Thursday, January 26, 2012

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.


Just Foreign Policy:
"Public-financed media PBS and NPR have recently promoted as if they were known fact claims that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, even though no proof has been advanced that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Even Defense Secretary Panetta says, 'Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No.'

As Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting has noted, on Monday, PBS NewsHour deceptively edited Panetta's comments on Sunday's Face the Nation to exclude his statement that Iran is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon. NewsHour then used his comments to try to suggest the opposite: that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon.

On NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, reporter Tom Gjelten said, 'The goal for the U.S. and its allies‚ (is) to convince Iran to give up a nuclear weapons program,' thereby implying that Iran already has a nuclear weapons program, which is not a known fact."

-- >PBS and NPR selling the war against Iran to the American people. Bad news for Iran, and for our publicly supported media.


Common Dreams:
"After the Japanese government was presented with a worst-case scenario by Japan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shunsuke Kondo in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, they kept the report secret because 'it was so shocking' and would frighten the public, according to a report from Kyodo news.

After the document was shown to a small, select group of senior government officials at the prime minister's office in late March, the administration of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan decided to quietly bury it, the sources said. 'When the document was presented (in March), a discussion ensued about keeping its existence secret,' a government source said.

In order to deny its existence, the government treated it as a personal document of Japan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, who authored it, until the end of December, the sources said."

-- >High government officials kept deadly nuclear secrets from the Japanese people because they were "so shocking." We must wonder why The NY Times and most of the US media did not cover this story. It might remind readers of the collusion that exists between the US nuclear industry and our own government officials.

UPDATE: The NY Times finally did report this story, but left out some key details about how the Japanese government, with the help of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, hid a critical document.


Guardian UK:
"The Palestinian children – alone and bewildered – in Israel's Al Jalame jail Special report: Israel's military justice system is accused of mistreating Palestinian children arrested for throwing stones.

The room is barely wider than the thin, dirty mattress that covers the floor. Behind a low concrete wall is a squat toilet, the stench from which has no escape in the windowless room. The rough concrete walls deter idle leaning; the constant overhead light inhibits sleep. The delivery of food through a low slit in the door is the only way of marking time, dividing day from night.

This is Cell 36, deep within Al Jalame prison in northern Israel. It is one of a handful of cells where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks. One 16-year-old claimed that he had been kept in Cell 36 for 65 days. The only escape is to the interrogation room where children are shackled, by hands and feet, to a chair while being questioned, sometimes for hours"

-- >Why no investigative reporting on the abuse of Palestinian children from our newspaper of record, The NY Times? The Guardian's story led to the UK's Foreign Office minister stating that he had "raised concerns about treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli detention." In America, the mistreatment of Palestine children is ignored both by our media and by our elected officials.

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