Why US News Is Propaganda

from Hiding US Lies About Libyan Invasion

By Joe Lauria. Originally published at Consortium News.

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Defending U.S. policy appears to be the underlying motive of U.S. news coverage of the world. The Libya story is just one example. I’ve had personal experience of editors rejecting or changing stories because it would undermine U.S. foreign policy goals.

I twice pitched a story about a now declassified Defense Intelligence Agency document warning of the rise of a U.S.-backed Salafist principality in eastern Syria, intended to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that could join with Iraqi extremists to become an “Islamic State,” two years before it happened. My story was twice rejected. It would have undermined the entire American narrative on the War on Terror.

On another occasion, I wrote several articles about the lead-up to a U.N. vote to grant Palestine Observer State status. In each article I mentioned that 130 countries already recognized Palestine as a state and many had diplomatic relations, including Palestinian embassies in their capitals. That essential fact in the story kept getting cut out.

Another story I wrote was spiked about the position Russia, Syria and Iran took on who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack outside Damascus in August 2013. The story also included an interview with a Congressman who demanded to see U.S. intelligence backing its accusation against Assad.

Telling both sides of a story is Journalism 101. But not evidently when the other side is a perceived enemy of the United States. There are only interests in international affairs, not morality. A journalist should not take sides. But American journalists routinely do in international reporting. They take the “American side” rather than neutrally laying out for the reader the complex clash of interests of nations involved in an international dispute.

Downplaying or omitting the adversary’s side of the story is a classic case of Americans explaining a foreign people to other Americans without giving a voice to those people, whether they be Russians, Palestinians, Syrians, Serbs, Iranians or North Koreans. Depriving a people of their voice dehumanizes them, making it easier to go to war against them.

One can only conclude that U.S. corporate media’s mission is not to tell all sides of an international story, or report news critical of U.S. foreign policy, but instead to push an agenda supporting U.S. interests abroad. That’s not journalism…

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/07/hiding-us-lies-libyan-invasion.html

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6 comments

  1. Thanks for this. I just wrote a long comment here on my phone & my signal went out before it was posted (!!!!!!!!). I may write it covering everything again later. (But probably not!).

    Basically I wrote that I read everything from everyone (mainstream US & European & Arabic & NOT mainstream & also human rights orgs. reports… Palestinian & Israeli… ) due to my mother having grown up in Berlin in Nazi Germany & then living briefly in the occupied Russian Zone there under Stalinist communism & her having told me far more than once “Always think for yourself.” & “It’s all propaganda.” Including from the US — a country which she loved for its “freedom” whilst distaining the flagwaving dogmatism & lockstep obedience that often passes for patriotism here. (Obviously when the very people who brought her here via the Red Cross were telling her not to marry my father because according to them “He’s a black man!” & she still married him w/ big smiles on her & my father’s faces… albeit out of doors when not allowed to marry inside a building…).

    And as a Lebanese Palestine supporter I don’t believe people’s anti-semitic Jewish conspiracy stories either. We consider them our cousins. We understand that Oriental Jews (AKA: Syrian/Mizrahi/Arab or Arabic speaking Jews) are our cousins & have ALWAYS lived there along w/ our people — going back to prehistory. And we defend them. Because hahaha: ‘Me & my brother against our cousin — our cousin & us against the enemy!’. Older indigenous Palestinian Jews loathed the Nakba & Israeli occupation as much as their Christian & Muslim neighbours. We are ONE people. It harms us when people — including our supposed supporters — buy into the Israeli template of division along religious lines (or genetic lines which do not exist — as evidenced by dna). But I am tired of arguing about it/explaining it; so that is all I will say here. (SO exhausting!).

    The other thing I wrote was that as an indigenous Orthodox Lebanese Christian belonging to the ancient Church I believe we are not to judge & must not create division between ourselves & others. This is the Faith that Bob Marley converted to & the Ethiopian Abouna (Arabic: ‘Father’ as term of address for priest & bishop) who baptised him said he “cried for half an hour” afterward. Because it’s a powerful beautiful Faith that most Americans are completely lacking in knowledge about… confusing it w/ the much altered versions of Christianity that spun off from it. (No concept of original sin. No purgatory. No dogmatised delineated sins. No head of the Church other than God etc.). This belief prevents me from taking any sides. (Which is not at all easy & is a constant ceaseless effort of staring unrelentingly at one’s own faults vs. only blaming others). We believe ‘pride’ is the father of all sins. This is the ancient unchanged Christian faith unchanged since the Desert Fathers.

    So for all of the above I am assisted a bit in not getting walled in on my own side. My original comment was so much better 🙂

    1. “This is the Faith that Bob Marley converted to & the Ethiopian Abouna (Arabic: ‘Father’ as term of address for priest & bishop) who baptised him said he “cried for half an hour” afterward.”
      Marley’s my favorite preacher.

