Thursday, February 03, 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.


Common Dreams:
"Rotten News? 2010 P.U.-Litzer Prizes for Bad Journalism (FAIR's 2010 P.U.-litzer Prizes Recognize the Worst of U.S. Journalism)...

On October 22, ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer introduced a report on WikiLeaks' exposure of thousands of classified documents from the Iraq War. ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz summarized the contents of the WikiLeaks files: 'Deadly U.S. helicopter assaults on insurgents trying to surrender.... The Iraqi civilian death toll far higher than the U.S. has acknowledged.... Graphic detail about torture of detainees by the Iraqi military.' After Raddatz's report, Sawyer offered this followup: 'I know there's a lot of outrage about this again tonight, Martha. But tell me, anything more about prosecuting the WikiLeaks group?'

-->Mainstream media is always for prosecuting those exposing corruption, torture and the killing of civilians by the US military. How about exposing the empire that creates these conditions in the first place?


"New Low in Wartime Propaganda Award: Time magazine

In the wake of a release of damning WikiLeaks documents about the state of the Afghan War, Time magazine's August 9 cover sought to turn the debate over the war around. The photo was of an Afghan woman's maimed face, headlined 'What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan.'

The implication couldn't be clearer: The Taliban will commit similar atrocities without the presence of U.S. forces. The fact that this particularly atrocity--whose connection to the Taliban has been questioned--happened with U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan complicates Time's argument."

-->When will Time Magazine cover the the atrocities that the empire commits in Afghanistan or Iraq? When will US media like Time free themselves from being conduits of Pentagon war propaganda?


"Am-I-Reading-The-Onion Headline Writing Award: Washington Post.

For its April 26 story, "Amid Outrage Over Civilian Deaths in Pakistan, CIA Turns to Smaller Missiles."

Honorable mention goes to the New York Times, whose Nov. 11 story explained the U.S. plan to remain in Afghanistan for at least three years longer than advertised. The headline: 'U.S. Plan Offers Path to Ending Afghan Combat.' "

-->Maybe it's funny the lengths that our major newspapers will go to cover up the lies and atrocities behind US occupations abroad. But beneath the amusement, we have to realize that our media stands firmly behind the worst excesses of empire.

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