originally posted by: sapien82
a reply to: bastion
Bastion would you mind If I quote this text on my social media to my friends who are all into conspiracy and journalism etc!
one of my friends Darren "loki" McGarvey is a journalist Im sure he'd love this !
Not a problem there's not a conspiracy by papers or proprietors, they only hold 5 - 10% influence - the real corruption comes from PR which makes up
90% of news and is false. but got loads more to come on PR, Critical Discourse, Use and Abuse of Public/Private sources, How to source and the like.
Can recommend loads of books, Readers if required. It's far more complex than the unfounded 'MSM work for TPTB', it works for them as financial, PR
and time constraints make it nigh on impossible for journalists to do their job.
Wrote a case study of 25,000 words on how the Alleged Al Qu'eda head in Iraq, Al-Zaquari, who was paraded as the most evil man on Earth for years by
the Allied government and media was completely fabricated - he was a goatherder who lived with his Mum. The Al Qu'eda fighters were goats, the IED
factory was a sack of fertiliser for the farm. Same with Jessica Lynch - she was never kidnapped or any of that nonsense, she was driving too fast,
tipped the truck and CENTCOM spread the lie to avoid embarrasment.
The DoD were spending £500m on Iraq in 2003 to manipulate the story and stop the media getting hold of accurate info and to spread propaganda, it's
well over a billion annually now.
Al'Queda in Iraq - The Myth that turned into a Monster
I wrote a thesis on the above and to what extent the spending influenced reporting analyzing six months coverage over twelve US and UK newspapers. To
my shock it turned out none of it was needed as despite Intel agents from US, UK, Germany all desperately telling the press the Iraq story was a lie,
Curveball was making it up - the Press completely failed to ever question the evidence or case for war and chose instead to write about guided trips
around US warships displaying war as entertainment.
Chief amongst these were the claims that Saddam had given support to Al Qu'eda a claim that naturally would cause mass outrage in a nation in mouring
and curry favour for war.
The only problem was it was a lie. Al Qu'eda had tried to approach Saddam in 2000 and he refused to talk to them. Colin Powell needed a bogeyman and
he created one by embellishing to story of Al-Zarqawi, even going as far as changing his name. The real name of the person is Ahmed Fadel al-Khalahyeh
which was deemed to hard to remember.
Al-Zarqawi was by no means a nice man. However in 2000 he travelled to Afghanistan to meet Bin Laden who wanted his help in attacking Americans .
Al-Zarqawi refused to fight Americans or to join Al-Qu'ieda - He was Salafi not Wahabi he had been tortured for years in Arab prisons and thought
Jihad needed to focus on Arab nations. He was an unknown figure in Jihad with only a couple of troops.
Fast forward to 2003 when Colin Powell delivered a completely fabricated story about him being head of Al-Qu'eda in Iraq, Osamas right hand, Saddam's
friend, responsible for several bombings and assassination attempts, Bush called him proof of Al-Que'da in Iraq and Al-Zarqawi's famous black and
white photo was featured on every news show, at the time Al-Qu'eda were almost done for with Bin Laden and co holed up in Pewshwar. The intelligence
reports the US showed to journalists were comically inept - one week he had an eye patch and wooden leg, the next he was fully limbed and sighted
Al-Zarqawi had been in Hamat, Kurdish-Iranian territory not Iraq, since Afghanistan. Overnight the fabricated fighter was catapulted from complete
obscurity to the worlds most dangerous terrorist, but seeing his chance he moved there in August 2003 unleashing wave after wave of bombings killing
All could have been avoided if the media had questioned the narrative instead of regurgitating it and adding their own fabrications.
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