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The Western Media


Introduction

Living in the West we are told that the news media (television, newspapers, radio) are free. It is certainly true that there are few government conspiracies to censor. Unlike in totalitarian countries, the media is not generally state run or controlled. However this is not the full story. Because the media is part of the global economy, there are certain properties that deny readers, viewers and listeners a balanced view of world events.

The are five reasons why a balanced view of world events is not generally received in the Western media:

1 Media Ownership
2 Advertising and Ratings
3 News Sources
4 Negative Responses
5 Demonisation and Use of Language

Read this fascinating account of each of these:
  1. http://www.krysstal.com/democracy_media.html
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Post time 2007-2-22 06:31:29 |Display all floors
Are we Always Told the Truth, Even at the Present Time?

Some Quotes:

"Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
Hermann Goering, Nazi officer, Germany.

"It is a tribute to the humanity of ordinary people that horrible acts must be camouflaged [with words] like security, peace, freedom, democracy, the 'national interest'."
Howard Zinn, Boston University professor and former Second World War bomber pilot, USA.

"We paid $3 billion for these television stations. We will decide what the news is. The news is what we tell you it is."
David Boylan, Station Manager WTVT, Tampa, Florida (A Fox Network station)

"We have relationships with reporters that have helped us turn some intelligence failure stories into intelligence success stories. Some responses to the media can be handled in a ... phone call."
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"[In the West] unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without any need for an official ban."
George Orwell, UK writer.

"They're missing so much and getting such a biased picture, but they get this shopping list from America every morning. For instance, I was asked to find some people for the 'Why do they all hate us?' story. So I went and got a section of academics, politicians and high profile commentators. The sort of people you'd expect if you were doing it in America. And they said 'No, no, no. What we want is a really angry mullah with a turban and a beard who looks like he hates us.'"
Pakistani Jornalist working for USA news TV station CNN in Pakistan during the 2001 bombing of Afghanistan.

"Is there a more loathsome phenomenon than newspapers owned by right-wing tax-dodging billionaires trying to convince ordinary British people that the greatest problem confronting us comes from the wretched and the helpless?"
Johann Hari writing for the UK newspaper the Independent about the demonisation of asylum seekers by the press.

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Post time 2007-2-22 11:51:35 |Display all floors

Reply #30 northwest's post

Isn't it time for some "corrections"?

We cannot let the Imperialist Amerikan Regime "control" all the facts.


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Post time 2007-2-22 14:32:56 |Display all floors
Originally posted by greendragon at 2007-2-22 11:51
Isn't it time for some "corrections"?
We cannot let the Imperialist Amerikan Regime "control" all the facts.
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Yes, of course. The nature 'correct' itself in the way we're not be able to understand.

CIA supposed to be the most sophisticated truth manipulator in the world, but they provide honest intelligence to the white house.

It's an irony that their intelligence MANIPULATED by kind of Douglas Feith and neocons in Cheney's office. Which lead to disatrous Iraq war.

Gosh! what word is best to describe this? Tao? or Karma?


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Post time 2007-2-22 17:45:33 |Display all floors

How CIA establish network

http://www.twf.org/News/Y2001/0215-CIAfunds.html


Millions Spent Subverting 'Enemies,' Stifling Dissent
by Enver Masud
WASHINGTON, DC -- Half a century ago, when the perceived enemy was communism, the United States spent millions of dollars to subvert private groups in order to advance U.S. positions. Today, the perceived enemy are the "Islamists," and the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has the potential for stifling dissent, and dividing religious communities.

Consider the U.S. Central Information Agency's disinformation program begun late in the 1940s and early 1950s.

This program eventually involved most of the major private institutions in American life (John Harwood, "O What a Tangled Web the CIA Wove," Washington Post, February 26, 1967). "It was not enough for the United States to arm its allies, to strengthen government institutions, or to finance the industrial establishment through economic and military programs," wrote Mr. Harwood. "Intellectuals, students, educators, trade unionists, journalists and professional men had to be recruited directly through their private organizations."

The foundations in the first circle gave money to other private organizations. They are depicted by the second circle. Included in this group were organizations such as: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees; American Friends of the Middle East; American Newspaper Guild; International Development Foundation; National Education Association; National Student Association. One step away from the source of money, they could rarely be identified as part of the CIA pipeline.

The groups and organizations in the second circle passed the secret funds along to specified CIA approved groups, organizations, and study projects such as: Congress for Cultural Freedom; Foreign News Service, Inc.; Harvard University; International Committee of Jurists; International Federation of Free Journalists; Radio Free Europe; University of Southern California; World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession. These are depicted by the last set of circles. Their job was to parcel out money to individuals.

The Washington Post article includes a chart, "This is How the Money Goes Round," upon which we base the accompanying chart and the following description:
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Post time 2007-2-22 19:35:42 |Display all floors
Originally posted by northwest at 2007-2-22 17:45
http://www.twf.org/News/Y2001/0215-CIAfunds.html


Millions Spent Subverting 'Enemies,' Stifling Dissent



William Blum, USA writer from the book, "Rogue State":

"From 1945 to the end of the [20th] century, the USA attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes. In the process, the USA caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair".


For a list of countries that the CIA has overthrown:
  1. http://www.krysstal.com/democracy_whyusa01.html
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