THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
December 5, 2014
counterPunch

War by Media and Triumph of Propaganda
-- Secrecy, Surveillance and Censorship

by John Pilger

Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what's called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war - with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.

. . . had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist. . . .

The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News - but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn't Fox News; it was the New York Times.

The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia - when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and Nato. . . .

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[Russia is being encircled by US and Nato bases and missiles in violation of a pledge by the United States not to expand Nato "one inch to the east".--John Pilger, "The New World War -- The Silence Is A Lie," johnpilger.com, September 24, 2008]

[3000+ military, intelligence, industry professionals do not believe the official account of 9/11--"American Patriots: Muslims Didn't Do 9/11," The Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2011]

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[In July, as Israel began its massive assault on Gaza, Ahmed published a post revealing a plausible motivation - Gaza's natural gas reserves - for Israel's endless belligerence towards the enclave's Hamas government. . . . Israel wanted to keep control over large gas reserves in Gaza's waters so that it could deny Hamas a resource that would have bought it influence with other major players in the region, not least Egypt.--Jonathan Cook, "Guarding a Taboo -- Why the Guardian Axed Nafeez Ahmed," counterpunch.org, December 5, 2014]

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Thom Hartmann, RT, January 16, 2015

[If I could I would like to send a message to the mainstream media. It might go something like this: "Please tell your readers the truth for a change. The only thing exceptional about America at the present time is our hubris. We helped create al-Qaeda by attacking the Soviets in Afghanistan. Iraq is a basket case because we invaded it without cause. Syria is in chaos because we have never seriously sought a peaceful solution with Bashar al-Assad. What we have done in Iraq and Syria taken together has produced ISIS. Libya is a toxic mess because we overthrew its government on phony humanitarian grounds. Afghanistan is about to copy Iraq because we have occupied it for thirteen years without a clue how to get out. We started the troubles in Ukraine and with Russia when we broke our promise by expanding NATO and then worked to overthrow an elected government. And finally there is Israel. Israel is not an ally and is the source of many of the problems in the Middle East. American and Israeli interests do not coincide, frequently quite the contrary."--Philip Giraldi, "Making War on Everyone: Blame the media," unz.com, March 3, 2015]

DOCUMENTARY: "Euromaidan unmasked: Europe shocked by the bitter truth on Ukraine," orientalreview.org, February 3, 2016

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[Assistant US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine "is about to take control, for herself, of Datagroup, the Ukraine telecom company that controls 85 percent of the Ukranian telecom market."--Robert Wenzel "Criminal: Former US State Department Official to Buy Ukraine's Largest Telecom Company," ronpaulinstitute.org, April 13, 2016]

[But how are Russian troops deploying inside Russia "provocative," while U.S. troops on Russia's front porch are not?--Patrick J. Buchanan, "Why Russia Resents Us," antiwar.com, May 3, 2016]

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[Substantial control of the media is almost always an absolute prerequisite for any successful conspiracy, the greater the degree of control the better. So when weighing the plausibility of any conspiracy, the first matter to investigate is who controls the local media and to what extent.--Ron Unz, "American Pravda: How the CIA Invented 'Conspiracy Theories'," unz.com, September 5, 2016]

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[My point is simple: fake news is nothing new.--Anthony DiMaggio, "Post-Fact Politics: Reviewing the History of Fake News and Propaganda," counterpunch.org, December 6, 2016

[The US is hardly in a position to play the outraged virgin.--Eric Margolis, "Moscow Attacks!," ericmargolis.com, December 18, 2016]

"A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker," RT, December 25, 2016

[a bill to implement the U.S.' very own de facto Ministry of Truth had been quietly introduced in Congress--Tyler Durden, "Obama Quietly Signs The 'Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act' Into Law," zerohedge.com, December 25, 2016]

Larry King with John McAfee, "'Not the Russians'," rt.com, December 29, 2016

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Robert Parry, "US Report Still Lacks Proof on Russia 'Hack'," consortiumnews.com, January 7, 2017

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