Thursday, February 04, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want keep from the public eye.


FAIR - Fairness & Accuracy in in Reporting:
"When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, NPR's All Things Considered (1/28/10) marked his passing with something you don't often see in an obituary: a rebuttal.

After quoting Noam Chomsky and Julian Bond, NPR's Allison Keyes turned to far-right activist David Horowitz to symbolically spit on Zinn's grave. 'There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn's intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect,' Horowitz declared. 'Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people at this point in time. So he did certainly alter the  consciousness of millions of younger people for the worse.'"

-->Horowitz is a right wing race-bater and Muslim basher. Nice going, NPR. Contrast this treatment of Zinn with NPR's treatment of William F. Buckley. NPR aired six segments commemorating him. Scott Simon, that windbag of conventional thought, had the final say: "Emphysema, such an unseemly thing for a man who was so often a breath of fresh air."

Call NPR and complain about Zinn's trashing: 202 513-3245


Common Dreams:
"President Barack Obama is seeking increased funding for nuclear weapons research and security programs next year, even as his administration promotes nonproliferation and has pledged to reduce the world's stockpile of nuclear arms.

The administration on Monday asked Congress for more than $7 billion for activities related to nuclear weapons in the budget of the National Nuclear Security Administration, an increase of $624 million from the 2010 fiscal year...

Greg Mello, director of the nuclear watchdog Los Alamos Study Group, said budgets for NNSA and DOE have increased in recent years, but the nation 'hasn't seen any increase in weapons activities like this since the early years of Ronald Reagan.'

He called the budget 'a complete surrender to Senate Republicans,' who have argued that stockpile reductions must be accompanied by a modernized nuclear weapons complex."

-->The NY Times carried this AP story on its webpage. But like a lot of stories about nuclear weapons and nuclear energy production, the news never made it into the print edition.


Ynet News (Israeli News Service)
"The Amnesty International organization has called on Israel to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip immediately, as it serves as a collective punishment.

The organization said in a statement that the blockade does not hurt the armed organizations, but punished the civilian population in Gaza. Amnesty issued a document with testimonies from the Strip's residents, who are finding it difficult to rehabilitate their lives since Operation Cast Lead due to the siege.",7340,L-3835804,00.html

-->It's OK to publish such criticisms of the blockade of Gaza in Israel. But please, not in the United States. The NY Times didn't touch this story.

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