Friday, April 17, 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.


Scott Simon, that jocular and insipid purveyor of Saturday morning good cheer on NPR outdid himself this week. He interviewed two former ambassadors to Cuba on the wisdom of ending the US embargo.

Although the ambassadors, one from the Clinton era and one from the Bush, differed on the subject, there is one thing that all three agreed on: that US decisions regarding Cuba for the last half century were all about what was "best" for the Cuban people.

As their reasoning went, Castro locked people in prisons and oppressed his own population, so the US embargo was justified in the past. No question of that. But what of all the countries in the world that the US does trade with? Dozens of dictators and violent thugs who all oppress their populations much more than Castro ever did? Or take Battista, Cuba's former dictator. His murderous and corrupt regime had the full support of the US government, until he was overthrown by the Cuban Revolution.

None of this can be mentioned by the two former ambassadors or by Scott Simon. It is almost as if NPR news is a morality play. A soap opera in fact, so divorced from reality that its reporters may as well be actors. They read their lines and go home. And the biggest lie of all? The benevolence of US foreign. If you, dear listener, can believe that one, well, I guess NPR's Weekend Edition might just be for you.


"Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us...

It’s complicated because the guys doing it are not murderers, and yet they are committing what we would normally call murder. It’s a very complicated issue. Because they are young men that went into the Special Forces. The Delta Forces you’ve heard about. Navy Seal teams. Highly specialized...

In many cases, they were the best and the brightest. Really, no exaggerations. Really fine guys that went in to do the kind of necessary jobs that they think you need to do to protect America."
-Seymour Hersch, one of America's best and most experienced journalists,_had_no_congressional_oversight/

--->The NY Times has covered several "assassination" stories in the last year. On John Kennedy, MLK, and Hitler. Nothing on Symour Hersh's research into the dark side of American imperialism.


"Amnesty International revealed that on March 22 the United States delivered more than 300 containers of munitions to Israel.

This weapons delivery occurred despite the fact that Amnesty International reports that the United States is reviewing Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons during 'Operation Cast Lead' in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.

During its December-January war on the occupied Gaza Strip, Israel killed 1,417 Palestinians, of whom 926 were civilians and 255 were non-combatant police officers, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights."
-Amnesty International website:

--->We here at Activist Radio don't have to tell you whether the NY Times reported this story. The US and Israel working together to commit war crimes in the Middle East? Such stories will never be printed until we actually have freedom of press in this country.

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