posted on May, 10 2005 @ 01:34 PM
There's an article on Al'Jazeera's Website
which is very informative
The title of
the article is, "Pakistan wants inquiry into U.S.’s "derogatory" cartoon". The article is very fascinating from the perspective of sneaking in
little pushes to the reader to cause them to believe something that is not true. For instance, this quote:
"Pakistan has asked for an inquiry to be conducted and U.S. administration has also expressed its displeasure over its publication and they
are issuing an advisory to this effect," Foreign Office spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani told a weekly press briefing in Islamabad.
This statement is remarkable. In one sentance, they stated that The Washington Times is a state run news paper, and that the US government is
considering an inquiry into someone excersizing their freedom of speech. While the cartoon may not have been in the best taste, it was, naturally, a
slam against the US foriegn policy, depicting Pakistan as a loyal dog willing to do whatever the US said (after all, there's no way a nation's
leadership could believe that what we're doing is for good, not imperialistic evil
Because all the media outlets in the middle east are state controlled (at least the legal ones) to some degree, it doesn't take much for the citizens
of these nations to believe that the US's news publications are handled the same way. By giving the people this impression, they will assume any
American news media they read is backed by the state. So, when the New York Times has something to say, most likely the state of New York has reviewed
the article and decided it matches with the state's mentality. Anything from the Washington Times has the sign off by the Bush administration (talk
This is especially dangerous with editorials, where people often have some strong opinions. If people in the middle east are convinced that what
they're reading in the op/ed column is endorsed by the US government, many wrong impressions could, and probably would, result.
I would love to know what the arabic version says, but the site I used to go to for arabic translation has since shut down. If anyone has a link, I'd
love to see it!