The Pardu

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

News Networks Shape Your Views On War



..as active participants in shaping your mind!
Corporate media and GOP communication demagogues contributed as much to the US Invasion of Iraq as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condi Rice and, yes, Colin Powell. Public sentiment and media influence on voting members of Congress weighed heavily on the US psyche. The media was so instrumental on the Iraq War, it literally became an aggregate propaganda machine on marionette strings of the White House. I will admit that hearing about Saddam and nuclear weapons induced the thought, "...well we cannot allow that action."

Yes, we all succumbed to slick republican manipulation of the US psyche and it was accomplished just as the GOP operates today: via fear and subsequent loathing.

On the 10th anniversary of start of "Bush's War," Truth Out published a piece with a comprehensive recap of the extent to which the media feed us Bush/Cheney propaganda. 
 Excerpt                                                                                         
WMD's were a forgone conclusion. 


In the days and weeks leading up to the invasion of Iraq, corporate media – and even NPR and PBS - were abuzz with the talking points of the Bush Administration, echoing claims that Iraq had its hands on "yellow cake uranium" and that it had a massive arsenal of "weapons of mass destruction."                                                                                                                                                                        __________                                                                                         One of the biggest proponents of the Iraq War was Bill O'Reilly. Nearly every day leading up to the invasion of Iraq, O'Reilly used his pedestal on Fox so-called News to pitch the pro-war lies of the Bush Administration.                                                                                                  Bill O'Reilly, a Fox News television host and author, at his studio at Fox News in New York, Dec. 18, 2012. (Photo: Robert Wright/The New York Times)                                                  
Bill O'Reilly, a Fox News television host and author, at his studio at Fox News in New York, Dec. 18, 2012. (Photo: Robert Wright/The New York Times)                                                                                  
In March of 2003, prior to the invasion of Iraq, O'Reilly interviewed actress and political activist Janeane Garofalo, about her opposition towards going to war with Iraq.                                                                                                                                                         __________                                                                                  Another shill for the Bush administration was Sean Hannity.                          
On a February 19th, 2003 episode of Hannity & Colmes, Hannity told Fox Newscontributor Ellis Henican that, "We're going to go in and we're going to liberate this country in a few weeks and it's going to be over very quickly. No, it's going to be over very quickly. And what I'm going to tell you here is, you're going to find, I predict, mass graves. We're going to open up those -- hang on, let me finish -- those gulags and those prisons and you're going to hear stories of rape and torture and misery, and then we're going to find all of the weapons of mass destruction that all of you guys on the left say don't exist."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           __________                                                                                   MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. He was one of the strongest proponents of war with Iraq outside of Fox News.                                                                        
In March of 2003, he repeatedly made claims that toppling Saddam Hussein would "mean the end of his weapons of mass destruction."             
In April of 2003, Scarborough said that, "For six months now, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld have been telling the world that the people of Iraq needed to be liberated from Saddam Hussein's bloody reign. The past three weeks have shown us just how right these three men have been."                                                                                                  
In that same commentary, Scarborough pondered whether "journalists at The New York Times and NPR or at ABC or at CNN are going to ever admit just how wrong their negative pronouncements were over the past four weeks."                                                                                                                                                                                  Read more                   

Eleven years later, you are being inundated with more sophisticated media coverage. Coverage that carries the very same dangers as in 2003:  false and non-critical reasons to deploy US troops to Iraq. The political Right longs for yet another active war. US media (with the possible exception of MSNBC) consistently books war-mongering guest who would have you believe the current combatants in Iraq are weeks off from another 9/11.   

We understand US media is not longer the media of Edward R. Morrow. It is no longer the media of David Brinkley (the young Brinkley) and Chet Huntley. It isn't even the media of Dan Rathers and other noted year 2000 television hosts. We do not and cannot rationalize the media quest for revenues and doing the bidding of ultra conservative corporatist at the expense of the US economy and your military loved ones.  We can only report facts.

Fact, last Sunday morning news shows completely ignored the capture of an active Benghazi Consulate militant. The captured militant is reported to not have affiliation with Al Qaeda (as charged by most GOP members of Congress) and he has told other Muslims in the community he helped lead the attack on the consulate in response to the Anti-Islamic movie release just days earlier.

Media Matters

Network Sunday Shows Ignore Capture Of Benghazi Suspect

When Good News Is No News For Obama

Blog › ERIC BOEHLERT
We may have finally uncovered the answer to the lingering question of what it would take for Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace to not host a discussion about Benghazi. The solution: Have U.S. Special Operations forces capture the lead suspect in the 2012 terror attack. 
The news of Ahmed Abu Khattala's capture broke on June 17, and was immediately tagged by the Washington Post as "a significant breakthrough" for the Obama administration, which has been subjected to constant carping and endless harangues from Fox News talkers demanding that Benghazi terrorists be brought to justice. But when the administration made advances in doing just that, Fox attacked them over the timing of the capture for much of the week, and then Wallace turned away on Sunday. 
Ordinarily, you'd think any key development in the on-going investigation would be of interest to Fox News Sunday, which, according to an archives search at Nexis, has hosted nearly 100 discussions over the last 20 months where "Benghazi" was mentioned at least three times, and more than two dozen segments just this year. But news of a suspect's apprehension and the possibility he'll soon be facing justice in a U.S. courtroom and held accountable for the deaths of four Americans? That apparently wasn't worth covering on Sunday. 
Because, as is so often the case for President Obama, good news is no news.

It is important to recognize and internalize the fact each network's news managers and producers were aware of the militant capture. Once, we internalize the programming decision to not cover the capture, the only remaining question is why. I posit the answer is simple. The capture of Khattala might shine a positive light on President Obama and hand the Democrats in Congress a but of leverage against GOP Benghazi ;mad dogs" in congress and "dog whistle" right leaning media.

You and me are their prey!

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