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the bias of news sources regarding world events

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posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 01:07 PM
a couple articles i have seen the last couple days from news sources out of two different countries seem to show an interesting bias or slanting of the news. now for those that have been following events in the Ukrainian civil war, you will likely have noted the two sides calling the other side's news sources propaganda (RT news vs western news sources). now here is a different situation that is in the news that seems to show a definite slanting of news to suit somebody's aims. the story is about a bomb found in the Manila airport, or around it.

first the article from Business Insider which seems to have been copied from The Wire. the BI article is time stamped "Sep. 1, 2014, 7:20 PM". (i apologize for copying the whole stories, but i feel the whole of them is relevant).

Four men have been arrested after allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday, according to reports by state media in the Philippines.

The suspects, who had been under surveillance for more than a month, were arrested while assembling an explosive device in a white truck parked outside one of the terminals, according to officials.

Acting on a tip, counter-terrorism agents from the National Bureau of Investigationcaught the suspects, who were also allegedly targeting a nearby shopping mall, state media said.

Investigators are trying to establish which group was behind the bombing attempt, but militant groups with links to al-Qaeda have been fighting to create a Muslim homeland in the south of the largely Christian country.

now you will notice that even though they do not say directly the Muslim terrorists did it. they do imply that. "Investigators are trying to establish which group was behind the bombing attempt, but militant groups with links to al-Qaeda have been fighting to create a Muslim homeland in the south of the largely Christian country. ". does that statement not seem to tell you who they think it was? especially since there are TWO primary terrorist forces in the Philippines. the Muslims, and the communists. they don't mention the other at all, almost like it is obvious who it was, since only ONE group is mentioned.

they also mention ONE other target, a closeby mall, which one would think is the Mall Of Asia (MOA), which is one of the biggest malls world wide (it was the biggest at one time). no other targets mentioned. read the story it's rather short, what are your conclusions from reading it?

to be continued.........
edit on 2-9-2014 by generik because: forgot the linky to the story

posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 01:46 PM
a reply to: generik

i apologize i forgot to linky the first story here it is, (will have to go back and correct that on the first page)

now for an article from a Philippines news source time stamped "6:34 pm | Monday, September 1st, 2014". the other time stamped at "Sep. 1, 2014, 7:20 PM". at first glance it would seem the stories are posted 1 hour apart (the Philippine version first). that is until you remember time zones. Manila is 12 hours ahead of Eastern time right now, which means the Philippine source was put up about 13 hours before. which of course means details listed in it were known 13 hours ahead. lets take a look at that article shall we.

MANILA, Philippines–The group behind the attempt to blast a car inside the Ninoy Aquino Internal Airport (NAIA) is dismayed at the government’s moves against China conflict in the Spratly Islands, sources from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Monday.

Sources said aside from the explosive device, the NBI was able to obtain a manifesto showing the group’s other targets – SM Mall of Asia, DMCI main office, Chinese Embassy and other Chinese operated establishments.
DMCI was earlier subjected to an investigation for allegedly employing undocumented Chinese nationals in Calaca power plant.

One of the arrested suspects said the group’s plan was not to bomb Naia but Chinese operated offices.
The sources said the part of the group’s plan was to plant an improvised bomb inside the toilet of SM MOA, which would be padlocked “so no civilian will get hurt.”

The improvised explosive device was mostly made from banned firecrackers such as “Goodbye Philippines” that were wrapped around bottles filled with gasoline. It was placed inside a Toyota Revo with plate number WMK 129.
The vehicle was intercepted at around 1 a.m. Monday.

anybody see the difference?

