Friday, June 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.


NY Times:
"Hundreds of protesters gathered in Istanbul on Monday to condemn Israel's naval raid."

-->The NY Times even had a picture of these protests. The only trouble is the Huffington Post reported: "10,000 people here in Istanbul marched from the Israeli consulate to the city's main square, while thousands more took to the streets in Ankara, expressing outrage..."

Was it hundreds, or 10,000 in Istanbul? And The NY Times made no mention of a assault on the Israeli Embassy. The Guardian reported that "Thousands of Turkish protesters tried to storm the Israeli consulate in Istanbul."

NY police had estimated a crowd of up to 2,000 on Monday in Times Square, protesting Israel's massacre. Although the march was in shouting distance of the NY Times, no picture or report of that action made it into our newspaper of record.


NY Times:
" is difficult to establish the sequence of events or, more simply, to determine who attacked first."

-->Wednesday's NY Times has a front page article about how hard it is to see which side is to blame for the massacre. Let's see. Armed commandos drop on a cargo ship in international waters and kill 10 unarmed civilians, wounding up to 50. But who started it? Whose fault is it? The NY Times just can't seem to figure it out.


NY Times:
"Despite sporadic rocket fire from the Palestinian territory against southern Israel, Israel says it allows enough basic supplies through border crossings to avoid any acute humanitarian crisis."

-->Isabel Kershner writing for the NY Times always goes to her favorite source when explaining things to readers - the Israeli government. She could have asked the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: "As a consequence of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, 98 percent of industrial operations have been shut down since 2007 and there are acute shortages of fuel, cash, cooking gas and other basic supplies....Water-related health problems are widespread in the Strip because of the blockade and Israel's military operation in Gaza, which destroyed water and sanitation infrastructure, including reservoirs, wells, and thousands of kilometres of piping....Chronic malnutrition has risen in Gaza over the past few years to reach 10.2 percent..."
(Thanks to FAIR for this article on pro-Israel bias in the press)

Nor does Ms. Kershner ever question her favorite source, reporting Israel's claim that the commando operation was legal without the least bit of skepticism. Legal scholars have characterized Israel's claims as completely without merit.


Washington Post:
"We have no sympathy for the motives of the participants in the flotilla--a motley collection that included European sympathizers with the Palestinian cause, Israeli Arab leaders and Turkish Islamic activists."

-->The Washington Post is both judge and jury when it comes to killing "motley" collections of people by military commandos. The Third Reich would have been proud.


"UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called on Israel to end its "unacceptable" blockade of the Gaza Strip. Fernandez-Taranco, who was speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, said that Israel's Monday attack on peace activists on a flotilla of ships off the coast of Gaza would not have happened without the blockade. He was speaking in proxy for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, DPA reported."

-->The NY Times did not report this statement or even the UN debate, for that matter.

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