Originally posted by iamian
mislead by the media
Misled? That can only happen if you let yourself lead
by the media in the first place, right?
I think few of them do what they do on purpose, they just mix the facts because they don't know better. Media is a profit-oriented business, how can
you expect in-depth research and analysis of hard facts if things have to go as quick as possible, because some other TV channel could spread the news
a few minutes earlier? It's just easier and more comfortable (and less risky and less costly) to quote news agencies, to comment well-known "facts"
or to interview victims and politicians on most subjects instead of confronting the consumers with inconvenient truths.
The best way to stir people is by language. The choice of words is the most subtle form of propaganda. One very good example of that is the current
coverage on Iranian president Ahmadinedjad. Even the "Spiegel", a german magazine with a once-good reputation (probably comparable to the "Time")
had a first page a few months ago that read: "Irans president Ahmadinedjad: the man the world is afraid of" (Der Mann, vor dem sich die Welt
fürchtet). The "Bild", german leading tabloid newspaper, constantly titulates him as "The maniac" (der Verrückte). Again and again we hear the
phrase Teheran wants to "wipe Israel off the map
", which soon became even more dramatic when it was claimed that Ahmadinedjad wanted to
"extinguish Israel". Although it may be true that Teheran is not too Israel-friendly and that they question Israels right to seize land in the Near
East, and although I am not at all a supporter of the iranian regime, the truth is that Ahmadinedjad never said such thing. It's a deliberate
mis-translation. The Middle East Media Research Institute
(Washington) provided the following translation:
Imam [Khomeini] said: 'This
regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history.' This sentence is very wise. The issue of Palestine is not an
issue on which we can compromise. Is it possible that an [Islamic] front allows another front [i.e. country] to arise in its [own] heart?
even a word about "map"! A word-by-word-translation would read: Khomeini said, that the occupying regime has to disappear from the "arena of
time", in other words, that there is no place for it. Please note, although it may sound picky, that Ahmadinedjad never talked about the STATE of
Israel, but the REGIME.
This speech, in the New York Times (10/30/05), became:
Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a
very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front.
there, it spread all over the media. Each and every single german newspaper I know of picked up that phrase and translated it into "von der Landkarte
" (not just wipe
of the map, but even to extinguish
), which is even more reminiscent of speeches by some infamous german
dictator 60 years ago, to whom Ahmadinedjad is now constantly compared with: Adolf Hitler).
Now, how can you verify these claims I made? I don't speak Farsi, so I have to rely upon what I've researched on the web; I'll have to believe the
MEMRI translation. Otherwise, I'd have to believe that truly Ahmadinedjad wants to wipe Israel off the map. Maybe he wants to. But he never claimed
he would wipe Israel off the map in that particular speech that put the whole western world into a frenzy.
But of course it's more convenient to slowly reassure us bit by bit that a new Hitler has arisen in Teheran, so we are more likely to support a war
That's how media mislead their consumers.
[edit on 8-8-2006 by Akareyon]