Sunday, July 05, 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.


"EMERGENCY: Israelis Attack Humanitarian Aid to Gaza...Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.

The seizure of humanitarian supplies and abduction of human rights workers is an act of piracy, a crime under international law. When the boat was attacked, it was not in Israeli waters and was on a human rights mission to Gaza. Israel's deliberate and premeditated attack on an unarmed boat in international waters is a clear violation of international law."

-->The U.S. government and corporate media has largely ignored or buried this story due to racism against Cynthia McKinney and the people of Palestine. Much like the deadly attack on the US Liberty which killed 34 US sailors. The NY Times didn't cover the attack on the Sprit of Humanity boat at all.


In covering the Israeli "settlements" in the West Bank, Ethan Bronner of the NY Times uses as picture of a small boy outside a shack to represent the close to 500,000 Israelis who are stealing land captured in the 1967 war. Since when do these billion dollar funded settlements look like that? Crude propaganda from the NY Times, always eager to cast Israel in a favorable light.

While praising Israeli concessions, Bronner also fails to mention that 2,000 "buildings" (apartment buildings) will continue to be built according to Israel =150,000 people added to the 300,000+ existing settlers.
(Thanks to Felice Gellman for this story)


Long a supporter of right wing military regimes in Latin America, the NY Times did not report that leaders of the recent military coup in Honduras were graduates of the infamous School of the Americas, located in Ft. Benning, Georgia. The story did admit that the US and Honduras has "long had a close military relationship." Just how close is out of bounds for the NY Times, which often prints propaganda stories thought up in the Pentagon.

The NY Times also failed to report that the US is in violating of its own law to cut off all aid to governments that come to power through a military coup. The US is undermining the demands of the rest of the world that elected President Manuel Zelaya be returned to office without conditions.

Contrast the massive coverage the NY Times gave to the election protests in Iran to its tone when describing the overthrow of an elected president in Honduras.

"Mr. Zelaya, 56, a rancher who often appears in cowboy boots and a western hat, has the support of labor unions and the poor. But the middle class and the wealthy business community fear he wants to introduce Mr. Ch├ívez’s brand of socialist populism into the country, one of Latin America’s poorest."

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