Friday, February 13, 2009

Fantasyland Media:

News fashioned by the people in charge, the corporations and your government. Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine.


"No End In Sight To The Iraq 'Gamble'

Washington Post senior correspondent Thomas Ricks says the Iraq war is likely to last at least another five to 10 years. He has written a new book about General David Petraeus and the Iraq war called The Gamble."
-From Fresh Air, Feb 10, 2009

--->NPR's Fresh Air gives us plenty of stale talk about Iraq. First, there is no mention that the US might want to stay in Iraq because US oil companies now have control over the world's most lucrative oil fields. Secondly, Thomas Ricks states that the US must stay in Iraq to avoid a "bloodbath." Exactly the argument that kept us in Vietnam for so long. And the only bloodbath there was from US bombs and napalm. As long as the US covets Iraq's oil, the conflict will continue, and NPR will continue finding noble excuses for it.


"A new FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) study finds that leading newspapers have been putting political considerations ahead of humanitarian concerns in their editorials on human rights in Latin America.

The report, 'Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington's Needs,' finds that while Venezuela is by every measure a safer place than Colombia to live, vote, organize unions and political groups, speak out against the government or practice journalism, editorials at four influential newspapers have portrayed Venezuela's government as having a far worse human rights record than Colombia's...

Nine in 10 editorials about human rights in Venezuela presented a strictly negative view of the country's record, while a majority of the Colombia editorials presented either a mixed or wholly positive assessment...

The authors conclude that, 'rather than independently and critically assessing the Colombian and Venezuelan records, major corporate newspaper editors, to one degree or another, have subordinated crucial human rights questions to what they see as the U.S.'s interests in the region.'"

--->The FAIR report says it all. Newspapers like the Washington Post and the NY Times are simply propaganda arms of the US government when it comes to human rights reporting.


"GAZA - Gaza's 1.5 million people are facing a food crisis as a result of the destruction of great areas of farmland during the Israeli invasion.

According to the World Food Programme, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and Palestinian officials, between 35% and 60% of the agriculture industry has been wrecked by the three-week Israeli attack, which followed two years of economic siege.

Christine van Nieuwenhuyse, the World Food Programme's country director, said: 'We are hearing that 60% of the land in the north - where the farming was most intensive - may not be exploitable again. It looks to me like a disaster'...

'When we have given a food ration in Gaza, it was never a full ration but to complement the diet. Now it is going to be almost impossible for Gaza to produce the food it needs for the next six to eight months, assuming that the agriculture can be rehabilitated. We will give people a full ration.'"

--->The NY Times doesn't do mass starvation when it is caused by Israel. It didn't report Nieuwenhuyse's comments.

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