Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

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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.

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Al Jazeera:
"Arab opinion of the United States and its president Barack Obama has dimmed in the past year, while the popularity of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, has skyrocketed, according to an annual survey released by the US-based Brookings Institution on Thursday.
The survey found that a majority of Arabs continue to believe that peace between Israel and the Palestinians will never happen and that - unlike in past years - a larger number are identifying as Muslims, rather than as Arabs or citizens of a particular country.
The poll of nearly 4,000 people, done in conjunction with Zogby International, was conducted between June 29 and July 20 in six Middle Eastern countries...
Of those surveyed, 62 per cent said they had a negative view of Obama, compared with 23 per cent a year ago."
-->Obama very unpopular in the Middle East after his first year as president? A Middle East policy devoted to war and support of Israel already a failure? You wouldn't know it if you depended on The New York Times, which didn't cover the story.
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Guardian/UK:
"The White House was accused today of spinning a government scientific report into the amount of oil left in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP spill which had officials declaring that the vast majority of the oil had been removed.
As BP workers finished pouring cement into the well as a first step to permanently sealing it today, environmental groups and scientists - including those working with government agencies to calculate the scale and effects of the spill - said White House officials had painted far too optimistic a picture of a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) into the fate of the oil.
'Recent reports seem to say that about 75% of the oil is taken care of and that is just not true,' said John Kessler, of Texas A&M University, who led a National Science Foundation on-site study of the spill. 'The fact is that 50% to 75% of the material that came out of the well is still in the water...' "
-->Obama spinning tales of oil disappearing from the Gulf? Of course he is. He wants a return to offshore drilling to please one of his largest campaign contributors, British Petroleum. The New York Times helped with the coverup by not reporting this story.
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The Independent/UK:
"Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.
Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.
Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait."
-->The New York Times would never carry a story like this. US war crimes are rarely judged to be "fit to print."
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The NY Times:
"There’s a class war coming to the world of government pensions."
  
-->The NY Times printed this story about "class wars" on Aug. 6. Only the classes described in the article were state pensioners versus holders of 401K retirement accounts. No mention was made, of course, of the billionaires and their "tax cuts" so favored by the Republicans and Democrats. A continuation of tax cuts for billionaires would drain the treasury of 700 billion over the next 10 years. Now that is class war, waged by the very rich on everyone else. A war that The NY Times can't bring itself to cover.

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