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.
"During August recess this year, 81 members of Congress went on a junket to Israel funded by the Israel lobby group AIPAC (well, funded by the American Israel Education Fund, but they are really one and the same) to " learn first-hand about one of our closest friends and allies." While the representatives insist they got a balanced view, their itinerary belies that claim: 95% of their time was spent hearing the Israeli government point of view, with only one token meeting with Palestinian reps.
CODEPINK has filed a complaint with the Congressional Ethics Committee stating that these trips—and the upcoming ones scheduled for December–violate the Congressional prohibition on traveling with a lobby group. We feel these Potemkin voyages are part of AIPAC’s grand plan to control and monopolize Congress, which is not just unethical, but dangerous. Their bias reinforces a disastrous U.S. policy of unconditional support for Israel that obstructs peace and runs counter to our national interests."
-->The NY Times would never run a story about an ethics complaint against AIPAC. In fact, our newspaper of record consistently slants stories to favor Israel and its powerful US lobby.
The NY Times:
"When members of the loose protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street began a march from the financial district to Union Square on Saturday, the participants seemed relatively harmless, even as they were breaking the law by marching in the street without a permit.
But to the New York Police Department, the protesters represented something else: a visible example of lawlessness akin to that which had resulted in destruction and violence at other anticapitalist demonstrations, like the Group of 20 economic summit meeting in London in 2009 and the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999...
So even as the members of Occupy Wall Street seem unorganized and, at times, uninformed, their continued presence creates a vexing problem for the Police Department.
-->"Vexing problems" for the NY Police is how The NY Times characterizes the beatings and pepper spraying that have been used on Wall Street demonstrators over the last week. This, of course, follows days of absolute silence in our nation's media about a protest many times the size of any Tea Party rally. The NY Times regularly put Tea Party protests on the front page.
"Protesters hit with pepper spray by NYPD officer.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters have been marching on and occupying parts of Lower Manhattan's financial district since the 17th of this month. The group are trying to bring attention to the behaviour of banks and financial institutions and what protesters say is their role in creating the problems the US economy is facing now.
Generally the protests have been peaceful but a video posted on YouTube from Saturday's event appears to show a uniformed NYPD officer calmly approaching a small group of penned in female protesters and dousing them with pepper spray before walking away.
The women immediately begin screaming and holding their faces.
Some activist websites have now named this man and are calling on supporters to email the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg to demand he face charges."
-->Wouldn't it be amazing if The NY Times could present exactly what had happened, and why the protesters were marching? But our newspaper of record is run by Wall Street interests and often sacrifices the people's right to know what is happening in their own city.