Thursday, August 30, 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 to keep from the public eye.


Common Dreams:
"The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday, boasting new requirements that are slated to double fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks sold in the US over the next 13 years; however, environmental scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity warned Tuesday that the new numbers are misleading in the complex regulations. Due to loopholes in the plan, total greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks will actually increase from 2017 through 2025 and over the long term...

According to CBD, several loopholes in the rules will actually allow an increase in total greenhouse gas emissions. The rules titled, 'Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE,' allows automakers to produce cars with poorer mileage by using credits acquired by selling natural gas and electric vehicles, changing air conditioning fluid to one that pollutes less, and placing louvers on car grilles to improve aerodynamics."

-->The NY Times omitted this bad news in its story on the new fuel economy rules. Our newspaper of record called the new standards: "a victory for environmentalists and advocates of fuel conservation" and "one of President Obama’s proudest accomplishments." 


Guardian UK:
 "Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel laureate and icon of the anti-apartheid struggle, has withdrawn from a seminar in South Africa in protest at the presence of Tony Blair and the former prime minister's support for the 2003 Iraq war.

'The archbishop is of the view that Mr Blair's decision to support the United States' military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible,' said Roger Friedman, a spokesman for the cleric, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1984.

'Morality and leadership are indivisible. In this context, it would be inappropriate and untenable for the archbishop to share a platform with Mr Blair,' he added.

-->The NY Times doesn't like to admit how unpopular the US invasions of the Middle East are in the rest of the world. Desmond Tutu is making the Empire look bad, so the story never got printed in our newspaper of record.


Common Dreams:
"Testimony by ex-Israeli Defense Force soldiers reveals a devastating portrayal of ill-treatment and abuse of Palestinian youth by members of Israel's occupying army in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The testimony by more than 30 soldiers, and fashioned into a booklet by Breaking the Silence, an organisation of former IDF soldiers dedicated to speaking out against Israeli policy in the occupied territories, contains descriptions of beatings, intimidation and humiliation of Palestinian children.

'It is crucial that people in Israel are confronted about what it means for Palestinian children to live under military occupation,' says Yehuda Shaul, one of the founders of Breaking the Silence.

'This is what [Israeli] society is made of, you cannot ignore it, you cannot just run away from it — this is who we are as people and I think this is something we should face.' "

-->Our premier newspaper, The NY Times, just doesn't print articles like this about Israel. It chooses to both ignore and run away from presenting the truth to its readers.

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