      1. Oh that’s good of you. I get that. He is such a holy person. (I use the present because we don’t believe in death — so nor did he). Even aside from the music… in interviews… that’s what I’m thinking of also…

        Abouna said that Bob wanted him to be quiet about the baptism. Rita & the children were baptised first but Bob was initially reluctant. Because of course as Orthodox we don’t believe Haile Selassie was the Messiah. Nor did Selassie himself of course. So in order to be baptised he had to refute that. (It’s part of the chrismation ceremony for adults. They have to denounce former unorthodox beliefs. Most Orthodox are baptised & chrismated at birth so they don’t have to do that).

        His father (who his friends said he had a LOT of anger at for how he had treated his mother… the power divide as employer… the age difference… the abandonment…) was described as from a Syrian Jewish family (Jamaican presumably w/ old Syrian/Lebanese/Palestinian community there). I think a lot of people want to put out of their mind that Bob Marley had a Syrian Jewish father that looks blond in that one photo on the horse! Obviously his friends didn’t let him forget it though since they called him “White boy” for that.

        I just learned the baptism/chrismation name (Saint’s name) he took but I’ve forgotten it. I’ll tell you it later (if you don’t know it already).

        Oh no! I’m listening to WNYC now & they just said Jack Shaheen died! He is the elderly (lately) Arab American advocate/activist/writer/author/archivist/scholar who catalogued & wrote about anti-Arab tropes on television & then film: ‘The TV Arab’ (book)/’Reel Bad Arabs'(book)/’Reel Bad Arabs'(documentary film based on the book). You can watch the full documentary on Youtube now. Please go & watch it! He & Edward Said are our heroes! Now they are both gone. Insha’allah Ralph Nader is feeling well now — because he is my third American Lebanese/Pali hero. (The documentary is on dvd also). Oh. Memory Eternal + Mr.Jack Shaheen ❤

        Bob was only 5’7″… I just learned that also… it’s so adorable…

    2. I think a lot of people want to put out of their mind that Bob Marley had a Syrian Jewish father

      I did not know that. Funny, I often think of him as a black Bob Dylan. I say he’s a preacher because his music is sermons.

      One love, One heart
      Let’s get together and feel all right
      Hear the children crying (One Love)
      Hear the children crying (One Heart)
      Sayin’ give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right
      Sayin’ let’s get together and feel all right

      Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love)
      There is one question I’d really love to ask (One Heart)
      Is there a place for the hopeless sinner
      Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?
      Believe me

      One Love, One Heart
      Let’s get together and feel all right
      As it was in the beginning (One Love)
      So shall it be in the end (One Heart)
      Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right
      One more thing

      Let’s get together to fight this Holy Armageddon (One Love)
      So when the Man comes there will be no no doom (One Song)
      Have pity on those whose chances grove thinner
      There ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation

      Sayin’ One Love, One Heart
      Let’s get together and feel all right
      I’m pleading to mankind (One Love)
      Oh Lord (One Heart)

      Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right
      Let’s get together and feel all right

    3. Abouna said that Bob wanted him to be quiet about the baptism. Rita & the children were baptised first but Bob was initially reluctant. Because of course as Orthodox we don’t believe Haile Selassie was the Messiah.

      This is so interesting. Marley’s music is dear to my heart. Though I dont know much about his life; So did he write this before or after his baptism?

      We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game
      Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, Lord
      We know and we understand
      Almighty God is a living man
      You can fool some people sometimes
      But you can’t fool all the people all the time
      So now we see the light (what you gonna do?)
      We gonna stand up for our rights (yeah, yeah, yeah)

      Read more: Bob Marley – Get Up, Stand Up Lyrics | MetroLyrics

      1. He was baptised in Florida according to Abouna (Father whose saint’s/priest name I keep forgetting. The Ethiopian Archbishop sent to Jamaica as a priest in the 70s by Selassie to bring Rastafarians into the true Church & then finally becoming Archbishop of the Ethiopian Coptic Church for all America based in NJ where he passed on recently).

        I thought Mr.Marley passed on in Germany (Bavaria… mountains…) where he went to seek special medical treatment; but I must have remembered wrong (don’t tell the war hawks at that other blog that!) most sources say he died in Florida surrounded by family & Abouna.

        Abouna said he was quiet about it (due to Rastafarians believing Selassie was/is Messiah/God returned). He said it was nearer the end of his life. For that reason there are some Rastafarians that don’t believe he was baptised. I doubt Abouna would lie! To what purpose. When the rest of the family are practising.

        He said Rita converted in the 70s (early 70s according to Abouna) & the children were baptised/chrismated (confirmation which we do at birth w/ baptism) after they were born (or as young children if some were already born by the time Rita converted?). He said Rita became what I call super Orthodox. Very faithful in daily prayers & fasting etc. (We fast half the year. It’s… challenging…).

        Dear The Nomad — you must see the documentary that came out on Mr.Marley a few years ago. You’ll be able to stream it (from Netflix etc.) or watch it on dvd. A lot of libraries have it or you can ask them to do a Request for Purchase/RFP if you don’t want to buy it yourself… But why wouldn’t you?!

        If I wanted to stalk The Nomad (& not just cyberstalk as I am already doing) it would be for the sole purpose of leaving a copy of this film in his “yard” (AKA crime scene where the perp was found suspiciously raking leaves). Alas that cannot be; so The Nomad must find a way to watch the documentary on his own.

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