this story published a half day before has lots more detail and information.
- it tells the group WAS NOT the Muslim terrorist groups, or for that matter the communist groups. this is a NEW group apparently upset with the way the government is handling the situation with China over the Spratly islands.
-it tells that not only was MOA targeted but also the Chinese embassy, the DMCI head office (over hireing illigal Chinese to work for them it seems), and other Chinese operated establishments, while at the same time they claimed the airport was not a target (which makes sense since all they would be able to do there is blow up a parking lot, or the front of the terminal, there is a lot of security there, you go through x-rays and have to show ticket and passport to get into the terminal).
-it tells they found a manifesto don't those normally state the aims, just not the targets?
-it even tells what the bomb was made from. illegal fireworks (from China), that kill and maim Filipinos who buy them. of one which mentioned is named Goodbye Philippines, (nice name eh), as well as gasoline. not really something that the Muslim or communist terrorists are known for, they normally use much better explosives. in fact i believe the explosives used were a statement of their own in this.

now how come this story which was posted a half day later seems to be missing most of the things that tell of what the group's aims were, and their targets, anything which point to it being an anti-Chinese group? seriously anything that points to the Chinese at all is missing from the North American article. and instead even with these things being known and out on the news aover 12 hours before, they make it seem like it was a Muslim group, when the Filipino story specifically states it was not and gives us the aims of those doing it. rather convenient to leave this information out don't you think? it spins the story into something to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment, when in fact it is a group that is against the Chinese.

yup western media IS propaganda, putting spins on stories to suit what they want.

posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 05:05 PM
a reply to: generik

here is another report from an American news source, this time NBC (no date/time stamp). yet again they seem to be leaving out available information and giving the impression it was Muslim terrorists. even though it is KNOWN this is about CHINA.

International Airport Foiled: Officials
MANILA - A bid to plant car-bombs at the Philippines' main airport and a nearby shopping mall was foiled on Monday, authorities said. The motive for the bomb plot was not immediately clear but in the past such attacks in Manila and other parts of the largely Christian Philippines have been blamed on al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf group.

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) found improvised explosive devices in a parking area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Three men were arrested but no details were released pending investigation. One NBI official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to reporters, said the suspects had been under surveillance for a month. "They were assembling the improvised bombs inside their vehicles at the airport parking lot," the official said, adding that up to eight bombs and a pistol were confiscated from the suspects.

how about CNN? timestamp "September 1, 2014 -- Updated 1651 GMT (0051 HKT)"
yup the same thing. another "we don't know who, but will name the Muslim terrorists as the prime suspects".

(CNN) -- Manila's international airport is on high alert after authorities foiled an alleged bomb plot Monday, state-run media in the Philippines report.
Counter-terror agents acting on a tip interrupted a group of men allegedly assembling improvised explosive devices in a white truck parked outside a terminal at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, said the Philippines News Agency, or PNA.
The agency initially said four suspects had been arrested but later revised the number of arrests to three. The white truck had been parked outside terminal three of the airport when it was intercepted about 1:45 a.m. local time (1:45 p.m. Sunday ET), PNA said.
The agents from the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation also seized firearms from the men, it said.
The names of the suspects have not yet been released, and investigators are trying to establish who was behind the alleged plot and their motive. The investigation is continuing.
Rebel groups in the Philippines have been fighting to establish an independent Muslim homeland in the south of the predominantly Christian country.

so it seems that all the big news outlets in the US seem to be reporting the same thing. leaving out the same information and leading people to think it was likely the Muslim terrorists behind it. this would seem to show that yes indeed American media is all about spreading propaganda, and slanting events to suit what they want to tell us. i guess free, fair and unbiased journalism is dead in the US. this just makes me sick.

posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 05:57 PM
That is the problem the US is commercially biased and Russia is plagued with propaganda. Neither is a viable source and not one story can be taken with absolute certainty, that it speaks what really happened.

Welcome to the club!

And if you keep your eyes open even wider you will begin to see even more interesting commercial/propaganda moves made by every website, tv show, newspaper, radio show in circulation - EVERY SINGLE ONE!

I started looking into this a few weeks ago and came to a horrible conclusion. The reason it being so horrible is the fact that things have already been set in motion for the current 'plan' and the next one has already started but it is impossible to tell, without the proper resources, just what is going to happen.
You should check out my recent threads on this, there are lots of resources and good quality posts by all looking in the same direction.

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