Propaganda And The War On Truth
- Independent Media Strikes Back
Global Research ~
July 28, 2011
past weekend, news outlets across the world have turned their
lenses to focus on the horrific events that took place in Norway
on Friday, July 22. The picture that emerges is of a lone gunman
opening fire at a children's camp (latest figures indicate
anywhere between 76 and 93 deaths), following a bomb explosion
that claimed at least 8 lives in the nation's capital of Oslo
earlier that day.
Already we see mainstream media indiscriminately putting its
spin of choice on this tragic event and, not surprising,
buzzwords being tossed around casually without regard for truth
or fact include everything from "Muslim terrorists" to the
omnipresent propagandistic "war on terror".
In his article on "News Without Facts", Edward Teller lists
several specific examples:
"As the story developed Friday, almost every news outlet was
quick to provide experts on Muslim terrorism and how that might
have a growing negative impact on Norway and Europe. On Anderson
Cooper, Friday afternoon, as he had his experts on Jihadism on
camera, he was being told by another person – a CNN reporter –
that the shooter, possibly the bomber, was a blond Norwegian.
Cooper seemed to be taken aback, turning back to his Jihad
experts, who were dismissive of the new information."
And the war on truth doesn't stop with mainstream media; it goes
right to the top echelons of America's government. As Finian
Cunningham wrote for Global Research this past weekend:
"Within hours of Norway's deadly bomb and gun attacks claiming
at least 91 victims it has become clear that the horror was
perpetrated by a Norwegian loner with rightwing Christian
Yet President Barack Obama reacted immediately to the news of
the atrocity to insinuate an Islamic connection and to
justify America's war on terror...
Obama is reported to have been briefed by intelligence officials
before he spoke on the matter. Which makes his response an all
the more odious bit of politicking to turn a horrific, tragic
event into a propaganda stunt to stir up anti-Islamic fears
and shore up Washington's illegal "wars on terror"."
Such neglectful and downright manipulative reporting of a
devastating event will undoubtedly be used in future to justify
further US/NATO aggression against perceived "threats", long
after the truth may be revealed and rumours exposed as false
But independent media like Global Research is also waging war;
it is fighting to cut through the falsehoods and bring the truth
to the public. We may not be able to fully stop corporate media
from capitalizing on tragedies like what took place in Norway,
or block the stream of disinformation spewing forth. But what
independent media CAN do is deliver the truth, unclouded by
corporate interests, and driven by the need to bring about real
understanding. The goals are lofty but the need is paramount.
If you agree that it's time to fight back against media lies and
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