have tried to deliver a letter to the American Embassy. We have not been able to do that.

"It is in the name of the thousands of people demonstrating here today and we are going to tape a copy of the letter to this coffin."

'Last chance'

Coalition co-founder John Rees said: "There is a very intense sense among people here that this is the last chance they will get before the general election to show what they think."

The Bring the Troops Home march, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, wound its way from Hyde Park past the American Embassy, in Grosvenor Square.

The occupation of Iraq should be stopped

Ken Takada, a member of civic group World Peace Now, in Tokyo


Iraq protests across the world
In pictures: London rally

It ended in Trafalgar Square where speakers, art and entertainment were on hand at a so-called peace camp.

Members of the coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Muslim Association of Britain took part in the rally.


Kate Hudson, of CND, said: "We will be marching because we reject warmongering foreign policy as well attacks on our civil liberties at home.

"We are calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq but we are also asking the question - where next Mr Bush?"

In Glasgow, the names of some of the UK, US and Iraqi victims of the war were read out, along with a "name and shame" list of MPs who backed the war.

The coalition said the protest had been "hardened" by the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz - widely thought to be an architect of the war - as chairman of the World Bank.

By Blogger DISCO_Destroyer, at 6:33 AM  

Nice to see ya here, Disco!

For a president that campaigned on being a uniter instead of a divider, boy, he sure is doing a ripping job, eh? Protests of such magnatude overseas are just going to have the effect of putting a much larger bullseye on our asses for more terrorist attacks. We're in more danger now than ever before 9/11.

By Blogger Sizemore, at 12:51 PM  

Damn right there prolly just so he can wage his Third world war where ever it takes him!
Some more interesting sites :0

http://www.911wasalie.com/phpwebsite/

http://www.antiwar.org.uk/

http://www.antiwar.com/

http://www.illuminaticonspiracy.org/files/directory.html

http://www.jesus21.com/index.php?s=default

http://www.georgewbush.org/

By Blogger DISCO_Destroyer, at 6:20 PM  

Oh by the way the Domonstation news was practically buried within 6 hours

By Blogger DISCO_Destroyer, at 6:22 PM  

Wow just wow :-

http://www.illuminaticonspiracy.org/files/undeception.html

Very good documentary which outlines what I have come to understand recently.
I do not agree that UN is a front though I think this could be propaganda against the UN as it could well be the only thing to Stop the UK/US goal of global leadership. After all most European citizens believe Bush and Blair should be tried by the ICC.
the only thing to keep in mind is we'll have to fight to prevent either eventuality :/ Hmm streats of HalfLife sound familiar??

By Blogger DISCO_Destroyer, at 7:22 PM  

Thats Steets of HalfLife lol

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