Thursday, January 20, 2011

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.


Free Press:
"According to press reports on Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision, by a vote of 4-1, to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the largest media mergers in history...
The FCC endorsed the deal despite pledges by Barack Obama during the last presidential campaign to oppose greater media consolidation. In June 2008, President Obama said, 'I strongly favor diversity of ownership of outlets and protection against the excessive concentration of power in the hands of any one corporation, interest or small group. I strongly believe that all citizens should be able to receive information from the broadest range of sources. I feel that media consolidation during the Bush administration has had the effect of eliminating a lot of the diversity of information sources available to persons who have to rely on more traditional information sources, such as radio and television broadcasts and newspapers.' "
-->The NY Times treats sell-outs like this with gentle omissions. Its article was filled with assurances from establishment talking heads, and only gave a one line reference to Obama. No quotes to show just how he had let down the voters yet again.
The Guardian, UK:
"The United States was advised to adopt a policy of 'covert sabotage' of Iran's clandestine nuclear facilities, including computer hacking and 'unexplained explosions', by an influential German thinktank, a leaked US embassy cable reveals.
Volker Perthes, director of Germany's government-funded Institute for Security and International Affairs, told US officials in Berlin that undercover operations would be 'more effective than a military strike' in curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions.
A sophisticated computer worm, Stuxnet, infiltrated the Natanz nuclear facility last year, delaying Iran's programme by some months. The New York Times said this week that Stuxnet was a joint US-Israeli operation."
-->This Wikileaks story doesn't seem to have made it into The NY Times, although its story referred to "clues" suggesting a joint US and Israeli effort. Why not offer proof? Maybe the Pentagon doesn't like the idea of following the advice of a German think tank.
Daily Mail Online:
"Tony Blair misled Parliament and the public about the legality of the Iraq War, according to explosive documents released last night.
Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said the then prime minister’s claims that Britain did not need a UN resolution explicitly authorising force were not compatible with his legal advice.
In testimony to the Chilcot Inquiry, made public for the first time yesterday, Lord Goldsmith said Mr Blair based his case for invasion on grounds that ‘did not have any application in international law’...
Asked whether ‘the Prime Minister’s words were compatible with the advice you had given him’, he replied: ‘No.’
The shattering testimony is a watershed moment for the Iraq Inquiry, as it is the first time that Lord Goldsmith has directly contradicted Mr Blair. The claims will form the centrepiece of Mr Blair’s second grilling by the inquiry on Friday."
-->Why does an explosive story about Blair lying before the invasion of Iraq get no coverage in The NY Times? Or in the rest of the US media? Could it be that Americans might start wondering why Bush and Cheney are not being questioned about their many lies by a US inquiry?

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